Here is a quick recap of what we did in Spanish during the month of April! Happy May!
Feliz Primavera! Happy Spring. I can not believe we are in April already. Time sure flies when you only see the kiddos once a week. With Spring Break in there, we really got through the month quickly. Due to Spring Break and a Spring Concert for my children, I only saw the kids twice in March. Here is what we did and what we will begin soon...
4K&5K Students worked on clothing vocabulary and started shape vocabulary. We watched a video on shapes, tried to form shapes with groups, and played a shape memory-like game. We will begin animal vocabulary next. We will end the year with family words and food.
1st-3rd - Students continued working with shape vocabulary along with adjectives (large, medium, small, and colors) and direction/position words. (next to, between, above, below, on top of, to the right, to the left). Students needed to follow directions using the new vocabulary in various activities including coloring the shapes, positioning the shapes in a certain order, drawing the shapes in a certain order, etc. Students then needed to give partners directions to position shapes in a "secret" order they created. We will finish this unit and move into reviewing numbers and adding bigger ones to our vocabulary. We will use this to tell phone numbers and addresses. We will end our year with food, family and household vocabulary.
4-6th - Students worked on telling time in Spanish. We learned real quickly that telling time is easy when the minute hand is between 01 - 30. After that, things go a bit trickier. We learned how to ask "what time is it?" (Que hora es?) and respond. We played telling time bingo. We will add a bit to this unit and be able to ask what time specific things are at (class subjects, lunch, practice, etc) and respond accordingly. After telling time, we will review family and household family, but add adjectives so we can describe people and things. We will end the year with a verb unit.
Throughout the month of February, students worked hard on a variety of activities.
Grades 4K-1 focused on vocabulary for the body and clothing. We will continue clothing in March and move into a family unit afterwards. Words we focused on include: boca, nariz, ojos, pelo, manos, brazos, piernas, pies = mouth, nose, eyes, hair, hands, arms, legs, and feet. There were others, but these were the mains vocabulary words. Clothing words included: zapatos/shoes, chaqueta/jacket, calcetines/socks, camisa/shirt, pantalones/pants, sombrero/hat, mitones/mittens, and pijamas/pajamas.
Students in Grades 2-3 worked with the letters of the alphabet, direction words, and commands. We will continue with command and direction words but use them with shapes and larger numbers. Vocabulary included: diga/tell or say, toque/touch, dibuja/draw, and ponga/put. The directions words included: derecha/right, iquierda/left, entre/between, encima/on top of, debajo/below.
Grades 4-6 continued work with profession vocabulary and questions/phrases. Their focus was to describe where certain professionals worked and with who/what they worked. They did a lot of speaking activities using the questions: Who is it? Where does he/she work? With whom/what does this person work? (in spanish of course!) Professions included: dentista, medico, mechanico, maestra, director/directora, frutero, vendedor, consejero, doctor/doctora, enfermera, bibliotecaria, panadero, carnicero, florista, jardinero, profesor, cartero, and bombero. The main verb we used was trabaja which means works.
**I apologize, I tried to import PDF files with the vocab lists, but it wouldn't accept this kind of file.........I'm not the most tech savvy person. I will continue trying.
Students in 4K - 1st grade began learning vocabulary for parts of the body. We used Mr. Potato head (Sr. Papa) as our learning friend. We made mini-books with our new vocabulary and sand songs that helped us practice the new words.
Students in grades 2 & 3 did alphabet review with a focus following directions. Using words like toque, diga, and ponga (touch, say, put) students manipulated letters in the alphabet while following directions.
Students in grades 4-6 started to learn vocabulary for different jobs and professions. They used the words el and la as "the" to describe where people work using the verb trabaja. We will incorporate es and son to talk about what a person is or what people are. Example: Ella es la maestra. (She is the teacher).
Below are some of the videos used in class. I only met with students twice this month. The 3rd day of Spanish with a substitute was used for review.
Another month in already! Happy New Year to all. Please see the notes for each grade below!
4K/5K - Students in these grades worked on manner words for please, thank you, you're welcome. We also used the words "quiero por favor" and "tengo". I want____please and I have_____. We used these phrases with colors and did partner activities telling and asking for certain colors of paper. We finished our time together by learning words for important parts of the Nacimiento/nativity scene. Students learned the words for Jesus, Mary, Joseph, star, shepard, and angel. (jesus, maria, jose, estrella, pastor, angel) We created small booklets with the spanish words in. 5K added to their vocabulary with candy, reindeer, Santa, elf, and Christmas tree. (dulce, reno, Papa Noel, duende, arbol de navidad). We will be starting parts of the body after the break.
Grades 1-6 - We started the month of December reviewing all of our classroom objects and using direction words to describe where things can be found in 1-3. Grades 4-6 continued work with singular/plural, definite/indefinite articles, and es/son. We formed basic sentences. We finished the month with culture lessons on how Christmas is celebrated in spanish-speaking countries. We focused on vocabulary words and mainly on the tradition of las posadas. We listened to The Night of Las Posadas online, and we also read the book The Legend of the Poinsettia (la flor de nochebuena) Students created Poinsettias in class. Ask them to tell about this neat legend. We listened to christmas songs and saw the translations. A couple of the favorites are listed below. After the break, Grades 1-3 will begin a command/following directions unit while reviewing the ABCs in Spanish. Grades 4-6 will begin a unit with professions while incorporating previously taught concepts el/la/los/las the verbs es/son.
November has flown by! I cannot believe it is already December! We've been busy learning new words and phrases in Spanish as well as reviewing the things we already know in some of the older grades. In grades 4k-3, we begin each class with a song and all grades with the exception of 4K begin each day with calendar and weather activities. Please see the individual grade/class sections for specific activities we've done in class.
4K - students in 4K have been busy learning and practicing basic phrases &commands in spanish, the numbers 1-10, colors, as well as please/thank you/your'e welcome. It's been so fun watching the enthusiasm as they learn and use new words. We will begin learning how to tell what food we like and do not like (me gusta and no me gusta). We will also learn vocabulary to talk about the weather and a song for the days of the week. We do lots of repitition and review each class. To end our time in December, we will learn holiday words and phrases and maybe even a song!
K-1st - Students have been working hard to ask and tell what color certain things are. They have also started learning classroom vocabulary. We've learned direction words for to the right of/to the left of/next to/between to talk about where classroom objects are located. We will continue to work with direction words and learn "around town" vocabulary. We will end December with a holiday project and learn how Christmas is celebrated in Spanish speaking countries.
2nd/3rd- Students in 2nd and 3rd grade have been learning classroom object vocabulary. They've also learned direction words for "to the right/left of, next to, between, above, below" to describe where objects are located. We will continue to practice these concepts and then learn vocabulary for "around town". Students will be able to ask and tell where things in a town are located using the previously mentioned concepts/vocabulary. We will end December with a holiday project and learn how Christmas is celebrated in Spanish speaking countries.
4th-6th - Students in these grades learned classroom object vocabulary. Once we learned this, we talked about making nouns plural in Spanish. Students realized that the rules for making words plural in Spanish are similar to the rules in English. We also got into the tricky topic of definite and indefinite articles (the, a, some). Students learned that all nouns are either masculine or feminine in Spanish and that we decide which article to use based on gender and number. It's been tricky, but students are really doing a great job understanding. We will be working on adjective agreement next and writing/forming complete sentences. We will take a break from the grammar lessons and learn about Christmas traditions in Spanish-speaking countries before the holiday break.
We had a busy month learning and reviewing in Spanish class. Please see the class sections below for each grade level.
4K & Kindergarten - Students in 4K and 5K are off to a great start in Spanish class. We learned about the expectations in Spanish class (sit up tall at the carpet, give the teacher "5", and always use kindness & respect). We started with basic greetings, basic commands (stand up, sit down, turn around, etc), and counting 1-10. Students have had fun using the new words and talking with partners in class. Students in 4K will soon be bringing home popsicle sticks that we used for a number activity in class. I've also included the links for a few of the favorite songs/videos we've used to learn in class.
Students in first and second grade reviewed basic greetings and phrases that we use often in Spanish class. We also reviewed numbers, played a number game called Roll of the Dice to practice numbers 1-12, and filled out a Yo Soy YO. (I'm me!- all about me) sheet with our favorite things. We use the above Good morning song to start each class and will be continuing with bigger numbers,colors, and classroom objects.
Students in grades 3-6 reviewed basic greetings and phrasesas well as numbers. Our focus has been on the alphabet and learning to say the letter names with special focus on the vowels. The song video below has proved to be a favorite! We also learned to ask how to spell a word and practiced asking and telling how to spell number words, names, and colors. Vowels tricked us here and there because some spanish vowel names sound like names of a different vowel in english. (example: the letter e is pronouned "ay" like the letter a). We also did a speaking activity called "What letter is it?" Students were given a plastic letter and took turns asking different partners "Que letra es?" and partners needed to say the letter in Spanish. Finally, students filled out a Yo Soy Yo sheet which told about his/her favorite things. We will continue to master the alphabet, count to 100 or more, and learn classroom object vocabulary.
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