SPANISHWelcome to an exciting new world!
We are going to explore the customs of other cultures while at the same time learning Spanish! Topics covered include greeting people, numbers, colors, animals, weather, the body, food, and school items. We will also explore traditions and the culture of peoples from Spain and Latin America.3rd Grade Spanish
Through songs, games, repetition, reading, writing, listening, speaking and movement, 3rd graders expand on what they learned in first and second grade as they are exposed to new Spanish words for animals, the zoo, pets, colors, numbers, feelings, holidays, El dia de los muertos, las posadas, and names. After a review and learning new vocabulary, students create puppets, write a puppet show in Spanish and then put the show on for their classmates. They use digital recorders to help themselves edit pronunciation and practice for their performance.Throughout the year, students create a journal of new vocabulary words which they will add to in 4th and 5th grades. This journal, or cuaderno, becomes a resource to which they can turn when working on projects.During the holiday season, students learn to play a traditional Mexican game, Pirinola, in which they are only allowed to speak Spanish. The students have a wonderful time rooting for themselves and teammates as they try to win the most chips.Spring topics include the weather, doing math in Spanish, and reading a Spanish essay about Costa Rica. Through this essay, the students learn about the country's flag, geography and a little history. Finally, 3rd graders will write and perform a puppet show using the Spanish that they have learned! To add to the fun, their puppets are handmade.One of the students' favorite activities is learning videos created by Jim Wooly on senorwooly.com. Every student can access the website from home.4th Grade SpanishStudents begin the school year using the Spanish they learned in 3rd grade to create a poster about themselves. The project culminates in presenting themselves to the class in Spanish! They then jump into Las Excusas, a crazy video with activities by Señor Wooly at senorwooly.com, which allows them to read, listen and respond to Spanish prompts.Later in the year we will focus on the Spanish alphabet, numbers and the body. During the holiday season, the students play a traditional Mexican game, Pirinola, in which they are only allowed to speak Spanish. The students have a wonderful time rooting for themselves and teammates as they try to win the most chips. They will also read an essay in Spanish about a country from Latin America.5th Grade SpanishFifth grade Spanish builds on everything learned in earlier years. Students expand on their speaking, reading, listening and writing skills in Spanish.The year begins with students doing a project for El día de los muertos. Students create a skeleton for the holiday. They then present their skeleton in Spanish to their classmates.We will continue our study of Latin American countries, and the students will be using Spanish. Students will use a variety of forms of technology to enhance their learning experiences.Señor Wooly's website will again offer new material for the students as they are introduced to Billy, la bufanda, (Billy, the scarf) and some of his friends. The students will also play 99, which is a math game using cards. It is a lot of fun, as the students use Spanish to interact and share their feelings, ask questions and try to beat their opponents.During the late spring, 5th graders will work with a partner to create a puppet show using the Spanish they have learned throughout the years.