Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cerdota Grandota



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Cerdota Grandota is a great book for younger elementary-aged kids. Set on a farm, the book visits several of the animals and describes them using opposites. The text also rhymes so you can use this book to introduce the concept of rhyming words. Also, on a few of the pages kids are encouraged to count how many animals there are.


With Cerdota Grandota as a starting off point you can do several activities to teach opposites. I make cards with pictures, and we play Memory by matching the opposites. You could also play Go Fish with the same cards after they have learned most of the words.  The goal is for them to ask for the opposite word from the card that is in their hand. Another thing I do with opposites once the words have been memorized is to call out three words. The students then say back to me (in order) the opposites for those words.  For example:

I say, "alto, fuera, flaco."
They say, "bajo, dentro, obeso."

I say, "limpio, sucio, sucio."
They say, "sucio, limpio, limpio."

This activity is a lot of fun and challenging! My goal is to go faster each time and try to trip them up. The students' goal is to be able to give me the opposite words quickly and in order.

Here's a list of the opposites that are used in the book...

flaco
obeso
rápido
lento
dentro
fuera
saltarino
quietecito
arisco
mansito
alto
bajo
sucio
limpio
joven
viejo
claro
oscuro
grande
pequeño

Have fun!

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