¡Hola! We have been super busy in Spanish over the past few weeks! I have loved getting cartas (letters/mail) from your children and learn more about them and what they enjoy about Spanish class. Please encourage your children to create letters for me – it is a fabulous way to practice their writing and their Spanish!
Our new behavior system has been working very well and many students reached 5 “gols” and were able to pick special prizes.
A special felicitaciones (congratulations) to Kristina Collette for winning the Piñata party for her class at the Fun Fair! We will be having the party during lunch the week before Spring Break, and it is sure to be a blast!
Thanks to everyone who expressed interest in the lunchtime Spanish Club. Since each grade has lunch at a different time, and as some students participate in strings lessons during lunch, I have had a hard time coordinating a set day of the week for this. I am hoping to figure it out, but if your child wants to come in for extra Spanish during his or her lunch hour I am more than happy to have them drop in any time (if I am not available I will put a note on the door so they know at that time). I am also happy to respond to emails from students for extra practice!
Here is what each grade worked on these past few weeks:
First graders finished their libros del alfabeto (Alphabet Books) and began learning about the calendario (calendar). We began by reading the story Mañana Iguana to review the days of the week. We learned that Mañana means tomorrow while we enjoyed reading this tale similar to “The Little Red Hen.” 1st graders did a great job predicting the outcome of the story while practicing the days of the week in Spanish.
- lunes (Monday)
- martes (Tuesday)
- miércoles (Wednesday)
- jueves (Thursday)
- viernes (Friday)
- sábado (Saturday)
- domingo (Sunday)
Did you notice that in Spanish the week starts on Monday and the names of the days are not capitalized? First graders were skeptical at first, but soon they embraced the differences! 1st graders next learned the months of the year in Spanish:
We all had fun learning the months to the tune of the Macarena and many students already knew the motions! Ms. Chapko’s, Ms. Hargadon’s, Ms. Nienhaus’ and Ms. Zebro’s classes learned it so well we videotaped it! Here are the videos (I am sorry for the poor quality of Ms. Zebro’s class, I only had my iPhone that day. I will ask them if they would like to do it again!):
Way to go, First Graders!!
Due to music rehearsals, 2nd graders did not have much Spanish the last few weeks (but the end result of the show was worth it)! When we did meet, we continued our unit on maps and communities; we learned how our homes are on calles (streets), which are in pueblos (towns) or ciudades (cities). The towns/cities are in the estado (state) of Illinois, which is in the país (country) Los Estados Unidos, which is part of the continente (continent) of Norte America. Finally, the continente is part of el planeta (the planet) La Tierra (Earth) which is part of the universo (universe). We drew rings to show how the areas get bigger as we move away from la casa (home). We began writing a class story about where we are which should be finished this week. We will then move on to learning about feelings.
In third grade we completed our communities unit. We worked on translating, then responding to questions written in Spanish about the story Un Día en Mi Comunidad (A Day in My Community). Some 3rd graders missed class due to the Academic Olympiad, but we were all able to complete the communities unit and start learning about Las Formas (shapes). We began with a review of colors and numbers, and this coming week we will begin learning how to say the names of shapes in Spanish. Felicitaciones to Mr. Erf’s and Ms. Rick’s classes for earning EQUIPO and getting to watch a movie in Spanish!
Fourth Graders worked really hard the past 2 weeks on their “Word Art” creations where they showed the meaning of a Spanish characteristic through a picture of the word. You can see many examples of their work hanging outside my classroom, as well as in an online album. Click here to see it!
4th Graders began the next project, which is the creation of a “lapbook” called “Todo Sobre Mi” (All About Me). If students would like to include a small photo they are welcome (and encouraged) to bring one from home.
Felicitaciones to Ms. Wilson’s class for earning Equipo and getting to watch The Lorax in Spanish. Here are a few photos of their fun class period:
In Fifth Grade we finished up our unit on matemáticas by completing our word problem comics. Fifth Graders worked really hard on these so you should definitely ask them to show you their work when they receive it this coming week! Here are a few samples (click to see them larger):
This week we begin learning about the 7 Maravillas de México (7 Wonders of Mexico). These include:
Students have ranked their top 3 choices and will work in pairs to research and present what they find to the class in their choice of several mediums. We will begin by watching a video of the wonders and then will get assignments and begin working! I am excited to see how these turn out!!
Hasta próxima vez (until next time)….