Thursday 14 August 2014

A poem :Doña Pita Piturra

In my August blog posts I am sharing ideas about how we will work with poems next year. Last week I wrote about La plaza tiene una torre, and today we have Doña Pita Piturra by Gloria Fuertes!This poem will fit in with our Clothes topic in Year 4 (see my clothes games here). It has a few different versions online, I will use the one from my Gloria Fuertes book I bought from here. 

Here it is....very easy to learn!

Get a doll or a puppet to illustrate the meaning while you are presenting it, and use gestures for "grande" and "ancho".This is what I mean:


And repeat the shoe verses again.
I will tell the children that Doña/ Don refer to royalty or when addressing an older person. They are a bit like Sir/Lady/Dame. During the lesson we will challenge ourselves to call each other with Don and  Doña when referring to names, like when I say "Necesito dos voluntarios, ¡venid Doña Amy and don Callum a la pizarra!".

Find the rhymes!

Get your fly swats and ask for volunteers to find the rhyming word. You say "elegantes", and they have to find "guantes" or "antes". Other examples: sombrero-plumero, zapato-ancho, toquillas-polillas, guantes-grandes, guantes-antes.The one to hit the correct word stays out, the other one gets an applause from the class and chooses the next one to come up to challenge the person already out. I have made two slides for this game, one has clues, the other one only features the words. Don't worry, we don't  break an IWB every week in our Spanish lessons, the pupils know that they can't actually touch the screen just go VERY close.

Dress the doll!
Another competition, my pupils love races! Say a line from the poem or a whole verse and let's see who can dress the dolls the quickest! You will  need two sets of each item for this game.

Dress yourself!

Say a line/verse from the poem and see who can put the right piece of item on. The pupils can use blu tack to stick the moths on their clothes:-) If you don't have the items from the poem, they will just have to pretend that they are putting the hat, shoe, etc. on.

Draw the poem!

The pupils can draw the poem or part of it on their whiteboards in pair work or in front of the class on the big board.

Language detectives:

Where do the words belong to? How do you know?


And where would you put these new ones? Why? A good way to introduce adjective-noun agreement and start to build awareness! This slide comes with clues:
And here is a more challenging one for later:

Change the poem!

There are so many words we already know in Year 4, I have copied some on the slide, could you place them in the poem somewhere and think about changing them if they need any change?

 Choose the right word!
And use the activities I blogged about last week, just scroll down for the details!
Mix it all up!
Run, read and recite!
Make a movie!
Guess the emotion!
Steal a vowel/consonant!
Add/change a word!
Create a song!
Buy the book! It is full of the most incredible poems and amazing illustrations!
We "read" it at bedtime in my house in HUNGLISH:-)
After publishing my post, I got a tweet from @valleseco recommending poems on Light Bulb Languages:  Excellent selection!

1 comment:

  1. Otro gran poema y otras actividades geniales Erszi. Está claro que las vacacioens te sientan genial para aparecer con ideas y actividades nuvas, eh? No paras ni en verano Ja,ja,ja....A ver si tomo ejemplo de tí :-) Muchas gracias por compartir, me guardao algunas de tus actividades para hacer con mis alumnos en el futuro :-) Disfruta del verano wapa!