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The Little Red Hen/La Gallinita Roja | A World of Stories

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In this Mexican version of a familiar folktale, the hen makes corn tortillas instead of wheat bread. 

This resource is part of the KET A World of Stories and Exploraciones collections. 

¡Arte y más! Lesson 4

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Señora Alicia introduces the concept of counting from one to three (unodostres). In a movement section, she reviews previous commands and introduces the terms salta (jump) and paso (step). Susana and Señora Alicia review the word verde (green) and introduce the word rojo (red).

A Whale Tale | Oh Noah!

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Learn and practice Spanish, including vocabulary words for the items in the whale's belly and fish tank, through the Oh Noah! "A Whale Tale" webisode and related games. In the webisode, Noah's Abuela wants Noah to help their elderly neighbor sweep the porch, but when Noah confuses sweeping for paddling, they wind up in the belly of a whale. Students can learn, build upon, and apply the Spanish vocabulary by playing the interactive games.

¡Arte y más! Lesson 13

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After the “Hola” song, Sra. Alicia guides students in practicing movement and direction using the terms baila (dance), manos arriba (hands up), brazos arriba y abajo (arms up and down), salta adelante (jump forward), atrás (back), and ¡Cuánto movimiento! (What a lot of movement!). Susana and Sra. Alicia have a dialogue to review the greetings Buenos días (good morning), Buenas tardes (good afternoon), and Buenas noches (good evening), as well as the phrases ¿Cómo estás? (How are you?), Estoy muy bien (I’m fine), and gracias (thanks). They also introduce Estoy muy mál. (I am feeling very bad). Sra. Alicia then shares the bolsa de sorpresas (bag of surprises) to introduce the number diez (ten). Students are invited to chant “El chocolate” once again, and the episode closes with the “Adiós” song.

Episode 124: A Dark and Stormy Night | Salsa

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On a dark and stormy night, the Dog reads the mysterious story of "The Hands". The Female Cat, Little Rat and the Wolf are chosen to act out parts. In the story, each of the characters rouse themselves to raid the refrigerator, but mysterious hands appear to steal their food away. The characters are frightened by the story and are relieved at its end. When Mama Bear serves cake, the story seems to come to life as the mysterious hands appear once again! The Dog reveals that "The Hands" are actually the two squirrels in disguise.

 

Words: el pastel, tengo hambre (cake, "I'm hungry")

Episode 125: The Race | Salsa

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Four trains-an old one, a red one, a big one and a little one named Miss Train (Señorita Tren)-decide to have a race. Miss Train, clearly an underdog, is the slowest train out of the starting gate. Soon after the race begins, the old train stops to eat cake with The Three Bears (Los tres osos) in the forest and becomes ill from all he has consumed. Then the red train purchases a book from The Three Goats (Los tres chivos) and wrecks while trying to read and race at the same time. Finally, the big train pulls over to rest, but accidentally falls asleep. Miss Train, slow but steady, wins the race.

 

Words: adiós, el tren ("goodbye," train)

Episode 127: Super Armadillo | Salsa

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With a handful of grapes, Armadillo becomes Super Armadillo! Faster than a speeding train, able to leap three bears in a single bound, Super Armadillo arrives on the scene in his somewhat clumsy manner to save other characters from peril. With a little help from Salsa, Super Armadillo returns a hamburger to the Girl (Niña) and a carton of milk to Little Rat (Ratoncito), and unties Mama Bear (Mamá Osa) from a railroad track. All is the dirty work of the Wolf (el Lobo), who is vanquished in the end.

 

Words: las uvas, la leche (grapes, milk)

Episode 130: Quiz Show III - Hiccups | Salsa

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The Three Bears (Los tres osos) go up against The Three Goats (Los tres chivos) for a third time in an elaborate production of "¿Qué es?" ("What Is It?"), but a case of the hiccups is giving Papa Bear (Papá Oso) fits. The Monster (el Monstruo) tries to help Papa Bear by scaring him with-of all things-a monster disguise, but it fails. In the ensuing competition, Papa Bear attempts to cure the hiccups by breathing into a bag, holding his breath, blowing up a balloon and, finally, drinking water. The bears come from behind and win, but the real winner is the hiccups, which still plague Papa Bear.

 

Words: el agua, el pelo (water, hair)

Episode 201: Jack and the Corn Stalk | Salsa

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Once again, The Three Goats want pizza. This time they decide to call for a delivery. The Pizza Girl takes their order. They pool their money and send Small Goat to get the pizza. On the way back home, he trades the pizza for some special corn. The other two goats are very angry because they don't like corn, and they throw it away. Small Goat waters the corn and a giant cornstalk grows up into the sky, disrupting the Monster sitting down to dinner. Small Goat and the Monster work together to retrieve the pizza from the top of the corn stalk.

Episode 102: Making Soup | Salsa

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Goldilocks (Ricitos de Oro, played by Niña) returns to the home of The Three Bears (Los tres osos) to redeem herself by making soup. But first she leaves to find her friend, Little Rat (Ratoncito), to help her. Once again the soup turns out to be too hot to eat and the entire group goes for a walk-all except Salsa, who enjoys the soup on his own. 

Words: caliente, frío/fría (hot, cold)

Episode 103: The New Chair | Salsa

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Goldilocks (Ricitos de Oro, played by Niña), Little Rat (Ratoncito) and The Three Bears (Los tres osos) set about fixing Baby Bear's (Bebé Oso) broken chair. After it is mended, they decide to touch it up with a new coat of paint. The group carefully considers the colors red and green, but the color blue wins the day. To everyone's dismay, Little Rat rocks in the new chair and breaks it again! 

Words: rojo/roja, verde, azul (red, green, blue)

Episode 104: Hide and Seek | Salsa

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Baby Bear (Bebé Oso) decides to play a game of hide and seek with his new friends-Goldilocks (Ricitos de Oro, played by Niña), Little Rat (Ratoncito) and Salsa. After everyone hides, Baby Bear searches high and low, atop beds and underneath tables, interrupting Papa Bear's (Papá Oso) sleep in the process. Once Little Rat and Goldilocks have turned up, everyone looks for Salsa, who they find in a green bowl – where he's enthusiastically playing maracas. 

Words: rojo/roja, verde, azul (red, green, blue)

¡Arte y más! Lesson 8

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After the “Hola” song, there is a new movement activity combining numbers and commands. Then, Sra. Alicia prepares hot chocolate in the traditional Mexican way, using a special tool called a molinillo to mix milk, sugar, and cocoa. While beating the chocolate, she says a traditional chant called “El chocolate.” Susana and Sra. Alicia ask students to review and repeat the chant with them. Color words and numbers are also reviewed.

¡Arte y más! Lesson 26

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After the “Hola” song, Sra. Alicia invites students to perform some of the movements from Sevillanas, including manos arriba (hands up), brazos arriba (arms up), manos abajo (arms down), brazos abajo (arms down), and toca las castañuelas (play the castanets). Susana and Sra. Alicia greet each other and introduce the colors blanco (white) and negro (black) while showing black maracas and a little white drum. Sra. Alicia sorts buttons and reviews black and white via counting and a song called “Los botones.” Before saying goodbye, Sra. Alicia shows and describes her Mexican sarape, or shawl. The video closes with the “Adiós” song.

Episode 106: Too Many Cooks | Salsa

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The Girl (Niña) and the Dog (Perro) find that too many cooks spoil the broth-or, in this case, the hot chocolate. While watching a cooking show on television, the two decide to make hot chocolate. After the pair leave the kitchen to let their concoction simmer, Little Rat (Ratoncito) and other characters drop by to add some unconventional ingredients to the recipe, including a tennis shoe. 

Words: el chocolate, la manzana (chocolate, apple)

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