Unit 3: Formal Commands with Crossing Guard Comic Strip

Unit 3:  Formal Commands:  Los mandatos formales



  1. To memorize verbs of movement.
  2. To understand the vignettes and describe them.
  3. To analyze the vignettes and sequence them in logical order using the visual as well as the formal commands as guides.
  4. To apply the knowledge of this comic strip to become a crossing guard and give directions to children as well as children asking a crossing guard for help.


 PACE activity: Production of Formal Commands

A. Presentation: 

Ahora vamos a leer una tira cómica sobre un guardia peatonal y unos niños.    ¿Qué ven en la tira cómica ?  Identify vocabulary that might be difficult to understand.


Crossing Guard
There are five vignettes. First vignette shows a crossing guard talking to three students saying; A ver, paren, Bien. The second vignette shows the crossing guard looking and the three student following him. He says: A ver, caminen. Bien. In the third drawing, the crossing guard lets the children cross the street and says “A ver, crucen. Bien”. In the fourth drawing, the crossing guard is looking at his cell phone saying “Qué guay! A descansar. Six children are waiting for him at the other side of the street. In the fifth vignette, the children say: “Señor, ayúdenos. Oiga! The crossing guard looks up from cell phone.



¡Qué guay!

A ver







 la/el guardia peatonal

la tira cómica


B. Attention to the form:

Do you understand the situation?

What happens first?  Second?   What are the children asking?  Why is the crossing guard inattentive?


C. Co-Construction:

Review of structure of Formal Commands (ustedes):   yo Present tense  – o  +   “en”   for the “ar” family of verbs

Yo +  Verb in Present Tense  –  o   +   “an  for the  “er/ir” families of verbs

Can you find the verbs in Command form in the comic strip?


Command Infinitive Formula Subject (usted/ ustedes) Translation
paren parar yo paro – o  +  en ustedes You, group, stop!


D. Extension:

So, let’s role play: Crossing guard + children

What would you say as a Crossing guard?   Remember that you can give  negative commands:

Correr,  saltar,  seguir derecho,  torcer a la derecha,  torcer a la izquierda,  girar a la derecha,  girar a la izquierda, esperar,  caminar lentamente, mirar a la derecha,  mirar a la izquierda,  esperar la luz roja,  esperar la luz verde,  tener paciencia, ser niños responsables.

What would the children say to the crossing guard?

Ayudar,   oír,  escuchar, venir aquí,  llevar mi mochila,  buscar mi mochila,  esperar a la amiga,  esperar al amigo,  esperar a mi madre,  esperar a mi padre,  llevar mi mochila,  ir demasiado rápido,   ir lentamente,  mirar el móvil,  escuchar el móvil, enviar mensajes por móvil, poner atención al trabajo,  ser un guardia peatonal responsable


Finally,  can you make signs that help the children understand when it is safe to cross?

Command Structure Infinitive Subject Translation


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