Got Your Number
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.
Subjects: Mathematics, Arts & Culture
Grades: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
Estimated Time: 45-60 minutes
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- Students will review and practice Spanish words for numbers and playground equipment.
- Students will demonstrate kinesthetic awareness.
- Students will read and understand the numbers 1-10 in Spanish, in and out of sequence.
- Students will develop basic map skills and reinforce their knowledge of the Spanish words for playground equipment by designing maps of their own playgrounds.
- "Down the Drain" flashcards
- 10 sheets of 8 ½ x 11 paper
- "My Playground" activity sheet
- Sample playground/amusement park map (Example: http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/fmcp/map)
- Crayons & pencils
- Oh Noah! Bingo game cards (one for each child) and calling cards
- Bingo markers (such as pennies, M&Ms, or beads)
- Oh Noah! Color-by-Number activity sheet
- Chalk or masking tape (optional)
In "Down the Drain," when Coco asks Noah to find her ball ("pelota"), Noah misunderstands and instead brings a crocodile back to the playground. In the corresponding Match It games, players match images of numbers and playground equipment to the corresponding Spanish words. Tell your students that they are going to practice their Spanish vocabulary for numbers through a movement game. Next, they will design their own dream playgrounds using the Spanish words for playground equipment. Lastly, they will play a game of Bingo to practice all of the Spanish words they have learned from "Down the Drain."
"What's Your Number?" Activity
Introduction: Begin the activity by reviewing the Spanish words for the numbers 1-10 using the "Down the Drain" number flashcards.
Preparation: Divide the class into two teams, each with an equal number of students. Ask the teams to line up opposite each other. Assign each child on the first team a number between 1 and 10, then do the same for the second team, so that each team includes one of each number. Students with the same number will compete against each other. Place the number flashcards in a row on the floor between them. Please note: You can add an extra challenge by assigning students’ numbers in English. They will then need to identify the corresponding Spanish flashcard.
Procedure: Call out a number in Spanish (uno, dos, tres…). The two students with the same number called must race to collect the corresponding card. Continue until all of the numbers have been called.
Winning: After all cards have been claimed, the team with the highest sum of number cards wins.
"10 Spots" Activity
Preparation: Write the Spanish numbers 1-10 (uno, dos, tres…) on ten sheets of paper (one number per page). Tape the pages onto the wall around the classroom. Write the numerals 1-10 onto ten slips of paper. Put the slips of paper in a bag or a hat.
- Ask your students to stand by a number in the classroom.
- Pick a number from the bag and read the number in English to the students. Assist children who need help identifying the corresponding Spanish number. The students standing near that number are out and must sit down. Now put the slip of paper back in the bag.
- Ask the remaining students to stand near a new number and draw another number from the bag.
Winning: Play continues until there is one student remaining. He/she is the winner. Please note: If you are working with younger children, you may play this game with the numbers 1-5.
Optional: Continue to practice the Spanish words for numbers by playing hopscotch and replacing the numerals with the Spanish words ("uno, dos, tres…"). Either draw a hopscotch grid on the pavement using chalk or create one on your classroom floor using masking tape.
"My Playground" Activity
Introduction: Begin the activity by reviewing the Spanish words for pieces of playground equipment from the Match It game using the "Down the Drain" flashcards.
- Ask your students what they like best about the playground and what their favorite piece of equipment is.
- Ask the children if they have ever seen a map of a playground or an amusement park. Share a sample playground/amusement park map with the students. Draw the students' attention to the map key or legend. Many objects on a map are represented using symbols. A symbol is a picture on a map that represents something in the real world. Maps use a key with written descriptions to explain the meaning of each of the symbols. Encourage the students to locate various places/amenities on the sample map using the key.
- Next, distribute the "My Playground" activity sheet. Direct the students' attention to the map key provided. Using the images of the pieces of playground equipment represented on the key, the children will design their own playground maps. Remind the children to leave enough space between pieces of equipment to allow playground visitors to move from one piece to the next.
Prepare: Print out the Oh Noah! Bingo game cards (one for each child) and call sheet. Cut out the call sheet and put the cards into a hat or bowl.
Distribute: Hand out one Oh Noah! Bingo game card to each child.
Call: The caller (a teacher or student) should pull out one calling card from the hat or bag and read it to the children. Players who have the item called on their Bingo game card should place a marker on that space.
Winning: Bingo is won when a child fills a complete row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal) with Bingo markers.
Optional Extension Activities
Print and distribute the Oh Noah! Color-by-Number sheet to practice the Spanish words for the numbers 1-10.
Encourage your students to translate additional words using a Spanish/English dictionary or online at http://google.com/translate.
Encourage your students to create an online Spanish/English dictionary. Take pictures of various pieces of playground equipment using a digital camera. With adult assistance, students can then upload their photos to an online photo sharing site such as http://www.Flickr.com or http://voicethread.com/ and label the images with their Spanish and English vocabulary words. Students can share their pictures with friends and family.
Next time you visit the playground with your class, challenge your students to identify the playground equipment using their Spanish vocabulary words.
Include Spanish numbers in your next math lesson; for example, 1+2=3 / uno más dos es igual a tres.
Print and play the Oh Noah! Memory Card game for "Down the Drain" to review the new words learned in this webisode. You can challenge students to create their own memory cards with additional Spanish terms for playground equipment and numbers. 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.
Explore How Do you Say…? on the Oh Noah! website.
Read books with your class to learn more about playgrounds and numbers. Suggested books, available in both English and Spanish, include:
- Play, Play, Play Dear Dragon by Margaret Hillert / Juega, juega, juega, querido dragón, traducido por Eida Del Risco
- Just a Minute!: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book by Yuyi Morales
- What Makes Ten? by Lisa Trumbauer / ¿Que hace diez? traducido por Lisa Trumbauer
- Playing Lotería/El juego del la lotería, a bilingual story by Rene Colato Lainez