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Bugs Don’t Bug Me!


In the webisode “Hop, Look, and Listen,” Noah is learning how to be a magician. His initial attempt to pull a rabbit out of a hat is unsuccessful, so Coco urges him to speak Spanish, and attempts to help him translate. When Coco misunderstands Noah’s pantomimes, a series of hopping creatures magically appear – but none is a rabbit, until Noah learns that its Spanish name is “conejo.”

In the course of the webisode and related games, viewers have the opportunity to learn the Spanish words for insects, arachnids, and toys. In this activity, your child will have the opportunity to explore insects in the world around him/her and create a play toy store.

Your child will review the following Spanish words:

Fly - la mosca
Spider - la araña
Butterfly - la mariposa
Bee - la abeja
Grasshopper - el saltamontes

Note: Spiders are not insects; they are arachnids. There are several differences between insects and arachnids: insects have six legs, arachnids have eight; insects have three body segments (head, abdomen, and thorax), while arachnids have just two (cephalothorax and abdomen). Additionally, adult arachnids are wingless, but most adult insects have wings.

Doll - la muñeca
Dinosaur - el dinosaurio
Ball - la pelota
Blocks - los bloques
Rocket ship - el cohete




Going on an Insect Hunt
  • Using the Oh Noah! “Hop, Look, and Listen” Memory Cards, review the names of the insects/arachnids in English and Spanish with your child. Tell your child that today you are going on an insect hunt to find insects in your yard (or neighborhood). Ask your child where he/she may find insects. Responses may include:
    • Under a rock
    • In the park
    • On the sidewalk
    • In the air
    • In the garden
  • Go outside to either your backyard or a local park. Give your child the Oh Noah! Insect Hunt Activity Sheet. Using a clipboard may make writing easier. Look around for insects/arachnids with your child. Remind your child that Insect Hunters look with their eyes, but do not touch the insects. Ask your child to check off the insects/arachnids he/she finds and then draw a picture of what he/she sees.

    Encourage your child to say the insect/arachnid names in Spanish as he/she finds them.

    Alternative: You and your child can also go on an insect hunt inside. Purchase and hide a variety of plastic insects around your home. After reviewing the insect names in English and Spanish, ask your child to find the hidden bugs in the room and complete the Activity Sheet.

 My Very Own Toy Store
How much fun would it be to own a toy store? Create a play toy store with your child. Your child can pretend to buy or sell toys in his/her own shop using Spanish words.

Using the Oh Noah! “Hop, Look, and Listen” Memory Cards, review the names of the toys in English and Spanish with your child. If your child is familiar with the vocabulary in English, point to the images and practice saying the names of toys in Spanish out loud. Additional words can be translated using a Spanish/English dictionary or online at http://google.com/translate.

Ask your child to color in the Oh Noah! play money and discuss how much each item will cost. Sticky notes can be used as price tags.

Take turns being the shopper and the shop keeper with your child.

Take It Further:

  • Encourage your child to translate additional words using a Spanish/English dictionary or online: http://translate.google.com/
  • Your child can become a Citizen Scientist! Citizen Scientists act as volunteer classifiers and observers of scientific activity in their communities. Help a scientist track the butterflies or bees in your area and review the Spanish names of the insects along the way. http://www.scientificamerican.com/citizen-science/
  • Print and play the Oh Noah! Memory Card Game for “Hop, Look, and Listen” to review the new words learned in this webisode. You can also challenge your child to create his/her own memory cards with additional Spanish terms for insects and toys. Additional words can be translated using a Spanish/English dictionary or online at http://translate.google.com/
  • Enjoy a few Spanish songs about insects http://kidsmusictown.com/childrenssongslyrics/spanish/. Thematically related songs include: "Itsy Bitsy Spider"/ "La araña pequeñita" or “Elephant”/ "Los elefantes.”
  • Go to the library with your child and check out books to learn more about insects, arachnids, and toys. Suggested books, available in both English and Spanish, include:
    • Where Do Insects Live? / Donde viven los insectos? by Susan Canizares & Mary Reid
    • Butterflies / Mariposas by Jason Cooper
    • The Very Hungry Caterpillar / La oruga muy hambrienta by Eric Carle
    • What Do Insects Do? / Que hacen los insectos? by Susan Canizares & Pamela Chanko
    • Butterflies on Carmen Street / Mariposas en la calle Carmen by Monica Brown
    • Toys: English-Spanish: Los juguetes (Barron's Bilingual First Books)
    • The Grouchy Ladybug/ La mariquita malhumorada by Eric Carle

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