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Welcome to My Neighborhood

Amanda Yates
Polk County Schools


In this lesson, students review common phrases and vocabulary words in the target language (Spanish). The students construct pictures or neighborhoods, then label people and objects with the phrases and words (in Spanish).


The student organizes information in spoken or written form about a variety of topics of academic and cultural interest (e.g., by making lists categorizing objects, or organizing concepts).

The student recognizes the multiple ways in which an idea may be expressed in the target language and uses them appropriately.


-Copies of word/phrase list (enough for each pair of students)
-Envelopes for each pair of students
-Enough blank paper for each pair to have 2 sheets (one for the review activity and one for the neighborhood drawing)
-Markers or colored pencils for each pair
-Rulers for each pair of students


1. Print out the list of phrases and words from the attachment file. Look over this list.
2. Make sure you have blank paper and crayons/colored pencils for each student.
3. Prepare the envelopes by making copies of the words/phrases sheet. Make enough copies for each pair. Cut out the each word or phrase. Place all the words/phrases in each envelope.


1. Review the phrases and vocabulary words with the students by saying a word in Spanish and calling on a student to tell you the word in English. Repeat this process. (Use the list of words/phrases given in the attachment section or substitute your own if you have been working with specific words and phrases).

2. Put the students in pairs. Give each pair an envelope. (Use the directions for preparing them prior to beginning the lesson, found in the preparation section.)

3. Tell the students to match each Spanish word or phrase with the correct English word/phrase. Tell them to raise their hands when they think they have all the words placed correctly on their desks.

4. When students raise their hands, walk around and check their work. When they have correctly matched the words, have them paste them to their papers.
You are done with the review part of the lesson.

5. Tell the students: I am giving you a challenge. You need to draw a picture that contains people and objects that can be labeled with the words on the list. You must label with the Spanish words. You don't have to be an artist, but you must draw neatly enough that I can tell what your pictures are supposed to be.

6. Give each pair a piece of drawing paper and crayons or colored pencils.

7. When the students are finished, collect their work.

8. Give positive/corrective feedback. Use the successful drawings with correct labeling and categorization as examples. Point out that there are many ways to exhibit an idea or concept. Have students redo the project until mastery is reached.


Observe the students during review time and help with pronounciation of the phrases and vocabulary words. Check the neighborhood project for correct labeling of objects with Spanish words. Display the different pictures as a way to review and also emphasize that there are multiple ways in which an idea may be expressed in the target language. Students are given positive and corrective feedback on the assignment and should redo the assignment until mastery is achieved.


-You may use this lesson to review other lists of vocabulary that your students have studied.
-This lesson could also be used with ESOL students who are Spanish speakers. You would have them translate the Spanish to English.

Attached Files

Spanish/English words and phrases     File Extension: pdf

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