It is finally Thanksgiving week! The students are excited about spending time with their families for this holiday, so I decided to embrace their excitement and do a fun mini-story about Thanksgiving. I found the book El Pavo de Acción de Gracias by Cassie Williams on Amazon. I love instant gratification, so I downloaded the book onto my iPad for only $2.99 and it immediately showed up on my Kindle app (you can download this app for free in the iTunes store, all you need is an Amazon account to purchase books).
This book was a great find because, in addition to recycling high frequency vocabulary like quieres and te gusta, it is very entertaining. There are so many wonderful Spanish children's books, but often the language is too complex for my students to comprehend and I end up rewriting the story. This book was a great find because it was already written at the level of my students.
Lesson: I started out my lesson by talking about what my students eat during Thanksgiving. I put of pictures of different Thanksgiving foods and asked them questions (all in the target language of course).
I then picked a few actors for my story. I had all of the actors sitting at a table with plates in front of them. My students had been working with pone (puts) so I had the actor playing the roll of the mom put different foods on each person's plate to get some more repetitions of this high frequency structure. Once everyone had food on their plates I told them to start eating and the dad put his knife in the turkey. Just before the knife went into the turkey the actor that was playing the turkey screamed. The turkey stood up and said "Espera" (wait). I then read the book where the turkey is trying to convince the family to eat other foods instead of him.