Bananas

Spanish
Bananas
Comprehension-Based Reader™
Mario realizes that the banana plantation where his mother works has a sinister side when people start becoming seriously ill.

Level 3 and up / Novice High — Intermediate Low

Overview

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.

Features

  • 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!
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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

    Pre-Reading Unit:

    Bananarama Centers, Map Talk, A Bunch of Hunches, Quite the Character, Beyond the Text: United Fruit, Anticipation Guide, Banana Timeline

    Cross-curricular Connections:

    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

    Extension:

    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

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