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When you log in to your subscription for Stories, you have access to more than 360 step-by-step lesson plans that help you lead children on their journey to speak real Spanish to real people.

 

Try a lesson out now - here's the first lesson from Level A, exactly as you'll see it in your own subscription. Look through it on your own, or try it with a child you love!

Day

1

In Day 1 we will

  • Begin Level A by reading the level introduction, printing the level checklist, and reviewing the teacher's guide to Unit 1.
  • Introduce the lesson and its Video Story.
  • Work on new vocabulary words hola and adiós.
  • Watch the Music Video for “Hola a todos.”
  • Show the Video Story “Pedro el pez.”
  • Interact with the vocabulary flash cards for this unit.
  • Wave together and say “hola“ to photos of people you know, famous characters, or stuffed animals.
  • Show the Video Story again.
  • Play an interactive memory game with three key terms from this lesson.
  • End your lesson by saying “Adiós” and waving goodbye.

Welcome to Level A!

You and your learners have eight units of exciting Spanish learning ahead of you, but before you begin, take a few minutes to read this introduction to Level A. You'll guide children more effectively when you know

  • how we approach language learning
  • what you can expect learners to accomplish
  • how the program elements (Video Stories, Storybooks, Culture Capsules etc.) work

Click below, get to know Calico Spanish Stories Level A, and you're ready to begin!

Lesson Checklist: Level A

Put this Level's checklist in a prominent place in your learning environment. Use it to help children see their progress as you move through this Level.

Unit Guide

Welcome to a new unit! Before you begin, take a few minutes to read this unit guide. It will give you a preview of all the vocabulary, games, songs, and Video Story content you and your learners will explore throughout this unit.

Introduction

Introduce this unit's goals and Video Story.

Explain: "Let's learn how to say hi and goodbye and tell our names in Spanish."

Flash Cards

Show the flash cards for hola and adiós. Ask children if any already know what these words mean. Wave to each other and say hola to establish meaning for this greeting. Wave again and say adiós as you walk away.

Tired of printing or scrolling? Purchase full-color, professionally printed flashcards in our shop.

Music Video: Hola a todos

Watch together the beginning of the Music Video for “Hola a todos.” These first several lines repeat the title phrase hola a todos twice. Help children begin to sing along with just that phrase.

For the lyrics to our songs along with their English translations, see the Appendix of this level's Teacher's Guide. You can find PDFs of our full Teacher's Guides by clicking on the purple Resources button at top right. Then, click Teacher's Materials.

Video Story: Pedro el pez

Before showing the Video Story, tell children they will see flash cards for the words and phrases they will be learning in Spanish. Ask them to wave and shout “¡Hola!” and “¡Adiós!” when they hear and see these words.
As you continue with the Video Story “Pedro el pez,” ask children to wave every time they hear the words hola or adiós.

Flash Cards

One more time, go through the vocabulary flash cards for this unit. Notice there are matching flash cards in the Calico Spanish Flash Card Set (see below). Vocabulary is also listed in the unit guide.

There is no need to drill the words. Let your learners guess meanings. Affirm with an enthusiastic “¡Muy bien!” if they are right. Ask them to choose a favorite. If you have the physical flash cards, let them choose one to wave in the air when they hear it in the next viewing of the Video Story.

Tired of printing or scrolling? Purchase full-color, professionally printed flashcards in our shop.

Activity

Have children stand and follow you around the room as you wave together and say “hola“ to photos of people you know, famous characters, or stuffed animals. Add variety by asking them to do this in a whisper, an opera voice, or a growl. As you walk away from the figure, tell it “adiós“ in a similar way.

Video Story: Pedro el pez

Show the Video Story again. Ask children to stand and wave and sing, whisper, or shout hola and adiós when they hear those words.

Rationale

Research shows that children need to hear language in context many, many times in order to make it part of their long term memory, and so, in this program, you’ll find instructions to watch the Video Story at least once in every lesson. If learners will engage with the Video Story more than once, even better! Giving them a task to complete will help them interact with the same language in different ways. For example, consider asking them to wave every time they hear hola or adiós.

Game: Memoria!

Directions:
Play Memoria! Can your learners remember where the matches are for these three key terms for today's lesson?

Bonus Online Membership Content: Finger Puppets

Print out and assemble these fun finger puppets of Pedro and María with your young learners. You can enjoy using them to role-play the dialogues (or invent your own) throughout Level A. Tip: Be sure to select “Fit to page” on your printer settings.

Speaking Practice: Adiós

End your lesson by saying “Adiós” and waving goodbye. Can your learners reply “Adiós”?

You've seen what children can accomplish in the first lesson.
Where do they go from there?

 

 

 

With your free trial, you'll have 7 days of access to two units in all four levels, so you'll get an overview of where this journey will take the young Spanish learners in your life.

 

 

Here's a taste of what you'll see...

Here's a Video Story that will help children learn to talk about pets. It's in Level B, Unit 7.

 

 

All the lesson plans for Level B, Unit 7 are available to you in your 7-day free trial. Try them out with a child you love!

How much Spanish will your young learners be able to use?

Check out this conversation activity based on a dialogue in Level D, Unit 7:

Level D Unit 7 Video Dialogue

Ask for two volunteers to act out the dialogue used to ask and answer questions about what is wrong. Then, have children circulate in a conversation activity using this dialogue but changing the body part each time.
A: No me siento bien.
B: ¿Qué te pasa? ¿Te duele la cabeza?
A: No, me duele el estómago.
B: Lo siento / Qué pena.

Use the dialogue video and the posters “El cuerpo” and “¡Súper!” as needed to support this activity.

Here's another sample of the material
you'll see as children progress through Stories.

They'll complete this Activity Sheet in that same unit, Level D, Unit 7:

Activity Sheet: Mi cena

Guide children in completing the Activity Sheet “Mi cena.”

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