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A Sea of Chores!


In "A Whale Tale," Noah and Señor Rodriguez's boat trip takes them into the belly of a whale! In the course of the webisode, Noah learns the Spanish word for "sweep." Viewers have the opportunity to learn the Spanish words for the things found in Abuela's fish tank, as well as the items that Noah and Señor Rodriguez find in the belly of the whale.

In this activity, children will practice their Spanish vocabulary by creating a chore chart to help out at home. They will also make a treasure chest to store their riches!

Your child will review the following Spanish words:

The fish - el pez
The starfish - la estrella de mar
The seahorse - el caballito de mar
The turtle - la tortuga
The boat - el barco
The bubbles - las burbujas

Jungle Animals
The boots - las botas
The fishing pole - la caña de pescar
The bicycle - la bicicleta
The trunk - el baúl
The surfboard - la tabla de surf
The broom - la escoba



"My Chores Chart" activity
Print out the Oh Noah! "My Chores Chart" activity sheet.

Oh Noah! Treasure Chest
Gather craft supplies.


In the webisode "A Whale Tale," Abuela asks Noah to assist her neighbor, Señor Rodriguez, who is sweeping his front stoop. However, when Abuela mimes "barrer" ("sweep"), Noah imagines her paddling a canoe. He proceeds to whisk Señor Rodriguez away on the boat ride of his life…ending up in the belly of a whale! Below you will find an assortment of activities that you can use with your child to review the Spanish words for the items found in Abuela's fish tank and those that Noah and Señor Rodriguez find in the belly of the whale.

"My Chores Chart" acivity
Discuss with your child that a chore is something he/she can do to help out at home. Brainstorm ideas for chores that your child can complete on his/her own (e.g., sweep the floor, set the table, wash the dishes).

Next, assist your child in completing the "My Chores Chart." Additional pages can be printed for each job in which your child wants to assist. Once your child has written his/her chore(s) on the chart, ask him/her to circle the verb(s) (action word; e.g., "I will clean my room."). Now, challenge your child to translate the verb(s) into Spanish using either a Spanish/English dictionary or an online translation site such as: http://google.com/translate.

Optional: Your child can work towards a reward for completing his/her chores at the end of each week (e.g., an extra story at bedtime, a trip to the playground).


Oh Noah! Treasure Chest
Engage your child's imagination while expanding his/her Spanish vocabulary. Using a shoebox, your child can create his/her own trunk and store treasures inside. Assist your child in painting and designing an old shoe box. Glue on magazine clippings, glitter, sequins, or ribbon. Once your child has finished decorating, be sure to allow the box to dry before the adventure begins!

Noah and Señor Rodriguez found an assortment of items in the whale's belly. Let your child's imagination take him/her away and find his/her own items. Ask your child to cut out pictures from a magazine and then encourage him/her to label the images with the corresponding Spanish words. Words can be translated using a Spanish/English dictionary or online at http://google.com/translate. These pictures can be glued to your child's trunk or stored inside.

Take It Further:

  • Next time you visit the aquarium or pet store with your child, challenge him/her to identify the marine life using his/her Spanish vocabulary words. If you do not live near an aquarium or pet store visit the Boston Museum of Science Virtual Fish Tank (http://www.virtualfishtank.com/).
  • Print and play the Oh Noah! Memory Card Game for "A Whale Tale" to review the new words learned in this webisode. You can even challenge your child to create his/her own memory cards with additional Spanish terms for items that might found in a fish tank or funny things that the whale in "A Whale Tale" might swallow. Additional words can be translated using a Spanish/English dictionary or online at http://google.com/translate. Please note that the Memory Card Game should be printed on heavy paper if possible. Maybe your child would like to store his/her Memory Card Game in his/her Oh Noah! Treasure Chest?
  • Explore How Do you Say…? on the Oh Noah! website.
  • Go to the library with your child and check out books to learn more about fish and chores. Suggested books, available in both English and Spanish, include:
    • Goodbye Dear Whale/Adiós, querida ballena by Gisela Kalow
    • Dear Mr. Blueberry/Querido Salvatierra by Simon James
    • My Chores/Mis quehaceres, by George Ancona and Alma Flor Ada
    • I Can!/Yo puedo! by Gladys Rosa-Mendoza
    • Chores Around the House/Quehaceres en el hogar, by Alyson King

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