Tuesday, December 20, 2016

3rd/4th/5th Update

3rd Update:

Students in third grade have been extremely busy!  In order to culminate their unit on community, each student was asked to describe where they go in the community and what activity they do in each place.  Students used first person verbs such as "como" (I eat) or "veo" (I see) in order to write their sentences.  They even got to take pictures of themselves acting out the activities.  Check out the links below to see what a wonderful job they did.

This week, we also finished our "trip" to Panama.  It has been wonderful to see the students gain cultural awareness and appreciation throughout their journey.  Towards the end, students learned about the Panama Canal.  It was fun to teach them how it works and why it was created.  In order to solidify what they learned, students created their own version of the canal.  It was challenging (especially communicating with their group all in Spanish), but they did it!  Clink on the link below to see a short video featuring the amazing projects created.  

4th Update:

4th graders have been cooking up some incredible Spanish over the last few weeks.  They finished up their food unit with some exciting activities and projects.  Some of you may remember Supermarket Sweep (one of my favorite tv shows).  The students had the opportunity to compete in a similar version we called "Mercado Mania."  Each class broke into teams.  In partners, students were given a shopping list, the classroom was turned into a grocery store, and they were off!  The team who was able to get all the items on their list the fastest was the winner of the round.  The link below has some video footage from the day!

For the last project of the unit, students were asked to create their own television show for the Food Network in Costa Rica.  Students "traveled" to Costa Rica this semester and learned that soup is a popular dish throughout the country.  For their television program, students created their own recipe for a Costa Rican soup and acted it out for their peers.  I was amazed at how creative they were. Check out the link below to see your child's presentation.

5th Update:

A couple weeks ago, students in 5th grade began their next unit in Spanish- animals!  They have reviewed familiar vocabulary and learned some new ones.  A few of their favorites so far have been "hipopótamo" (hippopotamus), "mariposa" (butterfly), and "cebra" (zebra).  Students have been playing some of their favorite vocabulary games to help them practice new words.  The video below shows two fifth grade classes playing "ranas."  In this game, students have to name vocabulary words and then have the opportunity to jump frogs for different point values.  It's a fan favorite for sure!

Monday, November 21, 2016

4th/5th Update

4th Grade: Students are well into their food unit and having a blast!  It has been so much fun to hear them talk about what foods they like and dislike.  Recently, they had the opportunity to create a menu for their own restaurant.  It was a great opportunity to review vocabulary from last year such as breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Check out the menus below to see what your child "cooked up!"

5th grade: The fifth graders began their cultural journey to Spain this year.  We have specifically been concentrating on the city of Madrid for the first trimester.  Recently we talked about how the "Museo del Prado" is one of the main tourist attractions in Madrid.  One of the most famous paintings in the museum is "Las Meninas."  The students were asked to study the painting and create a Spanish dialogue to go along with the characters in the painting.  It was quite impressive how they were able to include past vocabulary and phrases to make the characters come alive.  You can see them below!

Monday, October 3, 2016

3rd/4th/5th Grade Updates!

¡Buenas tardes!  Students in all grade levels have been extremely busy over the last few weeks in Spanish class...check it out!

3rd grade- Take a look around the neighborhood!  3rd graders have been delving deep into their first thematic unit of the year- the community.  It has been exciting singing songs and learning how to say various landmarks around Northbrook.  Some of their favorites so far have been "heladería" (ice cream shop), "juguetería" (toy store), and "la piscina" (the pool).  Next time you are driving around the neighborhood with your child, make sure to ask them how to say different places in Spanish.  You will surely be impressed!

4th grade- It has been a delicious few weeks as the 4th graders have started their food unit.  This is always a fun unit to do with the students (although it makes us all a little hungry).  We have read books, played games and even sang a vocabulary song to the tune of "SpongeBob Square Pants!" Next time you and your family are sitting around the dinner table, see if your child can tell you their favorite food in Spanish.

5th grade-  Students in fifth grade have just finished learning an entire set of vocabulary words based on farm life.  In the past, our classes have told us they would love to learn how to say more animal names in Spanish.  Therefore, this year, many units are designed around animal vocabulary!  This first unit has included some of their favorites: "oveja" (sheep), "vaca" (cow) and "caballo" (horse).  Over the next couple of weeks, students will learn various prepositional phrases so they can describe where the animals are located on the farm.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Welcome Back!

¡Buenos días!  It has been a wonderful week back in Spanish class.  3rd, 4th and 5th graders have all spent the last four days playing games and participating in beginning of the year activities.  It has been a lot of fun meeting new students and getting back into the routine of speaking in Spanish.  Don't forget to ask your children about class and have them teach you new vocabulary they are learning throughout the year.

It's hard to believe but we are rolling out the last year of the program.  Students in 5th grade are the first class who will have gone through the entire 5 year Spanish program.  What an exciting year ahead it's going to be!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Have a wonderful summer!

¡Buenas tardes!

It has been a fun filled week to end the year in Spanish.  Whether it was playing jeopardy, being a part of a sing-a-long or just reminiscing about our year, it was a great time overall.  I wanted you to know I had a wonderful year with your children.  Thank you for allowing me to be a part of their everyday lives and for encouraging the love of language.  Have a wonderful summer!

Monday, June 6, 2016

3rd Grade Macchu Picchu

Students in third grade finished off their "travels" to Peru by learning about Macchu Picchu.  We spent two days talking about the "Lost City of the Incas."  The students found it interesting how you can climb the mountain by foot or take a train to see see Macchu Picchu.  They also liked to talk about how it was named one of the "Seven Wonders of the World."  On day two of our lesson, students had the opportunity to build their own version of Macchu Picchu using unifix cubes.  They worked together and created some complex structures.  Not to mention, they had to speak all in Spanish!  Take a look!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

3rd Grade Daily Routine Videos

¡Buenas tardes!  3rd grade students just finished up their Daily Routine unit by making their own video.  Each child was asked to describe two activities they do in the morning, afternoon and evening.  They also described where they completed the activity and what time.  For example, "Por la mañana, me despierto a las 7 en mi dormitorio"  (In the morning, I wake up at 7:00 in my room).  As you can see, they not only learned how to describe activities but also how to tell time in Spanish!  It was an exciting way to bring back our house unit vocabulary as well.  Click on the link below to access your child's folder.  In their folder, click on the file that says their first name and "daily routine."  I hope you enjoy as much as I did.

Monday, May 16, 2016

4th/5th grade Ecuador visit

It was an exciting day in the Spanish classroom for 4th and 5th graders.  To culminate their "visit" to Ecuador, students had a chance to learn about "mercados" (outside markets) that can be found around the country.  Not only did students talk about popular items sold at mercados (clothing, jewelry, fruit etc), they also got a chance to learn about the wonderful world of bartering.  I've never seen their faces light up so much as when they learned the price on the tag was negotiable.  Here are some pictures of 5th graders taking part in an interactive mercado where they got to barter for a few of their favorite things.  Don't worry,  I made them promise the next time they were at Target they would not try to barter with the clerk!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

4th/5th Cinco de Mayo

The 4th and 5th graders also got to join in the fun of celebrating Cinco de Mayo.  The students had a great time learning all about mariachi music.  We talked about how it is popular not only on Cinco de Mayo but all year round (as it is an important part of Mexican culture).  4th and 5th graders got to make their very own mariachi man to take home with them.  You can see them in the picture below. They turned out really cute!  They even got to listen to mariachi music while they were making their project.  ¡Olé!

Friday, May 6, 2016

3rd Grade Cinco de Mayo

¡Buenas Tardes y Feliz Cinco de Mayo!  3rd graders had so much fun celebrating the 5th of May in class this week.  Yesterday, we spent time talking about the importance of the holiday and playing an interactive computer game.  It was amazing how many of them remembered it is not the Mexican Independence Day but rather a time we celebrate the Mexican victory during The Battle of Puebla. Although the Mexican army was smaller than the French, they were perseverant and were able to use various strategies to outsmart France.  Ask your child to tell you all about it!  Today in class the students made maracas to celebrate!  It was a blast!

Friday, April 22, 2016

4th/5th grade skits

¡Hola!  This week the students in 4th and 5th grade finished writing and performing their own skits in Spanish.  They were asked to use vocabulary from the unit (what they like to do in their free time and why) to create a skit in the setting of their choice.  It was amazing to see how they incorporated vocabulary from the past and the present.  One student even exclaimed, "I just wrote a whole script in Spanish!"  I hope they were all this proud of the work they did.  Check out the link below to see your child's skit.  

Friday, April 8, 2016

Update for all grades!

¡Buenos días!  It has been an exciting week in 4th/5th grade Spanish.  Students have been reviewing their hobby vocabulary by playing games and participating in activities during class time.  Family Feud has seemed to be their favorite so far.  On Wednesday and Thursday, students were put in groups to play our own rendition of the popular game show.  In order to practice the structure, ¿Por qué? (why) and porque (because) students were asked to answer several questions in this format.  It was incredible to see their creative responses in Spanish (check out the pictures below).  Next week, classes will get the opportunity to write their own skits to practice even more!

3rd grade Spanish has been a blast!  Today, we finished up daily routine vocabulary such as "Me despierto." (I wake up.), "Como el desayuno."  (I eat breakfast.), and "Me cepillo los dientes." (I brush my teeth).   It has been a great challenge to practice entire phrases!  We have played lots of review games such as connect 4, heads up 7-up etc.  I hope you will have your kids show you what they know at the dinner table.  I know you'll be impressed!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

3rd grade dream houses

The third graders just finished their casa (house) unit in Spanish.  For their final project, they created their own dream house.  For this activity, students were asked to create a house, label everything in Spanish, write descriptions, and then record their description.  Check out the link below to see their pictures and hear their recordings.  I think you will truly be impressed by their fluency!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

4th/5th Food Network

The 4th and 5th grade students have concluded their food unit this week.  They ended in a very delicious way!  Each child became a "chef" on their own episode of "Food Network de Argentina." Students learned that soup is a very popular entree in Argentina (where we are currently "visiting") and then were challenged to create their own.  All children wrote a recipe using direction words (cut, mix, cook etc) and vocabulary we have studied throughout the unit.  I think we may see some of them on television one day!  Check out some of the pictures below...

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

4th/5th- Argentina

Students in 4th and 5th grade are currently "visiting" the country of Argentina.  Recently, they learned about a very interesting part of the country called, "La Boca."  In this area, houses are all different colors and textures.  I loved seeing your children's reactions to the colorful neighborhoods.  I even heard a kid say, "I want to live there!"  After seeing many pictures of what the houses look like, the students had the challenge of creating their own "barrio" (neighborhood) similar to those in "La Boca."  Check out a few of them below...

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

4th/5th- Personas de Comida

¡Buenos días!  The fourth and fifth graders just finished a project using the food vocabulary they have learned.  Their mission was to create a person completely out of food!  They were asked to label it and then record their voices describing how they felt about each food.  For example, some students may have said, "Me encantan las zanahorias" (I love carrots).  They may have also expressed their dislike such as, "No me gustan las hamburguesas" (I do not like hamburgers).  It was so much fun to see their creativity shine through.  The students are coming home with their projects today, so make sure to ask them to see their person.  They can also sign into their google accounts at home so you can listen to their recordings.  Here are a few examples...