Español Afuera

We have been enjoying this beautiful weather by taking Spanish classes afuera (outside)2nd graders have been learning  various phrases and vocabulary used around the house.  They are in the middle of a new project: la casa de mis sueños (the house of my dreams). Students are planning and designing their dream house, labeling its parts in Spanish, and will eventually write a paragraph about its rooms and features. Fresh air and sunshine really got their creative juices flowing as they made progress on their creations.

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Third Trimester Overview

Welcome back to school.  I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable break. It’s hard to believe that the third and final trimester of school is already underway!  Below you will find an overview of what each class in K-8 will be covering in Spanish class to wrap up the school year.

Kindergarten:  Our theme for the 3rd trimester is En la granja (On the Farm). Students will identify and name things found on the farm ,use action verbs to describe what various animals do, review and reinforce numbers 0-100, name the stages of the butterfly and frog life cycle, and identify various parts of the body of humans and animals.

1st Grade: Our theme for the 3rd trimester is Animales de mundo (Animals around the world). Students will identify and name animals from various classifications (arctic, mammals, insects, ocean, etc.), identify and use appropriate indefinite articles,  recall numbers 0-500, and utilize descriptive adjectives and action verbs to talk about various animals, their characteristics, and what they do.

2nd Grade: Our theme for the 3rd trimester is En mi casa (At My House). Students will name various parts of the house, rooms in a house, and a variety of appliances of furniture. Each student will describe his/her own house and/or dream house. Additionally, students will identify different body parts and organs and appy correct grammar rules when using adjectives and nouns together.

3rd Grade: Our theme for 3rd trimester is ¿Qué hay en Missouri? (What’s in Missouri?).  Students will  name and describe the characteristics of a number of animals found in Missouri, use prepositions to describe the location of a person, place, or thing, give directions from one point to another, and identify various geometric shapes.

4th Grade: Our theme for 3rd trimester is Mis sentimientos y emociones (My Feelings and Emotions). Students will use emotions to describe their feelings, continue using verbs in the present tense, conjugate and correctly use estar (to be) in the present tense, identify the differences between ser and estar, name and correctly (use interrogative words.

5th Grade: Our theme for 3rd trimester is En la selva tropical (In the Rain Forest). Students will name a variety of rain forest animals, describe rain forest animals’ physical appearance, discuss what is happening right now and what is going to happen, identify and correctly use demonstrative adjectives, and conjugate and correctly uses stem-changing verbs in the present tense.

6th Grade: Students just began a new unit: Mi Rutina Diaria  (My Daily Routine). Students will describe their daily routines, talk about personal hygiene, continue utilizing the past tense,  express  likes and interests, use reflexive verbs in the present tense, and identify and use indefinite and negative words.

7th/8th (Leighninger): Students just began a new unit: Un viaje en avión (A Trip on an Airplane). Students will talk about people, places, and things related to air travel, use common expressions needed at an airport, discuss what will, would, should, or could happen in the future, express will or desire using the present subjunctive, and discuss what has happened using the present perfect.

los pronósticos del tiempo (Weather Forecasts)

During the 2nd Trimester, 1st Grade students have been exploring the theme: ¿Qué Tiempo Hace? (What is the Weather Like?)  They learned how to say the four seasons and a variety of different ways to describe the weather that may occur during each season.  To utilize these new skills, students were then divided into small groups and become meteorologists.  Each team chose a Spanish-speaking city or country and created their own 5 day forecast  for that location.  The weather got pretty wacky for some of these areas!  Check them out!

Viernes Culturales (Cultural Fridays)

On Fridays in Spanish class, students spend time exploring the countries and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. In lower school, students learn about a different country each trimester. During the 2nd trimester, third-fifth graders focused on the country of Argentina.  Students were given a basic introduction to the country and then were given various project options to complete as a way to explore and dive deeper into the country’s culture.  Projects included Google Slide presentations, musical performances of an authentic song or dance, cooking demonstrations of an authentic dish, travel videos, and travel brochures.  Check out some of the presentations below!

Yummy Alfajores!

Dance of Argentina

Mariposa Technicolor

Mi Tiempo Libre

In Second Grade Spanish, the theme for 2nd trimester is En Mi Tiempo Libre (In My Free Time). Students are now able to name a variety of athletic and free time activities, identify things needed to play or do these activities, and express which activities they like to play, do, or watch on the television.  Students used this information to write a paragraph about themselves and then presented it to their classmates.  They first wrote and read the paragraphs in Spanish and then translated their writing for our English-speaking audience.  Check them out below!  (We’ve had several absences and illnesses this week, so keep checking back if you don’t see your student’s presentation. We will get the rest of them posted next week.)

$2 Buy Out Day

$2 Uniform Buy Out Day: Thursday, February 6th

The Summit Upper School is headed to Spain! In June of 2019, The Summit will be taking a group of students (and parents) to España for an 11 day travel abroad experience! (There is still time to sign up! Final registration date is February 20th.)

The group is hosting an all school $2 Uniform Buy Out Day, as one of their fundraisers. This Buy Out Day, February 7th, is in honor of the seasonal Carnavales held in Spain. The Spanish Carnavales (carnivals) have a huge cultural significance to the country of Spanish and other Latin countries and take place between February and March annually.
All students, faculty, and staff may pay $2 (cash) and dress out of uniform tomorrow Thursday, February 7th. There is no theme to the dress out.
Questions about the Buy Out Day? Contact Amy Maas.
Questions about the travel abroad experience, and future experiences at The Summit? Contact Señora Leighninger.

Cielito Lindo

3rd graders are wrapping up their 2nd trimester unit: Vamos a comer (Let’s Eat).  Students can now name a variety of fruits, vegetables, everyday foods, items on a table, and utilize phrases necessary to dine at a Spanish-speaking restaurant. This week we were able to utilize these skills in a real word experience as we traveled to Cielito Lindo for lunch..  Students were responsible for ordering and making all requests in Spanish and they did an amazing job. They were even complimented by the managers and staff, who were extremely impressed with their Spanish.

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Un día de nieve

¡Feliz día de nieve! (Happy Snow Day!)  I hope you all are enjoying the snow and staying warm.  If you are looking for some indoor activities to do, here are some ideas:

-Visit the links page on the Spanish Blog where you will find all sorts of games and activities.

-Listen to the English and then Spanish versions of The Snowy Day or El  día de nieve by Ezra Jack Keats.

-Check your DVDs and see if any of your favorites have Spanish audio.

-Listen to some of your favorite Spanish songs from our YouTube playlist.

La Silla Caliente

La Silla Caliente or The Hot Seat is one of the many games we play in Spanish to get our brains thinking in Spanish.  La Silla Caliente encourages students to quickly ask or respond to questions. Through this game they talk about their names, where they are from, their age, what they like, their favorites, how they are feeling, and even capitals of Spanish-speaking countries. It’s a great way to practice basic conversation skills while having fun.  Check out the Kindergarten class in action!

Desfile de Moda 2019

5th grade students have been working diligently this trimester planning their very own Spanish fashion show.  Our young designers worked day and night to piece together the perfect ensemble for this special event. Our top models hit the runway today wearing some of the trendiest attire of 2019.  Our designers gave full descriptions (in Spanish of course) of these latest fashions. Check it out! Make sure to watch Part 1 AND Part 2.