Comparing Names of Animals

Subject: World Languages

Lesson Length: 45 mins - 1 hour

Topic: Science, Communication, Animals

Grade Level: 1, 2, 3

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will explain and reflect on the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.

Know Before You Start: Students should be able to identify animal names in English and the target language.


  • Ask students:
    • “What is your favorite animal?”
    • “Why should we learn about animal names in other languages?”
    • “What are some animal names that are similar in different languages?”


  • As a class, have students practice animal names in the target language.
  • Have students research and share their favorite animal’s name in the target language.
  • Have students choose several animals to write about in the comic.
  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a comic that portrays several comparisons of animal names.


  • Have students share their comics with the class or in small groups.
  • Have students explain why they chose the animals featured in their comic.
  • Discuss why it’s important to be able to talk about animals in a different language.
  • Emphasize that sometimes when we’re learning languages, words might be very similar or very different across languages.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to work in pairs or groups as needed.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • Students may not have a favorite animal; encourage them to think of an animal someone else hasn’t suggested yet.
  • Allow students to use digital dictionaries/translators as appropriate for your class policy.