¡Nuestras mariposas ya están en México!
5th graders have been talking about their interests in Spanish, using a variety of activity verbs. Students did a Vocabulario Creativo
activity in class where they illustrated and shared some of their vocabulary via SeeSaw (check out this sample
, and D.F.'s example above!)
Here are some resources to practice these words:
- Practice with a variety of resources via Quizlet (You can hear the words, play matching games, practice spelling them, quiz yourself, and print out flash cards.)
- Play this Jeopardy-style quiz show with some friends (This is the one we played in class!)
It's exhibition week!
I love seeing all the amazing student work and presentations around the building. Check out some of our Spanish work:
Thanks to my husband for spending two hours helping me hang up zines, and to all my wonderful students for sharing their beautiful work.
Lectura Independiente en español: Independent Reading in Spanish
One of the challenges of working with a very diverse range of language levels is finding materials that are appropriate for each and every student - from new Spanish learners to native speakers. Over the years I have been trying to collect a variety of Spanish books to meet all my learners' needs, and figure out the logistics of using that book collection without a classroom.
This year there have been some exciting developments. We got a very nice rolling bookshelf, copies of all middle school class novels in Spanish, and 3 iPad minis thanks to a DonorsChoose
project. In class we have been learning how to find books that are just right for our levels (using the "five finger rule") and doing some independent reading in class. Students are also able to check out Spanish books to read as homework. Check out some of the books from my collection here: https://profesara.libib.com/
(This is not yet a complete list. I am still working on scanning and labeling books, and am looking for parent and student volunteers who might like to help!)
Other reading resources:
- For everyone:
- The San Diego Public Library has an excellent collection of books in Spanish for kids, teens, and adults.
- Looking for more book ideas? Here is my ever-growing wishlist of books in Spanish (that I've resisted buying so far!)
- For novice learners:
- For beginning readers, build vocabulary (and fight world hunger): Free Rice
- For young readers:
- For teen readers:
- Read about current events and a wide variety of topics and answer comprehension questions with Newsela (You can adjust the reading level on each article.)
- Read online magazines in Spanish:
Last week we spent time learning about the celebration of El Día de los Muertos.
8th grade took a field trip to the nearby Sherman Heights Community Center to explore community altars set up there. It was a great field trip and I would love to set up a display there next year!
After we learned about traditional items used for ofrendas, we set up our own in the empty middle school lockers. We will leave these up through exhibition week until Thanksgiving break, so please stop by and check them out!
Recursos: Día de los Muertos
¡Hemos terminado y enviado nuestras mariposas!
Our symbolic class and individual butterflies are headed South to Mexico, along with the real monarchs who are migrating from across North America. You can find out more about the migration and report monarch sightings on Journey North's website
Before sending our butterflies, we shared photos and descriptions in Spanish on SeeSaw. Today I sent home family login information for SeeSaw
, which is an app and website that we are using to share our learning. Each family has a unique access code for their student, so that they can only see their student's work. If you did not get a copy of this or if you have any questions, let me know!