This week I have been teaching about Christmas traditions in my level 1B classes.
Here are some documents associated with these songs:
We listened to these songs for a couple of days, then today they began class by doing the cloze activity.
Yesterday, in addition to listening to the 2 songs, we watched this video:
Afterward, we discussed it and circled it TPRS style. I put words on the board such as pata, le duele, pide, regalos, trineo. We did a really nice discussion and the kids even figured out that the commercial was related to the economic crisis in Spain. After lots of circling of the storyline, the kids did a partner retell.
Today, after doing the cloze with the two songs, we discussed what we know about Papá Noel (in Spanish of course!) already. I had some of yesterday’s words on the board too.
I wrote on the board:
I showed them this video and asked them to watch and try to pick out at least 5 words they could understand (it is a real tough one!):
Then, they shared out the words they understood (they did amazing!).
We discussed again, referring back to our Papá Noel discussion. How many men are there? Are they Santa? No, they are kings. How many kings are there? What are these kings called in English (wise men). Do the wise men ride a sleigh? No they ride camels. Are they all white? No, one is black.
Then I tell them (in Spanish) that in Spain, there are two days when kids receive gifts! When does Papá Noel come? When do the 3 kings come? (I had to tell them) It was a really good discussion!
We finished up with this video:
Finally, I had them write a little comparison of Christmas in the USA versus Christmas in Spain. I had my weaker class do a Venn diagram in groups first.
I am hoping to do a little fun follow-up after break and maybe have them put out shoes for a little treat!