Nappy Nap

Many of us enjoyed Jim Tripp’s Halloween script. Here is one he has for after Thanksgiving:

Nappy Nap

pounds (lbs)
after eating
takes a nap

Jeremy eats 999.9 pounds of mashed potatoes. After eating them, Jeremy takes a nap. He takes a nap on top of the table.

After taking a nap, Jeremy wants more food. Jeremy eats 2000 pounds of corn. After eating it, he takes a nap for 3 hours. He takes a nap in the fridge.

After taking the nap, Jeremy wants pie. He eats 5 pounds of pumpkin pie. But the pie also has boogers in it. So Jeremy eats 1 pound of boogers while eating the pumpkin pie. After eating the booger-pumpkin pie, Jeremy takes a nap in the bathroom, with his head on the toilet.

Jim notes:

This story is perfect for the day after Thanksgiving break, in my opinion. It’s easy to PQA with takes a nap (ex. How many naps did you take over the break?), so students can hear lots of reps of this useful structure before starting the story.

Before writing the structures up on the board, I like to do a quick vocabulary activity. I write several of the common ‘modern Thanksgiving’ foods on the board (usually they will not have seen many of these yet) in both languages, like a matching activity. Then I ask students to come up and try their hand and matching them correctly. After this 5 minute activity, I leave these words on the board so that they can call them out in the target language during the story.

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14 thoughts on “Nappy Nap”

  1. Just what I was waiting for. For newbies, could we underline the details to be “asked”? I can guess what they should be, but I would like to know for sure. Thanks!

    1. The underlines didn’t transfer when Ben posted it here. The underlines should be:

      1. The student’s (or students’) name(s)
      2. The number of pounds (or kilos, or both)
      3. What he eats (real or made-up)
      4. Where he takes the nap (I wouldn’t say “with whom?”)

      5. How long of a nap

      (I don’t include this detail in the script until the second “location”, simply to add complexity and novelty progressively throughout the story, but that is certainly not a rule.)

      When I feel like the kids have “after” understood, or if they already do before I ask the story, I’ll start using “before” also, as in “What did he think before he took the nap?” or “Did he look at the mashed potatoes before he ate them?”

  2. Leah I underlined the variables. Can you check to see that I did it right? If the text is now correct, it’s printable.

    Jim is there a Thanksgiving script for before Thanksgiving as well?

    1. No script specifically for before thanksgiving, sorry. What if we made one up right here? Or over on the forum (which I haven’t tried to visit yet). I can see “dreams about” being a good target structure, but I can’t come up with the plot/problem quite yet, other than a kid possibly dreaming about (mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, etc.). Maybe s/he keeps waking up with a “wet pillow” because s/he is “drooling” (although that is a mouthful in Spanish, not very high frequency, and “wet” and “dream” in the same story… well…). Ok, I’m going to stop trying, because I do not have to come up with a story for before Thanksgiving this year (no classes for me until Jan.). Suerte!

          1. James, do you care to share your script. I’m trying to come up with one but I think I’m using too many new words….

            Es el día de acción de gracias. Hay un chico. El chico se llama Ben. Ben quiere comer un pavo. Mira en el refrigerador. No hay un pavo. Hay un pollo pero no quiere comer un pollo. Mira en la yarda pero no hay un pavo. Hay 3 perros y 2.5 gatos. No quiere comer ni perro ni gato. Mira en el garaje. No hay un pavo pero hay arco y flecha. Ben tiene una idea. Ben decide cazar un pavo.

  3. Ok here is the rest….My fear is I’m using too many new words. Does anyone have suggestions on how to condense the story?

    mira
    dispara la flecha
    se siente (triste, enojado, feliz)

    Es el día de acción de gracias. Hay un chico. El chico se llama Ben. Ben quiere comer un pavo. Mira en el refrigerador. No hay un pavo. Hay un pollo pero no quiere comer un pollo. Mira en la yarda pero no hay un pavo. Hay 3 perros y 2.5 gatos. No quiere comer ni perro ni gato. Mira en el garaje. No hay un pavo pero hay arco y flecha. Ben tiene una idea. Ben decide cazar un pavo.
    Ben va al bosque. En el bosque no hay pavos. Ben va a la Casa Blanca pero no hay pavos. Ben va al mall. ¡ENCUENTRA UN PAVO! El pavo se llama Gluglú. El pavo hace compras de Navidad en Abercrombie y Finch. Ben dispara la fecha pero no pega al pavo. Pega un maniquí de Abercrombie y Finch. El pavo grita y corre a Chick-Fil-A en la corte de comida. Ben dispara la flecha otra vez pero no pega el pavo. Pega una estatua en la fuente. El pavo grita y corre a Bath and Body Works. Ben dispara la flecha otra vez y finalmente pega al pavo. Pega el pavo en las plumas. El pavo grita y le dice, “Ay de mí. Tengo hijos. No me mates por favor.” Ben se siente triste y llora. El pavo se ríe y le dice, “Jajaja, yo no tengo hijos.” Y corre del mall.

    Ben se siente enojado pero no quiere cazar un pavo. Regresa a su casa. Cuando regresa, mira la mesa en el comedor. En la mesa hay un pavo bien, bien grande. Ben se siente feliz y come todo el pavo.

  4. I love this story – we just started it before the holidays and today we did a mad libs for the last location. The kids had so many great ideas but they all voted in unison for their favorite. Thanks Jim!!!!

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