Let's Travel to Mexico!
- Grades: 1–2
- Unit Plan:
About this book
About this book
In this lesson, students learn facts about Mexico, such as Mexican language and literature.
- Listen to books about Mexico.
- Locate Mexico on a map.
- Match simple Spanish words to pictures.
- Write about Mexico.
- Internet connection
- Large-screen TV or projector
- Large sombrero-shaped paper for brainstorming words
- Look What Came From Mexico by Miles Harvey
- World map
- Writing paper
Set Up and Prepare
- Cut out a large sombrero shape from paper and post it.
- Have an online activity, such as National Geographic's Find People and Places: Mexico, ready for viewing.
Step 1: Read Look What Came From Mexico by Miles Harvey
Step 2: Use the world map locate Mexico.
Step 3: Brainstorm words students may want to use when writing about Mexico. These can be written on the large paper sombrero.
Step 4: As a group, use the computer connected to the large-screen TV or projector to learn more about Mexico using the Internet. Try using National Geographic's Find People and Places: Mexico activity.
Step 5. Add more words to the large paper sombrero.
Step 6: Have the students write a page for a class book that you will call Look What We Learned About Mexico. Bind the pages into a book.
Step 1: Read Say Hola to Spanish by Susan Middleton Elya available in The Teacher Store.
Step 2: Add Spanish words to the brainstorming sombrero.
Step 3: Have the students practice Spanish words on the computer using the Piñata Concentration Game.
Learn more about Mexico with these fun Web sites.
Tell someone at home what you learned about Mexico. Ask if there is anything at home that comes from Mexico that you could bring to share.
- Was there enough time?
- Were the students successful or frustrated learning Spanish words?
- Did the Internet sites work?
- Were the students able to write about Mexico without a lot of help?
- Could the students tell me about Mexico?
- How many students were able to identify a fact about Mexico?
- How many students were able to match Spanish words to pictures?
- How many students were able to locate Mexico on the world map?
Copies of the students' writing will be saved for their assessment portfolios.