A Spanish national hero.

DESCRIPTION OF A LEGENDARY SPANISH CHARACTER…

...who was born of the minor nobility, was educated in the royal Castilian court and became an important general and administrator, fighting against the Moors in the early Reconquista. Later exiled by King Alfonso VI, he left service in Castile and worked as a mercenary general for other rulers, both Moor and Christian. Late in life, he captured the Mediterranean coastal city of Valencia, ruling it until his death in 1099. (reference).

This is the description that my students have done for you to draw your pictures:

Our character is special because it mixes reality with legend. We will start with his description:

He was a brave and warrior man. He used to wear a beard like most of the men of his time. He is always pictured with an armor, a cape and his sword and helmet. His two most precious assets were his sword and his horse to which he even gave a proper name.

But he wasn´t only a warrior; he also was a family man with a wife and children. He comes from the northeast of Castile, a Spanish region and he is mainly known for his warrior exploits. Despite being considered a hero, he did not always have it easy.

We hope to be helpful with this description to elaborate your drawings.

Now you can find out:

1.- The name of his sword and horse.

2.- The name he was given as a national hero and its meaning.

3.- Something about him that it is part of the Legend.

4.- Where do you have to go to visit his tomb.

Juan of the cow.

There was a man who had a son and a cow. The cow was very beautiful and the son a bit  silly. The father sent him to sell the cow  one day, because they needed the money. Juan, who was called his son, was very sorry, because he was very fond of the animal, but he had no choice but to obey. When they passed a mountain, thieves came out and stole the cow. But he followed them and saw them …

Here goes the beginnig of a traditional tale of our region. It was written by a famous still alive writer from our region , Luis Mateo Díez.who loves writing rural stories.

Now it is your turn…

What will it happen next? Perhaps you can make a comic with the story. We  send you some pictures (click on the following link)

castilian folk tales

WARNING: THE REST OF THE POST IS ONLY FOR TEACHERS!!!!

enter the house where they lived. He returned to his home and his father asked:

 – Why did you come back so soon? Have you already sold the cow?

 – No, father, they stole it from me.

 – How can you be so silly!

 – Do not worry, father, we will get paid

. – What are you going to do?! said the father very angry.

Then John disguised himself as a maiden and went to the house of the thieves. He asked if they needed a maid and they said yes, so that he stayed to serve them. At night the captain called her to her room and told her to sleep with him. He ordered the other thieves not to disturb whatever they Heard.

When the captain turned off the light Juan pulled out a whip that he had under his dress and began to whip the captain and in spite of his shouts, nobody came to help him.

When the captain was already unable to move, Juan took all the money that he found there and escaped through a window, telling him:

Do not forget that I am “Juan of the cow”.

When he got home, he told his father:

Here you have, father, I’ve already get paid for the cow but I still have to make more money out of it.

He sent for a doctor’s suit, and so dressed he approached the thieves home.They were looking precisely for a doctor, since they saw his captain in such a bad condition. So, they asked him to come in.The doctor entered, observed the captain and said:

This man seems to have been strongly beaten.

Yes sir! said the thieves. What a wise doctor!

Then the doctor sent each of the thieves to look for something different.One was sent for bandages, another for alcohol, another for cotton, another for an ointment and  so on until there was none left in the house.Then he went alone to  the sick man, took off his belt and lifting it in the air he said:

 I’m Juan of the cow!  I am Juan of the cow!

When he got tired of whipping him, he filled a few bags with money and left.

The next day Juan dressed as a priest. As the captain had stayed was seriously hurt the thieves were at the door in case a priest passed by, and as soon as they saw him coming, they asked him to come in to assist a dying man. Juan went up to see the patient and said:

– Goodness gracious! This man is going to die! Quickly, go to town and bring me my grail, my clothes, the hyssop (they are all items priests use for their practises).

So he sent all of them for something until there was no thief left in the house.Then again he went to the captain, who just realized who he was and shouted:

– No, please, not again Juan of the cow! Take all the money that you want, but don’t give me any more straps! Look, there is the box. Take everything ,whatever you want.

Juan took all the money, except for three pesetas for them to eat that day; but still before he left he gave the captain a pair of whips more.

When he got home and gave his father all the money, he said:

Man, you’re not as dumb as I thought.

Nevertheless Juan was worried, because he knew that from one moment to another the thieves would take revenge. Therefore, since then, he always by the chimney with a  cauldron of fish, for what might happen.

One night he felt steps on the roof and thought:

– They are there!

He heard one telling the others:

Get me down with a rope little by little.

Then Juan stoked the fire and the thief coming down put his feet in the cauldron and it burnt. He shouted:

– Up up, please! Quickly!

– What’s wrong? -the others asked.

Nothing, … it is very dark and I was scared.

What a thief you are! – laughed the others and another one started down by the rope.

When he reached the cauldron, he also burnt his feet and shouted:

Up up!

What’s wrong?

Nothing, … it is only that there are many mosquitoes and I hate them.

What a thief you are! said the captain this time.I will go down and, even if I say “up, up”, you lower me more.

The captain started down the rope and immediately shouted:

Up, up, “Juan of the cow” is here ! But the others obeyed him and they continued lowering him down until the captain fell the hole of himself

 in the boiling fish.
And here ends the story of “John of the cow “ who was not as dumb as he seemed.

Written by Luis Mateo Díez and translated by Mª Soledad González.

HOW OUR BODY WORKS

During two weeks we have been learning that our body is made up of tiny cells that working together in order to form tissues, organs, systems and finally organisms. We know all the systems that form our body, we have studied them, we have learned how to make our summaries and everything working in cooperative teams. We have drawn these systems on sugar paper to show them to our classmates and as our school is bilingual we have decided to join our mother tongue with english. In this way we all learn from each other.

 

ALL ABOUT ME

We spend many hours together and we enjoy great moments togheter but sometimes we don’t know the partner’s hobbies very well, their preferences, where they live or what they usually do during the weekend. We have encouraged ourselves to write in english about our favourite foods , sports and activities that we do outside and inside the school. We tell our classmates about it and we will learn how to express ourselves in English. At the end we all got a big round of applause.

 

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE DECADE?

The ’80s, the ’20s… all the decades have been interesting for some reason. The children investigate what was done at that time, the clothes they wore, the food, the habits, the routines, the music, what they saw on TV…if there was TV at that time, of course.
Each student choose the most interesting decade to him or her. Researches and even disguises himself or herself. Then they exposes it to their classmates and we spend a good time togheter.

 

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GEYPERMAN AND A PLAYMOBIL?

I share a very powerful teaching sequence that I enjoyed this week in one of my Natural Science classes.

We started the lesson listening to BONES SONG. As we have listened to it several times, some students do not pay much attention.

So, we opened the book, and we began to read:
Joints make the skeleton flexible. Joints help us move.
“Does anyone know what JOINTS means.” (I write the word on the board).
“We’re going to listen to the song again, and when the word JOINTS appears, you tell me.”
Now, everyone listens carefully, and we realize when the word appears:
The place where my bones meet is called a joint.
Now we can perfectly understand the sentence
Joints make the skeleton flexible. Joints help us move.

Then we made the following comparison:
What’s the difference between Geyperman and this playmobil? For example, Geyperman can scratch his head. Can a playmobil scratch his head?”
A student answers:
“No, he can´t. Playmobil can’t move and Geyperman can move.”
“Why can Geyperman move?
-” Because he is flexible.
-“Why is he flexible?”
-“ Because he has … (the student pauses for a few second, has a look at the word I wrote on the board and finishes the sentence) … JOINTS.”

GUESS WHO

Who do you admire? You can admire to your brother, to your father, your favourite singer… Come and tell us about it!
Stick one picture and explain to the whole class who is, maybe some of them will be able to guess it before you finish it.

The wolf is coming!

When we say WOLF the first words that come to our mind are…LONELY, HUNGRY, WILD,TAIL , GRAY, FIERCE, FEAR ,SCARE

WOLF

But today we had a wonderful book about a rabbit  who runs fast to the deer´s house because the wolf is coming; the deer opens the door fast and shakes hands with the rabbit. The same happens with piglet and little bear. Finally the wolf arrives to his happy surprise … If you want to know more about the end, read it, you will not regret it!

Then we create puppets to tell the story to our friends and family .

(We have read it in spanish , but you can find it in all the languages)

BOOk: ¡Qué llega el lobo! by Émile Jadoul