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¡Bienvenidos!

¡Hola a todos! Me llamo Señora Kennedy.
 
I'm so excited to spend another year with all of you. This is my fourth year at UDA and my tenth year teaching! 
 
A little bit about me:
 
I grew up in a small town in Michigan, in a very big family. I am not a native Spanish speaker - I started learning Spanish in high school and enjoyed it so much that I decided that I wanted to help others learn it, too. My favorite part of knowing more than one language is that it has connected me to people and places in the world that I never would have imagined otherwise. Currently I am trying to learn Arabic as my third language. We'll see what comes next!
 
I have been teaching since 2008. I taught K-8 Spanish in Detroit, and a few years ago I also got a Fulbright grant for one year in Spain. That means I got to live in Spain for a year, teaching English, speaking lots of Spanish, and getting an in-depth look at the Spanish language and culture. (I also got to spend a summer walking across Spain on the Camino de Santiago - about 300 miles.) More recently, I made another big trip: I moved across the country to San Diego to teach Spanish here at UDA!
 
Learning about new languages and cultures is very important to me. I believe that making connections and forming positive relationships with people - especially people different from ourselves - is a way to change the violence, misunderstandings, and injustice that we often encounter in our country and our world. Here in San Diego, almost a quarter of the population speaks Spanish, which makes the Spanish language a crucial way to participate in our local community.
  
I live with my husband and mi gato. I also volunteer with Youth for Understanding (mentoring exchange students from around the world.) In my free time, I spend time on grading your creative projects, activism, writing, photography, dancing, sleeping, spending time outside, drinking coffee, and telling cheesy jokes.
 
I'm on twitter @kennedyspanish (where I try to share photos of the stuff we are doing in class!) and I have lots of resources on my weebly website: kennedyspanish.weebly.com. You can reach me at skennedy@urbansd.com or with the contact link on this page!
 
Need some individual help? Come see me:
  • Tuesday & Friday during 6th/7th grade lunch (11:50-12:35)
  • Tuesdays after school (3:30-4:30pm)
  • Before school by appointment!
 
 

Recent Posts

We are wrapping up our Yo Soy poems! Today we had a chance to peer review them together in class. We spent time talking about peer feedback and how to give kind, specific, and helpful feedback - something that we'll be doing even more in middle school next year, as peer review and group work are a big part of Project Based Learning! Strategies discussed includes compliment sandwiches and channeling your inner flight attendant when giving suggestions.
 
Next class we'll be making our final version of the poem to publish. Students will have the option of doing this on paper or on the computer, so if they have any photos they'd like to include they can bring them in or save them in their Google Drive
 
Here's some other resources from class:
Can't wait to show off our hard work!
4th Grade Project: ¡Crear un monstruo!
 
After lots of games and communicative practice describing monsters (to practice descriptions, body parts, colors, and more) 4th graders will be creating, describing, and sharing their own monsters.
 
We planned monsters in class  (including a rough draft of a description and a sketch of what they look like.) Students have the option to either draw their final version of their monster or to bring in a monster they have created at home! (Some ideas might be to create it out of recycled materials, clay, scraps of fabric, etc.)
 
If students do want to do this at home, they should bring in their monsters by Tuesday, May 24th. (Please limit your monster sizes to be small enough to fit into your backpack!) We will write, peer edit, and share the descriptions in class.
 
(If students do not create monsters at home, that is completely fine! They will be able to draw them in class instead.)
 

Tarea de mayo

Here's a coy of our Tarea de mayo homework options for 5th grade! I gave out April's homework in class last month and posted a copy in Google Classroom, but fewer students turned it in and I realized that I should also post a copy here. Students will also be given a paper copy in class tomorrow. It is due on our last class of May.
 
Notice that there is an option to choose practice activities from the list, or write down something else you did to practice. If you think you need more practice with the adjectives we have been working on recently, check out these resources and write down what you use to practice.
 
As always, please contact me with questions and let me know if you have any other fun practice ideas!
 
 
 
If you are a middle school student looking for your homework, it is posted on Google Classroom as usual.

In 5th grade we are starting a project that will last several weeks. We have been practicing describing adjectives in Spanish, and will be writing and publishing poems about ourselves in Spanish. 
 
I have designed this project to be completed in class, as long as students are using their time productively. Here are some resources for this project:
I will add more resources as necessary and update the site with final due dates! As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Ramón Preocupón

In 3rd grade we read a book called Ramón Preocupón about a very worried boy and how his family made him feel better.
 
We followed up by making some worry dolls and hiding them in the classroom... we'll see what happens next! 
Quizizz is a site for fun review games (like Kahoot, but you can play on your own instead of just with the whole class!)
 
I've created a Quizizz to practice clothing, colors, and noun/adjective agreement. (For example, la camisa roja and los pantalones rojos.) This is a new skill we are learning in 3rd, and one that we are reviewing in 4th & 5th!
 
Go to join.quizizz.com and use game code 10235 to play!
 
(We have also been using dice to create some pretty crazy people!)
7th grade has a student exhibition coming up! Students have been working on cross-curricular advertising projects in English, History, Spanish, & Math classes. Come join us as they show off their hard work!
Proyecto: Mi Lotería Personal
 
In 6th grade we just started a project that combines the traditional Mexican Lotería game with the language skills we have been learning in class! After playing the game in class, students have been looking at a collection of creative Lotería decks (both historical and contemporary) to learn and review words in Spanish, and to learn about the rules for the gender of nouns in Spanish in a hands-on way. After seeing these creative examples, students will create their own version that shares information about themselves, using the Spanish skills we have been learning so far this year. For most students, this will include descriptions of themselves and their likes and dislikes. For native speakers, we will include accents and stressed syllables, which they have been practicing recently.
 
It's been a lot of fun so far to play Lotería in class and to see all the creative versions, from the traditional Don Clemente versions you can buy in most Mexican grocery stores to the more recent Space Lotería by Chepo Peña. I can't wait to see what our creative students come up with themselves!
 
Check out the project overview here with more information, links, and resources: tiny.cc/proyecto-loteria-6. We will be beginning a rough draft to turn in before Spring Break. All project due dates will be posted on our homework calendar
 
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En la clase de español, acabamos de empezar un proyecto con la Lotería Mexicana. Después de jugar la Lotería en la clase, los estudiantes han usado una variedad de Loterías históricas y modernas para repasar y aprender palabras en español y explorar las reglas para el género de los sustantivos en español por una manera interactiva. Después de examinar estos ejemplos de loterías creativas, cada estudiante creará su propia versión que comunica información personal, usando las palabras y la gramática que estamos practicando en la clase. (Para todos los alumnos, nos enfocamos en describir actividades y gustos. Para los hablantes nativos del español, nos enfocamos en las sílabas tónicas y la acentuación.)
 
Nos hemos divertido con el juego de Lotería en la clase y la exploración de Loterías creativas (de las versiones tradicionales de Don Clemente hasta la nueva Space Lotería de Chepo Peña.) ¡Espero con anticipación ver las Loterías creativas de nuestros estudiantes!
 
Aquí hay el enlace para una descripción y todos los recursos que corresponden al proyecto: tiny.cc/proyecto-loteria-6. Vamos a empezar una copia borrador para entregar antes que las vacaciones de Primavera. Como siempre, las fechas de entrega están en nuestro calendario de tarea.

Proyecto: Caprichos Modernos

Queridas familias,
 
Me alegre compartir nuestro proyecto nuevo que vamos a empezar esta semana. Es un proyecto que conecta el español, el inglés, la historia y el arte. Al final vamos a presentar los productos finales en una exposición al final de marzo (antes de nuestras vacaciones de Primavera.) 
 
Más detalles:
Es posible que nuestros estudiantes no pueden imaginar que hacen sus maestros durante de los miércoles, después de los estudiantes salen al mediodía. Tenemos varias actividades del aprendizaje profesional, y en las ultimas meses hemos pasado muchas horas planeando proyectos juntos. Ahora me emociona la oportunidad de compartir estos proyectos con ustedes, y a ver lo que producen nuestros estudiantes creativos. 
 
Como vamos a explorar varios mensajes en español (de anuncios comerciales hasta arte callejero) siempre busco más ejemplos y recomendaciones de anuncios, artistas, o grupos favoritos que comparten sus mensajes en español.... especialmente aquí en San Diego.
 
Como siempre, estoy disponible para cualquier pregunta o comentario.
 
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Dear families,
 
I'm excited to start our 7th grade cross-curricular project this week. It is a project that will connect Spanish, English, History, Math and Art, and will culminate in a exposition at the end of March (before Spring break.) Check out the details below!
You might wonder what teachers do on our Wednesday half days each week. We have all kinds of professional learning on Wednesdays, but recently we've been doing some intense project planning. I'm so excited to share the results with our students and families, and to see what our creative students come up with!
 
Since we will be exploring a variety of messages in Spanish (from commercials and marketing campaigns to street art) I am always looking for more recommendations of favorite Spanish commercials or artists who communicate in Spanish, especially locally in San Diego. Please feel free to share!
 
As always, I am available for any questions or concerns!

Our butterflies we made at the beginning of the year have arrived safely in Mexico! This week we will be learning about the schools where they ended up, and perhaps even catching a glimpse of our butterflies in the hands of the Mexican students. 
 
We are also learning about what a typical day might be like in that region of Mexico, with this slideshow and a printed e-book. This is a chance to practice our reading skills in Spanish, and to compare our daily lives at UDA to the lives of the school children we've connected with through the Journey North project.
¡Cartas de Sevilla!
 
It was an exciting week in 7th & 8th grade, as we finally got a response from our pen pals in Spain! Students are working on responses now, so we can send off the next batch of letters next week.

Acitrón de un fandango

Here's a circle game we tried in 5th grade last week! It's a bit challenging, especially for people like me who are more "word smart" than "body smart." (Don't know what kind of "Smart" you are? Here's the quiz we took a few weeks ago.)
 
See videos of this game in action and learn more about the history and meaning of this rhyme at Mama Lisa's site (which also has a lot of other rhymes, songs, and games from around the world.)