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!

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9F6JHKY5emVd0JlTEdoakNCMXM


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)
hay

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:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9F6JHKY5emVZDk5cUtmcC1INmc

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!