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Teaching El capibara con botas Chapters 5-9

I am teaching a novel El capibara con botas by Mira Canion as the first ever novel in Spanish 1. It has a comprehensive teacher's guide and you can find all posts I have for the novel using the label Capibara, including teaching chapters 1-4

For each chapter it is pretty much the same for how we read. For my lower level class, I read to them, discussing as we go. For my other section, I usually give the option to read with me and discuss, or read on their own and complete activities from the slide show posed on Google Classroom. With that in mind, here are some additional activities we did for chapters 5-9. 

Teaching El capibara con botas Chapters 5-9


Chapter 5

Story Time with Sra. W

Since this chapter is pretty science heavy with the introduction to the water cycle all in Spanish, I read this chapter to both sections, so we could stop and discuss the science of deforestation. 

Making Predictions

I introduced using "va a" to make simple predictions about what was going to happen. Students worked in groups to write predictions and we shared and discussed them. 

Chapter 6

Marker Game

Using true/false statements about the chapter we played the fun marker game


Mid book writing assessment

Students were asked to retell as much of the story from the first six chapters as they could in Spanish. It really showed them how much they could reproduce from memory! (Even though many complained as usually asking is they could do it in English;) #sorrynotsorry 

Chapter 7

Running Dictation

Using 9 sentences from the chapter students completed a running dictation to retell what happened. It was the first time this group completed the activity and a usually reluctant group was very engaged and all worked hard. I post each sentence individually in our hallway, which gets the blood pumping as they run to retell the sentence to a writer, which is then passed to an artist. As an extension once a group finished, they put them in order (I do not number them in the hallway) and then retell the chapter. I explain how I use running dictation in this post.


Teaching El capibara con botas Chapters 5-9


Chapters 8 & 9

Due to some students getting bored that we were moving too slow, we started reading two chapters at a time. When we do this we usually read one chapter, do a small comprehension activity, read the next chapter and then do another activity. These chapters are all only about two pages, so once you get going two chapters in a class period works well. 

Quizlet Live

To review previous vocab, as well as introduce some new vocabulary as well we did this Quizlet Live over chapters 3-10. 

Differentiated Reading


I always read out loud and discuss as a group with my class that needs more support. The other class has the choice to read with me or on their own. After reading they wrote down causes and effects of the chapters. 

Cultural Expansion - Islas Galápagos

As a sub plan and cultural extension while I was at a conference, my students read about animals of the Galapagos Islands and completed reading activities using Cultural Corner: Galapagos Islands Reading from Carrie Toth.


What activities have worked well for you for this portion of the book? You can see all posts for the novel using the label Capibara.



libro lunes - La casa de la dentista

I am fresh off of #IWLA17 and plan on sharing takeaways at some point in the near future. If you would like to see my presentation, you can find it here. Next year, our IWLA Keynote speaker will be Sr. Wooly! Mark your calendars for October 12-13 in Ankeny, Iowa. On the topic of Sr. Wooly, today I have a new edition of libro lunes for you. This is where I share about a new to me book that I have read and plan to add to my FVR Spanish class library. You can read my past libro lunes posts here. In all transparency, he sent me an advance copy to review, but this is my not paid, honest reflection of what I think about La casa de la dentista. You can also see what other teachers think with reviews from Maris, Kara, Arianne & Cynthia

libro lunes - La casa de la dentista



#IWLA17 Presentation - I like to move it, move it

It is time for the annual Iowa World Language Association Conference! If you, will be there, please introduce yourself and come to say hi! I love meeting virtual friends in person and connecting with all of my IWLA buddies. I will be running for Vice President and would love your vote if you will be there. 

#IWLA17 Presentation - I like to move it, move it

Teaching El capibara con botas - Chapters 1-4

This year for the first time ever I am teaching a novel in the first quarter of Spanish 1. El capibara con botas by Mira Canion is the ultimate first reader, since it contains just 55 new vocabulary words and has a new teacher's guide. You can find all posts I have for the novel using the label Capibara and here are all posts about novels. Here is what we did before starting the novel, as well as for chapters 1-4. 

Teaching El capibara con botas - Chapters 1-4

Lista lunes: Día de los muertos in Spanish class

It is that time of year, it has cooled off, time for pumpkin spice everything, and everyone on Instagram is reminding me that it is now October. This means it is time to get ready for Spanish teachers' favorite holiday, el Día de los muertos, or the Day of the Dead. I have done many day of the dead posts before, which can be found here

lista lunes: Día de los muertos in Spanish class - Mis Clases Locas
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