In the last few weeks, Wisconsin has turned green, and the trees are full of birds and nests. With these stories and printable activities kids can read about trees in Spanish this summer.
Reading about Trees in Spanish
El viejo arbol
El viejo árbol is a story is from the Asociación Mundial de Educadores Infantiles. El viejo árbol text is online and there you’ll find printable coloring pages of the illustrations. The coloring pages are a good way to talk about and retell the story. There is also a video version of El viejo árbol on YouTube.
El árbol generoso
El árbol generoso is the Spanish translation of Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree. There is a read aloud of El árbol generoso on YouTube with clear audio. The story has accessible vocabulary supported by the illustrations. You can also order El árbol generoso on Amazon.
After kids listen to or read El árbol generoso, they can do this activity. Kids label the parts of the tree, color it, and talk about what the tree gave to the boy and the man.
Download the activity for El árbol generoso.
¿Qué hay en un árbol?
This online book has patterned sentences and vocabulary commonly associated with trees. Those features make it great for beginning readers. You can download the book with a free account on issuu or read it online.
Shape Poem Activity- No los veo
Douglas Wright is a poet from Argentina. His short poem No los veo is about trees in the spring:
No los veo, no los veo,
pero sé que están ahí;
entre las ramas brotadas
escucho sus PÍ PÍ PÍ.
Read the poem together here and talk about the illustration. Then kids can use the printable activity below to make a shape poem of No los veo with the words on leaves in a tree. You can print the leaves on green paper or kids can color them light green. Children can also add a nest or birds hidden behind the leaves. As always, thanks to Douglas Wright for permission to share his work.
Download the printable activity for the poem No los veo.
Printable Draw-the-Details Mini-Book
Use this printable reading activity as a review of basic vocabulary related to the seasons and trees in Spanish. On each page, kids read a short description and add the things mentioned to the picture. Each page also asks ¿Qué más hay? so they can make the picture their own by adding additional details. When kids re-read the book, they talk about what they put in the illustrations.
If you have a beginning Spanish learner or a child who is not reading independently yet, make the book together. Re-reading it, kids will learn lots of Spanish!
Download El árbol y las estaciones mini-book.
More Books About Trees in Spanish
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Look for these books about trees in Spanish in your library. They are also available to buy on Amazon.
El árbol generoso – The Spanish translation of Shel Silverstein’s classic The Giving Tree.
El árbol de Amanda by Marianne Arellano Pazos – A book for early readers from Libros Arellano. This story also makes an excellent read aloud.
Un árbol es hermoso by Janice May Udry – The Spanish edition of A Tree Is Nice.
El cerezo by Delia Berlin – El cerezo tells the story of Conejo and his friends as they enjoy the cherry harvest. While the other animals take credit for the cherries, Marmota gives Conejo more perspective on the situation. The story works well to talk about friendship, team work, different perspectives and trees.