Friday, February 28, 2014

Fables/Fabeln

Title Page (my camera does not take good pictures of pages drawn with wax crayons, the real pages are much smoother looking)
Titelseite (mein Fotoapparat macht leider keine guten Fotos von Wachsmalstiftbildern -- das echte Bild sieht viel gleichmäßiger aus)

This is the fourth time I am teaching fables, hard to believe.  I like the Milo Winter book of fables, but also like to read from Lessing's fables and La Fontaine's fables.  We are using the fables to do some modeling with beeswax, to draw pictures to accompany the stories, but also to give a gentle introduction to main parts of speech, that is nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs.  At this age we call them name words, doing words, color words, and how words.  We compared what the animals in the fables can do with their hands and feet with what we can do with their hands and feet.  Later we made a chart of all the doing words we can do with our hands.  Then Veronika went to the kitchen, the garage, to her desk, and looked out of the window to find more activities she can do in each of those rooms respectively.  We also read the delightful story about the gnomes and fairies that wake up a young violet and give it a name (violet=noun), a task (to grow=verb), a color (purple=adjective), and tell it to grow fast (fast=adverb).  We again looked for these parts of speech in a short story and underlined each one with a different color.  Below are some of our activities.

 Fox
Fuchs

 The Lion and the Mouse
Der Löwe und die Maus

The Hare and the Tortoise
Der Hase und die Schildkröte



Jetzt unterrichte ich schon zum vierten Mal Fabeln, kaum zu glauben!  Ich mag gerne die Fabeln von Äsop, Lessing und La Fontaine.  Ein schönes Fabelbuch auf Deutsch ist Im Spiegelbild: Fabeln für Jung und Alt, Fabeln oder Das Hausbuch der Fabeln.  Wir benutzen dieses Thema, um zu modellieren, Bilder zu den einzelnen Fabeln ins Heft neben einer Zusammenfassung zu malen und auch, um die vier Grundwortarten Namenwort, Tuwort, Wiewort und Umstandswort zu lernen.  Wir haben die Tiere der Fabeln mit uns verglichen und überlegt, was diese Tiere alle mit ihren Beinen und anderen Gliedmaßen tun können und was wir Menschen mit Händen und Füßen tun können.  Die menschlichen Tuwörter haben wir dann an die Tafel geschrieben.  Danach ist Veronika in die Küche und die Garage gegangen und hat sich ans Fenster gestellt und an den Tisch gesetzt.  An jedem Ort hat sie weitere Tätigkeiten aufgeschrieben, die die Hände dort verrichten können.  Wir haben auch eine kurze Geschichte von einem Veilchen gelesen, welches von einem Zwerg und Elfen im Frühling geweckt wird.  Jedes dieser Wesen hat ein Geschenk dabei.  Eins schenkt den Namen (Veilchen= Namenwort), eins die Tätigkeit (wachsen=Tuwort), eins die Farbe (lila=Wiewort) und eins sagt ihm, es solle schnell wachsen (schnell=Umstandswort).  Diese Wortarten haben wir dann noch in einem anderen kurzen Text an der Tafel gefunden und in jeweils einer anderen Farbe unterstrichen.  Hier einige Bilder von unseren Aktivitäten.  









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13 comments:

  1. Toll! Das ist wirklich schön, ganz besonders gefällt mir auch der Fuchs. Und vielen Dank für die schöne Geschichte die zu Nomen, Verb, etc. führt. Die merk ich mir.

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  2. Dear Eva,

    Thank you for showing this post and a bit about how you teach fables. The drawings and lesson work are so beautiful! I have not taught fables much, though I want to. I think I will get the book you recommend. At what age do you normally teach fables? Thank you again, Barbara

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    1. We normally do fables in grade 2. They are also a great way to introduce young children to the world of animals. It is easy to talk about the shape and color of an animal or where they live and what they like to eat. I normally add that too. Another book I like that has fables is Buddha at Bedtime. This was written by a Buddhist and he does not hide the fact that he is one. The stories are similar to the "Jataka Tales." They are simply wonderful for this age and all my children have loved them. I discovered the book in our library and bought it after everybody liked it so much. You could also try "Just So Stories" from Kipling or "Br"Rabbit" stories. They are all really good for this age, although some children are not ready for "Just So Stories." Before we do our work on fables I also like to recite a poem with an animal. Right now we are doing Caterpillar by Christina Rossetti. Fables lend themselves to a plethora of teaching ideas. Even older children like them a lot. For the younger ones I do not read the moral at the end, but the older ones really like those ones.

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  3. Danke, C. Veronika war auch ganz begeistert von der Geschichte. Viel mehr als die Enführung zu diesen Wortarten mache ich so früh nicht, aber es ist ein schöner Anfang.

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  4. Thank you, Eva! I really like to start our lesson time with poetry also. For my younger children, I try to "match" the poems theme with the lessons. Do you write your own fable lesson plans? Or do you use something else? -B

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  5. I use a mix of ideas. Some are from Live Education!, some are from Dorothy Harrer's English Manual, some are from Arthur Auer's Modeling book, some are from library picture books, and some are from the book Coloring with Wax Crayons. Live Ed! has some animal poems as does this lovely book here. I am still in search of a good German equivalent to this book, but haven't found any. I have an older library book with poems for children, but it is not as nicely arranged as David Kennedy's book.

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  6. Some suitable poems can be found in this book, but it is still not perfect for all subjects.

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  7. Danke, Eva, das ist ein nützlicher und schöner Post. Danke für die Büchertipps in deutsch.

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  8. Beautiful fable work! I enjoyed this time with my girls. And I also enjoyed when we did Old Testament stories. I used Walter De La Mare's book with Edward Ardizzone's illustrations. I had found it in our library on 53rd Street (now closed unfortunately). It was an exciting find and the writing really took us back in time . .

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    1. Do you mean you used the book for the fables or the OT? I guess you must mean the Bible stories. For those I have used the Golden Children's Bible because that is one Bible we had already had when we started third grade. Live Ed also used that one.

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    2. I used it for the OT. And I remember the Golden Children's Bible from my childhood :)

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    3. Do you still have your copy? I mean the Bible.

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