Your children already know hundreds of Spanish words! The Cognate Detective is a fun and engaging work to help children quickly increase their Spanish vocabulary and research skills by learning cognate rules.
Each rule includes the following:
Student Work Sheet
Classroom List Template
Introduce this work by telling the children they are about to embark on an investigation. They are cognate detectives searching for Spanish words hidden in the English language. There are three levels to this investigation. After each level, the class will receive a certificate. The children will be Master Detectives at the completion of the third level!
Each worksheet introduces a clue or cognate rule, and the children fill out the examples to become familiar with the rule. Progressively, the children will add to their lists of Spanish words that follow the cognate rules. Even as children work on other subjects or are at home, they will be excited when they come across words they can add to their lists. You may wish to show the children how to cross-reference words in a Spanish/English dictionary to check their work. This will help the children to see that some cognates are spelled differently despite following the rule (e.g. possible = posible). They may also discover some words are false cognates (e.g. actual).
If you wish to make the work more challenging, the class can set a goal of how many words they wish to find for each clue. Children can also write sentences that include cognates they found.
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