Many conservation groups in North America and Central America are working to protect endangered sea turtles. I had the idea to write this story after one of my friends went to Costa Rica to volunteer with a conservation group. As my students are studying Mexico this year, I am focusing this unit on efforts to save sea turtles in Mexico.
In this story, a baby sea turtle hatches on a beach. Although I do not mention the specific country in the story, I am telling my students that the beach is in Mexico. The baby sea turtle wants to go to the ocean, but there are many dangers on the beach, from a crab to a bird to a raccoon. The baby turtle finally makes it to the ocean!
This bundle includes two versions of the story. The first version, for younger students, ends with the baby sea turtle in the ocean. The second version, for older middle and high school students, ends with a shark coming after the baby turtle. If I were teaching this story to older students, I would end with the question: Does the shark eat the baby turtle or not? You can turn this into a class discussion and/or have students write their own ending to the story.
This story has a wider range of vocabulary than most of my stories (approximately 60 words). A major focus of this story is teaching the word "después". This story includes many words and structures that are typical of Spanish 1, but it also has a few more advanced words, like "nido" and "mapache". For a full list of vocabulary, see the preview file.
This story can be used with Spanish 1 students toward the end of the year. It would also make a great addition to Spanish 2 or 3, especially since many Level 2 and 3 textbooks include a unit on conservation and protecting the environment.
This bundle includes the following resources:
- La tortuga - picture story (two versions)
- Student copy of the story in black and white (two versions)
- A booklet showing the life cycle of a sea turtle in Spanish
- Links to videos showing baby turtles hatching and conservation efforts in Mexico
- La historia de una bolsa de plástico - a video link and activities for older students
- 5 worksheets for Version 1 (the version for younger students)
- 6 worksheets for Version 2 (the version for older students)
I wrote this story for elementary students who have studied Spanish for several years; it will work best with elementary and younger middle school students (5th and 6th grade). If you would like to teach multiple stories that build on each other, this is the order I recommend. I will continue to update this list as I create more stories for my students this year:
1) Isabel va a la escuela
2) Me duele
3) La familia
4) El gato y el pez
5) El señor Pacheco (Weather and Seasons Bundle)
6) Quiero hacer ejercicio
7) ¡No me gusta!
8) ¡Está lloviendo! (Weather and Seasons Bundle)
9) ¡Tengo frío!
10) La abuela y la serpiente (Weather and Seasons Bundle)
11) Mono, mono ¿adónde vas?
12) El pirata
13) La maleta de Gloria (Clothing Bundle)
14) Pobre Nico (Clothing Bundle)
15) El oso duerme (Weather and Seasons Bundle)
16) Los tres osos
17) ¿Dónde está Bigotes? (House Bundle)
18) Peluso tiene hambre (House Bundle)
19) La tortuga
20) ¿Qué tiempo hace, oso polar? (Weather and Seasons Bundle)
21) La ropa (Clothing Bundle)
22) Sebastián va a las montañas (Clothing Bundle)
23) El ratón (House Bundle)
24) El perro perdido
25) El collar robado (Clothing Bundle)
26) ¡La casa se quema! (House Bundle)
27) El robo
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.
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.