This story comes from the wonderful Martina Bex who posts so many brilliant ideas and resources on her blog. I started a new unit with my grade 6 class which is about going shopping and this story fitted perfectly!
Speaking/vocabulary: I first started by introducing the different shops to my students using this slideshow: SHOPS. I wanted my students to see a pattern which is that most shops in Spanish end with the suffix -ría. And if they are not sure, they can still explain what the shop is selling by starting their sentences with “la tienda de…“. I think it is very important for language learners to make connections and discover patterns.
Reading/ vocabulary: students matched cards. They matched the shops with the products they sell: Shops + Products Cards. They then filled in this worksheet to consolidate the new vocabulary and also to use object pronouns which we have been using since the start of the year: Las_tiendas.
Listening/ speaking: I then told the story “Se vende” asking the students lots of questions to repeat and reinforce the key structures and vocabulary they had just acquired (“TPRS style”). The target structures were:
- se vende – is sold
- está de moda – in style
- compra – buys
Speaking: students first matched cards I created on Quizlet. They had to match the Spanish structures with their English translations. Using the cards, they had to tell a similar story to the one they had just heard.
Writing: the final task was to write a story using the structures they had learned. A few weeks later, I was super happy when a few of my students used “está de moda” in another written task. They had do describe someone and they used this expression to explain a hair cut or a hobby: tiene el corto porque está de moda…