Old MacDonald Had a Farm Bilingual Story

Old MacDonald Had a Farm is probably one of the most beloved nursery rhymes. Whether you say it in English or Spanish, children enjoy reading the verses, singing to EIEIO, or just learning about farm animals.

As with any Spanish nursery rhyme taking the time to read and practice reading, you boost your children’s literacy enrichment and language skills.  

Introduction of Farm Animals to Preschoolers

Starting to discuss farm animals might be as simple as using flashcards or watching an engaging video.

Other ways to introduce farm animal names are to use anchor charts with images or photographs with the related terms. Also, you can combine children’s drawings of each animal.

You might arrange a visit to your local farm for more interactive experiences to see these animals in person.

The most worthwhile learning experiences could include reading different informational texts or Spanish nursery rhymes. 

Old MacDonald Had a Farm Literacy Activities

With this classic nursery rhyme, your young learner develops different language skills. For instance, while repetition may be a factor, knowing what comes next is an important skill to learn.

That is why Spanish nursery rhymes and bilingual ones are excellent tools to practice vocabulary, sounds, and syllable identification

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Materials:

  • Old MacDonald Had a Farm free bilingual story
  • Spanish Farm Animals Mini-Book
  • Farm wheel 
  • Clothespins or other clip
  • Markers, color pencils, or crayons
  • Glue
  • Safety Scissors
  • Sturdy card-stock paper or construction paper

Instructions:

  • Print the Old MacDonald Had a Farm bilingual story.
  • Use page 10 to create a wheel of farm animals. Set aside. 
    • Optional: Cut the wheel and paste on card-stock paper or construction paper.
  • Cut and save the bilingual terms from page 11. 
    • Optional: Paste the terms on each corresponding page or paste as you read the story. 
  • Use the wheel of bilingual terms as you read the story.
  • Make sure to point out the fun sounds of farm animals. 
  • Read the bilingual story in English and Spanish. 

Old MacDonald Had a Farm Additional Activities

Once you have read the bilingual story, there are other literacy activities you could do.

  • For example, you can make extra copies of the English and Spanish terms.
  • Next, use various farm animal cards, photographs, or images online.
  • Then, ask your young bilingual learner about the sounds these animals make.
  • Later, you can use the wheel of animals to emphasize matching pictures of each animal with sounds.

As your young reader becomes more familiar with the different terms, you could use other rhymes or poems to boost vocabulary. 

Consequently, you also combine other learning materials to enhance Spanish learning. For example, the Spanish Farm Animals Mini-Book is an excellent companion to this lesson.

You can also practice writing, reading comprehension, syllable recognition, and letter identification alongside each bilingual page.

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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