Noticias notables: 12/4-12/22

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Highlights of 5th Grade

We completed a short unit on Países hispanohablantes/Spanish-speaking Countries. The goal was to become familiar with the 21 countries that have Spanish as an official language on locate them on a map. We discussed which countries can be found in Europa, Africa, América de Sur and América del Norte. We also discussed which countries in North America are part of América Central or are an isla en el Caribe/island in the Caribbean. Students took test and were able to use the list below in addition to a map for help.

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Highlights of 4th Grade

Students practiced and presented the skit below with a partner.

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To celebrate the holiday season we played Pirinola a game similar to dreidel. We also watched a video to see holiday celebrations in Mexico.

Highlights of 3rd Grade

We finished our unit called, ¿Dónde vives?/Where do you live? and took a posttest to see if students could recall the various ways to answer this question. The vocabulary and concepts for this unit proved to be quite challenging. Students don’t seem to get very much practice writing their address anymore and there were a few students that did not know certain information for their address. Below is the vocabulary of focus.

número de casa (apartamento) house (apartment) number

calle street

pueblo/ciudad town/city

estado state

país country

Estados Unidos de América (EE.UU.) United States of America (USA)

continente continent

América del Norte North America

planeta planet

Tierra Earth

dirección address

To celebrate the holiday season we played Pirinola a game similar to dreidel and played Manchas Musicales (Musical Spaces) a game similar to “Musical Chairs.”

Highlights of 2nd Grade

Students had fun learning about family members and pets with the song, “Familia Grande/ Big Family” by B. MacArthur. Click on the link to hear the song. It has been slowed down a bit to help with comprehension of the words.

To celebrate the holiday season we played Pirinola a game similar to dreidel. We also read the book, The Night of las Posadas by Tomie DePaola and played Manchas Musicales (Musical Spaces) a game similar to “Musical Chairs.”

Highlights of 1st Grade

Students have learned various ways to describe feelings. See the vocabulary below.

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We also made our faces (self portraits) and listened to descriptions in Spanish to try and guess who each face belonged to.

To celebrate the holiday season we played Pirinola a game similar to dreidel, we heard the story Too Many Tamales by G. Soto and played Manchas Musicales (Musical Spaces) a game similar to “Musical Chairs.”

FELIZ NAVIDAD- Merry Christmas

FELIZ JANUKA- Happy Hannukah

FELIZ Año Nuevo- Happy New Year

FELICES FIESTAS- Happy Holidays

 

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Noticias notables: 11/13-12/1

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Highlights of 5th Grade

We spent a few classes learning about Mexican-American activist, Cesar Chavez. He fought to improve the lives of farmworkers through non-violent protests such as strikes, boycotts and protest marches. Groups worked together to figure out the meaning of a chant detailing his contributions. We also played Chichen Itza to review for our posttest on “Professions.” Students will be allowed to use notes/resources in their Spanish folder during the test.

Highlights of 4th Grade

We played games with gym spots to review letter names and sounds of the Spanish alphabet. Then we began a unit on “Conversacion/Conversation.” Students took and prettest and used a word bank to figure out the missing pieces of a conversation between two people. The goal of this unit to to use appropriate greetings and partings and be able to ask and responds to questions about you name and how you feel.

Highlights of 3rd Grade

Students took a posttest on “Números grandes/Large Numbers.” The goal was to improve their score from the first time they took the test in September. Both test were sent home if the student was in class to take them.

We also began a new unit called, “¿Dónde vives?/Where do you live?.” We are using Spanish vocabulary to recognize parts of an address. Some students do not know all the information for their address. See the link below for some ideas to practice at home.

8 Ways to Teach Children Their Address and Phone Number

Vocabulario

número number

calle street

ciudad city

estado state

código postal zip code

país country

Estados Unidos de América EE.UU. United States of America USA

continente continent

América del Norte North America

planeta planet

Tierra Earth

Highlights of 2nd Grade

We reinforced science content while learning Spanish. Students learned to classify animals in many ways such as by scientific classifications and by body covering while reinforcing the animal vocabulary words we have been practicing.

Highlights of 1st Grade

Students enjoyed the story, Gracias, The Thanksgiving Turkey by Joy Cowley. They also had fun looking for hidden feathers under paper plates to review colors. Then we started talking about opposites and tying that in with feelings (happy vs. sad.)

 

 

 

 

Noticias notables: 10/30-11/10

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Highlights of 5th Grade

We watched the video posted below to learn about “Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead),” a holiday celebrated in parts of Mexico, Central America and the US. To honor the memory of those who have died on Day of the Dead, students used their laptops to find out the professions of famous Spanish speakers.

Highlights of 4th Grade

Students learned about Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead with the book, The Spirit of Tío Fernando by Janice Levy. They also designed calaveras/skulls to look like masks or sugar skull candies that can be purchased during the holiday.

We reviewed for our test on the Spanish alphabet playing a team game called, Chichen Itza. Students then took their final test for the unit. The goal was to show improvement from the first time the test was taken at the end of September. Many students are still struggling with letter names and sounds. We will revisit the Spanish alphabet frequently to help build and/or retain these skills.

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Use this link above to try an online alphabet quiz for more practice.

Highlights of 3rd Grade

Third graders learned about Dia de los Muertos/ Day of the Dead with the book, The Dead Family Diaz by P.J. Bracegirdle. They colored in calaveras/skulls to look like the sugar candy eaten for the holiday and played a game with sugar skulls to review colors.  Students also enjoyed this movie short posted below.

We are wrapping up our number unit and will be taking our final test. The goal is to show improvement from the first time the test was taken in September.

Highlights of 2nd Grade

Second graders enjoyed learning about Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead with a book based on the upcoming Disney/Pixar movie, Coco, called Miguel and the Amazing Alebrijes (animal carvings/scuptures) by Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford and Aarón Rivera-Ashford. Students worked with groups to figure out what animal went with the skeleton picture. We also talked about ways to classify animals and came up with these categories below.

Peces= Fish

Anfibios= Amphibians

Retiles= Reptiles

Aves= Birds (scientific name)

Mamíferos= Mammals

Insectos= Insects

Arácnidos= Arachnids

Insectos= Insects

Arácnidos= Arachnids

Highlights of 1st Grade

Students learned about Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead with the book, Daniela’s Day of the Dead by Lisa Bullard. The also enjoyed version of a popular song for the holiday called “Chumba la cachumba,” that talks about what the skeletons do for Day of the Dead for each hour on the clock. We reviewed shapes by playing a game with jack-o-lanterns and by reading the book, Oso en cuadrado/Bear In a Square by Stella Blackstone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noticias notables: 10/16-10/26

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Highlights of 5th Grade

Students created a Bingo game board using the professions that their classmates chose when asked, “¿Qué quiere ser cuando seas adulto?/What do you want to be when you grow up?” During the game, each student was asked this question and then needed to answer with “Quiero ser …/I want to be…” If the profession said was on their game board, it would be marked with a chip.

Highlights of 4th Grade

We have been doing lots of activities to build our letter and sound sense in Spanish. We have played Bingo games to focus on the beginning sound of words and consonant+vowel combination. Students have also taken listening assessments, figuring out the missing vowels, ending syllable and entire word. This is quite challenging for most because of the Spanish vowels. When the hear a long A, they think it is a Spanish A, when in fact it is really an E. Once students remember the vowel sounds, they we be able to read and write almost any word in Spanish. See the video below for vowel sound review.

Highlights of 3rd Grade

Students have said or will be saying the numbers of their home address while the rest of their classmates try to accurately write the digits on their whiteboards. Address numbers are said as proper numbers. For example instead of saying “seventeen forty” (1740), students would say “one thousand, seven hundred forty.” Everyone was given the resource below to help them say and write the numbers.

Highlights of 2nd Grade

Students took a listening quiz to show their knowledge of animal vocabulary. I gave them a paper with 16 different animals. I would then call out a number (and write the number on the whiteboard) then say the name of an animal. Students would then need to write the number under the correct animal.

We are starting to discuss ways to classify animals. We have figured out the following words…

mamíferos = mammals

reptiles = reptiles

peces = fish

aves = ?… Students haven’t figured out the meaning of this word yet but we will learn soon.

Highlights of 1st Grade

First graders found the correct magnetic shape for eyes, nose and mouth to make a jack-o-lantern face on a giant pumpkin drawn on the whiteboard. Then they designed their own jack-o-lantern, picking from the following choices . . .

ojos eyes

náriz nose

círculo/s circle/s

triángulo/s triangle/s

rectángulo/s rectangle/s

cuadrado/s square/s

óvalo/s  oval/s

boca mouth

feliz happy

así así so so

triste sad

Jack-o-lantern faces will be used to tally results for the number of people who chose a certain shape for eyes, for a nose and certain feeling for the mouth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noticias notables: 10/2-10/13

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Highlights of 5th Grade

Students used their drama skills in Spanish class to act out a profession with their table group. Volunteers were chosen to guess the profession using a complete sentence.

Ex. José es atleta.  Joseph is an athlete.

Miguel y Marco son bomberos. Michael and Mark are firefighters.

Elena y Julia son médicas. Ellen and Julia are medical doctors.

Davíd, Juan, Ana y Maria son ingenieros.  David, John, Anna and Mary are engineers.

 

Highlights of 4th Grade

Students have been working hard to recognize letter names and sounds. We have played games to practice finding starting sounds and syllables. The video below reviews letter names and pronunciation.

 

Highlights of 3rd Grade

Students practiced numbers 11-100 when playing “Lotería” and “Bingo.” Now that we are recognizing patterns on a hundreds chart, we will be reading to learn numbers in the 100s.

 

Highlights of 2nd Grade

Students continued to build their animal vocabulary. Many noticed that there are many Spanish animal names that look and sound like the English word. I read the Spanish version of Eric Carle’s, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse.  Students enjoyed trying to figure out each animal and its color before I showed the picture.

We played some “Bingo” games to help students practice basic reading skills in Spanish. They needed to listen for each animal called and focus on the beginning letter sound to help them find the right picture. Since the Spanish alphabet is basically the same as the English alphabet, the skills students use to read English words also work with Spanish words.

Highlights of 1st Grade

As we review colors and numbers 0-10, students have been introduced to names for shapes. We located the shapes around the room and found visuals in the room that said the Spanish name for the shapes we are learning.

Noticias notables: 9/18-9/29

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Highlights of 5th Grade

Our first unit of study is “Las profesiones/Professions.” We are learning vocabulary for various jobs and discussing how the word used to describe a persons job can change based on gender. Below is the resource we created after using our laptops to find out the meaning of each profession word on the list using an online dictionary. We also watched the video below to see which professions were mentioned from our list.

Highlights of 4th Grade

Our first unit of study is “El alfabeto español/The Spanish Alphabet.” Vowels sounds and other unique sounds to the Spanish language have always been a focus, but the goal of this unit is to really know all the letter names and their sounds. We used whiteboards to practice figuring out the missing vowels for various words. Students will also be referred to by Spanish first names during class to help reinforce pronunciation and practice letter sounds.

Highlights of 3rd Grade

Third graders started a unit on “Números Grandes/Large Numbers.” We are doing lots of activities to help us master the numbers in the tens so then it will be easier to figure out all the numbers on a hundreds chart. We read the book, Playing Lotería by Rene Colato Laínez. The game “Lotería” is similar to “Bingo” but to win the game you must have all 16 pictures on your came covered. We will be playing a similar game using numbers on a hundreds chart.

Highlights of 2nd Grade

Second graders are learning about “Animales/Animals.” I read the Spanish version of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. The story was used to help us recall colors and predict animals and well as describing animals correctly. In Spanish the adjective comes after the noun being described, so the book literally begins with “Bear brown, bear brown…” We also learned two new color words, pardo, another way of saying brown and dorado for gold. Each student is now creating a new page for the “Brown Bear” story. The page, which is written in Spanish, translates to  . . .

(Student’s name), (Student’s name), What do you see?

I see a (Spanish animal name) (Spanish color name) looking at me?

Students could choose any animal as long as it was not mentioned in the book. We will use these pages to help us build our animal vocabulary in Spanish.

 

Highlights of 1st Grade

Our first unit of the year is called “¿Qué ves ahí?/What Do You See?” We are practicing describing objects by color and by number. Most students know how to count up to 10 in Spanish. Now the focus is on recognizing the written number word and using a number line in the room with the words for help. We read, Diez puntos negros/Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews to practice counting and to practice using the pictures to help us understand a story even though it is in Spanish. Students then made their own drawings  creating  a picture of something using 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 black dots.

 

 

Noticias notables: 9/5-9/15

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All classes signed their own class “camiseta” or jersey to represent that everyone is an important member of an EQUIPO, the Spanish word for TEAM. We spent much time discussing how we can work as a team to learn Spanish and then we worked together to find hidden soccer objects around the room to review colors, numbers and using resources around the room for help.

During each Spanish class, students are trying to earn the letters of EQUIPO. Each letter begins a praise word and earned by accomplishing something very specific.

E- Excelente: earned for the “Entrada” or entrance; students quietly finding their seats and then sing the class greeting song to get our brains in “Spanish mode.”

Q- Que bien: earned for “Quietud” or calmness; we discuss the days activities and review from the previous lesson

U- Único: earned for “Unidad” or unity; the team must cooperate and try their very best

I- Increíble: earned for “Ideas” or ideas; there is a correct way to share ideas- in whole group you need to raise you hand and wait for your turn, in a small group you need to be respectful and when it is not you turn to share, you should still be thinking

P- Padrísimo: earned for “Participación” or participation; every team member needs to get involved with the activities because they are a ways to learn and practice Spanish. It is hard to be a team if everyone is not “playing the same game on the field.”

O- de Otro Mundo: earned for “Orden y Organización” or order and organization; return supplies as you found them and line up quietly without touching other students

When classes earn EQUIPO ten times, they will get to see a portion of a Spanish version of a popular movie and participate in a raffle. Students who show “Superstar” academic and/or behavior skills will receive a raffle ticket and have a chance to win a small prize.

Noticias notables:Bienvenidos/Welcome- Week of 8/30-9/1

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Bienvenidos/Welcome Avoca West parents and students to Sra. Pease’s Spanish blog and the start of the 2017-2018 school year! I call my blog, Noticias notables or Notable News. I will update you periodically on the vocabulary and language skills we are learning and reviewing during Spanish class. I will also try to include songs and videos we use to help reinforce vocabulary. For those parents with students new to Avoca, please do not worry if your child has never before taken Spanish. We are constantly reviewing vocabulary in addition to learning new skills, so generally most new students feel that after a few weeks, they are right in sync with the rest of the class.

Spanish will be spoken as much as possible. English will be used occasionally to clarify instructions and to check for understanding of key vocabulary/concepts. For our very first class we will get right to work, learning and/or reviewing our greeting song and how to introduce ourselves in Spanish playing a game called, “Papa caliente/Hot Potato.”

We will also discuss “Three Key Strategies for Learning Spanish.

  1. Escuchar con atention/ to listen with attention
  2. Participar activamente/ to participate actively
  3. Trabajar en cooperación/ to work in cooperation

These three skills for learning will be assessed on the report card in addition to…

4. Identifies and comprehends key vocabulary

5. Speaks and responds in Spanish using skills taught in class

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Sinceramente,

Sra. Pease