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PRUNELLA THE ELEPHANT

By Ana Zambrano
"I want to be special; I want to be sweet,
I want to look different, unique, and petite."
Prunella the Elephant saw her mirror and frowned,
"Instead I am big, wide, and gray all around."
"My trunk is too big and my ears are too long,
My tail is not curly, and I can't sing a song."
"If I had stripes like a tiger or wings like a bee,
I would be the best elephant you ever did see."
"I want a mane like a lion, a beak like a bird,
I want to hop like a frog and make myself heard."
"You are the best you are already," said the giraffe to her friend,
"You are Prunella the Elephant, that's the best in the end."
But Prunella wouldn't listen, Prunella didn't care,
She was sure if she changed, she would be the best elephant there.
She grabbed her friend's neck and gave it a tug,
Then stuck it on hard and fast with a hug.
"I have a long neck," said Prunella with glee,
"Now everyone come and admire what's me."
She ran past the mirror and into the street
She called out to all to come, see, and meet.
As the animals came and stared at her look,
Prunella grabbed what she wanted, stole and just took.
She took the frog's hop; she took the bird's beak,
She took the bee's wings, lion's mane and physique.
"You don't need what's hers, what's mine, or what's his.
You're already the best that you were, will be, or are."
But Prunella wouldn't listen to her friend the giraffe,
She hopped down the road with a big hearty laugh.
"Give it all back," the animals shouted,
"You took all our best, we can't live without it."
Said her friend the giraffe, "Give the neck back to me.
I need my long neck to eat leaves on a tree."

I would be safe." said her friend the giraffe. Prunella looked down and tried to look meek." said Prunella in fear." said the bird in dismay." she said to the bee "They are too tiny and little for an elephant like me." The frog got his hop." "My hop got me up." said the frog with a shout. the bird got her beak. "How else will the animals know I am king and their lord?" But Prunella wouldn't listen. the branches held tight. The tree caught Prunella. The lion was angry." But the bear and the tiger were not ready to share. It has me all tangled and caught in this tree. big and strong. the lion was mad. She hopped down the road and fluffed up her hair. They lunged at Prunella and bared their big teeth. but it won't get me down." "If only I'd listened. She hopped up a tree and looked all around."And I need my beak. They were right. Without it how will I ever eat seeds every day?" "And I need my hop. "Please take back your neck. My mane will not help me get down from the sky. My neck is too long and is tangled around. "What have I done. . you see. And Prunella was frightened and ran off like a thief. I was wrong. my dear." and the animals laughed. You look silly up there. "Without it how will I jump through the pond in and out?" "And I want my mane. and claws like a bear. "I want stripes like a tiger. Prunella didn't care." "And take back your wings." "Prunella. "How will I ever get down from here?" "My wings are too little to let me fly high. If I had stayed as I was. Prunella was crying and sobbed out in fright. I don't want it. She was very high up and far off the ground." the lion then roared.

you have an elephant's charm and its grace. or ever will be. Marikina City ."I am going to eat you Prunella. Prunella was safe in their arms as she fell. then it is best to be you. you are the best you can be. what you did was bad." Prunella had learned." "You are the best there is. her neck back in place. Elena. "Though it made me look pretty when I wore it today." "Please take your mane back. Her friend the giraffe. they grabbed and they held. "I am sorry I did what I did to you all." Prunella did say. "Prunella." The great lion frowned. Marikina Polytechnic College Sta." The animals circled. said. Prunella the Elephant. Prunella was crying as she had a great fall. then grabbed at his hair. He plucked it back on and stomped out of there. Prunella now knew If you want to be happy.

net. Drawing an image of Prunella the Elephant having different animal parts 2. SUBJECT MATTER AND MATERIALS Selection: Prunella the Elephant by Ana Zambrano (2012. being yourself is the best person you could be. 2. Make an advice letter for Prunella the Elephant II.childrens-stories. everyone is special in their own little way B. Acknowledge aspects of humor in the story Form a semantic map for ELEPHANT Understand word meanings through their antonyms Understand the concepts of outlining through making a wish list Respond to the story through the following group engagement activities: 1.Y 2014-2015 ________________________________________________________________________________ I. 2012. from http://www. childrens-stories. Dramatizing Prunella having different animal parts 3. the kinder students must be able to: A. Veracruz S.net/childrens-stories-contacts/childrensstories-contacts.LESSON PLAN ON “PRUNELLA THE ELEPHANT” BY ANA ZAMBRANO GLR-CT Approach Developed by Isaac Moises G. Retrieved 07.html Materials: Flash cards of pictures showing contrasting meaning Poster of Prunella the Elephant Poster of Prunella the Elephant on top of a tree Cartolina. Prunella the Elephant by Ana Zambrano. Realize that 1. pencil and coloring materals Masks of animals . Writing a dialogue for Prunella in the story 4. 07). OBJECTIVES At the end of the lesson.

Head bands Sticker paper III. Pictures must be presented side by side. The words to be defined must be underlined. PROCEDURE A. . Post the following pairs of pictures on the board having contrasting meaning. PREREADING 1. Developing concepts/vocabulary A.

Develop a semantic map for ELEPHANT. ask the students questions that would be used as basis in giving them an idea of the story to be read.g Frown. Developing a purpose for reading a. Say: (raise petite and huge) which among the two would you like to be? Would you like to be huge? Or would you like to be petite? What if you don’t get what you want? How would you feel? 2. list down the words that describe an elephant. Ask the students to read the following pair of words and give their meanings based on their opposite meaning seen on the pictures. tall and gray? How would you compare its looks to other animals? Birds? Lions? Frogs? Giraffes? In the story we are going to read. b. Guide the students in categorizing the words they have generated. (You can also provide questions that would help them further understand the word meaning.When does a person frown?) C. READING . Based on the semantic map. From the following words. e. Prunella the Elephant doesn’t feel good about her appearance? Why do you think so? What do you could be the problems she might encounter being an elephant? B.B. Say: You said that elephants are big.

ask the students to put cutouts of animal parts on Prunella’s body. Prunella the Elephant." "Prunella. "But the bear and the tiger were not ready to share. (…)"And I need my hop. Prunella now knew. They were right. . I want to be sweet. "You are Prunella the Elephant. "Without it how will I jump through the pond in and out?" "And I want my mane. If you want to be happy. she would be the best elephant there."How else will the animals know I am king and their lord?" (STOP) Do you think that Prunella would listen this time to the animals? What do you think will happen next? But Prunella wouldn't listen. Then stuck it on hard and fast with a hug. that's the best in the end. then it is best to be you.(The format used here is read-aloud by the teacher) "I want to be special. She was very high up and far off the ground. my dear. you are the best you can be. You look silly up there. She was sure if she changed." Prunella had learned. I would be safe. or ever will be. Prunella didn't care. Engagement Activities I (Whole Class) Put up a note board in to be filled out in class showing Prunella’s wishlist. She grabbed her friend's neck and gave it a tug. unique. I was wrong. and petite. (…)"You are the best there is." said the giraffe to her friend." (STOP) Do you think Prunella would listen to the Giraffe? What do you think will happen next? But Prunella wouldn't listen. POST READING 1. She hopped down the road and fluffed up her hair. (STOP) What was the result of Prunella’s disobedience? What do you think will happen next? "If only I'd listened. big and strong." said the frog with a shout. (…)She hopped up a tree and looked all around. Prunella didn't care." said her friend the giraffe. (STOP) What happened to Prunella? What did she do about it? (FINISH READING THE STORY) C." and the animals laughed. I want to look different. Prunella was crying and sobbed out in fright. As each wish is discussed. and claws like a bear. If I had stayed as I was. the branches held tight. The tree caught Prunella." (…) "You are the best you are already. "I want stripes like a tiger." the lion then roared.

would you also wish to have those body parts? Why? What did his friend Giraffe say to her? Did Prunella listen? What did she do? (Students stick the body parts to Prunella’s body) What do you think did the other animals feel after Prunella took their body parts? What did they do to Prunella? How did Prunella feel when the animals ran to get her? Where did she go? Did she encounter any problem when she reached the tree? What is it? What did she do? Why do you think did Prunella cry? Do you think what Prunella did to the other animals is good? Why not? What happened to Prunella after? Did the other animals help her? What did they do? (Ask students to remove the animal parts on Prunella’s body) What did the Giraffe say to Prunella? Did she now listen to him? Is the Giraffe a good friend to Prunella? What was Prunella’s biggest problem in the story? Was it solved? .PRUNELLA’S WISHLIST Stripes like a ____________________________________ Wings like a _____________________________________ Beak like a _____________________________________ Legs like a ______________________________________ Neck like a _____________________________________ Mane like a ____________________________________ How was Prunella described when she looked in the mirror? What did she feel after looking in the mirror? Why do you think so? What animal parts did Prunella wished to have? Can you name one? (Write Prunella’s wishlist one-by-one on the note board) If you were Prunella.

(Provide materials) d. make a doodle or a cartoon. she realized that she did something wrong to the other animals. Provide directions and guidelines a. How does she look like when she walks? When she eats? When she dances? Wear masks and costumes for this activity. Out of the letters of your name. Enrichment/Extending the Literary Experience a. e. b. Engagement Activities II: Discussion (Small groups) Divide the class into four groups. Assign each group to one of these tasks. Design your own animal headdress using a head band as base. EVALUATION . STICKY FOR MY BESTIE. 3.What did Prunella learn in the story? Should she change herself? What do you think is special about Prunella being an elephant? 2. ELE-FONT. WISHLIST. b. When Prunella went up to the tree. Here’s a poster of Prunella on top of the tree.Write your name on a bond paper. Dramatize how Prunella does things having the parts of the different animals. What do you think is she saying while she’s in there? Fill in the speech bubbles c. (Provide cartolina and coloring materials) What do you think is the appearance of Prunella having different animal parts? Draw it in this cartolina. ANIMAL HEAD BAND. Make it as big as possible. Come up with your own wish list. MIX AND MATCH. IV. Create your own sticker for your best friend in the class saying “You are so special” c. How did she feel about it? What advice can you give to help her? Write it on this cartolina. Combine parts of different animals and create a unique pet you wish to have d.

I. II. What did the following characters say on the following events in the story? Fill in the speech bubbles. Encircle the happy elephant elephant if you think it is good thing to do and encircle the sad if you think that it is a bad thing to do. .

Make sure to color your work. ASSIGNMENT (Teacher gives worksheet) Draw in this paper everything you love about yourself.STEAL OTHERS’ BELONGINGS LOVING YOURSELF HELPING YOUR FRIENDS LIE TO OTHER PEOPLE SAYING SORRY IF YOU DID SOMETHING WRONG FORGIVING OTHERS V. WORKSHEETS: Dialogue for Prunella the Elephant .

Advice Letter for Prunella DEAR PRUNELLA We just want to say that ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ Love. Names of Students Homework I LOVE MYSELF Name: _________________________________________________________ Section: Kinder.Joy .

A. . II. Encircle the happy elephant elephant if you think it is good thing to do and encircle the sad if you think that it is a bad thing to do. What did the following characters say on the following events in the story? Fill in the speech bubbles.

STEAL OTHERS’ BELONGINGS LOVING YOURSELF HELPING YOUR FRIENDS LIE TO OTHER PEOPLE SAYING SORRY IF YOU DID SOMETHING WRONG FORGIVING OTHERS .

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