Seasons of the Year Spanish Lesson

Seasons of the year in Spanish lessons or bilingual activities can introduce more than the cycle of seasons. Naturally, children will experience the changes in seasons as the weather varies.

However, that is just the beginning of learning the seasons of the year. With simple steps of planning activities, you can develop reading and literacy lessons and introduce some basic weather terms. 

Create Seasons of the Year Wheels

When you grab some color paper, scraps of wrapping paper, and glue, you might have more than a hands-on activity. For instance, you might use these materials to create season wheels.

Then, your students can decorate these wheels with colors or stickers. The best part is that your students learn season terms in English and Spanish, weather words, and time. 

Materials:

  • Sturdy color paper or cardboard
  • Construction paper or scraps of wrapping paper (assorted)
  • Free seasons of the year wheel printables
  • Fasteners
  • Safety scissors
  • Glue

Instructions:

  1. Print the free seasons of the year wheel templates.
  2. Cut each circle and set it aside.
  3. Next, make a small triangle cut on each wheel, creating the top of the season wheel.
  4. Cut four circles from cardboard or card-stock paper.
  5. Paste four pieces of wrapping paper or construction paper to make sturdy wheels.
  6. Align the bottom of each season wheel with the cardboard wheel.
  7. Assemble the top with the cutout triangle on top of the stack of circles.
  8. Make a small marking with your pencil or the end of the fastener in the middle of the circles.
  9. Gently press the fastener through the stack of paper circles.
  10. Swirl the wheels to see the different parts of the seasons.
seasons of the year

Learning the Spanish Seasons

Perhaps, one of the fun ways to introduce seasons in your lessons is to use videos or short clips. For example, your students can see how other people in other places live and what type of clothing they need to wear.

Another way that you can introduce seasons is by using collages. In this way, your students can look through magazines or brochures for seasonal items, places, or weather scenery.

Once you have a collection of photographs and cutouts, you can create a collage for each season. The best part of this warm-up is that you can keep on adding pictures.

Later on, you can add photographs of events or weather images. A good teaching strategy is to use bilingual terms in English and Spanish.

For instance, you can label each season and weather. You can use the words like breezy, cool, windy, snowy, icy, sunny, and cloudy to describe the weather in each wheel.  

  • Breezy = ventoso
  • Cool = fresco
  • Windy = ventoso
  • Snowy = nevado
  • Icy = helado
  • Sunny = soleado
  • Cloudy = nublado
  • Rainy = lluvioso

Other bilingual terms to describe weather are:

  • Cold = frío 
  • Hot = caluroso, caliente, cálido  
  • Rain = lluvia
  • Dry = seco, árido 
  • Snow = nieve
  • Thunder = trueno
  • Lightning = relámpago  

Seasons of the Year with Weather and Clothing Terms

Weather can determine what you might wear. Obviously, this way is a good starting point to start to talk about seasons.

In contrast, you can discuss the differences between summer and winter. For instance, these seasons have many differences in temperature, daylight, and, of course, clothing.

So, take the opportunity to combine other Spanish terms. For example, if you discuss spring, you can begin by talking about warm weather, rain, light clothing, and changes in plants and trees.

After that, you can add other activities like the season wheel, reading, or writing practice. By combining various learning activities can help students to become familiar with bilingual terms.

Of course, you want to avoid repetitive terminology that will not benefit their learning. Otherwise, your students might learn one aspect of the seasons of the year.

A careful plan of introduction, developing learning ideas, and assessing those activities can boost your students’ knowledge of more than seasons. 

Avoid Months with Bilingual Learning of Seasons

Often, lessons combine learning months of the year with seasons. While that is one way to introduce seasons, you might want to consider other possibilities.

For instance, the northern and southern hemispheres have a reversal of seasons. Consequently, you might have a Spanish-speaking student from Latin America that might not understand seasons with months.

For example, summer occurs in July in the northern hemisphere. Likewise, winter happens during July in the southern hemisphere.

So, try to teach months of the year with other activities like familiar holidays or school events. 

Seasons of the year can be part of any lesson at any time of the school year. You can easily plan activities like collages or season wheels to introduce and talk about seasons.

More than that, you can implement other learning concepts like weather, reading, and science.  

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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