Saturday, May 12, 2018
What a wonderful end of the year we are having in third grade Spanish. Students just finished their daily routine unit with a culminating project. Each student made a video to describe a typical day in their life. Every third grader came up with two activities they do in the morning, two in the afternoon, and two in the evening. They had to state what the activity was, where they do that activity (to review our house unit) and at what time. For example, "Por la mañana, me despierto a las siete y media en mi dormitorio (In the morning, I wake up at 7:30 in my bedroom)." They had a lot of fun acting out their schedules. Take a look!
Sunday, May 6, 2018
¡Hola familias! It's hard to believe your fifth graders have gone through the entire five-year Spanish program at Meadowbrook. It has been so much fun watching them grow and progress as language speakers. Their final unit was "celebrities (a spin on biography)." Within the unit, students learned how to describe themselves and others both with physical and personality characteristics. Each student was asked to "become" a celebrity and create a presentation (of their choice) about "themselves" for the class. It required students to state their celebrity's name, age, birthday, physical and personality traits, along with three interesting facts. It was a great culmination of Spanish they have learned throughout the past five years. The outcome was incredible! You can see their growth by watching their presentations below.
Monday, April 30, 2018
¡Hola! It was an exciting few weeks in 4th grade Spanish. The students are finishing up their unit on hobbies and just finished a project to show all they learned. For this assignment, students were given a partner and asked to come up with a situation (a rainy day, a day without school, their birthday etc). Then, both students presented eight possible activities one can do in that situation. Over the last couple of weeks the students have been practicing how to write detailed sentences in Spanish. We talked about how adding more information such as what time, with who, when, or where makes their writing more interesting. The students presented their projects to the class through a skit, book, or google slides. Take a look at how hard they worked!
Monday, March 5, 2018
¡Buenas tardes! Last week was an exciting time in 5th grade. As you know, we have been "traveling" through Spain this school year. We are currently "stopped" in Barcelona. The students had a chance to learn about Antoní Gaudí (a famous Spanish architect). Many landmarks in Barcelona were designed by Gaudí. These include the Sagrada Familia, Parque Güell, Casa Milá and Casa Battló. He used various artistic techniques for each landmark. The students looked closely at the Parque Güell and noticed it was made up of mosaics. In order to capture what they learned, the 5th graders designed their own mosaic piece. The students brought them home on Friday but there are pictures below as well.
Friday, February 9, 2018
¡Buenas tardes! I have some exciting student work to share with you. The third graders have been working very hard on their house unit since we got back from Winter break. Last week they finished up the unit with a culminating project. They were asked to design their own dream room. This could be a bedroom, kitchen, living room etc. They used google draw to design their masterpiece and then described it in Spanish. We talked a lot about turning "frases básicas" (basic sentences) into "frases fantásticas" (fantastic sentences). The students wrote amazing sentences that included details such as the number, size and color of objects in the room. They really challenged themselves to write higher level sentences. Check them out below!
Monday, January 29, 2018
¡Hola! The 5th graders are knee deep into their celebrity unit. Throughout the last few weeks they have learned how to say various adjectives describing personality such as "energético" (energetic), "tranquilo" (calm) or "amable" (nice). During this unit, the students are practicing how to describe other people and also themselves. Last week, the 5th graders learned the question ¿Cómo eres tú? (What are you like?) and "Yo soy..." (I am ....). In order to solidify their learning, they did an activity where they had to describe themselves in Spanish. Then, they had to take a picture of themselves acting out each personality trait they chose. Your children sure are creative! Check out the links below to see how they turned out.
Saturday, January 6, 2018
5th Grade: ¡Buenas tardes! Just before break, the 5th graders finished up their shape unit. This was a unit the students had requested themselves! During these few weeks, students practiced shape vocabulary and also two important grammar points. The first one was definite articles and the second was noun adjective placement/agreement in a sentence. These were two challenging topics because it is very different than what the students are used to in English. For example, in English, there is only one way to say "the" but in Spanish there are four (el, la, los and las)! Also, in English, the adjective is placed before a noun while in Spanish it is the reverse. For example, in English, we would say "The brown table." In Spanish, it is written as "La mesa café." The students had a lot of opportunities to practice during class but is definitely a skill we will continue to work on throughout the year. For their culminating project, they were challenged to create a building out of shapes in Google Draw. Then they were asked to describe their building using the grammar points we had discussed throughout the unit. The result was incredible! Check them out below...