I have written about 9letras before, but with the school year starting I thought it would be a good idea to remind teachers and parents of this great resource. 9letras is a blog by Alberto Abarca Fillat of Huesca, Spain. Alberto shares educational material that he creates for teaching Spanish and his website has a huge number of printable activities for young Spanish learners.
These are some of the features and pages that make 9letras especially useful.
1. Lots of the activities have pictures to help Spanish learners understand the language. Many of these are designed for beginning readers, but they can be used with children who do not read yet, if you do them orally.
2. These printable materials are Word documents, so you can modify them as you like.
3. The page Español L.E. (Español como lengua extranjera). The first section of the page has Tarjetas, or picture cards, for vocabulary in different categories. All the cards have images with Spanish words, and many are accompanied by at least one activity. There are vocabulary picture cards for these categories:
COSAS DE CASA / Household objects
ANIMALES / Animals
COCINA / Kitchen ( 2 sets of cards and activities)
COSAS DE CLASE / Classroom objects
COMIDAS / Food
VERBOS / Verbs ( 2 sets of cards and activities)
VESTIDOS / Clothes
LA CALLE / The street
FRUTAS / Fruit
CUANDO / When
CUERPO / Body (3 sets of cards and activities)
Following the cards, there are several sections of vocabulary resources.
The first, Vocabulario nivel 1, has many categories. In all the documents, the vocabulary is presented with images, labeled and followed by activities using the pictures and words. There are often several activities with a set of vocabulary, such as matching the words to a picture, labeling a picture and completing the word.
In that section, I have used Contrarios, which presents prepositions as opposite pairs. There is a set of cards with an image and a phrase describing the image. It is followed by a set of cards with the same picture and phrase, but with the key word missing. Once children are familiar with the vocabulary, the second set is great for all kinds of games.
The activities in Numbers- 10 can be used with very young Spanish learners and give lots of counting practice. Cosas de la casa 2 has pictures of the vocabulary, a matching activity and an activity where kids complete the word by putting in the missing letter or syllable.
On the page Español L.E. there are many other materials, including practice with three levels of vocabulary, verbs, and reading comprehension. Take some time to open the files and see what might be helpful to you.
4. The page Infantil. There are dozens of activities with basic vocabulary and most include images.
For example, the documents titled Frases INF6 – Frases INF20 are good for beginning readers. All of these documents include four different activities supported by pictures. Kids copy a short phrase associated with an image, match the phrase to the picture, complete the phrase with the missing word, and finally put the words in order. These exercises use all capital letters. There are also activities for individual letters and many power point presentations to practice reading skills.
5. The page Vocabulario. This page has the complete set of vocabulary that the author teaches beginning Spanish learners. I know that a lot of us spend time choosing the words we are going to focus on and I always find it interesting and helpful to see what someone else has decided. To see the list, click on the link Vocabulario Básico.
On the same page you will find Power Point presentations with the vocabulary game Encadena where you make a chain by associating words. There are also lots of Power Points to teach vocabulary.
There is so much on 9letras that you will have to explore to find what is helpful to you. I am sure you will find material that you can adapt and use in your Spanish classes or at home with children learning Spanish.
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