When I taught middle school, this was one of my favorite stories to teach! I used it to teach the following words: el azúcar, demasiado, todavía. This story is also a great way to reinforce indirect object pronouns (which were a major focus of my eighth grade curriculum). While I used this story in middle school, it can also be used with younger students.
When I taught this story, I brought in real lemonade and sugar. The student actor who played the waiter added real sugar to the cup of lemonade. (For the part where the waiter pours the entire bag of sugar into the cup, I had the student actor pour from a small zip-lock bag of sugar). At my school, I had permission to have the student actor try the lemonade and sugar mixture. If your school doesn't allow you to give sugar to students, you can use pretend ingredients or you could play the old woman in the story yourself. (I did this once and my students loved watching me try the lemonade with all of the sugar!) At the end of class, I poured regular lemonade (without added sugar) into small cups so all of my students could have some lemonade.
This bundle includes the following:
- La limonada - picture story
- Student version of the story (text only)
- Story cards (without text) for students to retell the story in Spanish
- Two worksheets with a full answer key
- A writing prompt
- Game cards
It will take about three days to teach this story.
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.