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Los Animales

by Elida Guardia Bonet

Books to Share

  • Los animales / The Animals Picture Word Book by Claudia Zeff.
  • Rabbit Wishes by Linda Shute.
  • Rana ranita / Froggie Froggette by Hilda Perera.
  • Pinta ratones by Ellen Walsh.
  • Pollita chiquita / Henny Penny by H. Werner Zimmermann.
  • Rosaura en bicicleta by Daniel Barbot.
  • ¿Quién vive en el árbol? by Jim Channel.
  • ¿Quién soy? by Aurélie Lanchais & Alain Crozon.
  • Yo tenía UN hipopótamo by Héctor Viveros Lee.

Bulletin Board

Bulletin Board Decorate the bulletin board with pictures of the animals from Pollita chiquita / Henny Penny. Arrange them in the sequence that the animals meet on the way to visit the King.

Fingerplay

La hormiguita

To play this tickle game, walk two fingers up the child’s arm, beginning at the hand. The fingers are a little ant looking for a home. When the fingers reach the child’s armpit, tickle him or her. That is when the ant finds her home!

Por aquí va una hormiguita


buscando su casita.


Por aquí pasó,


por aquí pasó,


¡y aquí la encontró!

The Little Ant

Here is a little ant


looking for her home.


She looked here,


she looked here,


and here she found it!

Rhyme

Sapo guarapo

(This traditional rhyme may be found in Pin uno pin dos by Arturo Navarro. You may listen to a recording of this rhyme on the El día de los niños/El día de los libros web site at www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/projects/ninos/songsrhymes.html.)

At the end of a story or song, repeat this rhyme and ask children if they would like to hear it again.

Sapo guarapo


calzones de trapo,


cotona al revés,


¿quieres que te lo cuente otra vez?

Frog, Sweet Frog

Frog, sweet frog


with ragged pants


and shirt inside out


Do you want me to tell it again?

Song

La araña pequeñita

Add a second verse and substitute “La araña grandotota,” “the great big spider.”

La araña pequeñita


subió, subió, subió.


Vino la lluvia y


se la llevó.


Salió el sol y


todo lo secó.


Y la araña pequeñita


subió, subió, subió.

The Eensy, Weensy Spider

The eensy, weensy spider


went up the water spout.


Down came the rain and


washed the spider out.


Out came the sun and


dried up all the rain.


And the eensy, weensy spider


went up the spout again.

Musical Recording

La araña pequeñita” on De Colores and Other Latin American Folk Songs for Children by José Luis Orozco.

Activity

Read Yo tenía UN hipopótamo by Héctor Viveros Lee, and then give the children animal crackers and let them repeat the names of the animals in Spanish and English.

Read Pinta ratones by Ellen Walsh, and then review the names of colors in Spanish.

Game

Una Pulga Me Picó

(This traditional rhyme and game may be found in Tun-tun ¿Quién es? by Doris Marcano & Carmen Heny.)

At the end of each rhyme, one person is out. The last child in the circle is the winner.

Al subir a la montaña


una pulga me picó;


la agarré por las orejas


y se me escapó.


¡Pulgón, pulsera,


tabique y afuera!

A Flea Bit Me

When I went up the mountain


a flea bit me


I grabbed her by her ears


and she flew away.


Big flea, big flea


out you go!

Puppet Shows or Theater

La cena de Tío Tigre y otras obras de teatro para niños by Clara Rosa Otero has four short plays about Tío Conejo, Uncle Rabbit. Use creative drama techniques and let the children act out the plays, or make the plays into puppet shows.

Read Rana ranita / Froggie Froggette by Hilda Perera and use a puppet that transforms from a tadpole to a frog as a lead puppet.

Storytelling

Tell a story from the audiocassette Rabbit Tales / Los cuentos de Tío Conejo by Elida Guardia Bonet. It features three stories about Tío Conejo, the Rabbit. Side A is in English, and side B in Spanish.

Tell Mandinga, the Little Roach and Rooster and his Coin from Under the Mango Tree, Stories from Spanish Speaking Countries by Elida Guardia Bonet. This award-winning tape is also available in Spanish and is called Debajo del árbol de mango.

Tell Borreguita y el coyote by Verna Aardema with a lamb puppet.

Tell La Cucaracha Martina: A Caribbean Folktale by Daniel Moretón.

Tell The Boy Who Killed the Giant / El muchacho que mató al gigante, adapted by Angel Vigil from The Corn Woman, Stories and Legends of the Hispanic Southwest.

Flannel Board Stories

Tell Pollita chiquita / Henny Penny by H. Werner Zimmermann. Copy and color the flannelboard patterns here to use as you tell the story or read the book.

Tell Pinta ratones / Mouse Paint by Ellen Walsh. Copy the flannel board patterns here, and use them as you tell the story or read the book.

Tell The Little Ant: A Spanish Folktale. The story and patterns are on pages 76-77 of Multicultural Folktales for the Feltboard and Reader’s Theater by Judy Sierra.

Craft

Pollita chiquita / Henny Penny

Make copies of pictures of the animals from the flannel board story, Pollita chiquita / Henny Penny for the children to color and sequence as they retell the story at home.

CD-ROM

The Tortoise and the Hare.

Videos

At the Zoo on Lyric Language, Live Action Music Video, Series 1. (30 minutes)

Professional Resource

Tortillitas para mam� and Other Nursery Rhymes: Spanish and English by Margot Griego.

Multicultural Folktales for the Feltboard and Reader’s Theater by Judy Sierra.

Web Site

El día de los niños/El día de los libros

www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/projects/ninos/index.html

Hats Around the World | Volando sobre Texas / Through Texas with Wings

Page last modified: March 2, 2011