Learning About Acorns: A Bilingual Story

Learning about acorns is a fun way to introduce specific vocabulary about acorns, oak tree life cycle, and Spanish sight words. How can these activities combine in a single theme?

You can easily create lessons and activities using simple themes like learning about acorns and oak trees. But, you can add other learning activities to develop different language skills. 

Fun Facts in Learning About Acorns

Acorns are nuts with seeds. These seeds can take up to 24 months to grow. What type of animals eats acorns?

You might be surprised that many animals benefit from acorns. Usually, squirrels and rodents eat and store acorns in different areas.

When winter arrives, they might locate the buried acorns. Other animals that consume acorns are birds, pigeons, ducks, and woodpeckers. Besides squirrels and birds, deer also eat acorns.

Native Americans, especially in California, also consumed acorns. For instance, they would use acorns for food during winter or lack other food sources.

But, how does an acorn become an oak tree to give more seeds?

learning about acorns bilingual story

From Acorn to Oak Tree 

While an oak tree can live for hundreds of years, it can produce many acorns in its lifetime. The life cycle of the oak tree consists of mainly four stages.

First, a mature oak tree generates acorns that easily fall on the ground. From there, animals like squirrels eat these acorns or bury them.

Other ways of dispersion are water, animal droppings, and wind. However, the most common way is when squirrels forget about the hidden acorns.

Next, if the conditions are suitable, the acorn seeds grow into tiny sprouts. Third, the sprouts will become young oak trees under the proper water, soil, and sunlight conditions.

Sapling is another term for a young oak tree. Finally, saplings become great oak trees that produce more acorns. 

Learning About Acorns Using the Bilingual Story

Use the acorn bilingual story as an information text to develop different language skills. For instance, you might use the text to identify Spanish sight words.

Then, you could use the interactive game card to point out the different words in the text. You could also use the informational text to learn more about the life cycle of the oak tree.

Materials:

  • Free Acorn Bilingual Story 
  • Construction paper or card-stock paper
  • Safety scissors
  • Glue
  • Optional: hole puncher and ribbon

Instructions:

  • Use the Acorn Bilingual Story to read the text in English and Spanish
  • Identify the various Spanish sight words or specific terms about acorns and oak trees
  • Optional: Use a hole puncher to create two holes and insert a piece of ribbon to create a foldable book
  • Next, use the life cycle of the oak tree to study how acorns become oak trees
  • Further investigate about oak trees with the Types of Leaves reference sheet for different trees
  • Then, use the interactive game card to match the Spanish sight words
  • Find each word in the informational text as you go through the matching of words

A fun way to use informational text like the acorn bilingual story is to learn about Spanish sight words. Besides looking for these words throughout the text, you might want to match the English and Spanish versions.

Watch the video to learn how to use these activities in different ways. 

In conclusion, learning about acorns doesn’t have to stop in knowing about simple facts. That is, you can create other fun learning experiences with Spanish sight words and informational texts.

In this way, your students learn about specific subject vocabulary, apply them, and engage with the text. 

Barbara Mascareno

Barbara is an educational writer, teacher, and instructional designer. She loves to write K-12 education content, teaching strategies, bilingual education approaches, and foreign language.

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