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Once a week we will be featuring a fun and/or educational activity you can try at home or in the classroom. This week we are celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a Spanish lesson.

Today is Cinco de Mayo, the perfect day to share the Spanish version of The Chicken and the Worm, or El Pollo y el Gusano, written by Page McBrier, New York Times Best-Selling author. She drew from her own experiences with Heifer project partners to write books for Heifer International, inlcuding this one.

The book will introduce your child to chickens and worms and what they do for the Earth. And, if your child doesn't speak Spanish, It's a great opportunity to introduce him or her to a foreign language in a fun way.The Chicken and the Worm

In the book, the chicken and the worm, along with you and your child, learn about everything they have in common, and how they both care for the Earth in their own special ways.

You can use the Google translator and figure out the words as you go, or you can view the English version for comparison.

If you enjoyed this activity, you can find several lesson plans related to this book in the Classroom Resources section of our website in Spanish or English (look under Pre-K & Kindergarten), as well as other books and activities in Spanish.

¡Buena suerte y diviértete!


Linda Meyers

Linda Meyers, an Arkansas transplant originally from St. Louis, Mo., started working at Heifer International in 2011. She enjoys dragging her three children on nature hikes and snapping photos of them and everything around her. She has a bachelor’s degree in English has been “in the process” of writing the great American novel for 24 years.