Even with the challenges that we faced with virtual learning, our Elementary School Spanish classes were able to use storytelling to provide the students with familiarity and plenty of opportunity for repetition of key vocabulary and structures. Each play allowed students to achieve a good level of confidence when speaking.
Grade 1 worked on the Story “Maria hace un pastel” This is the story of a girl who wants to make a cake and asks her friends to help her to make and decorate it. After her friends refuse to help, she not only does all the work herself but enjoys the cake with her dog.
Grade 2 worked on the story “El gato y la Luna”: This is a humorous story about a cat who believes that the moon has fallen in the water, all the other characters follow suit in panic, that is until the king shows them that they are simply looking at a reflection.
Grade 3 worked on “ Los tres cerdos pequeños” In this traditional story the three pigs set out to build their own houses. The first pig builds a house of straw, the second builds a house of wood, and the third builds a house of bricks. The wolf arrives at each of the first two houses, and because they are built of weaker materials, blows them down.
Grade 5 worked on “Marco el Mago”. Marco is a powerful wizard, proud of his abilities, but he chooses to help only those who can do favors for him in return. One day, however, he learns an important lesson when an elf removes his powers and Marco comes to understand that his gift should be shared, most of all, with those in need.
I am very proud of the kids' confidence in the language and their performance. Here are the videos for you to enjoy!