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Class 4: Unit 7: Poem: Hiawatha

Day 1

Textual Picture Interaction

Show the textbook picture and elicit ideas from the students.

Possible responses:

Boy – animals – birds – deer – parrot – pigeon – rabbit – squirrel - trees – flowers - forest/jungle

Elicit more ideas by asking questions such as these:

  1. Describe the boy. What is he wearing? Where does he live?
  2. Is the boy a friend of the animals? Why do you think so?

Shall we listen to the boy’s story?

Do you know what the name of the boy is? It is the title of the poem. Who can read it?

Narrative

Hiawatha was a young Red Indian boy. He lived with his old grandmother, Nokomis. They lived in a wigwam in the forest.

[Show picture of wigwams.]

Nokomis taught Hiawatha about the wonders around them.

“Hiawatha, look up to the sky, do you see the stars? Do you see the moon?” asked the grandmother.

“Yes grandmother, I can see the stars. They are twinkling. The moon is big, but not twinkling”, replied Hiawatha.

“Look around you, do you see the tall trees, the green grass and the colourful flowers? Have you eaten the tasty fruits that grow on trees?”

“Yes grandmother. I love to climb trees. I love to eat their tasty fruits.”

“Hiawatha, are you friends with the birds and animals of the forest?”

“Yes grandmother, all the birds and all the animals in the forest are my friends. I love to play with them.”

Subtext

  • Hiawatha
  • Red Indian boy
  • He lived with his old grandmother, Nokomis.
  • Wigwam

Students can be made to read the subtext from the blackboard in pairs or small groups.

Reading

Read the first two paragraphs.

Follow reading protocols – individual reading, collaborative reading and reading aloud by the teacher.

Comprehension questions

  1. Who was Hiawatha?
  2. Whom did Hiawatha live with?
  3. Where does Hiawatha live?
  4. What did Hiawatha’s grandmother tell him?

Day 2

Interaction

  1. Name some of the birds you know.
  2. Do birds have language?
  3. How does Hiawatha talk to the birds?
  4. Do birds have secrets? Do you have secrets? Whom do you tell your secrets?
  5. Will the birds tell their secrets to Hiawatha?
  6. What secrets will the birds have?
  7. Do you know how the birds build their nests?
  8. What do the birds do in winter? Won’t they feel cold?

Narration

One day Hiawatha was playing with his friends. Lolu the parrot wasn’t there.

“Hey little Kala cuckoo, where is our friend the Lolu parrot?” asked Hiawatha.

“Lolu parrot is busy building a nest on the mango tree,” replied the cuckoo.

“Hey Hiawatha, I want to tell you a secret,” said Meenu the sparrow.

“Yes, tell me Meenu.”

“My eggs are about to hatch. I am so happy.”

“I am so happy for you Meenu. I am going to have more friends. All the birds are Hiawatha’s chickens. When your eggs hatch, there will be more Hiawatha’s chickens, Meenu.”

Subtext

  • Hiawatha learned every bird’s language.
  • Secrets
  • Summer, winter
  • Hiawatha’s chickens

Students can be made to read the subtext from the blackboard in pairs or small groups.

Reading

Read from ‘Hiawatha grew up to love them all…’ to ‘called them Hiawatha’s chickens.’

Follow reading protocols (individual reading, group reading, and reading aloud by the teacher).

Comprehension questions

  1. Who are Hiawatha’s chickens?
  2. What did Hiawatha learn about the birds?

Day 3

Interaction

  1. Name some of the animals you know.
  2. Do animals have language?
  3. Does Hiawatha know their language?
  4. Do animals have secrets?
  5. What are some of the secrets that animals have?

Let us look at two different animals.

Picture interaction:

1.  Which animal do you see in the picture?

2.  Have you seen it before? [If students are not able to identify the animal, introduce its name – beaver.]

3. Do you know how beavers build their homes?

Play video on how beavers build lodges.

Video link: How beavers build their homes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJjaQExOPPY

Picture interaction:

1. What animal do you see in the picture? Have you seen it before? [Introduce ‘reindeers’.]

2. What is it doing? [Pulling the sledge (similar to a cart) and running.]

3. Do you think it can run fast? [Introduce the word ‘swiftly’.]

Play video of a reindeer running swiftly.

Video link: Reindeer Run with Santa's Sleigh Through the Snow!

https://youtu.be/4tNgY4UTWI8

Let us hear the rest of Hiawatha’s story.

Narration

One day Hiawatha was walking along the river. He saw Beelu beaver carrying a log and swimming in the river.

“Hey Beelu beaver, where are you taking that log?” asked Hiawatha.

“I am building my lodge. I need a lot of wood for it,” replied Beelu.

“Can you tell me how you build your lodge?”

“Yes I will, but you shouldn’t tell anyone.”

“I will keep it a secret, I promise.”

Beelu told Hiawatha how he built his lodge.

Hiawatha felt hungry. He climbed up a tree to pluck fruits.

Then he saw Sonu squirrel running up the tree.

“Hey Sonu squirrel, where are you going?” asked Hiawatha.

“I collected a lot of acorns today. I’m going to hide some of it. I can eat it when I don’t have enough food. Don’t tell this to anyone,” replied Sonu.

“No, I will not tell anyone.”

Everyone tells me their secrets. The reindeer told me how he runs swiftly. The rabbit told me why he was so timid. They all trust me. They all love me.”

“All animals are Hiawatha’s friends.”

“All animals are Hiawatha’s brothers.”

Subtext

  • Hiawatha learned the language of all beasts/animals.
  • Beaver, lodges
  • Squirrel, acorns
  • Hiawatha’s Brothers

Students can be made to read the subtext from the blackboard in pairs or small groups.

Reading

Read the last stanza of the poem.

Follow the reading protocols (individual reading, collaborative reading, and reading aloud by the teacher.

Comprehension questions

  1. What are some of the secrets of animals that Hiawatha learnt?
  2. Who are ‘Hiawatha’s Brothers’?

 

Grade: 
4

Term: Term 2

Subject: 
English

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