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Maya and Miguel
Click here to visit the Maya and Miguel website.
The educational situation comedy chronicles the adventures of 10-year-old Latino twins, Maya and Miguel Santos, as they figure out how to leave their stamp on the vibrant world around them. The comedy revolves around Maya's well-intended meddling in her family's and friend's lives, ultimately leading her to create new quandaries to fix. While every episode will take humorous twists and turns, the underlying message is the importance of doing what is good for the family and community and the philosophy that shared happiness is greater than personal gain.
The show is targeted at six- to eight-year-olds, but is also being designed to engage adults. It is intended to entertain and educate all children, to promote cultural diversity, and to encourage English language acquisition, particularly among Hispanics. It is available with a second audio track in Spanish (SAP).
"Reaching, educating and entertaining children is part of Scholastic's DNA," says Deborah Forte, president of Scholastic Entertainment. "In the same way The Magic School Bus and Clifford entertain and help children with science and reading, The Misadventures of Maya and Miguel is a series all children will delight in, and at the same time, prepare at-risk children as they begin their formal school experience."
The series has been developed with Guatemalan, Puerto Rican and Mexican-American writers, producers and artists who were able to lend their own perspectives and experiences. The lead voices include, Candi Milo as "Maya" and Nika Futterman as "Miguel." The multi-cultural cast also features well-known names such as Carlos Alazraqui, Erik Estrada, Lucy Liu, Lupe Ontiveros, Elizabeth Peña and Carlos Ponce. Other cast members include Beth Payne, Jeannie Elias, and Jerod Mixon.
The Ready To Learn Read-View-Do Learning Triangle model is followed.
LESSON: IT'S ALL ABOUT WORD PLAY!
Subject Areas: Language Arts, Technology, Visual Arts, Physical Education
Estimated Time: Session One - 45 minutes; Session Two - 30 minutes
I. Summary: Maya and Miguel's first cousin, Tito, recently emigrated from Mexico. His native language is Spanish but his English is improving every day as he interacts with his multilingual American family. This lesson focuses on word play through conversational language activities that will help build confidence and increase proficient language skills for Early English Language Learners.
1. Instruct students that they are going to play a fun game called "Look, Say, Find!" Use hand motions as you say, "Look, Say, Find!":
2. Pronounce then spell the graphic/word. Repeat pronunciation and spelling. Encourage volunteers to independently model pronunciation/spelling. Be sure to ask Second Language Learners to share oral and written Spanish (or their own native language) as you move through graphics.
3. Prompt thought about each graphic with age-appropriate vocabulary and conversational language.
For example: Show graphic of children playing and ask: What are these children doing? How many children are there? Where do you think they live? How old are they? How do you think they are feeling right now? Have you ever played like they are playing? What kind of weather are they playing in and what season does it seem to be where they live? Do you think you would have fun playing with these children? Continue by encouraging students to independently express their understanding of each graphic through conversational language.
4. Ask each student to take a turn at placing a sticker on the graphic you call out. Ask individual students to identify, pronounce, spell and describe graphic.
5. Silly Willy Word Play! Model how to read, interpret and role play the first Silly Willy Word Play command - "Animals." For understanding, say the command and slowly model movements. For example: The duck loudly quacked as he circled right! (Say it and make like a duck.) Teaching tip: Pair English Language Learners with English language speakers so they can imitate and model their native language for each other as they move through the exercise.
1. The eagle soared high in the sky.
2. The tiger ferociously growled.
3. The horse galloped down the trail.
4. The fish swam quietly through the reef.
5. The chimpanzee chattered as he climbed up the tall tree.
6. The bees buzzed around in the hive.
Nature (with some helpful suggestions)
1. The gentle wind blew through the valley. (arms up, bend at waist)
2. The rain danced as it fell from the clouds. (finger motions/tippie-toe)
3. The sun sizzled in the sky. (arms flailing, sizzle noise)
1. The tree swayed in the forest.
2. The ball rolled down the hill.
3. The kite zigzagged in the sky.
1. The friends shook hands.
2. The class applauded the teacher.
3. The teacher hugged every student.
Assessment: Students should actively participate in activities identifying picture-word associations and correctly model conversational language and movement through role play.
Extensions in Learning:
For Early Language Learners, reinforce picture-word association by exploring these bilingual books:
Related National Standards (These are established by McREL; click here to visit the McREL website).
Related National Standards for ESL- Grades Pre-K-3 (These are established by TESOL at URL:
Goal 1, Standard 2 -To use English to communicate in social settings: Students will interact in, through and with spoken and written English for personal expression and enjoyment
Goal 2, Standard 1 -To use English to achieve academically in all content areas: Students will use English to interact in the classroom
The website for The Misadventures of Maya and Miguel (available in English and Spanish) includes lesson plans, music, and online learning activities.
This 2-hour ESOL workshop is available for parents, teachers, and child care providers.
PBS Ready To Learn is supported by a cooperative agreement from the U. S. Department of Education, PR/Award Number R295A00002.