El 6 abril 2017
Middle School Spanish students have been perfecting more verb conjugations and translating phrases. Several students are ready to begin learning the basics of forming the past tense. Ask your son/daughter to conjugate some verbs for you!! The drawings they created of the Altamira cave animals are all unique; they will be displayed in the corridor in the near future.
4/5 students have begun to translate English to Spanish and are doing a terrific job. We have begun to learn about "Amate" bark paintings from Mexico. The class will create their own Amate paintings starting next week.
2/3 graders have been listening to to fairy tales and folk tales in Spanish. They recently heard "El Flautista de Jamlin" (The Piper of Hamlin). New vocabulary included "el pueblo", "el bosque" and "allegre".
K/1 pupils started learning how to answer the following questions: "Que es la fecha de hoy? , Que es el dia? and Que hace el tiempo?" Translation: "What is the date?", "What is the day of the week?" and "What's the weather like?"
El 6 abril
The 6th-8th Spanish students continued to work hard on "er" verb conjugations. Many of them have demonstrated they can do a near-perfect job on this! Ask your student to conjugate the verb COMER for you!
4/5 have been working on singular and plural Spanish sentences. A basic example: La mujer bebe agua- Las mujeres beben agua.
2/3 have been playing vocabulary games in teams. They are fiercely competitive!
K-1students have listened to short stories in Spanish about Babar the elephant and are learning how to say the date, season and weather. They also were divided into teams to play Spanish noun games. Ask your student to say chocolate cake( el pastel chocolate) or
grapes(las uvas) or pineapple(la pina); they know dozens of words quite well!
6-8 graders did a great job of creating unique Aztec masks. Many are displayed in the corridor. All students are working on conjugating the verb "COMER" : yo como, tu comes, el,ella,usted come, nosotros(as) comemos, ellos,ellas, ustedes comen. The goal is for pupils to know this verb perfectly by June and be able to write and/or speak it with ease.
4/5 are working on an activity I call "Find the Error" where I write a complete Spanish phrase and they need to spot the mistake and correct it.
2/3 completed their Aztec creations and are now learning "every day objects" vocabulary.
K-1 have been listening to Dr. Suess stories translated in Spanish!
4th and 5th graders worked hard on their "Duolingo" programs and are reviewing definite and indefinite articles.
2nd and 3rd graders completed their maracas!
K-1 practiced reciting Spanish poems and have memorized them!
el 5 enero 2017
Middle Schoolers are reviewing basic vocabulary del cuerpo (of the body) and are working on correct pronunciation. They will be tested next week on their ability to write and speak these words.
Sixth-Eighth Grades are learning "los verbos en -ar" and how to conjugate them in the present tense. By next week, they should be able to know the verb endings of hablar, comprar, mirar and pager. Here is an example of one verb partial conjugation:
(Yo) hablo= I speak, I am speaking, I do speak.
(Tu) hablas=you speak, you are speaking , you do speak
(El) habla=he speaks, he is speaking, he does speak
(Ella) habla=she speaks, she is speaking, she does speak
Students in 4-5 have started learning holiday vocabulary based on customs from Mexico. They will be playing a new " Lingo Bingo" game, La Navidad. A few of their new words are: las dulces, el arbol de Navidad and la flor de Buena Noche.
2-3 will begin making a Christmas piñata on Monday!
K-1 are now learning the days of the week. Here is the song they sing to help with memorization: "lunes, martes, miercoles tres, jueves, viernes, sabado seis y domingo siete es, y domingo siete es.
6th, 7th and 8th grades - wrote papers on their thoughts and opinions of the film, la Cosecha. An 8th grader, Oliver, stated if he could ask one question to a migrant worker it would be "what gives you hope?". Many students wrote very poignant remarks about the difficult lives of migrant laborers from Mexico and Central America.
4th and 5th students learned how to make Mexican tin "milagros" or miracles. The results were quite beautiful and very original!
In 2nd and 3rd grades, we read the book The Piñata Maker in preparation for creating our own piñata for the upcoming winter holidays.
K-1 practiced "Simon Dice" (Simon Says) and have become remarkably good at it! They also practiced reciting another poem called "Chiquita Bonita" or, "Pretty Little Girl". The first verses are: Soy Chiquita, Soy Bonita, Soy la Perla de Maman...
Grades 6-8 completed viewing 'La Cosheca' (the harvest). This documentary film is about migrant workers in the United States.
Grades 4-5 have been learning about the Mexican tin ornaments, a traditional folk art. We will be making our own in the coming weeks.
Grades 2-3 have been learning new vocabulary about various foods in preparation for Thanksgiving. Some words are "el pavo" and "las papas"
K-1 students are learning to recite a simple poem about chocolate in class. One of the verses is: "Bate, Bate chocolate con arroz o con tomate."
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