The next unit in our elementary Spanish textbook is on geography and landforms. I wrote this story to teach my students the words "el mar", "la isla", "las montañas", and "el río". What better way to teach these words than to have a pirate look for a secret treasure on an island?
In addition to "El pirata", I am including a bonus picture book, "El nido". I wrote "El nido" to reinforce some of the words in "El pirata" and to review some of our previous vocabulary. Because of this "freebie", you get two picture books in this bundle for the price of one!
In "El pirata", there is a pirate named Roberto. Roberto travels through the ocean on his boat. Roberto has a secret map. On the map, there is an island. On the island, there is a treasure! Roberto goes to the island. He looks in the mountains, but the treasure is not there. He looks along the river, but the treasure is not there. Finally, Roberto goes to the beach. . . where he discovers that another pirate has already found the treasure! ¡Qué lástima!
This story is intended for beginning Spanish students. It has less than 40 distinct vocabulary words.
Note: I chose to use the word "barco" in this story because my students learned it in our last unit on transportation. If you purchase this story and want to use the more correct word, "nave", please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a version with the word "nave" instead of "barco".
In "El nido", there is a bird who is looking for the perfect place to build her nest. She goes to the ocean, but it is too windy. She goes to the beach, but it is too hot. She goes to the river, but it is too sunny. She goes to the mountains, but they are too cold. Finally, she goes to the park. The park is not too hot, not too cold, not too sunny, and not too windy. The bird builds her nest in the park. The bird is happy! Note: There are no extra resources for "El nido" -- only the picture book is included.
This bundle includes the following:
- El pirata - picture story
- Story cards (without text) for retelling the story in Spanish
- A student version in black-and-white
- Tips for teaching the story
- Five worksheets with a full answer key
- El nido - A bonus picture story that teaches/reinforces many of the vocabulary words in "El pirata".
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 provided 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.