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Goos the Whale

(Goos La Ballena) (Argentina)

Topics: Counting + Telling the Truth

Children Heroes

Elements:  3 Voices + Puppets + Imagination  + Storytelling + Team Work

Applications: It is not shown in the story, but there are two moments in which we can use counting. When the Mosquito Boy arrives inside the Whale's Belly and when the Whale vomited the content of his/her belly.

The counting can be as simple as we all count how many people are in the classroom. Another option is to have a bowl with water and plastic toys in it ready when the whale pukes, and pretend that the whale has used the bowl to throw up, then show it to the classroom and count together. Let one by one, get their hand in the water and draw out one plastic toy to count it.

Also, you could count the next day, the whale can come back in the classroom and tell the kids he/she has an indigestion and needs help. The classroom recalls the tickle attack and the teacher with the whale travel around the classroom helping the whale vomit in different bowls (you have ready) and then ask the students to come in smaller groups around each bowl and count. Later sum up.

How The Elephants Got Their long Trunks/Noses (Africa)

Topics: Ethics + Bullying + Curiosity + Animal Facts

Elements: Imagination + Storytelling + Voices

Possible Applications in the Classroom:

A discussion on how certain questions or comments can bother or make our friends uncomfortable.

Discussion on how to be cautious in the outside world: Do not talk to stranger, Do not let curiosity drag you too far, etc.

Animal facts, why is the reason Giraffes have all those dark spots and why the hippos like to bathe so much.

This is a story that can be act out by the children, using movement to describe the animal they represent, masks and different voices.

Nucep and the Doggie that Could not Bark

(From Book: Verde Fue mi Selva by Edna Iturralde)

Topics: Multilingual + Empathy

Elements: Imagination + Movement + Storytelling + Repetition

The chant taught at the beginning and used throughout the story has the purpose to engage the children and to introduce the subject.

The children get to participate as one of the characters, the dogie. This is clear when I ask the audience "Show me how do you stay still, etc," or when I ask (towards the end) for all of us to bark at the count of 3.

Ask questions throughout the story is a way to keep the children engage but also to make sure they are following. Make sure your questions are intentional and well planned. Tricky questions get Tricky answers.

The Chant: Bark, Bark, Bark my Dogie Bark
Ladra, Ladra, Ladra Perro Ladra
Ruff, Ruff, Ruff, Ruff, Ruff, Ruff