Saturday, January 6, 2018

5th Grade Architecture Projects

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...

Holiday Updates

¡Feliz Año Nuevo!  Happy New Year!  I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season.  Before break, we had the opportunity to talk about holiday celebrations around the world in each grade level. 

3rd grade:  The third graders read The Legend of the Poinsettia.  Before reading, we discussed the meaning of a legend which was a great learning experience for everyone.  In the legend, many years ago, a girl from Mexico (with very little money) decided to bring plants to her church while everyone else brought gifts.  She was disappointed that she didn't have enough money to buy gifts, like everyone else, but she decided to bring a gift from her heart.  While it was looked down upon at first, the plants miraculously turned into bright red flowers (poinsettias).  The legend reminds us how "gifts from the heart are the most important!"  The students then had time in class to make their own poinsettias.

4th grade:  The fourth graders learned about Las Posadas.  Las Posadas is a Christmas tradition celebrated mainly in Mexico.  It begins nine days before Christmas.  Each evening neighborhoods come together to reenact a story from long ago.   In the reenactment, they go house to house asking for shelter.  Each house says no until the very last house lets them enter.  At this house, they have a big celebration with food, music and dancing.  The fourth graders read stories, played games with vocabulary from the holiday, and also had the option to make a short book explaining the meaning of Las Posadas.

5th grade:  The fifth graders took part in a Spanish New Year's Eve tradition during class.  In Spain, on New Year's Eve, there is a very popular tradition called "Doce Uvas" (12 grapes).  Right after the clock strikes twelve, a chime goes off twelve times.  When you hear a chime, you eat a grape!  We talked about how eating twelve grapes in twelve seconds is no easy task!  Every time you eat a grape, you are supposed to make a wish for the upcoming year.  Since there are twelve months of the upcoming year, you are encouraged to make twelve wishes!  Unfortunately, we couldn't try this out with real grapes but we played a game instead.  In the game, the students drew a face on a paper plate and put it on their head.  Then, without looking, they tried to draw a circle (a grape) in the mouth each time the chime went off.  The goal was to try to get all 12 grapes in the mouth they drew.  Check out the pictures below to see the great time had by all!

Monday, December 11, 2017

4th Grade Food Network

The 4th graders have just finished a very exciting project for their food unit.  They were asked to create a soup recipe for our version of "Food Network de Costa Rica."  We talked about how soup is a very popular food in Costa Rica and that it usually contains rice, meat and vegetables.  The students were paired up to create and act out their recipes (as if they were really on the Food Network).  For this project students needed to have a strong foundation of food vocabulary along with action words such as "cut" (corta), "mix" (mezcla), and "pon" (put).  I was so impressed by the work they did.  Check out the videos below! 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

3rd Grade Panama Canal

¡Buenos días!  This week the third graders concluded their "visit" to Panama.  In one of their last lessons, they learned all about the Panama Canal.  Ask your child to explain to you the importance of the canal.  Hopefully they will tell you it was constructed so that boats did not have to travel all the way around South America in order to get from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean (or vice versa).  In order to demonstrate their understanding, the students were given the opportunity to construct a model of the canal.  If you watch the video below, you will see them creating their masterpieces! 

Friday, November 17, 2017

4th Grade Update

It has been a fantastic few weeks in 4th grade Spanish.  Over the last two weeks the students completed a mini unit on place setting vocabulary.  For example, they learned how to say words such as "plato" (plate), "vaso" (glass), "servilleta" (napkin).  They even got to make their own Spanish placemat.  They brought them home today ready to use for your Thanksgiving table or even your regular dinner table.  I asked the students to please send me a picture of them using the placemat so we can look at them together when they return from break.  You can send them to my email at  Don't forget to ask them to sing the vocabulary song that goes along with it too! 

The 4th graders also finished writing comics in google classroom.  In order help the students progress as writers, they were asked to create a dialogue.  The only requirement was to include the questions ¿Te gusta....? (Do you like....?) and ¿Qué te gusta más? (What do you like more?) somewhere in their conversation.  The end result was amazing!  Make sure to check it out below.  

*Unfortunately, we are having some technical difficulty with the folder for Ms. Mazzarella's class.  
If your son/daughter is in this class, please have them log-in at home to show you their comic.  
Sorry for the inconvenience.  

Sunday, November 12, 2017

3rd Grade Panama Animals

The third graders are knee deep in their "trip" to Panama.  Recently, we have discussed the various types of animals that live there.  It was by far one of their favorite lessons.  We talked about how certain species of animals can only be found in Panama.  Later we discussed four animals that are very popular there (butterflies, armadillos, agoutis and sloths).  The students were challenged to choose one of these animals and claim them as their "new pet."  They had the opportunity to name the animal and type of up a description.  This was excellent practice of the phrase "se llama" (it's name is) which they learned previously in Spanish.  We also reviewed "es" (it is) and "tiene" (it has).  Some of them even went on to talk about their pet's personality.  Make sure to check it out below!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

5th Grade Animal Projects

¡Buenas tardes!  The fifth graders just wrapped up their animal unit.  While they were sad to say goodbye to animals, they had a great time with the culminating project.  Each student had the opportunity to create their own pet!  They used google draw to create a pet they would describe to their classmates.  In their description the fifth graders were asked to include the pet's name, a description of the pet, where it lives, how it moves and any other interesting information.  We talked about how after 4.5 years of Spanish they should be pushing themselves to include past vocabulary in their descriptions and write more complex sentences.  I was absolutely amazed at the result!  As you read about your child's new pet you may find out about their personality, occupation, birthday, favorite food and even their favorite hobby.  Some of these students have quite the sense of humor!  We also talked about organizing their writing just like they do in English.  Check out the links below and have your child explain to you all about their new pet.