Are you familiar with Pocoyo? He's a lovable character from a Spanish cartoon with the same name. The language is fairly simple and your students will adore Pocoyo and his friends!
Episode: El gran tobogán (You can find this on YouTube)
Level/Content: Spanish 2. I teach this at the beginning of the daily routine/reflexive chapter. The episode isn’t at all about daily routines, but “divertirse” and “sentirse” are verbs used in the chapter and this feels like a good way for the students to start hearing that structure.
Review the vocabulary. Distribute the vocabulary list and have students work to define the words. Sometimes we do this in groups, allowing them to use technology to look up words. You may make a timed competition of it. Sometimes we fill it in as a class, as I negotiate the meaning with them via gestures, definitions, synonyms, or just telling them the really difficult ones.
View the episode. I feel like everyone handles this step differently. I, personally, am not one for stopping and starting a movie over and over again while I’m trying to understand it. So, I almost always allow the students to simply watch the episode once. This often leaves them surprised at how much they understood. If you’d rather jump right into the Q&A, feel free to skip this step. Here are some extension activities you can do with this step:
Have the students turn the vocabulary sheet over and write (in English or Spanish) a five minute free write of what they understood in the episode.
Have the students construct a timeline of events as a class on the board (language depends on level).
Three true/two false: Students write three true and two false statements about the episode in Spanish. Use these to “quiz” other students about the episode. If you have that group of students in every class who simply will not engage, making this an actual quiz often helps to “reawaken” them.
View the episode again. Use the “Guión para el maestro” to stop and ask the students questions about what is happening. I did not include a list of questions because these are so specific to your individual class level.
Have the students complete the worksheet.
Continue with conversation questions at the end of the packet.
I usually take two full 41-minute classes to complete one episode. I could easily extend it to three days if I fully covered all of the activities in the packet. It can also be shortened to one day. Need a sub activity? Just have them watch the video and complete the worksheet.