This summer I will be heading to Honduras for six weeks to volunteer at an English school, teaching and (hopefully) testing water quality from local freshwater resources. I am applying for a grant with Fund for Teachers (fingers crossed!) to help fund the travel and lodging costs, as well as to purchase the water testing supplies (which can get expensive!!).
As my plans for this trip expanded, I wanted to find a way to involve my current students in the project. I decided to team up with a fellow teacher to create an after school language program at my school. We are about a month and a half in so far, and it has been going great! The students are working at a very basic level, but they are so enthusiastic about it. We have never had a Spanish program at school — there was a Mandarin program but it was cut a few years ago due to budget restraints. It’s really a shame, because building these language acquisition skills early is so important! Anyway, this past week we were looking at animals and how to say “I like…”
I had a really difficult time finding printable Spanish flashcards for animal vocabulary (ones with cute clip art, at least), so I decided to make some myself! I purchased clipart from AMBillustrations and used a pretty font to create cards for 18 different animals. Each card has either the English or the Spanish term beneath it, and the students can write whichever term fits your activities on the back. They are so cute, and there are a lot of different things you can do with them. Click on the picture below to access the flashcards and associated activities.