Thursday, January 22, 2015

Valentine's Day bilingual activity


When you teach students a second language you realize that one of the better ways to connect to the students is through songs and stories...
Valentines Day is coming up and I know a great tale to work on with my students... It was such a success and I wanted to share it with you. (This year I will do the English version with 5th graders and the Spanish version with 2nd graders).

The story is "El soldadito de plomo" and you can find it in English as "The steadfast tin soldier" or as "The hardy tin soldier" and it is a great love story between a soldier and a ballerina. You can work on the story and you can use it to go through a huge variety of contents and activities.
I have prepared a beautiful craftivity for you to hang on your walls. You can find it HERE.

I like my students to watch the movie before starting to work on it. Here you have the Spanish and the English versions from youtube.
Spanish version:

English version: (sorry, it comes in three parts...)
I have also uploaded a video to explain how to do the activity...It's my first video of this kind and I hope you like it. Here you have it...

If you go to this LINK you´ll find more activities and ideas to work with this story.
Don´t doubt it, it´s a win - win!! Enjoy!!


  1. I love the activity!!! my son (6 years old) enjoyed the Spanish version of the story and your video to make the soldier is such a great explanation. thanks!!

  2. Thank you Sra.Casado! My kids enjoyed a lot doing the video with me. They loved the craftivity and so do my students!