These lessons are designed to introduce students to Spanish and encourage interest in language learning. Developed for children 6-8, these activities can be used in conjunction with the Oh Noah! webisodes and can support existing curricula.
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Lesson plans for season 2 of Oh Noah! (formerly known as Noah Comprende) will soon be available through PBS LearningMedia.
In the webisode "Hammer Away," the neighborhood handyman is up on his ladder, working on the outside of Abuela's building. He asks Noah to hand him his hammer ("el martillo") from his toolbox down below, just as a dog comes along and sits beside it...causing Noah to think "martillo" means "dog." In this lesson, students will practice their Spanish vocabulary through a variety of hands-on games and then build their own mobile of tools. Download Lesson Plan
In the webisode "Monkey Business," Noah travels from his Abuela's living room to the middle of the jungle in search of a monkey. In this lesson, students will practice their Spanish vocabulary by playing a variety of games, including charades. They will also create a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the movement of jungle animals. Download Lesson Plan
In the webisode "A Whale Tale" Abuela asks Noah to assist her neighbor, Señor Rodriguez. However, when Abuela mimes "barrer" ("sweep"), Noah imagines her paddling a canoe, so he proceeds to whisk Señor Rodriguez away on the boat ride of his life. In this lesson, students will practice their Spanish vocabulary by playing a variety of games and develop a list of chores so that they can help the adults in their lives.Download Lesson Plan
In the webisode "Out on a Limb," Noah gets a bird's eye view of his neighborhood. In this lesson, students will become map-makers as they map their neighborhoods and label their map legend using Spanish words. Download Lesson Plan
In the "The Red Balloon," Coco asks Noah to buy a red balloon ("un globo rojo") for her from a balloon vendor on the other side of a busy street. During the webisode, Noah learns the Spanish word for "red" and viewers have the opportunity to learn the Spanish words for an assortment of colors and vehicles. In this lesson, students are invited to work in teams to practice their Spanish vocabulary in a fun game and then demonstrate their knowledge of Spanish terms in a print activity. Download Lesson Plan
In the webisode "Not Milk?," Noah heads off to a farm and ends up getting chased by a bull he thought was a cow. In this lesson, students will learn the Spanish words for various foods and farm animals and then practice their new knowledge as they make a delicious snack. Download Lesson Plan
In the webisode "Goodbye Kitty," Coco asks Noah to get her cat (gatito) from the other side of a busy street. But Noah thinks she's asked him to rescue a lion, and that's when the trouble starts! In the corresponding Match It games, players have the opportunity to learn the Spanish words for an assortment of gardening and table setting items. In this lesson, students will practice their Spanish vocabulary through learning the life cycle of a plant and engaging in a bean planting activity.
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In the webisode "Down the Drain," Coco sends Noah on a mission to get her ball ("pelota") from the sewer. When Noah descends into the darkness, he finds a crocodile and retrieves it, assuming that's what Coco meant by "pelota." Through viewing the webisode and corresponding games, viewers have the opportunity to learn the Spanish words for crocodile, playground equipment, and numbers. In this lesson, students will practice this Spanish vocabulary through a mapping activity, color-by-number sheet, and an assortment of number games. Download Lesson Plan