Spanish Mystery Story - El robo

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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
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I wrote this story to teach/review professions vocabulary with my students. Mr. Flores is a painter. On his birthday, he invites seven friends to his house: a veterinarian, a doctor, a dentist, a teacher, a lawyer, an astronaut, and a firefighter. Sometime between 7:15 and 7:30, one of the guests steals a painting worth two million dollars. Mr. Flores goes to a detective named Humberto, who is nine years old. Humberto interviews all of the suspects. When I teach this story, I encourage students to listen carefully and try to solve the mystery themselves. By the time we get to the last few pages, many of my students have figured out which of the seven suspects stole the painting.

At 32 pages, this story is longer than most of my other picture stories. It will take at least a week to do the entire story and the accompanying activities (depending on the length and frequency of your class periods, it may take you longer than a week). This bundle includes:
• El robo - picture story
• Story cards (without text) for students to retell the story in Spanish
• A student version (text only)
• Suggestions for the teacher
• Four worksheets with a full answer key
• A writing prompt
• A timed writing quiz
• A running dictation activity
• Game cards (for Charades, Memory, Go Fish, etc.)
• ¿Quién robó la pintura? game with instructions and game cards
• The Robbery game with instructions and game cards

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.
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Spanish Mystery Story - El robo
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Spanish Mystery Story - El robo
Spanish Mystery Story - El robo