Using a Spanish Numbers Coloring Book in the Classroom
A good way to teach or learn Spanish is by utilizing materials made for Spanish-speaking toddlers. Toddlers are learning their language the same way Spanish-learners should learn – through manipulation and play. A Spanish numbers coloring book can be a wonderful way of incorporating colors and numbers into any lesson.
To practice numbers only, choose a coloring page that matches up with your vocabulary unit. In each spot that needs to be colored, write out the numbers that correspond with each color. Using a Spanish numbers coloring book this way allows for an easy boost in confidence along with practicing how to read and recognize the numbers in written form.
You can do the same thing with the focus on the colors. Write out the colors in Spanish, yet write the numbers in numerical form (i.e. 1, 2, etc., instead of one, two, three). This way the student feels comfortable reading the numbers, practices the colors, and reviews current vocabulary. These steps are good scaffolding techniques, or ways to differentiate your activities.
In order to make the activities a bit more challenging, take the same Spanish numbers coloring book, and write out the numbers in word form, as well as writing the colors in Spanish. This may seem like an easy task but those students who have worked their way up from the initial activity will feel a huge sense of accomplishment in this very small activity.
Finally, a way to assess the students is to have them create their own Spanish numbers-coloring book. As a class, discuss what type of pictures you may want in the coloring book. What vocabulary have you learned? What extra vocabulary, pertaining to the unit, do they want to learn? Divide the work up, but have each student make the key to the coloring page they choose. They should label the picture, writing out the numbers, while assigning a Spanish color for each number. The key should have the Spanish color with a numerical representation of the number. Have an in-class competition for the illustrator of the cover – have other teachers vote on the winner so it doesn’t become a popularity contest.
As a fun way to complete this assessment, copy the coloring book and pass it out to the students. Put the coloring book out to display as well. Younger students will really enjoy seeing their work on display.
What other ways have you used a Spanish numbers coloring book?
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