Posted by: Michel Baker | April 8, 2011

2 Hip, HF Spanish Songs w/ Reps

My teacher cadet is a former star student, and she informed me that some of my songs might be a little “babyish” for the 5th graders.  Leslie Davison posted the song “Me gustas tú” by Manu Chao on her site, and I started playing it for them, and even for my 3rd and 4th graders.  I believe she selected this hip song because of the constant repeats of the HF structures and the pictorial support, and for its age appropriateness. 

I posted translation of the three main structures on a piece of chart paper: black pen for Spanish, red penned English words underneath, “¿Qué horas son, mi corazón?, ¿Qué voy a hacer? and Me gustas tú.”   We usually have a student stand and point to them on the dry erase board while the song played on the Smart Board:  It was wonderful for driving home the structure “Me gustas tú,” especially since we had already targeted “Me gusta” [I like].  The kids LOVED this song, and I was so grateful to my teacher cadet and to Leslie!

Then, my colleague Josh Hem Lee provided a whole list of songs, and one of them really caught my attention.  We tried it today, and it was another hit:  This one contains a lot of structures that we have already targeted, “se cayó, salta, llama al doctor,” so they already understand most of it!  The rest, they get from reading the scrolling Powerpoint that I am going to make to place the words below the video.  Adorable! 

If you have any hip songs that are appropriate for elementary kids and also contain numerous reps of HF Structures, please share them here!   Much appreciated!



  1. Muchas Gracias!! Estos son excelentes!

  2. This is one of my students’ favorites. There are things on the site that require a subscription, but this one does not.

  3. thanks for the mention Michel! When you get the powerpoint ready please forward it to me, i think it is an excellent idea to have the words scroll while they listen to the song.

  4. I love “Me gustas tú” and if you’d like a version without the drug reference, there’s a great video on TeacherTube where that part is cut out.

    What was the second song you recommended? It has been removed from YouTube.

    • Thank you Amanda, for providing this information. This one is clean, too, but it is great to know this. Sometimes questionable content comes up next to my main youtube video, so I am going to start copying them individually to my computer. Here is a link to show how we can download them from youtube without having to wrestle to hide the other suggestive things that come up:

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