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The Story: An adaptation of the classic Aesop’s fable about an arrogant rabbit who challenges a brave turtle to a race.   While rabbit races ahead and then stops for a nap, the turtle never stops and wins the race in the end. 

Bonus Quizzes:  “The Rabbit and the Turtle” includes quizzes for students to practice core vocabulary and build comprehension.   Stars with points are collected and a final result displayed at the end. 

Language support: “The Rabbit and the Turtle” is narrated by native speakers in Mandarin, Spanish or English.  Every word or word phrase is highlighted when spoken so it is easy for the reader to follow along.  Switch easily between languages on any page. 

Extra language scaffolding:  Every word in the story is also clickable!  Click the word once to hear it in the target language.  Double-click the word to hear and read the translation.  At the end of the story, every word clicked is saved in an interactive vocabulary list for review.

Teacher to Teacher: “The Rabbit and the Turtle” introduces language learners to a starting vocabulary of sports and racing, winning and losing. At the same time, the story’s deeper meaning is about what it takes to win and also about humility.  Hilarious illustrations provide helpful visual clues to support vocabulary and comprehension.

Extension: “The Rabbit and the Turtle” is also a wonderful way to introduce the concept of comparisons (for example, the rabbit is faster than the turtle while the turtle is slower than the rabbit.)  More advanced students could use the story as a way to describe their own experiences with winning and losing. 

Details:

Levels (Lexile)
English: 280
Spanish: 390
Mandarin: NA
Pages: 12
Word count: 95

Grammar: Past tense
Focus Vocabulary:Rabbit, Turtle, Race, Slow, Fast, Road

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