It’s summertime and many people are traveling and going on vacation. What a perfect time to learn Tagalog words all about traveling.
This post includes 3 different lesson activities with a travel theme:
- “My Maleta” Suitcase
- Transportation Board Game
- Taglish Postcard
- Jeepney Craft
Activity 1: My “Maleta” Suitcase
This first activity teaches you the vocabulary words for items you possibly would pack in your suitcase. Here is a four-page printable for your child to learn the names of common items to pack, a suitcase to “pack” these items in, and two packing lists (one with English translation and the other is Tagalog only).
First, the child will decorate his/her suitcase (or “maleta” in Tagalog).
The next step is to color the items and cut them out. Review the English and Tagalog words for the travel supplies.
One by one, the travel supply will be placed in the suitcase and a dry erase marker can be used to check it off on the list. Once the child is comfortable, the Tagalog only Packing List can be used.
It can be printed on regular 8.5″ x 11″ paper. It will be more durable on cardstock or if the papers will be laminated. For repeated use, the packing lists can be slipped into one of these reusable dry-erase pocket sleeves.
Tagalog Audio glossary:
- Maleta (suitcase)
- Mga damit (clothes)
- Mga sapatos (shoes)
- Suklay (comb)
- Sipilyo (toothbrush)
- Tutpeyst (toothpaste)
- Gamot (medicine)
- Tubig (water)
- Pera (money)
- Mapa (map)
- Tiket (ticket)
Activity 2:Tagalog Traveling Board Game- (Forms of Transportation in Tagalog)
Here is a printable board game to review numbers 1 through 5 in Tagalog and to introduce five different forms of transportation in Tagalog. Our family is big on board games to have fun together and if we can combine it with concepts to learn, even better!
Tagalog Audio Glossary:
- Eroplano (airplane)
- Bisikleta (bicycle)
- Kotse (car)
- Bangka (boat)
- Tren (train)
- Isa (one)
- Dalawa (two)
- Tatlo (three)
- Apat (four)
- Lima (five)
Here are some tips to make the game more durable:
- Print the game on cardstock.
- Laminate the game, game pieces, and number cards.
- Glue the game pieces on a thin cardboard (e.g. cereal box, tissue box …etc.) Snip the bottom and insert another cardboard to help the game piece stand. Here are some images to show you the steps.
- First, glue the game piece to a cardboard that is slightly larger than the game piece.
Cut a small slit at the bottom of the piece. Be careful not to cut through the picture.
Cut a small rectangular piece of the cardboard the same length as the game piece.
Insert the cardboard inside of the slit of the game piece. (It will look like a +).
Trim off any cardboard as necessary to help make it stand up straight.
Activity 3: Taglish Postcard
In this activity, you will be writing a postcard to a family or friend, pretending you are taking a vacation somewhere you have been (or would like to go). The introductory page teaches you sample Tagalog phrases to include in your postcard message. There are two versions included (One with pre-typed fill-in-the blank sentences and another with just a blank message for you to write your whole letter).
Directions to Assemble the Postcard:
After reviewing the Introductory pages and Tagalog phrases, choose which type of postcard you will create first (whether it’s the blank one or the one with a pre-typed message). Cut out both rectangles.
Glue the back of the picture portion of the postcard to the back of the letter portion.
Now you have your postcard ready to write in and draw a beautiful picture of the location where you have “traveled”!
Tagalog Audio Glossary
- Kamusta ka? (How are you? – informal)
- Kamusta po kayo? (How are you? – respectful/formal to be used with elders)
- Nandito ako sa … (I’m here at …)
- Babalik ako sa … (I’m coming back on …)
- Miss na miss kita (I miss you very much)
- Kita tayo mamaya (We’ll see each other later)
Activity 4: Jeepney Trail of Facts
Did you know that the jeepney is one of the most popular forms of public transportation in the Philippines? Learn more about it with this interactive printable.
In the “Jeepney Trail of Facts” activity, you will be taking a “drive” through a winding path in the Philippines and will be learning facts about the jeepney along the way.
Next, you will cut out the jeepney.
Then, you will cut out the “trail.”
Next, get a craft stick and tape.
Stick the picture of the jeepney to the craft stick (with tape or glue).
Finally, take your jeepney for a drive through the path and read the facts along the route.
(photo credit: myelitedetail.us)
For a bonus activity, download and enjoy coloring the Jeepney Coloring Page here (from Coloringpagesforfree.net)
We hope this activity has helped you to learn a bit more about Filipino culture and a form of Filipino public transportation.