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La oruga muy hambrienta
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La oruga muy hambrieenta - Lesson #1
LESSON I (Pre-Reading)
¿Qué come la oruga muy hambrienta?


  • Place pictures or plastic representations of fruit in a magic box or bag. As the students reach into the box and take out a fruit say its name (Esta fruta es la manzana./This fruit is the apple.) and give them TPR commands, such as, toca la pera/touch the pear; coge la manzana/take the apple; camina con la ciruela/walk around with the plum; pasa la cereza a Diana/pass the cherry to Diane.
  • Ask Natural Approach questions to the students to help them identify and say the names of the fruits. ¿Quién tiene la fresa?/Who has the strawberry? ¿Es esto una naranja o una manzana?/Is this an orange or an apple? ¿Cómo se llama esta fruta/What is this fruit called?
  • After the students are very familiar with the names of the fruits prepare sentence strips with the names of the fruits written on them (Activity Sheet #1). Have the students match the fruits with their labels.


  • Use a check sheet to note the following:
--the pronunciation of the words, is it authentic or does the student need more listening practice before speaking?;
--the students' response to the TPR., are they participating, are they following the commands?;
--the studentsí response to the written words, can they recognize the names and match them with the correct fruit or do they need to hear you begin to sound out the name of the fruit?


  • Students will recognize the names of the fruit from the story, La oruga muy hambrienta.
  • Students will say the fruit names and recognize the written names.

Vocabulary: una/la manzana, una/la pera, una/la ciruela, una/la fresa, una/la naranja, una/la sandía, una/la cereza
Commands: toca, corre, camina, coge, pasa
Questions: ¿Quién tiene _____?,
¿Es esto _____ o _____?,
¿Cómo se llama esta fruta?

Enrique (tiene la fresa).
(Esto es) la sandía.
(Esta fruta se llama) una naranja.

1.1  Students provide information when they answer the Natural Approach questions.
1.2  Students understand and interpret spoken language when listen and respond to commands and written language when they match the objects with their labels.


  • Magic box or bag
  • Pictures or plastic or paper maché representations of fruit
  • Sentence strips with the names of the fruit written on them (Activity Sheet #1) copied on cardstock.