This is the first story in the "Había una vez - Year 1" curriculum. If you are not following this curriculum, you can teach "La familia" as a stand-alone unit.
IMPORTANT: Do not purchase this story if you have already purchased Había una vez - Year 1 - Set 1
since "La familia" is included in that bundle.
I created this story for students in an elementary FLES program. It will work best with students from kindergarten through fourth grade, although some teachers have used it with middle school, high school, and even adult classes. I have also used it as a read-aloud story with preschool students.
Note: I created this story for students in their first few weeks of learning Spanish. It is shorter than most of my other stories, uses a small set of vocabulary (less than 20 words), and is written in a very simple style. Before purchasing, check the vocabulary list below to see if this story will fit your needs.
This bundle includes:
• La familia (picture story)
• Story cards
• Student version in black-and-white
• Game cards
• Two worksheets about the story
• Posters for practicing colors
• An updated Teacher's Guide
• Three family discussion cards
• Six worksheets to accompany the family discussion cards - NEW!!!
• Ten counting cards
• A vocabulary handout
• A classroom library story, "La familia de robots"
• A tracing worksheet for younger students
Complete list of units in the "Había una vez - Year 1" Curriculum:
• Unit 1: La familia
• Unit 2: La familia de galletas
• Unit 3: Chocolate
• Unit 4: Gatos, gatos
• Unit 5: Los tres osos
• Unit 6: Los monstruos
• Unit 7: Diego está enfermo
• Unit 8: Pobre Enzo
• Unit 9: Cinco ratoncitos
• Unit 10: La Caperucita Roja
• Thanksgiving Mini-Unit: El pavo de muchos colores
• Unit 11: El pirata y el mono
• Unit 12: Elefante va a la escuela
• Unit 13: La lechuza
• Unit 14: El muñeco de nieve
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.
The following vocabulary is used in this story:
una familia, la familia
un gato, el gato
un perro, el perro
The game cards include all of the basic colors in Spanish as well as some additional family vocabulary:
The family discussion cards use the following vocabulary: