Teaching Robo en la noche

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I teach a unit practicing the Past tenses with “Robo en la noche”, by Kristy Placido. It’s also available in Present tense, but when it first came out, it was only in Past tense!

It’s one of my students’ favorite books we’ve read, among Agentes secretos y el mural de Picasso, Piratas del Caribe y el mapa secreto, and La Llorona de Mazatlán.

As a way to introduce the novel, I have students complete a “virtual field trip” of Costa Rica, to get familiar with the country. 

Costa Rica Webquest Spanish and English versions Introduce Robo en la noche

With this Costa Rica Digital Webquest, students research the following (using the links provided):

  • Where the city or landmark is located

  • What is it?

  • What’s the population?

  • Other interesting facts

  • At the end, they find an interesting place or landmark in Costa Rica and write some interesting facts about it

  • I have 2 versions, all English, or all Spanish, so you can choose which one to assign to students based on their level. 

How I Use this Webquest:

  1. I give students a class period (45 minutes) to fill out the webquest

  2. The next day, I project their webquests on the SmartBoard, and have students come up to the board to explain 1 of the 8 places they researched. 

  3. If time allows, I then take volunteers to share the interesting place/landmark they chose to research the day prior. 

  4. If you’re familiar with Google Maps and dropping the “yellow guy” around the 8 locations mentioned in the webquest, it can make it more realistic and interesting to show students these locations from Google Maps. 

Using Google Maps in Spanish class

Dropping the pin on Google maps for Spanish class

After this, students have more familiarity with where Costa Rica is, and how the environment is important to the country. I then use a lot of the teacher’s guide for the rest of the book!

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