Wednesday, November 22, 2017

La leyenda de la llama

This year, we are learning about Peru.  We are currently learning a Peruvian legend about a llama.  Here is a shortened version of the story in Spanish:

Un hombre tiene una llama.  Un día, la llama no tiene hambre.  El hombre le dice -- ¿Por qué no tienes hambre?  ¿Estás enferma?  ¿Te duele el estómago?

La llama dice -- Tengo miedo.  Va a llover mucho.  ¡El mundo se va a inundar!

El hombre dice -- Tengo una idea.  Vamos a subir a la montaña más alta.  

-- ¡Qué buena idea! -- dice la llama.

El hombre y la llama caminan hacia la montaña más alta.

On their way to the tallest mountain, the man and the llama meet many different animals.  Some of them choose to go to the mountain with them and others choose not to.

In some versions of this legend, the foxes were the only animals who chose not to go to the mountain.   When the floods came, they tried to run up the mountain, but the tips of their tails touched the water.  That is why foxes have white tips on the end of their tails.

In the version of the legend we read in class, the fox chooses to come to the mountain with the rest of the animals.  Only the penguin stays behind, because he loves the water!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

El dinero del rey - Textivate Activities

Here are some Textivate activities for our latest story, El dinero del rey.  Students may work on this story at home if they choose to do so.  (All Textivate activities are optional.)

http://www.textivate.com/menu-95bkn1

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Textivate Activities

In third grade, we begin reading in Spanish.  We read stories in class, act them out, and answer questions about them.  We also do Textivate activities to practice the vocabulary and grammar structures in the stories.  Following are links to Textivate activities for two of our stories: Isabel va a la escuela and ¿Dónde está Bigotes?

Click on the link to find activities for Isabel va a la escuela:
http://www.textivate.com/menu-2makn1

Click on the link to find activities for ¿Dónde está Bigotes?:
http://www.textivate.com/menu-ypakn1

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Machu Picchu

Students had a lot of fun learning about Machu Picchu in class today!  We learned the following:
  • Machu Picchu is in the mountains.
  • The Inca people built Machu Picchu 600 years ago.
  • The Incas built their cities in the shape of animals.  Machu Picchu is in the shape of a condor (a large bird).
  • Machu Picchu was an important religious site.
We took a virtual trip to Machu Picchu.  We started in Lima.  We learned that you can't travel directly from Lima to Machu Picchu.  You have to travel from Lima to Cusco and from Cusco to Machu Picchu.  We looked at different ways we could travel from Lima to Cusco: en avión, en coche, or en autobús.  We decided to travel en autobús.  

From Cusco, we continued our virtual trip to Machu Picchu.  We learned that you can't fly to Machu Picchu because there is no airport.  We learned that you can't drive a car or take a bus because there are no roads to Machu Picchu.  There are two ways to get to Machu Picchu: hiking the Inca Trail or taking a train.  We decided to take a train.  We watched a YouTube video of the train ride to Machu Picchu.

When we arrived in Machu Picchu, we continued our virtual trip through Google Streetview.  We were able to explore many areas of Machu Picchu through Google Streetview.  We didn't have time to see everything in class, so here is a link if students want to continue exploring Machu Picchu at home:

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Las Líneas de Nazca

This year, our class is studying Perú.  We recently learned about the Nazca Lines, enormous geoglyphs that were made by the Nazca people.  The Nazca Lines are so big that you can't see them very well from the ground.  To see the geoglpyhs, the Nazca people had to climb to the tops of the nearby hills and look down over the desert.  Today, most people view the Nazca Lines from an airplane.

The Nazca desert is covered with dark-colored stones.  The Nazca people made the lines by moving these dark-colored stones, exposing the lighter-colored ground underneath.  The Nazca desert gets so little rain that the lines have survived for over 1,000 years.

Archaeologists think that the Nazca people used ropes and stakes to create the geoglyphs.  First, they laid out long ropes in the shape they wanted, using stakes to hold them in place.  Then they walked along the ropes, moving the dark-colored stones.  In class, we made our own Nazca Lines with string.  It was challenging to arrange our pieces of string in the shape of the Nazca Lines!  We learned that the Nazca people must have worked very hard to create the Nazca Lines.

El colibrí (the hummingbird), one of the Nazca Lines.  Image credit: Pixabay.


Creating the Nazca Lines with string in class: