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Can you help us film our project?

5th grade has been working in groups to plan presentations or videos about our school to share with our pen pals in Spain. They have written scripts and plans, and will be going to various classes and parts of the school to film and/or photograph for their project. I am looking for parent volunteers who would be able to help supervise small groups while they film. This would be on Mondays or Thursdays from 10am-noon. If you have any availability this coming week or in the following weeks, let me know!
¿Cómo es mi escuela?
 
5th grade is describing their school for their pen pals in Spain. Students can use this set on Quizlet to practice vocabulary they need to describe the school. Their pen pals also have this set so that they can practice the English words (and maybe even compete on some games like gravity!)

Español 5º: Trimestre 2

It's hard to believe it's the end of the trimester already!
 
Things we worked on this trimester:
Students used this rubric and checklist to grade themselves before I used it to grade them for this trimester's report cards. 
 
If you have not seen student's progress via SeeSaw, check it out! You can see what we have shared with our class and with our Pen Pals in Spain.
 
 
SeeSaw parent links:

Pen Pal Permission Form - 5th - SeeSaw

In 5th grade we are starting a pen pal project with a school in Camarillas, Spain. We are excited to communicate in Spanish and share details about what our respective schools are like. This is a chance for all our students to learn about some very different environments, and to put our language skills to use!

You can learn more about the school we are communicating with and see some of their projects on their blog:

http://crapabloantoniocrespoblog.blogspot.com.es/
 
I sent home permission forms today. (A copy is attached here!) Please see the permission form for more details. Parents should sign it and return it this week so that students may participate in this project.
¡Feliz Año Nuevo!
 
This year on New Year's Day, a friend asked me 3 questions that she uses for reflection on her birthday.
  1. What are you proud of in the past year?
  2. What do you want to leave behind you?
  3. What do you want to do in the coming year?
I liked these as an end-of-the-year reflection, and I brought these to our Spanish classes this first week back. We made trophies for ourselves for things we were proud of from last year, wrote down things we want to leave behind in 2016, and wrote down hopes for 2017.
 
We put a lot of things into our ¡Fuera, 2016! boxes, and ripped them up (which always feels good.)
 
Negatividad
Odio
Racismo
Amigos Falsos
Tristeza
Miedo
 
You can check out some of our trophies and resolutions in the upstairs hallway near middle school, and add some of your own. 

It was a good way to start the new year. I'm so grateful to be part of the UDA family for another year.
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!)
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:

Tarea de noviembre: 5th grade Spanish homework

After 2 months of having homework options for Spanish, we are getting a little more high tech! Students can keep track of the practice activities they do at home on paper, or in a Google Doc via Google Classroom! We have been using Google Docs and Google Classroom a bit in the classroom, both as useful tools for sharing information and to help get kids ready for middle school where they will be using even more technology tools.
 
Here is a copy of our homework options and report, or students can go to Google Classroom and log in with their UDA email. (Middle school siblings might be able to help, since by now they are pros at Google Classroom!)
 
As always, I am available for help!

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!

Tarea (Spanish Homework)

I've introduced our monthly homework in all our classes by now! Homework in my class is designed to practice beyond the classroom. Becoming proficient in a language requires daily practice. We have 2 hours of class time a week, which is great for an introduction and for structured practice (and hopefully some cool projects) but is just not enough for fluency. Students should complete at least one practice activity each week outside of the classroom and keep track of evidence in a report. At the end of the month they'll turn in the report of what they've done. Each month we’ll have a detailed list of activities to choose from, along with descriptions of the evidence needed for each. (See the options for each class below!)
 

We’ll start the year by exploring some of these activities during class time, so that each student can find activities that fits with their individual interests and learning style. 

Here are what homework looks like in each grade:

  • 5th grade: Homework options and report
    • Since this is the first time students have had monthly Spanish homework, we will be exploring lots of these options in the classroom for this first month. We've been talking about what kind of learners we are, and how to find practice that is just right for us!
  • 6th grade: Tarea de septiembre
    • Students who had me for Spanish last year will already be somewhat familiar with our homework. In 6th grade the options gradually become more advanced, and we increase our use of technology. The first month, they will choose from the options and report what they did on paper. After we go over technology norms and have access to technology (hopefully by mid September) they will be logging their activities and evidence online through Google Classroom.
  • 7th & 8th grade: Homework options (Report on Google Classroom)
    • 7th & 8th grade students are already familiar with our homework format and with the reports on Google Classroom. The activities are organized a little differently and I've adjusted some options, but the format is the same. Their Tarea de septiembre is already posted, along with their individual report.
Homework is always due at the end of the month. Middle school students have weekly reminders and all deadlines posted on their homework calendars.