Friday, September 9, 2016

September Update - 4th Grade

¡Bienvenidos!  We have hit the ground running in fourth grade Spanish.  We began the school year by sharing what we did over the summer.  Then we jumped right into our first story: a simplified version of The Tortoise and the Hare.  Students are greatly enjoying reading and acting out the story of El conejo y la tortuga.  

Our culture focus this year is Spain.  We have already learned some basic facts about Spain:

  • Está en Europa.
  • Está en la Península Ibérica.
  • Población: 46,77 millones.
  • Capital: Madrid
We are also learning about the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage route to the city of Santiago de Compostela.  Students were impressed to learn that el camino francés, one of the most popular routes to Santiago de Compostela, is over 780 kilometers (some sources say 798 kilometers).  They were also amazed to learn that pilgrims have been walking the Camino de Santiago for almost 1,000 years.  

This week, we started doing "Special Person Interviews", in which we spend an entire class period interviewing a student (the "special person").  Students love being the "Special Person".  It is a wonderful way for all of us to get to know each other while practicing basic conversational phrases in Spanish like ¿Cómo te llamas?, ¿Cuántos años tienes?, and ¿Cómo es tu familia?

Starting next week, if you stop by school, come and check out our "Special Person" posters in the language hallway.  Each poster features a student who has been our "Special Person", with their photo and information about them.  Our first "Special Person" posters will be in the hallway starting Tuesday, September 13.

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