Sixth graders are gearing up to present their first Spanish culture projects of the year this Friday. Students have been using Fridays to research and complete a project on a Spanish-speaking country or countries of their choice. Some examples include informative travel videos, how to videos of authentic crafts, recipe books, cooking demonstrations, or performing an authentic dance or song. Through this process students broaden their global lens and share what they learn about other cultures. While the final product is what students present to peers, an emphasis is also placed on the process and what they learn from the experience of completing the project. Some key elements used on the rubrics for assessment include overall effort, collaboration, correct use of grammatical structures and vocabulary, pronunciation, time management, and evidence of preparation.
Masks and physical distance have not stopped the joy of learning in Spanish classes this year! Students are well into their first thematic units.
First grades students have reviewed the alphabet, colors, and numbers, and began learning about various items found in the classroom. Their cultural focus for the 1st trimester is the country of Honduras. See if they can show you were it is on the map!
To connect with what they are learning in their classroom, 2nd grades students are learning the names of planets and other space vocabulary in Spanish. Soon, they will begin to research and write a short report in Spanish about one of the planets.
Third graders are learning various words and phrases to use when in nature or when traveling. They also began researching and creating a Google Slide presentation about the country of Honduras.
In fourth grade, students have entered the wonderful world of verb conjugations. They have learned how to conjugate the verb ser (to be) in the present tense and how to apply it using simple sentences. They are also working on presentations about the culture of Nicaragua.
Fifth grade students are creating Google Slide show presentations to share about their favorite pets. They are utilizing the present tense to write Spanish descriptions about each animal’s characteristics, features, and habits. Fifth graders are researching the culture of Nicaragua.
In middle school, sixth grade students are learning how to conjugate stem-changing verbs, make comparisons, and describe foods. Their first thematic unit is Vamos a comer! (Let’s Eat!). Students are learning vocabulary and phrases needed when ordering food at a restaurant. They are also working in groups to create their own restaurant, complete with a menu and a presentation in Spanish about their concept, decor, favorite dishes, etc.
In Spanish class we’ve been talking about 3: ser, estar and tener are verbs that can all mean “to be”, depending on the context. Although most 7th and 8th graders have already had exposure to their conjugations and its proper applications, it has been valuable review material. One of the most important aspects of learning a foreign language is revisiting old topics and recycling through them as often as possible, especially when it comes to verbs that have their own set of rules and exceptions, like the ones mentioned above. Along with Target Language Tuesdays (where students hear very minimal English), students have several opportunities throughout the week to practice their language skills through self-paced activities, games and classroom discussions. This is often where the “Aha!” moments happen. Students grab a hold of the concepts that were discussed in lectures and they begin applying them correctly and effectively. Students will have the opportunity to apply everything that has been reviewed in class through an “All About Me” oral report that will be solely done in Spanish. This will take place the week after our one-month study on Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins September 15th and lasts through October 15th. Great and exciting things are happening within the Spanish classroom!