Bilingual Programs Chapter

Pachamama (Madre Tierra) / Mother Earth

A Program for Preschoolers and School-Age Children

Pachamama is the Inca word for “Mother Earth.” Use the ideas in this section to create a program that focuses on our planet, the weather, and people.

Books to Share and Display

  • Dos amigos: Un cuento by Paz Rodero.
  • The Gullywasher / El chaparrón torrencial by Joyce Rossi.
  • El himno de las ranas by Elsa Cross.
  • Manuela color canela by Elena Dreser.
  • La tierra by Carme Solé Vendrell.
  • Tío culebra by Matthew Gollub.
  • Y siguió lloviendo by David Shannon.

Fingerplays

El temporal

(Adapted and translated by Consuelo Forray)

Está empezando a llover. (Clap lightly at first and then clap louder)

Escucho un trueno. (Stamp feet for thunder)

(Clap hands and stamp feet at the same time)

(Stop stamping feet)

(Clap slowly, becoming quieter)

(Stop clapping)


Paró de llover.

The Storm

(English translation by Consuelo Forray)

It’s beginning to rain. (Clap lightly at first and then clap louder)

I hear thunder. (Stamp feet for thunder)

(Clap hands and stamp feet at the same time)

(Stop stamping feet)

(Clap slowly, becoming quieter)

(Stop clapping)


The rain stopped.

La hormiguita” in Ring A Ring O’Roses: Fingerplays for Preschool Children, compiled by Charles Hansen and Cynthia Stilley.

Rhymes and Poetry

Y se acabó el cuento

(Traditional; English translation by Consuelo Forray. Use this rhyme to begin or end your program.)

Y se acabó el cuento,

Y se lo llevo el viento,

Por un agujero quiso pasar,

Y se lo llevo el mar.

And the Story has Ended

And the story has ended,

And the wind carried it away,

It tried to squeeze through a little hole,

But the sea carried it away.

Temblor

(Reprinted from Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems by Francisco X. Alarcón. Copyright 1997 by Francisco X. Alarcón. Used with permission of the publisher, Children’s Book Press, San Francisco, CA.)

de vez en cuando

en la California

del sur

las palmeras

por sí solas

se ponen a menear

aquí a la tierra

le gusta bailar

cha-cha-chá

Earthquake

from time to time

in southern

California

palm trees

begin to swing

all by themselves

here the Earth

likes to dance

cha-cha-chá

Hierba verde

(Reprinted from The Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems by Francisco X. Alarcón. Copyright 1998 by Francisco X. Alarcón. Used with permission of the publisher, Children Book Press, San Francisco, CA.)

nos gusta

andar descalzos

entre la hierba verde

a la Madre Tierra

le encanta hacernos

cosquillas en los pies

Green Grass

we love

to go shoeless

on green grass

Mother Earth

loves to tickle

our bare feet

Arcoiris

(Reprinted from The Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems by Francisco X. Alarcón. Copyright 1998 by Francisco X. Alarcón. Used with permission of the publisher, Children Book Press, San Francisco, CA.)

con siete

listones

de colores

la Tierra

premia

al Cielo

Rainbow

with seven

ribbons

of colors

the Earth

rewards

the Sky

Movement Activities

Read Jugamos bajo la lluvia by Angela Shelf Mederis. Ask the children to perform the actions as you read it again.

Audio Recordings

  • La tierra es mi madre” on Piggyback Planet: Songs for a Whole Earth by Sally Rogers.
  • “Rain (La lluvia)” and “One Light, One Sun” on Spanish Piggyback Songs by Sonya Kranwinkel.

Riddles and Jokes

Q: Después de muchos meses de labor,

Entrego las cosechas al labrador.
A: El Otoño.


Q: After several months of work,

I give the farmer a harvest
A: The Autumn


Q: El viento nos dibuja,

Y el cielo nos ilumina,

Y vamos por el cielo

Camina que camina.
A: Las nubes.


Q: The wind sketches us,

And the sky lights us,

And we go walking,

Walking along the sky.
A: The Clouds


Q: Cuando llego, las ranitas,

Salen del charco a cantar,

Y las plantas se alegran,

Cuando me sienten llegar.
A: La lluvia.


Q: When I arrive,

The little frogs leave the pond and start singing,

And the plants are happy,

When they hear me coming.
A: The rain.

Stories

Tell the story, “La hormiguita,” translated by Adela Artola Allen in Multicultural Folktales: Stories to tell Young Children by Judy Sierra and Robert Kaminski.

Play the legend “The Origin of Rain / El origen de la lluvia” on the recording, Canta conmigo: Vol. 2 by Juanita Newland-Ulloa. It is available in English and Spanish. Or learn the story and tell your own version.

Crafts

Earth Puzzle

Materials
Directions

Copy the earth puzzle pattern provided onto white card stock. Let each child color the Earth with markers or crayons. Cut along the lines with scissors (adults do this for younger children) to create an earth puzzle. Provide envelopes for the children to take their puzzle home.

Games and Activities

Arroz con leche

Have the children raise their arms in a circle, like the earth as they play this circle game, which is similar to “Duck, Duck, Goose.” Words and instructions for this game are provided at Juegos y canciones para los niños at www.hevanet.com/dshivers/juegos/.

¡Que llueva!

In this circle game, the children ask for rain. Words and instructions for this game are provided at Juegos y canciones para los niños at www.hevanet.com/dshivers/juegos/.

Guest Speakers

Invite an individual who has visited Incan or Mayan ruins to share the experience, pictures, and information about those ancient civilizations with the children. Display library books, artifacts, and maps.

With school-age children, watch and discuss the documentary films Ancient Inca or Ancient Maya (in English.)

Videos/DVDs

  • Charlie Needs a Cloak. Available in Spanish and English. (8 minutes)
  • Hot Hippo. Available in Spanish and English. (6 minutes)

Web Sites

Earth and Moon Viewer
www.fourmilab.ch/earthview/vplanet.html
View a map of the Earth at any time to see day and night, and view the Earth from your choice of satellites, or from the moon.


Maya Ruins
http://mayaruins.com
A photographic tour of sites in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras that includes information about the art and culture of ancient civilizations.

Professional Resources

  • Earth Child 2000: Earth Science for Young Children: Games, Stories, Activities, and Experiments by Kathryn Sheehan.
  • Ring A Ring O Roses: Finger Plays for Preschool Children, compiled by Charles Hansen and Cynthia Stilley.
  • Juegos y canciones para los niños

    www.hevanet.com/dshivers/juegos/

 



Texas Reading Club 2005 Programming Manual / Go Wild...Read!

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