Your students probably don’t know that some common words in the English language have Spanish origins. When they go to the cafeteria for lunch, they are describing an English word with a Spanish origin; the same goes for canyon, no, armadillo, banana and chocolate.
Other English and Spanish words sound similar. Think about salad and ensalada; much and mucho; color and colores; music and musica.
Make up a list of Spanish and English words and ask each student, one at a time, to read the Spanish word, find and read its English equivalent.
Hold a Spanish vocabulary lesson, using numbers and colors. Help your students to make up books that teach Spanish numbers and colors. Introduce uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, seis, siete, ocho, nueve y diez (one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine and ten). Using colored construction paper, do the same with color words: amarillo, anaranjado, azul, blanco, cafe, gris, morado, negro, oro, plata, rosado, rojo y verde (yellow, orange, blue, white, brown, gray, purple, black, gold, silver, pink, red and green).