This 5 episode story series was written specifically to assist Spanish students in mastering the preterite and imperfect tenses and their uses. Specific grammatical constructions are incorporated sequentially throughout the episodes and the reasons for using the preterite and imperfect tenses are explored through a variety of contextual examples and activities. Written with a teenage sense of humor in mind, students will definitely find the story entertaining and be eager to find out what happens next.
This Product Includes:
-All 5 episodes of the Banda de Verduras story series in 2 different formats (illustratable format and paper conservation format)
-15 activities (3 per episode) that focus on predicting word meanings, grammar in context, and reading comprehension
Episode 1 Synopsis:
Paolo el Pimiento, Porfiro el Pepino, y Zaqueo la Zanahoria are bored. They decide to throw a party and invite the "chicas" from the neighboring garden, including Tina el Tomate (the most popular, best looking vegetable). They borrow the farmer's truck to go pick them up. When they arrive, all the chicas are pumped to go to the party, but there is just one problem. They have boyfriends who are NOT happy about the idea of them leaving with the enemy. A fight breaks out in the garden! Is their party doomed? Will they make it back to their own garden in one piece?
Episode 2 Synopsis:
Paolo el Pimiento and friends are in the midst of a fight with the guys from the neighboring garden. Fortunately the fight is interrupted when a hungry rabbit comes bounding through. The vegetables seek a safe haven in the farmer's truck where they lament the loss of some of their fellow vegetables. They head home, but the tears in Paolo's eyes prevent him from seeing well and they quickly realize they are lost. With darkness setting in, they decide to spend the night under a tree.
Episode 3 Synopsis:
After becoming lost, the vegetable gang has decided to camp out under a nearby tree. Their slumber is interrupted when a storm rolls in and fruit begins falling from the tree. They quickly make friends with the fallen fruits and explain the drama of their failed party attempt. Naldo la Naranja gives the inside on the best party of all which takes place each night at El Corral Dorado. However, getting in is not so easy. With the help of Marcos la Manzana and the other fruits, the vegetables launch a plan to gain entry into the best party EVER!
Episode 4 Synopsis:
After launching a successful plan to gain entry to El Corral Dorado, home to the wildest party around, the vegetables are thrilled. What the poor vegetables think is a pool party is actually the manager prepping them to be served in that evening's buffet. Thanks to the quick thinking of Porfirio el Pepino, they escape the manager's knife and enter a vast dining area. The fruits and vegetables are mesmerized, but Paolo el Pimiento senses that something is up.
Episode 5 Synopsis:
In the exciting conclusion of this story series, we find Paolo el Pimiento outside of El Corral Dorado, lamenting the imminent deaths of his friends. As he sobs in the bushes, a gardener comes by spraying a strange substance. It smells so wonderful that Paolo decides to take a little taste. With each bite he takes, more and more muscles begin forming, he grows bigger, and he grows taller. He is overcome with the confidence needed to rescue his friends. He bursts into the restaurant in an act of pure vegetable heroism. He begins lifting tables, throwing chairs, and walloping vegetarians. The humans who had come to El Corral Dorado to feast flee in horror. But, it's not over yet!