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Using Pets for Fun Activities in Your Spanish Classroom

written by: Audrey Alleyne • edited by: Elizabeth Stannard Gromisch • updated: 7/12/2012

Looking for a way to teach students about pets in your Spanish classroom? Students will learn to describe pets, pet vocabulary and pet names. Here, find three activities and exercises you can do with your students to teach them the names of pets in this colorful language.

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    This Spanish lesson plan is all about pets and works well for the elementary and middle school levels. You can start by talking with your students about their pets. Purchase or borrow books from the library with pictures of pets. If you can find them in Spanish, that would be perfect.

    Materials Needed

    • Pencils
    • Paper
    • 4" x 6" index cards
    • Pictures of Pets
    • Spanish picture books on pets (optional)
    • Animal stickers (optional)
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    Labeling Animals

    Students may produce drawings or pictures of cats, dogs, parrots, fish, guinea pigs and turtles, for example. As each student produces his drawing or picture, write the name of the respective pet on the board in Spanish, and pronounce the word. Students then write the Spanish name next to the English on a page or index card on which they have done their drawing or attached their picture. The first exercise they can do is to label the pets. You as the teacher can draw animals on the board, or invite students who like to draw to do so. Next, invite students to label them.

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    More Written Exercises

    Next, ask them to write simple sentences to form a composition about their pets. Ask them to refer to vocabulary they have already learned, such as descriptive adjectives relating to color and size, the plural of nouns and numbers, and verbs. Ask them to write at least ten sentences to form a composition. Give them examples of sentences such as:

    Mi perro se llama Rocco. – My dogs name is Rocco.

    Él es negro y blanco. – He is black and white.

    Mi perro es muy grande. – My dog is very big.

    Me gusta mucho mi perro. – I love my dog very much.

    Yo tengo un gato. – I have a cat.

    Se llama Snowy. – Her name is Snowy.

    Ella es blanca. – She is white.

    Yo tengo también dos cobayas. – I also have two guinea pigs.

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    Interactive Exercise

    Students can place animal stickers of the pets that their classmates have on their index cards to learn vocabulary of animals other than their own. A good memory exercise is to write names of the pets on the back of the index cards. They can then work in pairs asking each other to name the pets on their stickers, and give each other points for the correct answers.

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    These pet exercises and activities can be very effective if included in your Spanish lesson plan. Students will not only enjoy sharing information on their pets, they will also make closer friends as they discuss various characteristics of their pets and they will remember the vocabulary learned. Introducing fun activities in a lesson is always more exciting and productive than simply learning vocabulary by drills.

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    Teachers.Net Lesson Plans: Pets in Spanish,