Tuesday, November 22, 2016

4th Grade Homework Story

4th graders have received or will soon receive their first homework assignment!  Students brought home or will bring home the story, ¿Dónde está Bigotes?  Students should read the story and complete the accompanying worksheet.  The front side of the worksheet is for all students to complete.  The back side of the worksheet is optional and can be done as an extra challenge.

Because of our 6-day rotation, some students were assigned this story before Thanksgiving Break.  Other classes will be assigned this story after Thanksgiving Break.  Homework is always assigned on one day of the 6-day rotation, (for example, some classes are assigned homework on Day 2).  Homework is due on the same day of the next 6-day rotation.  For example, if homework is assigned on Day 2, it will be due the next Day 2.  If homework is assigned on Day 4, it will be due the next Day 4.  This helps keep homework consistent for students and classroom teachers.

For the homework assignment, students brought home a text-only version of the story (without pictures).  I have uploaded a link to the full version of the story, in color and with pictures, so that students can refer to it if they have questions.

Link to the story on my Google Drive:
¿Dónde está Bigotes?

Friday, November 18, 2016

4th Grade - Special Person Interviews

One of my favorite activities in 4th grade Spanish is la persona especial, in which we interview a student.  The student sits in my teacher chair in the front of the room.  We ask them questions about themselves like:

¿De dónde eres?
¿Cuántos años tienes?
¿Cuándo es tu cumpleaños?
¿Cómo es tu familia?
¿Cuál es tu libro favorito?
¿Cuál es tu animal favorito?

One of our favorite questions is, "If you could have any animal as a pet, which animal would it be?"  A few of the answers we have had so far: un perro, un gato morado, un unicornio, un velociraptor, un erizo, and un dragón.  

After the Special Person interview, I type up the student's answers and make them into a poster for our hallway.  Students love reading about each other in Spanish!  If you are on campus, we would love for you to visit our Modern Language hallway and check out some of our Special Person posters!  About one third of our 4th grade students have been interviewed so far; the rest of the students will be interviewed by the end of the school year.  We typically interview one student every 1-2 weeks, depending on our schedule.

Here are some of the posters in our hallway:

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Kindergarten Story: El bosque de los monstruos

Kindergarten students LOVE reading our new story, El bosque de los monstruos.  I am attaching a link to this story on my Google Drive so you can read it with your child at home.  Students enjoy acting out the parts of all of the monsters in the story!


4th Grade Spanish: El dinero del rey

In 4th grade Spanish, we are focusing on the Super 7 Verbs, the most commonly used verbs in Spanish.  These verbs are: ser, tener, gustar, ir, querer, estar, and haber.  We are focusing on three forms of these verbs: yo, tú, and él/ella/usted:

soy, eres, es
tengo, tienes, tiene
voy, vas, va
quiero, quieres, quiere
estoy, estás, está
me gusta(n), te gusta(n), le gusta(n)

4th grade students are reading a story called El dinero del rey.  We have had a lot of fun acting out this story in class!  Here is a link to the story on my Google Drive so you can read it with your student at home:


Kindergarten Spanish: Las partes del cuerpo

Kindergarten students are learning about body parts in Spanish.  Here is one of our favorite songs, El marinero baila.

We took silly pictures of ourselves and talked about them in Spanish:

Kindergarten Spanish is so much fun!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Kindergarten Favorite Song: Ciempiés

Our new favorite song is about a centipede!  Kindergarten students LOVE singing this song.  They even asked me to make sure I put it on the blog so they can share it with you.

Kindergarten Stories: Oso pardo, oso pardo ¿qué ves ahí?

A parent recently asked me about books to read with their kindergarten student in Spanish.  One of my favorite books is the Spanish translation of "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?"  Kindergarten students love reading about animals!  This story is also a wonderful way to reinforce colors.

In class, we learned that brown is café.  However, the way that we say "brown bear" is oso pardo.  Pardo is another word for brown.

Oso pardo, oso pardo ¿qué ves ahí?
Link to purchase the book from Amazon.

Link to a YouTube reading:

Link to a YouTube video practicing the colors along with the story:

Link to a YouTube video where the story has been turned into a song:

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Kindergarten Story: Cinco

This is a video recording of one of the books we read in kindergarten.  We love to sing this book!  Ask your student to show the actions for el pez, el gato, and brinco. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Class Videos

Students have so much fun in Spanish!  Here are some videos to give you a window into our kindergarten and fourth grade classes:

Kindergarten students have been learning a simplified version of the Three Bears, Los tres osos.  They are showing that the soup is too hot, too cold, and just right!

Fourth grade students are learning the story of the Tortoise and the Hare.  In class, we practiced feeling tired and deciding to rest during the race:

We discovered that one of our fourth grade students could make an amazing duck noise, so we added un pato to one of our stories!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Peek Into Kindergarten

We have been so busy in Kindergarten Spanish!  Here are some photos to give you a peek into our classes.

Singing one of our favorite songs, Chu chu ua:

We love Spanish class!

We are learning family members.  This is la abuela.

El papá oso es grande.

La mamá osa es mediana.

El bebé oso es pequeño.

Ricitos de Oro.

¿Cómo estás hoy?  ¡Muy feliz!

El gato es muy pequeño.

TPR actions with animals:

El perro.

El gato.