Level 3 and up / Novice High — Intermediate Low
After divorcing, Mario’s mother must uproot the family to find work. Mario struggles with the thought of moving until he experiences the benefits of his mother’s new job at a fruit company. His new life includes an almost unlimited supply of bananas and a series of new adventures. However, Mario develops a great distaste for bananas once he sees the REAL harvest of the banana plantations.
This Comprehension-based™ reader, ‘Bananas’, strategically weaves high-frequency language structures into a compelling story. Even upper-level language students need repeated exposure to language structures in order to fully acquire them; that’s why Fluency Matters’ intermediate readers maintain a high-frequency factor of high-level language structures, thus helping learners progress beyond typical proficiency levels.
- Level 3 and up
- Past tense
- Unique word count: 275
- Total word count: 6700
- Page count: 72
- Audio recording embedded in the Student and Teacher Bundles
- A 400+ page Teacher's Guide is also available!
Bananas Teacher's Guide
Our Teacher's Guides are loaded with resources to enrich the teaching and learning experience.
In Every Chapter:
Vocabulary, cognates, comprehension questions, blooming comprehension questions, quiz, pre-reading discussion questions slideshow
Bananarama Centers, Map Talk, A Bunch of Hunches, Quite the Character, Beyond the Text: United Fruit, Anticipation Guide, Banana Timeline
Pre-Reading: Map Talk - Geography
Pre-Reading: Standard and United Fruit reading - History
Chapter 3: Women in the Banana Industry - Sustainable Development Goals
Chapter 4: Bananas y Manzanas - Math
Chapter 5: Effects of Pesticides on Health - Medicine
Chapter 8: Stages of Grief - Psychology
Chapter 9: Kids Who Make a Difference - History
Chapter 10: Ecuador vs. Banana Growers - History
Chapter 10: Voluntourism - Social Justice
Chapter 10: Call to Action - Social Justice
Epilogue: La United Fruit Co. - Literature
Slideshows: Frutas exóticas, Bolsas plásticas, APREFLOFAS, Derrames
Comunidades bananeras, Banana zipline exclusive video, Dos gobiernos únicos, Todo sobre las bananas, Meet Eric: the REAL Mario!
Features and Highlights:
Prep 4 Success Unit!
Can-do Statements, Reader’s Theater Scripts, Discussion Thursday, Sequencing Activities, Order Up!, Picasso of Plates, Emoji Theater, The Splits , Which Sitch is Which?, Eventful , Marker Partner Game, Two Truths and a Lie, Quip Lash, Cucharas, Curtain Call, Move or Keep?, 6 of One, Half Dozen of the Other, Toma uno, por favor, Yellow Brick Road retell, Numbered Heads Together, ¡Alerta!, Find the Faker!, Musical Chairs Retell, Antes, después o durante , Anticipation Guide: Revisited