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101 Dalmations and Counting

Mary Montcalm


Students recognize and use numbers from 1-101 in Spanish or French when heard randomly and in context other than in the classroom. Students recognize cognates and basic vocabulary related to counting and topics in the classroom.


The student interacts in the target language in a number of true-life situations chosen from a variety of contexts (e.g., asking for information).

The student understands the main ideas and significant details of extended discussions, presentations, and feature programs on radio and television, in movies, and in other forms of media designed for use by native speakers.


-Walt Disney Video “101 Dalmations” (cartoon version)
-101 black paper spots (torn paper)


1.Obtain a copy of the Walt Disney's “101 Dalmations” dubbed in Spanish or French.
2.Cut up black construction paper (101 pieces).
3.Place black paper pieces around the room on students' desks.
4.Prepare a quiz to test numbers 1-101.


1. Before students arrive in class, place 101 black paper spots around the classroom (on students' desks, etc.); students will begin collecting them and counting in Spanish or French as another student records the numbers on the board; students add them together and should come up with a total of 101.

2.Students view Walt Disney's “101 Dalmations” video and listen for recognizable words and expressions (cognates).

3.Students record words, expressions, and numbers on the video vocabulary sheet.

4.Students sing along with songs in video.

5.At the conclusion of the video, students work in groups of four to combine vocabulary from sheets to come up with at least 101 vocabulary words and numbers. Ask students to come to the board and write the numbers so that all may correct their sheets. As the numbers are written, pronounce them carefully and ask the class to repeat them back to you.

6. After all students have corrected their sheets, say a sentence about the movie using one of the numbers to the students. Have students write down the number they heard in the sentence. Give them the correct answer. Do this many times until the students are familiar with how the numbers sound in the target language.

7.When you feel that they are ready, tell students that they will be quizzed on the numbers. The quiz will be two parts, oral and written. Remind them to study prior to the quiz.


Create the quiz so that it consists of a listening portion where the teacher will read a sentence in Spanish or French which includes a number, and the student will record the number they heard. On the second portion, the numeral will be printed, and the student will write the number (in word form) in Spanish or French.
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