This week we studied George Washington, the first President of the United States. While studying his life, we have also covered a few other subjects to create a bilingual – Dual Language unit in English and Spanish.
George Washington was a brave man and a leader. These are two qualities that our students can learn from studying his life.
Writing a Biography – Escribir una Biografía
Studying someone’s life is a perfect opportunity to introduce students to write their autobiography. They can talk about when they were born, show pictures, talk about who they are with their class. Use adjectives (adjetivos) to describe personal characteristics.
History – in English
We enjoyed reading this book from the Who Was series. It is so easy to read, complete with lots of facts and information on top events.
Historia (in Spanish)
I really appreciate the comment in Instagram the other day that the Who Was series is also available in Spanish!!!! We will be picking it up from the library and read a chapter of it. I am already planning ways to include this series of books into other units.
Writing / Escritura
Write Letters: We learned to date the letter, how to address it (Dear _______,), whereas in Spanish it is Querido(a) _______:
We wrote letters that included a few sentences and a question to ensure that we would get a letter back.
We also practiced writing our names in cursive to sign the letter off.
Dental Health – Salud Dental
Did you know George Washington had terrible teeth? He only had 1 real tooth of his own!!! It is so important to teach our children from a young age to take good care of their teeth by being diligent in their cleaning.
Recommended Books to read in English about Dental Health
Recommended Books to read about Salud Dental in Spanish
Mis primeras rutinas. Cómo enseñar a tu cocodrilo a lavarse los dientes (Spanish Edition)Los Cocodrilos No Se Cepillan Los Dientes / Cocodriles Don’t Brush Their Teeth (Spanish Edition)10 Pasos Para Tener Dientes Felices (Spanish Edition)
Economics – Economía
- Discuss the meaning of Importing and Exporting (importación y exportación).
- Discuss what are taxes.
- Play selling and buying play food, paper, and other things with an added tax (impuesto) for each item.
Hope you were able to get some ideas for a Dual Language Unit Study on George Washington.
Let me know in the comments what ideas you have that could be included in this list.
Hasta la próxima!