Integration into Subjects
Students can use their new "la ropa" vocabulary to write short essays describing their own personal style and what it says about them. Why do they enjoy wearing bright or dark colors? Who are their fashion inspirations and why are they so influenced by those people? The essays should be personal and expressive. The students should be given the chance to share them with the class.
Using students' knowledge of color vocabulary and clothing vocabulary, students can experiment with dyes to create their own tie-dye shirt design, combining dyes and colors to create new shades.
Students should be provided with primary-colored clothing dyes that are safe for children, bowls of water, aprons and scraps of different types of cloth. Students should make predictions on how well the different types of cloth will absorb the dyes and what will happen when they combine different colors and lengths of time the cloth stays in the dye. Then they can create their designs noting the results and how well each cloth absorbed the dye. Their final designs can be combined into a class quilt to be discussed in art (see art section).
In art class, students should use their now dried and finished dyed cloths in order to design and create a class quilt. They will practice design skills by experimenting with how the different colors and textures look combined with other designs and textures.
Students should read books from the library about the traditional clothing worn by people in other countries and compare them to those they themselves wear using their "la ropa" vocabulary. They should discuss what they like and don't like about these traditional garments. Students should discuss how the way they dress would be different if they grew up in another country.
Using the same tags on clothing, students should practice math problems with percentages. Students and teachers can create word problems in Spanish using the information on the tags. If a shirt is made of 35 percent polyester, what percent would be made of other materials? Which piece of clothing has more silk — the one with 20 percent silk or 40 percent silk?