Friday, December 18, 2015

Holiday Fun

Yesterday and today students are learning about holiday traditions around the world.  In 3rd grade, students read the legend of the poinsettia.  In this story a little girl is taught that the best gift is one that comes from the heart.  It was a wonderful discussion to have right before the holidays.  

In 4th and 5th grade, students learned about a Spanish tradition called "Doce Uvas."  In many Spanish speaking countries, on New Years Eve, 12 grapes are eaten to the sound of 12 bell chimes. Each grape represents a wish they have for the upcoming year (and there are 12 to represent the months of the new year).  Since we weren't able to eat real grapes, we played a game instead. Students were asked to draw a face on a paper plate.  They put it on their heads and each time the bell rang, they tried to draw a grape in the mouth on the paper plate.  Check out the video to see how much fun they had!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

4th/5th Costa Rica Ziplining

This week, students in 4th/5th grade have been finishing up their "trip" to Costa Rica.  One of our last lessons involved a challenge day!  On these days, students are given the challenge to complete a task in a certain amount of time (and of course communicating only in Spanish).  These days are really fun but very challenging as well.  On this day, students learned how ziplining is one of the most popular activities for tourists in Costa Rica.  This is because ziplining originated there!  Students were introduced to ziplining vocabulary in Spanish along with the different types that exist.  The challenge was to build their own zipline out of straws, popsicle sticks, paper and string.  The object was to get their zipliner from one end to the other.  It was amazing to see what they come up with.  Check out the pictures below to see!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

4th/5th- Supermarket Sweep!

Remember Supermarket Sweep?  It was a game show that aired in the 1960s...but we recreated it yesterday in Spanish!  Students were divided up into teams and given their own "shopping cart."  The goal was for each partnership to get 8 items from a shopping list into their cart before the other team.   It was a lot of fun to watch the students identify different "food aisles" in Spanish (such as dairy, produce and drinks).  You can tell how much fun and learning they were doing at the same time!  Below is a video clip I took from a fourth grade class to show you what it looked like...

Friday, December 4, 2015

4th/5th grade- Menu activity!

What an awesome two days it has been in Spanish.  We just finished learning all of the vocabulary for our food unit (the students know over 30 words)!  Yesterday, 4th and 5th graders had the opportunity to create their own restaurant and decide what they would serve on the menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Some of them decided to serve typical meals (such as cereal or eggs for breakfast) and others got very creative by mixing up different types of food.  Today, they finished creating their menus and then we learned how to say two new phrases: "How delicious!" (¡Qué delicioso!) and "How disgusting!"  (¡Qué asco!)  Students shared their menus with their classmates and they got to decide if they thought it was delicious or disgusting.  You can imagine how much fun they had with that!  The menus will be coming home with the students today, so make sure to have your child show you all they know.  Have a good weekend!