Okay, okay, I know the front is kinda junky looking with the sharpie marker bleeding through a bit, but go with me on this one..., We created EVERYTHING you see in all these pictures step by step in the Target Language with no English at all. We started with "DOBLA el papel", which you already know is my favorite phrase, and other phrases with actions accompanying them like "DIBUJA una ventana." and "ESCRIBE la ventana".
We drew the inside line by line in the target language to create the house: first the structure, then the roof, first and second floor labels, and then the stairs. Once all of that was done. we added construction paper rectangles, folded like an "hamburguesa" in different colors, and glued them to make each room. "ESCRIBE la cocina en el papelito verde" and so forth for each room. Each room needs to open up so you can put "stuff" on the inside. You have as many or as few rooms as your curriculum dictates that your kids should know.
This example on the left is from a Spanish 1 student, and reflects the 5 rooms that they need to know for Spanish 1. I added "el comedor" because I wanted them to make the connection between "cocinar-la cocina", "comer-el comedor", "dormir-el dormitorio" etc. We'll talk about that in my "Grammar in da HOUSE!" post later. Inside on the flaps they put 1 activity that they like to do in each room using "Me gusta..." and 1 activity they don't like to do using "No me gusta..."
This is an example that a student in Spanish 2 was working on. It is a legal sized sheet of paper instead of a standard letter size, and includes attic, basement, and an additional "cuarto" that has multipurpose use for vocab. In the SPA 2 version of this foldable, they are responsible for knowing chores and also other household items and furniture. I put the chores (with stick figure picutres) on the inside flaps and the objects (also with drawings) on the flat part against the desk. When we talk about it, they can say what they do or have to do in each room with what objects. I have found this foldable to be very useful for introducing the vocabulary while staying in the target language.
The new thing I figured out how to do with this foldable this year, though, is something that has pushed me over the edge into proficiency based teaching and it deserves its own post. Please check out "Grammar in da HOUSE!" for how it works! And it does work!!!!