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Teaching Robo en la noche

One of the favorite books of the year from Spanish III was Robo en la noche by Kristy Placido. We read it in the past tense as a part of a bigger unit about the environment, and Costa Rica. I relied heavily on the Robo en la noche teachers guide. We also actually read the book to start out Spanish IV, as they had never read a novel. They loved the storyline and although the reading level may have been a bit low for them, it provided a lot of high level discussions and gave them great confidence to go on to read La Calaca Alegre and Cajas de Cartón

Before the novel

We started out the unit completing these stations using realia about the environment in Spanish, modified from the Desafíos Medioambientales Unit shared by Kara Jacobs. 

We also learned about basic geography of Costa Rica in the target language, as shared by Elizabeth Dentlinger. 

During the novel

During the novel we completed many activities from the teachers guide. An especially great resource is having students explore the Costa Rica MINAE website, so they can see this organization actually exists. 

We also talked about the Escuela de Botellas Peace Corps project. It shows a way to eliminate trash by using it to create a school. This awesome resource used to be an interactive online book that has a recording of a native speaker as you turned the pages. It actually takes place in Guatemala and could be used a part of a unit on Esperanza or schools around the world
Escuela de botellas presentation

After the novel

There were two assessment at the end of the novel, individual speaking assessments, which can be found in the teachers guide and a modified
Choice Board based on the one shared by the author Kristy Placido. Some of the projects can be found below. 

choice board projects - A Robo Board Game

 choice board projects - chapter storyboard

choice board projects - Map of Events in Costa Rica (pt.1)

Map of Events on la hacienda (pt.2)

For next year I would like to add a movie to this unit. Any ideas?

Other Great Ideas & Resources to add to this unit

Music of Costa Rica Project - shared by Elizabeth Dentlinger
Blog posts for Robo en la noche - shared by Cynthia Hitz
Movie talk with Rio - shared by Erin Bas


  1. I am about to start an unit in environment for my Spanish 3 IB. I was looking for new resources and I found the movie los 33 about the miners in Chile. I ordered the movie already. I am planning to work on it during my spring break. I will let you know.

    1. Ooo that's sounds awesome! Please let me know how it is!

  2. Would you be willing to share your modified Choice Board? Thank you so much for all of your awesome ideas!

    1. You can see Kristy's original on her blog! I am sorry, I can not share a version made from hers!

  3. There is an awesome song called “Soy Tico”. It is full of culture, all the singers are famous artist from Costa Rica. Includes Folk song titles and other important facts of the country. I’m Costa Rican and I love the book and this song. Soy Tico: video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLW3lbv94FY Lyrics https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iytszTcBl6ZgtUfsF7mqWCPiuyr0ByNK6moS77KQUik/edit?usp=sharing Google slides/artists https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/196NNKBZSsGd3JZNz63XwMvhQuIEDtAbaN3Nj-x7uQkk/edit?usp=sharing Google slides/resources https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1A7Ja5a95zJewizeyALm3z8hNgJer5u5dthimHGNhtis/edit?usp=sharing (if you see an error, please let me know)

  4. Thank you for sharing! I am using that book this week!

  5. Thank you for sharing your resources! Is there anything specific you do with the MINAE website? Are there any activities you do to prep students before they read about it?


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