Ready to start your All About Me unit, but unsure where to start? Check there 5 tips and ideas for your Todo Sobre Mí unit for your Spanish elementary lessons.
Be aware of information that might be private or sensitive in your classroom.
This is the most important element of your All About Me unit: your students need to feel safe. Some students might not want to share information like where they live or what they did during summer.
What can you do? Offer your students to fill out all this information in a “All about me” document for your eyes only. Ask them to mark if there is any information they do not feel confident sharing with their classmates. This will serve to you as a guide on what they want to share and what they do not feel like sharing with their peers.
This post from my dear teacher friend Maureen Aguilar, explains in more detail how we can be more open to adapt these activities for all our students. This fits perfect for any All About Me units in your Spanish class.
Invite students to know more about YOU too during your All About Me unit.
Remember it is all about your students, but also about their teacher. Share information about you, your favorite things, your pets, your family. Make a connection with your students by sharing about you. Trust me, kids LOVE to know more about their teachers. This All About Me unit is about you too dear maestra.
You can always include more information about yourself in your “Meet the teacher” slides and forms. If you are looking for one, check my templates here.
Allow your students to create fictional characters to introduce themselves.
During our All About Me unit in our Spanish class, we read our favorite Back to School bilingual books and focus on knowing more about each other.
Here is my problem. I teach PK to 6th grade. Some of my students have known each other for years. With this being said, most of my kids know everything about all their classmates. For this reason, I allow them sometimes to create fictional characters and information.
After all, I want to make sure they can share a message and I can understand it. The only difference is that the content of the message they share is something they can choose on their own.
Use Find Someone Who activities.
“Find someone who” is one of my favorite activities. Why? Because you can adapt it to any unit and keeps your students moving and talking in the target language. This is a great activity for your All About Me lesson in your elementary Spanish class.
Expose your students to a variety of expressions.
One great aspect about our language is that there is a wide variety of vocabulary. This means, you should allow students to introduce themselves using “soy, “me llamo” or “mi nombre es”.
How can you do this?
You can start introducing additional structures or expressions during the beginning of your lesson. When you do, use it in complete sentences like
“Soy Josefina, me llamo Josefina”
As soon as your students see your name next to both expressions, they will know it has nothing to do with your age or your hometown. It is related to your name, so it is an alternative way of introducing yourself.
Do the same for other expressions like “vivo en” or “soy de”. Avoid announcing that there are 2 or 3 different ways of saying the same phrase in Spanish, that will overwhelm your kids. Use examples, and more than anything make sure you are recycling that vocabulary during your next lessons.
If you need extra tips in planning your lessons for Spanish elementary, check this post about 5 Tips for Teachers to Plan Lessons.
I hope you found these tips useful for your lessons. What would you add to these tips? Let me know in the comments.
Resources for you
The ultimate “Todo sobre mi” activities are here! If you teach multiple levels, this resource is perfect for your Spanish class. You will find bingo games, surveys and other speaking activities to keep students engaged.
You will also find flashcards to supplement this resource. These visual aids are a great help to keep the conversation going!
Please keep in mind that this resource contains a VARIETY of activities for different levels from 2nd grade to 5th grade.
- 3 “All about me” flip books in Spanish (for different levels)
- Beginner level “All about me” writing prompt
- “All about my friend” Intermediate level booklet
- “All about me” survey activity for intermediate level
- “All about me” bingo activity for beginners
- “All about me” matching cards
- “All about me” flashcards
- All about me flip book for beginners
- All about me 3-piece puzzle cards
- Colors flashcards
- Numbers 1-20 flashcards
- Seasons flashcards
- Months flashcards
me llamo/my name is
vivo en/I live in
soy de/I am from
mi cumpleanos es /My birthday is on
mis amigos/my friends