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¡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!


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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.

Proyecto: ¡Zines!
Our first middle school project will be to make zines. Our zines will answer the question: ¿Por qué aprender idiomas? (Why learn languages?) We will publish and share our zines at the San Diego Zine Festival on October 1st.
To start, this week 7th & 8th grade students will be interviewing friends, family, or community members about their experiences with languages.
See more details below!
What is a zine, anyway?
What will ZineFest be like?


Welcome to the new school year!
Some changes this year:
  • I am teaching 5th through 8th grade Spanish. Sra. Gabriela has returned and is teaching K-4th grade. With the addition another 8th grade, we are now at full capacity! In addition to having the time I need to collaborate on projects for all my classes, I am also helping with our EL students.
  • We've increased the amount of Spanish, especially in younger grades. Now 5th-8th grade gets two hours per week. The younger grades get more Spanish per week, which will really help with fluency!
Since I changed grade levels a bit, this year I know all of my students already - with the exception of a few new faces! I'm so excited to work with all of you again.
This page is a space to get updates and resources, especially for parents. You can subscribe to individual classes, to my page, and to any staff page so that you are emailed updates when they are posted. In middle school (and later on in 5th grade) we use Google Classroom for many assignments and reminders. We also have homework calendars for each middle school grade to help them keep track of assignments from all their different classes.
For more details about grading, homework, and helpful resources, please click on your syllabus below:

Journey North Spring Update:
After spending the winter in Mexico, our symbolic monarchs flew back North - along with the real monarch butterflies.
We got class butterflies for each class and one symbolic small butterfly from each student! Students got these to take home. (If you were absent and didn't get yours yet, please see me! I have some extras.) The students who took care of them over the winter in Mexico wrote about how they are caring for the monarch butterflies, and we brainstormed ways that we can also care for both the butterflies and their habitats.
Click here to see where our butterflies landed! (Some people even have messages written to them from the students who got their butterflies - see if you can find your name!)
Click here to add your butterfly to the map to show students where their butterflies landed. (I added all our class butterflies, but you can add your own individual butterfly to show individual students where theirs ended up.)
I loved doing this project with our 3rd through 5th graders and am excited to participate in the future!
Have you seen the examples of 6th grade's Lotería projects hanging up in the downstairs hallway near the Hive? Check them out!
After doing this project with 6th grade, it worked so well that I modified it to do with 7th grade. Hopefully this will be a great way to review some of the language skills we have been working on, and finish up the year with something creative.
We will be peer editing rough drafts in class this week, and turning in the final product next week. Check out our homework calendars, Google Classroom, or our project packet for specific due dates for each class.
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.)
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.

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.

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
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.