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Spanish Phrase Picture Dictionary


Subject:Arts & Humanities
Grade:K-2, 3-5

Brief Description
Students create a picture dictionary of common English phrases translated into Spanish.


Students learn Spanish words for common English phrases. Students draw pictures illustrating common phrases.


Spanish, phrase, picture, dictionary, English, translate, language, foreign language

Materials Needed

Lesson Plan

  1. Prior to the lesson, write common English phrases (for example, "Good morning," "Thank you") on index cards. Write the Spanish translations under each phrase.
  2. Write one or two of the phrases from the cards on the chalkboard. Have students say each phrase in English and Spanish.
  3. Divide the class into pairs. Distribute one index card with a phrase to each pair of students. Read the phrase to the pair of students.
  4. Tell students in each pair that they are to draw a picture to illustrate the phrase. Hand out drawing materials, and encourage students to work together to brainstorm ideas.
  5. After primary students have completed the illustrations, write the English phrase and Spanish translation on each illustration. For elementary students, have students in each pair copy the English and Spanish phrases on their illustration.
  6. Compile the illustrations. Have students design a cover illustration for their dictionary.


Evaluate students' illustrations and abilities to work together in small groups.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Lois Lewis

National Standards

Language Arts

Foreign Language

Fine Arts

Originally published 09/25/2000
Links last updated 09/01/2006