|Posted by littlelinguists on November 10, 2013 at 2:30 PM|
This fall our students have had so much fun playing with and exploring Mexican jumping beans. There are so many ways in which we integrated language, science and fundamental vocabulary. We started this unit in Mid September and are now waiting for the beans to "hatch". The first lesson I held the "beans" in my hand and asked them (in Spanish) what they thought I had in my hands. They all guessed a variety of things. Some classes there were students who did guess correctly. I set four or five beans on each table. I told them not to bump the table and just watch closely.
Our classes are in the total immersion format, so there is a lot of guessing going on. With TPR techniques we get the message across. I then had the children take turns holding one in their hands. I gave them the word for "tickle" as they tickle their hands while holding.
Then we gathered to the central table and I put the game mats out. I have colors and numbers on the mats. I had them all vote for a color (first week) and the following weeks they could vote for either color or number. I set the beans in the center and the chidlren cheered on the beans to go to their color or number. Only caveat, children could not use English because everyone knows, the Mexican jumping beans don't speak English.
The children were screaming, "Salta! Salta!" and rooting for their color or number.
I love this unit because we can integrate fundamental vocabulary, phrases, commands, science and geography all in one. It's a beautiful thing watching the chidlren's eyes open. For more information, please see our "Mexican Jumping Bean Unit".
Tags: Spanish, Elementary, Bilingual