I wrote this story to teach five professions to my elementary students: el maestro/la maestra, el médico/la médica, el cocinero/la cocinera, el pintor/la pintora, and el policía/la mujer policía.
A dog named Carbón lives in Minnesota with a boy named Alonso. One day, Carbón and Alonso go to the park. Oh no! Carbón can't find Alonso! Carbón goes to different people in the park and asks them where Alonso is.
This bundle includes:
• El perro perdido - picture story
• Story cards (without text) for students to retell the story in Spanish
• Student version with black-and-white pictures
• Student version with text only
• Five worksheets
• A timed writing quiz
• A full answer key
• A Teacher's Guide
• Ten professions posters
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.