Lesson Plan

Animals of the Alphabet/Animales de Alfabeto

Students will learn English and Spanish vocabulary while honing their alphabetic skills
Allison H.
Teaching assistant
Snow Creek Elementary School, Hickory, North Carolina
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My Grades K
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, English Language Learning

1. Students will be able to verbally identify animals in English and Spanish.  Los estudiantes serán capaces de identificar verbalmente a los animales en Inglés y Español.

2. Students will draw their own interpretation of their specific animal and write the animal's name in English and Spanish.  Los estudiantes dibujar su propia interpretación de su animal específico y escribir el nombre del animal en Inglés y Español.

3. Students will present their animal art to the class and teach classmates at least two fun facts about their animal.  Los estudiantes presentarán su arte animal para la clase y enseñar a los compañeros de clase , al menos, dos de los datos interesantes acerca de su animal.

4. Students' animal art will be compiled into an e-book using the Book Creator app.  Animal art estudiantes serán compilados en un libro electrónico utilizando la aplicación Book Creator.

English Language Arts
World Languages
Grades Pre-K – K
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Student Notes

1 Hook: Getting to Know the Alfabeto

Students will be introduced to the English and Spanish alphabet through a visually and verbally engaging video series by StoryBots. http://www.storybots.com/videos#abc-videos and Bosho Masko https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MJbHmgaeDM

Students will practice and improve their letter and sound recognition by watching the videos.  They will utilize their prior ABC knowledge to further increase their knowledge base. 

Analysis: This "Hook" utilizes the Remember tier of Bloom's Digital Taxonomy https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/blooms-taxonomy/ by recalling information and recognizing letters. The Substitution level of SAMR ​https://sites.google.com/a/msad60.org/technology-is-learning/samr-model is also represented by using computer technology to teach the alphabet. 




Student Instructions

Students will participate in engaging learning by singing and dancing to various educational ABC songs.

Students will practice pronunciation of the English and Spanish alphabet. 

2 Direct Instruction: Know Your Animales

Students will be introduced to a variety of animals through the World Book's World of Animals app.  This will serve as an independent research station where students can watch videos, hear animal sounds, compare and contrast animals and even take a quiz on the animals they have researched. 

Students will learn to use technology tools to create their own animal animations using ABCya Animate. 

Analysis: This step represents Substitution in the SAMR model and Understand in Bloom's Digital Taxonomy by allowing students to research and gather information on their animal as well as being able to describe, identify and translate information. 

Student Instructions

Students will choose their very own animal to research using computer technology. 

Students will research their specific animals; then learn the Spanish animal name and create their own animal animation based on their research. 

Students will imput the English animal into Google Translate in order to learn the Spanish name of their animals. 

3 Guided Practice: Alfabeto Animal Animation

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Using prior knowledge from their animal research, students will practice drawing their animal animations and Spanish pronunciations of their animals. 

Analysis: The Create and Apply tier of Bloom's will be used during this phase of the lesson flow as students will produce their own original animal art. The Redefintion level of SAMR is also used during this phase as students learn new skills to animate their own animal using computer technology, which was previously inconceivable to them. 

Student Instructions

Using their animal research, students will practice and create their animaal animation by using the ABCya animate app and Book Creator. 

Students should be able to identify their animals in English and Spanish as well as two fun facts about their animals. 

Students will be placed with one partner to practice teaching their classmate about their animal. 

4 Independent Practice

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Students will transition into independent practice during this phase. Students will prepare to showcase their artwork by using Book Creator. 

Assessment of letter and sound recognition, writing, and pronunciation will take place.

Analysis: The Evaluate, Analyze, and Create tiers of Bloom's will be used during this phase of learning as they demonstrate their mastery of their animal in English and Spanish.


Student Instructions

Students will watch a Flocabulary video on giving speeches in order to prepare them for their animal presentations. 

Students will begin presenting their animals to the class.

Students become authors, artists and storytellers as their images come to life through Book Creator. 


5 Wrap-Up

To increase and continue student learning and engagement, students will practice using Spanish apps. 

The Apply level of Bloom's will be used during this phase as students begin to incorporate Spanish vocabulary into their day. Writing, literacy and research skills from Universal Design for Learning will be used during this phase. 

Student Instructions

Students will improve their bilingual skills and continue learning new writing, research and literacy skills as well as Spanish vocabulary through educational and engaging Spanish apps.