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The mosquito. 6-stanza children's poem with educational activities


Poetry is a perfect excuse to propose other educational and fun activities to children. The little ones usually love the poetic genre, so we can take advantage of it to propose exercises that work on certain lessons learned at school. From this one 6-stanza poem by Marisa Alonso, we propose some educational activities that will be very attractive for the little ones.

But first of all ... let's enjoy this nursery rhyme! Bill a short funny story in which we have a mosquito that flies very fast and some flies that wonder what is the reason for such a rush. The fly, which has little patience, will end up getting tired of so many questions.

At full speed

a mosquito flew by

they were muttering.

Where will you go in such a hurry?

said a fly to the fly,

nor that he was flying

Where will you go in such a hurry?

another fly spoke to the fly,

he goes without a helmet on his head

Oh, what little precaution!

Where will you go in such a hurry?

asked a third,

and already tired the moscón

he immediately changed the sidewalk.

What are you asking me?

I don't know how to give you reasons

Ask the mice!

But another fly came

and when he saw him he asked:

Where was he going in such a hurry?

And the fly passed out.

We begin by proposing some reading comprehension activities to find out if the children have been attentive to the reading of this poem. To avoid the typical exercise of direct questions, we propose other types of activities: true or false, completing the sentence and discovering the character who says certain pieces of dialogue.

Present these exercises to your children as a game or a challenge that they have to decipher. In this way, they will be more open to doing them. Among the benefits of these activities we find improving understanding of what is read, memory and concentration.

1. True or false
Some of the following sentences are true and coincide with what you have read in the text. However, others are false. Will you be able to discover which ones are lies?

  • The fly was flying very very fast, it seemed like it was in a hurry!
  • The mosquito put a helmet on its head, for safety.
  • The fly was tired of the questions of the flies.
  • The fly told the flies to ask the mice.

2. Complete the sentence
As an exercise in reading comprehension, we can also ask the children to complete the following sentences related to the history of the poem.

  • It looked like the _______ was participating in a competition because of how fast it was flying.
  • The fly didn't want to hear any more questions from the _________.
  • The flies were restless because ___________.

3. Who said what
The following phrases that we propose could be part of the dialogue in this story. From what you have read, you will be able to decipher who says each of them. Who said that?

  • Where will it go so fast?
  • Don't ask me! I do not know!
  • I'm in a hurry, I'm in a hurry!

Since Guiainfantil.com We suggest you review some of the lessons that children have learned at school related to spelling and grammar from the poem. Here are some language challenges for your little ones. Remember to adapt them to the age and knowledge of each of the children so that they can solve them.

4. In search of verbs
Verb tenses can become a real nightmare for children: so many tenses, modes, people, conjugations ... However, with a little practice and play, the little ones will end up learning them without any problem.

In this exercise, the children have to find four verbs that appear in the poem and conjugate them in the following tenses:

  • Third person plural in the present indicative.
  • First person singular past imperfect indicative.
  • Second person plural of the simple conditional.

5. Sharp words, where are you?
The acute words are those that carry the accent, the stressed syllable, in the last syllable of the word. These are accentuated when they end in N, S or vowel. The exercise that we are now proposing will help children to review the rules of accentuation.

It's about finding all the sharp words in the poem. Ask the children to write them down and mark or not mark them accordingly.

6. Any adjectives out there?
And finally, we work on the adjectives. How many are you able to find in the poem? What is its augmentative? And its diminutive?

7. Alphabet soup
Find the words related to the poem!

And finally, we propose you some very fun games with which children will continue to work on poetry without realizing it.

8. The mosquito, the fly and the gnat
The protagonists of this poem are these cute insects. But what is the difference between mosquito, fly and fly? We suggest you take out the encyclopedias (on paper, not digital, to get back into the good habit of searching alphabetically) and looking for a little information about our beloved characters. How are they similar and how are they different?

9. Draw the poem
Children will be delighted to illustrate the poem. We can ask them to draw a free drawing, to develop their imagination and creativity, or we can encourage them to draw exactly what they have read. In this second case, the exercise will also help us to work on the children's reading comprehension.

10. Group recital
Since it is a poem of 6 stanzas and it can be a bit long to memorize for the little ones, we can organize a group recital. Each of the participants will have to learn one or more stanzas (depending on how many children and adults want to enter the game). You can even encourage yourself to put music to poetry.

11. Let your imagination fly
You just have to let your imagination fly and surely you will come up with many more games from this poem. What if you organize your own play based on this story?

Long live poetry!

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