Many of us teach units on los sentidos, or the five senses. This familiar material works well for using common verbs in the first person: toco, veo, oigo, huelo, saboreo. It is also easy to introduce common objects and food vocabulary as you talk about what we see, touch, taste, smell and hear. When I teach this unit, I include activities where children engage all their senses. They love smelling, tasting and touching different things. You can talk about los sentidos at different language levels and the material works well students of different ages. At the end of this post there is also a link to a post with a printable workbook for teaching the senses.
Hannah is a university student from Minnesota who teaches Spanish to preschoolers in addition to her classes. She recently contacted me and offered to share materials she had made for her students with Spanish Playground readers. She sent me a PowerPoint presentation called Mis cinco sentidos and a PDF where kids can record what they experience through their senses. These materials could be used at a variety of levels.
The PowerPoint presents each of the five senses. The clear photos support the language and the presentation engages kids by asking questions about what they see, hear, touch, smell and taste. Most of the vocabulary in the presentation is basic and appropriate for beginners. The word mofeta, for skunk, is included. It is the word commonly used in Spain. I say zorrillo, the word you hear most often in Latin America. You can easily change any of the vocabulary on the PowerPoint to fit what you say and teach.
I really appreciate Hannah offering her materials to my readers. Usually when I share resources for companies and authors, I include a link to their websites. Hannah is a student, but I asked her if she had an organization that she would like me to link to and encourage people to visit. The organization that she chose to support is called Free the Slaves. It is cause I am more than happy to bring attention to and I hope that you will take a few minutes to learn about their important work.
Links to Los sentidos activities
I know we all spend lots of time creating the materials we need for class. When we find something that we can easily adapt and use, it is a huge help. ¡Muchísimas gracias, Hannah!
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