Noticias notables: 6/4-6/14

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This is the final Spanish blog for the 2017-2018 school year! I can’t believe how this year flew by! Congrats to our 5th grade graduates! I wish them continued success with Spanish or French at Marie Murphy and hope they will stop by for a visit! ¡Qué tengan un verano feliz!/Have a happy summer!

Highlights of 5th Grade

We learned about the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) and its marine animals. Students worked in groups to predict the animals that would be featured in a video. They relied on their knowledge of cognates and adjectives to make some educated predictions. For example- la ballena gris- gris= gray, so gray whale.

 

Highlights of 4th Grade

We wrapped up the school year by playing a Jeopardy game to review conversation skills, numbers and learn about Spanish speaking countries. Classes also got to watch more of the Spanish version of Shrek.

Highlights of 3rd Grade

Third graders finished the Spanish version of the movie, The Road to El Dorado. We also reviewed numbers and/or were introduced the the Spanish alphabet when playing “Manchas musicales/Musical Spots.”

Highlights of 2nd Grade

Second graders reviewed the names of states in the United States while also learning the cardinal directions when playing the game “Cuatro Direcciones/Four Directions.” Starting in Illinois, we would have to decide the direction we would need to travel in order to get to a different state that was randomly chosen from a bag.

norte=north

este=east

sur=south

oeste=west

 

Highlights of 1st Grade

Students reviewed colors with the book, Spicy Hot Colors: Colores Picantes by Sherry Shahan. We then played a game with colored Pom Pons called, “Mesas y colores/Tables and colors.” Students would pick one of six table to sit at with each table designated a specific color. If a pom pon that was picked matched the color of a table, those students sitting at that color table would be out. To get back in the game, a pom pon with a color that didn’t match any of the table colors would need to be picked.

 

 

 

 

 

Noticias notables: 5/14-6/1

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Highlights of 5th Grade

Fifth graders presented their google slide shows on the Spanish speaking country they researched.  We learned about tourist attractions in that country in addition to a “must try” food/dish, unique animal, famous person and two popular pastimes. Students were responsible for writing down one interesting fact they learned during each presentation. Since unique animals seemed to be a topic of interest, we learned about a critically endangered animal found only in Mexico called the vaquita porpoise. The video below was shared. As of today, only about 30 vaquitas are left.

Highlights of 4th Grade

Students learned about various pastimes. They worked with table groups to predict the meaning of different pastimes and did a great job figuring out the verb once they recalled the noun. They learned how to express likes and dislikes and played “Charades” and “Loteria” to practice vocabulary.

Highlights of 3rd Grade

Students learned vocabulary for deportes or sports. We made graphs to represent the favorite sports in our class and played “Charades” to review vocabulary. We also learned how to play the oldest game in the Americas, Patolli, a game played by the ancient Aztecs.

Highlights of 2nd Grade

Students learned various modes of transportation. We played “Bingo” to practice vocabulary and learned different ways kids around the world get to school with the book, Asi vamos a la escuela/ This Is the Way We Go To School by Edith Baer.

Highlights of 1st Grade

First graders enjoyed playing a game called “Rana tragona/Greedy Frog.” This game is similar to “Doggy, Doggy, Where’s Your Bone?” One students was the “greedy frog” and sat in the center of the circle with eyes closed. The circle of students around the frog passed an insect around the circle as they repeated the chant below. When the chant ended, whoever had the insect would hid it behind their back. We would then “wake up” the frog, who could make 3 guesses to find the hidden insect.

Some classes also played ” La vibora de la mar/The Sea Serpent (Snake).” A bridge was made by two students; the other students connected together in a line to represent a snake. The snake would go under the bridge and the bridge would “fall down” and catch a student during certain pauses in the song.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noticias notables: 4/30-5/11

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Highlights of 5th Grade

Students reviewed the facts about the Mexican holiday, Cinco de mayo. Students are also sharing their presentations on Spanish speaking countries. While their slide show is being shared, their peers are responsible for writing down a fact they learned about the country during the presentation.

Highlights of 4th Grade

Fourth graders learned about the history of Cinco de mayo or May 5, a Mexican holiday celebrating the Mexican’s victory at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Students also enjoyed a scavenger hunt, looking for hidden miniature clocks around the room.

Highlights of 3rd Grade

We wrapped up our unit on the restaurante by playing a board game to recall foods and drinks in Spanish. Students also watched a video to see some unique foods at a Mexican supermarket in Texas.

Highlights of 2nd Grade

Second graders took a self assessment to see their knowledge of weather expressions. I would say a weather sentence and they would find a picture to match. If they chose the correct picture, the picture would be placed in a bag, then pictures in the bag would be counted for a score. The same assessment was taken another day and the goal was to improve the score or maintain if all 12 expressions were remembered correctly. The story below was shared with most classes, Bear Under the Sun/Oso bajo el sol by Stella Blackstone.

Highlights of 1st Grade

Spanish versions of familiar fairy tales were shared. Students heard the following stories similar to The Three Little Pigs,

  • The Three Little Tamales by Eric Kimmel
  • The Three Little Javelinas by Susan Lowell

and the following stories similar to The Gingerbread Man.

  • The Runaway Tortilla by Eric Kimmel
  • The Runaway Radish by Janice Levy

 

 

 

 

Noticias notables: 4/16-4/27

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Highlights of 5th Grade

Fifth graders have worked on a slide show presentation in the Google Classroom. They needed to research a Spanish speaking country and find out the following . . .

-geographic location, including continent and bordering countries/surrounding bodies of water and country’s capital city

-colors of the flag and description of the flag’s coat of arms

-3 wonders/tourist attractions

-a food/dish representative of the country

-a unique animal of the country

-a famous person from the country (alive or deseased)

-2 popular pastimes

Presentations are due the first week of May.

Highlights of 4th Grade

Fourth graders continue to practice telling time to the hour and minute. We have drawn hands on dry erase clocks to represent the time. We have also played Bingo.

Highlights of 3rd Grade

Students enjoyed learning more foods with the song, “Bistec,” by B. MacArthur.  They were also challenged to recall all the ingredients used to make the biggest sandwich in the world after hearing the story, El sandwich más grande del mundo by Rita Golden Gelman.

Highlights of 2nd Grade

Second graders have been learning various ways to describe the weather. We matched weather sentences to the correct picture and played “Bingo” to review expressions.

Highlights of 1st Grade

Students are enjoying the game, “Cuatro Gallinas/Four Hens.” They get to practice counting to 10 in Spanish  (with their eyes closed) and try to find their “missing pollitos/chicks.” Students were introduced to the days of the week with the book, Las gallinas de la Sra. Sato/Mrs. Sato’s Hens by Laura Min. The also heard a Spanish version of The Little Red Hen/La gallinita roja by Barbara MacArthur. A different version of the story is shared below.

Noticias notables: 4/2-4/13

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Highlights of 5th Grade

Students missed 3 out of 4 Spanish classes due to PARCC testing. The one time we were able to meet we discussed “Siete maravillas nuevas del mundo/Seven New Wonders of the World,” as an intro to an upcoming research project on a Spanish speaking country. For the upcoming project, students will need to determine three wonders (aka tourist attractions) for the Spanish speaking country they are researching.

https://www.travelchannel.com/interests/outdoors-and-adventure/articles/new-seven-wonders-of-the-world

Highlights of 4th Grade

Students learned about school subjects (asignaturas) and reviewed school objects.

Highlights of 3rd Grade

Students have been learning vocabulary for foods and drinks. We first discussed cognates (words that look and/or sound like the English word) and then used the clues to figure out more challenging vocabulary.

Highlights of 2nd Grade

We have had fun packing a pretend suitcase (maleta) to learn about different articles of clothing. Students especially enjoyed the songs “Billy, la bufanda,” and “Billy y las botas.”

Highlights of 1st Grade

First graders have been learning the names of several farm animals from various songs and stories. They got to act like different animals during Jose Luis Orozco’s song, “La granja.” We read, Pío pío (originally a Japanese book titled, I Say, You Say) by Wakiko Sato. This story is about a little chick who goes on a walk and learns the how to say the sounds of others animals. We also read Salí de paseo (I Went Walking) by Sue Williams to review farm animals and colors. Students have also noticed that sometimes in Spanish animals make sounds that are different from the sound they make in English.

 

 

 

Noticias notables: 3/5-3/22

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Highlights for 5th Grade

Students wrote a fictional weather report to practice greetings, introductions, writing the date, weather expressions and farewell phrases. After Spring Break, students will miss Spanish class due to morning PARCC testing. When classes resume,  we will begin to discuss “Wonders of the World” and research a Spanish speaking country.

Highlights for 4th Grade

We are wrapping up our unit on “Adjetivos/Adjectives.” Students are listening to a description in Spanish and trying to decide which student it describes. Descriptions indicate whether the person is a boy or a girl, eye color, hair color and type, height, and personality traits. When we return from Spring Break we will review school objects and learn about school subjects.

Highlights for 3rd Grade

Third graders have been busy coloring in “La piedra del sol/The Stone of the Sun” which is an Aztec calendar. They heard the true story, The Sad Night: The Story of an Aztec Victory and a Spanish Loss by Sally Schofer Mathews, which is an account of what happened when Hernán Cortés visited the Aztec city of Tenochtitlán in 1519. Students also learned that the Aztec had a calendar system of 13 months with 20 days; each day represented with a picture representing something found in nature. After Spring Break, students may possibly miss some Spanish classes due to morning PARCC testing. When classes resume, we will begin to discuss “El Restaurante.”

Highlights for 2nd Grade

We read Fandango Stew, a story similar to Stone Soup, by David Davis. Also shared was  The Race of Toad and Deer by Pat Mora, a Maya version of the fable, The Tortoise and the Hare. We have been reviewing months and learning about seasons. Students will discuss appropriate articles of clothing for each season after Spring Break.

Highlights for 1st Grade

Student enjoyed the song, “Que llueva/What Rain” by José Luis Orozco. This traditional rhyming song has different animals going into a cave when it rains. Students then got to choose their own animal to draw that would go in a cave when it rains. We started to use these drawing during a guessing game to help us learn the names of new animals. We will discuss farm animals and their sounds when we return from Spring Break.

 

 

 

Noticias notable: 2/19-3/2

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Highlights of 5th Grade

We continue to practice answering questions regarding the calendar and we are learning expressions to describe the weather.

Highlights of 4th Grade

We have been playing “Charades.” A student acts out an adjective from our word list and volunteer guess using a complete sentence with the proper adjective agreement. Some adjectives change their ending from “o” to “a” when referring to a female.

Highlights of 3rd Grade

Students are getting better at using labels in the room to help them recall vocabulary. Students enjoyed unscrambling the nonsense words below to create a school object word.

Highlights of 2nd Grade

We practiced a logic puzzle for Folk Night, similar to the one in the video below and heard two more folk tales- The Little Red Ant and The Great Big Crumb by Shirley Climo and Cactus Soup by Eric A. Kimmel.

 

 

 

Highlights of 1st Grade

We reviewed vowel sounds with the rhyme, “La rana y el sapo/The Frog and the Toad.” We sang the Spanish version of “I Like to Eat Apples and Bananas.” We also began the story, Kiki Kokí: The Enchanted Legend of the Coquí Frog by Ed Rodriguez.

 

 

 

Noticias notables: 2/5-2/16

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Highlights of 5th Grade

We learned about the Mayan Math System, a base 20 system, used by the Maya people in Mexico and Central America. We also did a heart scavenger hunt for Valentine’s Day to review colors words and school objects.

Highlights of 4th Grade

We figured out the meaning of many cognate words for adjective to describe personality traits. Students also did a heart scavenger hunt for Valentine’s Day to review colors words and school objects.

Highlights of 3rd Grade

Students have been learning vocabulary for school objects. The also did a scavenger hunt for Valentine’s Day using school object vocabulary. Each clue told a location in the classroom. They needed to use the labels in the room in order to remember the meaning of the location, then go to that location and find the hidden heart.

The video below has some new vocabulary mixed in with the words we have been learning.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxQYTW35hBI&t=1s

Highlights of 2nd Grade

We have been busy preparing for our Folk Night activity.  Please see the separate post, Second Grade Trickster Tales: Folk Night 2/27/2018.

Second Grade Trickter Tales: Folk Night 2/27/2018

Highlights of 1st Grade

Students have been busy finding words for their Libro de las vocales/Book of Vowels. For each vowel, students needed to go around the room and find a word that begins with the vowel, has the vowel in the middle of the word and has the vowel as the end of the word. We did some examples to get the class started. We also watched the following video to see how vowels are in so many animal words.

 

Second Grade Trickster Tales: Folk Night 2/27/2018

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The following “Trickster Tales” were shared with second graders prior to Folk Night. Your child may have missed a tale or two due to strings lessons or other services received during Spanish time but all four tales are similar. These tales are written in English but incorporate lots of Spanish words. These tales were used to introduce new vocabulary and practice our skills of comparing and contrasting.

Video readings of the tales are below in case your child missed a story or would like to hear it again. Enjoy!

Borrequita and the Coyote by Verna Aardema, a tale from Ayutla, Mexico

The Tale of Rabbit and Coyote by Tony Johnston, a tale from Juchitán, Oaxaca, Mexico

Love and Roast Chicken: A Trickster Tale from the Andes Mountains by Barbara Knutson

Conejito: A Folktale from Pánama by Margaret Read MacDonald

Below is a video of the song mentioned in Conejito.

 

Noticias notables: 1/22-2/2

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Highlights of 5th Grade

Students continue to use numbers to describe large populations. We have used whiteboards to practice writing different populations and played a relay game, which had each team member write a portion of a large number. We are trying to apply our knowledge of smaller numbers (on the hundreds chart) to help us look for patterns and recall larger numbers. Some students are confusing “mil (thousand)” with “millón (million).” We took a posttest using a resource to see if students could recognize the written  number words and transform them into a numeral.

https://www.123teachme.com/learn_spanish/writing_large_numbers/#!/1

Highlights of 4th Grade

Fourth graders are learning how to describe themselves by eye color, hair color, hair length, hair texture and height. The video that I shared is below but I stopped after alto/bajo because the next part describes size (gordo (fat)/delgado (skinny) and I didn’t want students to use those words to describe themselves or someone else.

Highlights of 3rd Grade

We continue to practice vocabulary for places in the neighborhood. We have played Bingo and a Board game called,”¿Dónde estás?/Where are You?” To advance on the game board you needed to say the number rolled on the die in Spanish and say the name of the place you landed on in Spanish. We also read, Daniel y los dinosaurios/Daniel and the Dinosaurs by Mary Carmine to review vocabulary.

Highlights of 2nd Grade

We practiced months of the year with “Feliz Cumpleaños/Happy Birthday” Bingo. Students made their own game boards by choosing a month of the year and a birthday from the class. When saying the date in Spanish, you say the day first then the month. For example, Es el 14 de febrero (It is the 14th of February. Months of the year are not capitalized in Spanish.

Highlights of 1st Grade

I shared the books, Biblioburro by Janette Winter and Waiting for Biblioburro by Monica Brown to introduce students to the concept of the Spanish alphabet. Biblioburro means “Donkey Library”, which a man named Luis Soriano created in Colombia to bring books to children and adults who live in remote areas. His donkeys are named “Alfa” and “Beto.” Put those words together and you have “alfabeto/alphabet.” We are focusing on Spanish vowels. See the videos below to see how they sound.

 

 

Noticias notables: 1/8-1/19

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¡FELIZ Año Nuevo! Happy New Year!

Highlights of 5th Grade

Students are learning about large numbers and how large numbers can describe different populations of people. We reviewed numbers in the tens and looked for patterns to help us predict which words represented numbers in the hundreds, thousands and millions. Students have also been using their listening skills to write down the population they hear using numerals. See the video below to review larger numbers.

Highlights of 4th Grade

Students are learning special “idiomatic expressions in Spanish using the verb tener. Tener means “to have,” but for the expressions we are learning it means “to be ( I am, He/She is). Many of the expressions are new ways to express feelings. The video below was shared with students.

Highlights of 3rd Grade

Students are building their vocabulary on places in the community or lugares en la comunidad. Many of the words we are learning are cognates, words that look and/or sound like the word in English. See the video below to find out some of the vocabulary of focus. Please note- The word escuela is the word we are using for “school” but the word colegio (which looks like the word “college”) also means school, not college. Colegio is normally used for high school or a private school.

Highlights of 2nd Grade

Second graders reviewed vocabulary for familia using a “familia de osos (bear family).” Students noticed that most of the time, words that end in “a” describe a female and words that end in “o” describe a male although there are exceptions such as “papá.” They learned about my family and the birthdays of different people in my family. This helped introduce us to the Spanish months of the year.

Highlights of 1st Grade

First graders have enjoyed learning about the body parts using the song, “Tía Mónica/Aunt Monica,” and the game, “Simón Dice/Simon Says.”

This video was not shared with students but can help parents learn the body parts.

 

 

 

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.

https://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=spanish-alphabet_1

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.

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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