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Today we are sharing a wonderful Spanish story PDF and a set of cut outs for telling the story.  This digital download can be used as a final activity or prize if you are participating in our summer reading program. There are three versions of the story at different levels. The Spanish story PDF is about two friends who discover a bee hive when they are playing in the forest. They are afraid, but Bear and his friends the rabbits arrive and explain that bees are good and important.

In addition to this Spanish story PDF, you’ll find darling figures of the characters and setting to cut out to tell the story. Children can color the figures and retell the story of El oso y las abejas or make up their own stories.

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Printable figures to retell a Spanish story about a bear and bees.

El Oso y Las Abejas

Download the cut outs for all versions of El oso y las abejas

Simple version– The easiest version of the Spanish story PDF  has short sentences and basic vocabulary. It is appropriate for children who are beginning to learn Spanish.

More difficult– This version of the Spanish story PDF has more complicated structures and vocabulary, but is accessible to Spanish learners because it draws on familiar content.  It is entirely in the present tense.

Most difficult – The most difficult version of the Spanish story PDF has more content and vocabulary related to bees and plants. However, many of the words are cognates and the story is in the present tense.

Cutouts for retelling a Spanish story PDF.

Using the Spanish Story PDF and Cut Outs

One of the best ways of telling a story is using figures to act it out.

  • Tell the story Oso y las abejas in your own words or make up a new story.
  • Move the pictures and use your voice to help kids understand what they are hearing.
  • If you are working with children who read in Spanish, read the story together. You can break the story into sections and move the figures to clarify vocabulary they are not familiar with.
  • Ask comprehension questions like these as you tell the story or when children have finished reading.

Comprehension Questions – Version 1

  1. ¿Dónde juegan los niños?
  2. ¿Quién está detrás de los árboles?
  3. ¿Qué ven los niños en el árbol?
  4. ¿Qué hacen los niños cuando ven la colmena? ¿Tienen miedo?
  5. El oso y los conejos dicen que las abejas son importantes. ¿Para qué son importantes?
  6. Al final del cuento, ¿los niños tienen miedo o están felices?

Comprehension Questions – Versions 2 and 3

  1. ¿Quién está detrás de los árboles?
  2. ¿Qué encuentran los niños en el bosque?
  3. ¿Dónde está la colmena de abejas?
  4. ¿Qué hacen los niños cuando ven la colmena? ¿Cómo se sienten?
  5. El oso y los conejos dicen que las abejas son importantes para las plantas. ¿Qué llevan las abejas de una flor a otra?
  6. ¿Qué comen el oso y los conejos?
  7. Al final del cuento, ¿qué encuentran los niños en el jardín? ¿Tienen miedo o están felices?

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