Saturday, March 24, 2012

Harry y el terrible Quiensabeque

Harry y el terrible Quiensabeque is an oldie but a goodie.  My kids really get a kick out of this book.  The original English title is Harry and the Terrible Whatzit and it has mostly 5 star reviews on Amazon. 

The above is the first page of the book.   My Spanish translation reads:

Yo sabía 
que abajo en el sótano 
había algo terrible. 
Lo sabía, porque el sótano
estaba oscuro, húmedo y olía mal. 

I am going to tweak the *Monster Lesson plan described below and have my kids roll one die 5 times. We will write down each number that they roll across a blank sheet of paper.  Then I'll have them roll 2 dice 5 times and have them write those numbers as well.  If you do this make sure to have your kids say the numbers in Spanish.  Then write the body vocabulary (boca, brazo, cabeza, cuerpo, pie, pierna, mano, nariz, oreja, ojo) under each number reviewing as you go by having the kids point to the correct body part.  Next explain that they will be drawing their monster using the what is written on their paper.  I can't wait to post our monsters!  If you do this I'd love to see your monsters. Email me or send a link.

*Monster lesson plan for learning the body parts in Spanish (I first blogged about it over here.)
Have each student choose 10 numbers between 1 and 10 and write them across a blank sheet of paper.  Numbers can be repeated and need not be in any particular order.  For example they might write down the following:

8            8            2            1              4              5              3               3                6              2

Next have the following vocabulary words on a poster or somewhere in the room. 
boca, brazo, cabeza, cuerpo, pie, pierna, mano, nariz, oreja, ojo

Use TPR to review and then show how each word can be made plural by adding an 's' to each word except for nariz which changes to narices.

Next have students write the vocabulary words that you have listed under each number.

Tell students that they will be drawing a new monster using the numbers they picked and the vocabulary words.  Under the monster they will write a description of their monster similar to the one described by bablingua: “Mi monstruo tiene una cabeza, cinco ojos, tres narices, cuatro bocas, dos orejas, seis cuerpos, dos brazos, dos manos, una pierna y tres pies.”

For high school Spanish I think this book would be a great example of showing the difference between the preterite and the imperfect for Spanish 2.  On page one there are already 5 verbs in the imperfect. It goes on with plenty of examples of verbs in both the preterite and imperfect including some of the irregulars.

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