Let’s face it. Kids love themed learning, and every holiday is the perfect excuse for adorable, kid-magnet clipart. Putting one-and-one together gives you these two fun, highly visual resources: a set of St. Patrick’s Day Spanish printables perfect for tapping into the wonder of holiday fun. Scroll to the bottom for the download buttons, or read below to find out more, including tips for using them.
- Mastering limited forms of the super-six verbs estar, poder, tener
- Developing fluency with emotions vocabulary
- Increasing personal emotional intelligence
- Identifying common emotions in others
- Letter formation
- Fine motor skills
- Reading in Spanish
- Differentiating between masculine and feminine forms of predicate adjectives including to describe self
Spanish Vocabulary Covered
- Worksheets: ansioso(a), arcoíris, el, está, estoy, feliz, sorprendido(a), triste, yo
- Reader: ahora, ansioso(a), boca, de, dibujar, el, enojado(a), esta, estoy, feliz, gracias, la, libro, me, mejor, no, otra, por, puedes, sin, sorprendido(a), soy, tengo, trébol, triste
Special English-Language Note
What’s the difference between a shamrock and a clover? Is there a difference? It definitely depends upon whom you ask, but technically, there is a difference between the two terms. A clover often has three leaves but can have more, and a shamrock, the national plant of Ireland, has three. So, you can see why they’re easily confused. In this pack, we included both terms because, right or wrong, they’re often used interchangeably in speech.
Visually, you’ll sometimes see both the shamrock and the clover used as a symbol for St. Patrick’s Day or Ireland, especially at parties and events in the United States, even though they’re not technically interchangeable.
Our goal in using both terms is not confusion but to allow students to be exposed to both vocabulary words, as they’ll likely encounter both.
There’s a line of intersection between pre-reading skills and language acquisition that usually finds its manifestation in early or beginning readers, like this free St. Patrick’s Day Spanish printable librito or little book. Beginning readers are powerful because they leverage repetition, simple vocabulary, and memorable themes to trampoline learners’ reading and language acquisition skills. Readers see quick gains, so they feel good about their abilities, which means they read more, creating a positive feedback loop.
This librito is designed to be interactive. Learners read questions from Trébol, the shamrock and, as they journey through the pages, experience or reinforce feelings vocabulary, which is especially helpful for young learners and teenagers.
In the video you can see actual librito pages that we did; our apologies for the picture quality, but we can happily demonstrate that these are tested. ☺
Worksheets and Sentence Blocks
This second St. Patrick’s Day Spanish Printables set is broken into worksheets and manipulable blocks that can be used with the worksheets or can be used separately for sentence construction. Check the pictures below to see how they work.
Maximum interaction was the goal, so these sheets are colorable (how adorable is el arcoíris?) and require input from the learner who must: (1) think of how he or she appears when feliz, triste, ansioso/a, and sorprendido/a and (2) insert or conjugate the correct verb to match yo or elarcoíris.
You can see that these sheets are designed namely for preschool through roughly first, but I’m not above using these for teenagers, either. Most of them love coloring and, believe it or not, some even like tracing. Go figure.
For early learners, letter, pattern, and in-context vocabulary recognition are important. With Spanish in particular, matching the appropriate gender-ending to adjectives is also important. As an example in the picture, you can see that the person making the “yo” sentence is female because she is sorprendidA. The estoy and está sentence blocks function as manipulables when used with the worksheets, but all the blocks can be used to formulate sentences–even before learners can write the same things out themselves.
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