This is a retelling of the Tortoise and the Hare in simple Spanish. It is perfect for students in their first few months of language study. I chose to call the hare "el conejo" instead of "la liebre" because "el conejo" is a higher-frequency word.
In this version of the story, the Tortoise and the Hare race along El Camino de Santiago. The Tortoise wins by getting to Santiago de Compostela first. The story itself does not provide a lot of information about El Camino de Santiago (I did this on purpose to keep the language simple and repetitive). The teacher's guide provides suggestions for teaching about El Camino de Santiago as you go through the story with your students.
The background images in the story are authentic photos that were taken along El Camino de Santiago. I applied a watercolor filter to the photos to help them blend with the clipart images. Note: If you have walked El Camino de Santiago, you might notice that some of the landscapes are out of order. For example, on one page, the Tortoise and the Hare might be near Burgos, and on the next page, the landscape might look like the area around Pamplona (the wrong direction if you are walking to Santiago de Compostela). I chose to be flexible with the landscape because I needed photos that would work with the clipart images and the story.
This year, our school is focusing a lot of attention on Growth Mindset. Bryce Hedstrom, a master TPRS® teacher from Colorado, blogged about using the story of the Tortoise and the Hare to teach his students about mindset. He wrote a wonderful adaptation of the Tortoise and the Hare for his high school students; it is available for free on his blog.
While written in simple Spanish, his version was still too advanced for my elementary classes, so I decided to create my own picture version of the Tortoise and the Hare, boiling the story down to its simplest components. I followed many of Bryce Hedstrom's suggestions for using this story to teach my students about mindset.
This story is also a great way to teach/review adjectives, adverbs with -mente, and comparatives.
This bundle includes the following:
• El conejo y la tortuga - picture story
• Story cards (without text)
• A student version (one page, text only)
• A 14-page teacher's guide
• 22 posters
• 6 worksheets with a full answer key
I teach this story with TPRS®, a method developed by Blaine Ray.
This story provides input that is comprehensible, engaging, and carefully structured to include lots of repetition. I have been using TPRS® in my classes since 2007 and have found it to be a highly successful method for learning languages. I have used TPRS® with preschool through adult classes and have found that learners of all ages are captivated by stories.
When I am reading the story to the whole class, I project it on a Promethean Board from my computer (many PDF viewing programs have the option to view PDF files as full page or as a slideshow). I also print out several copies, laminate them, and keep them as part of our classroom library. If students finish their work early, they can go to the library and check out a book. I also incorporate regular reading time in our class periods so all students can review the stories we have already learned.
NOTE: This story is sold in PDF format. I have received some requests to put these stories in PowerPoint format. However, many of the artists who create educational clipart specify that the clipart must be locked down in a PDF file, as this secures the file images. Some PDF viewing programs have the option to "view as slideshow", which looks very similar to a PowerPoint presentation. Other programs have the option to view as full screen or full page. This is how I use the PDF files in my class.