What is your name?
1. Students make a name tags by writing their names on strips of paper, they will spell and say their names to other classmates.
2. Students paste name tags on chart with months of the year (attached) in the block with the respective month of their birthdays. Each student states their age to the class.
Creating a Birthday Calendar
3. Students review the months of the year. Students express to the class their favourite months and give their reasons. This would lead into the birthdays of the children of the class. Teacher informs students that they are going to create a birthday calendar so that they can remember everybody’s birthdays throughout the year.
4. On balloon cut outs, students stick the 12 months of the year, one on each balloon cut out.
1. Students share how they normally celebrate their birthdays.
2. Students note the differences in birthday celebrations in their own class.
3. Teacher tells students that the birthday calendar is going to be used to remember the birthdays all students in the class. Students suggest ways that they should celebrate their classmates’ birthdays. (Sing happy birthday songs, make cards bring presents etc.)
4. Students remind each other of the happy birthday song. Teacher asks students if they think that everyone uses that greeting. Students respond.
5. Teacher tells students that over the year they going to express birthday greetings to their friends in different languages. At this point, students may share with the class any other birthday greeting that they may know.
6. Students identify and spell words associated with birthdays e.g. cake, candle, snacks, toys.
7. Teacher can use the Prompt: “Elmo and Abby birthday fun Spanish” to look at video on Spanish families celebrating birthdays.
Sing along in Spanish
8. The birthday song is sung in English and then is taught in Spanish.
Cumpleaños feliz, Cumpleaños feliz
Cumpleaños feliz, Cumpleaños feliz
Cumpleaños feliz is played and students sing along.
9. Students are introduced to birthday greetings “Feliz cumpleaños” in Spanish; they say the Happy Birthday greeting in Spanish to each other.
10. Role play of a scene where friends meet and greet each other on their birthday. They use words they have already learnt.
A: “Hola, Justin, feliz cumpleaños.”
B: “Gracias”, Keith
Happy Birthday, Friend
11. At the beginning of each month, students note the birthdays to be celebrated in that month.
12. Each birthday boy/girl chooses a number that would represent a birthday greeting in a different language. For example 1. represents Spanish 2. French 3. Yoruba 4. Mandarin 5. Hindi.
13. On the birthday of the particular student, the class sings greetings in the chosen language. Students say where in the world/which group of people in Trinidad and Tobago you would hear that particular greeting.
14. Students may also greet birthday child using any other foreign language greeting that they remember.
Yummy in my tummy – birthday cake
15. A picture of a birthday cake is shown to the students. Discussion takes place; questions are asked about the birthday cake: What is it? When is it usually seen? What is on it? Students also share their favourite types of birthday cake designs and flavours.
16. Students count and state number of candles that is on the birthday cake chart. They draw their own birthday cake and put in the number of candles to represent their age.
Feliz Cumpleaños, Amigo
1. Students review counting to ten in Spanish.
2. Students are reminded that it’s a birthday celebration day and that greeting of the day is in Spanish. Students sing the Birthday song, in English and then in Spanish. Students note the Spanish phrase for happy birthday.
3. If other greetings were explored in previous days, students may express those greeting to the birthday boy/girl.
4. Students then repeat the question ¿Cuántos años tienes?. They note that this question means “How old are you?”
5. The question is asked to the birthday child and he/she responds Tengo _____ años.
6. The question is then asked to other students and each takes turn responding.