¡Una Celebración del Otoño!
Throughout October and November, we’ve continued to review and apply our calendario, or calendar, vocabulary and activities, along with learning new language around the theme of fall.
Here’s a closer look at what we’ve been up to in Spanish classes. Note that these topics have been covered at all grade levels, from K4-6, but with varying, age-appropriate content, including vocabulary, aspects of grammar in context, music, and multi-media components (videos, images, PowerPoint presentations, etc.).
Las estaciones: The seasons
Books: Un recorrido por las estaciones
Art: Students drew pictures of their favorite seasons depicting what they most enjoyed about their picks.
El otoño – Fall
Books: El otoño
Multimedia: Las estaciones
Art: We drew pictures of fall, which are posted on the Spanish ‘word’ wall on the first floor of St. Peter’s. We also handled real fallen leaves, nuts, pinecones, and other fruits of the season, including pumpkins, and described their characteristics: color, texture, shape, etc.
Calabazas – ¿Cómo está la calabaza? – How is the pumpkin?
We reviewed feelings and learned new responses to the question ¿Cómo estás?, how are you? by looking at images of carved pumpkins showing a variety of feelings and reactions.
K4, K5, and Grade 1 drew faces showing different feelings onto pumpkin handouts. They also made pumpkin finger puppets to use with the “5 Little Pumpkins” songs. Since many of the lower grades had been learning this chant/song in Music class, we took the opportunity to listen to and practice saying the Spanish version shown below.
Books: Cinco pequeñas calabazas
Additionally, we learned a new, related song: Cinco Calabazas; you van view the video and read the lyrics below.
Multimedia: Cinco Calabazas
Cinco Calabazas (song from video) lyrics:
Día de los muertos y Noche de Brujas (Halloween)
- Dia de Los Muertos: A Brief Overview (Hispanic Cultural Center)
- Dia de los Muertos: Young People’s Ofrenda (Minneapolis Institute of the Arts)
Spotlight: 5th Grade
We were so fortunate to have the opportunity to do a special unit on Día de los Muertos in 5th grade, thanks to Janet Celis and her parents, who shared this beautiful Mexican tradition with our class by bringing in traditional sweet ‘pan de muertos’ bread along with delicious bocadillos and dessert. ¡Que rico! We also created our own ofrendas, remembrances of loved ones who have passed away, to celebrate Día de los Muertos/All Souls Day. We compared and contrasted the holidays of Halloween and Día de los Muertos using a Venn diagram, learned vocabulary for both, and discussed the connection of this important and rich cultural festival with our Catholic faith.
This picture shows the papel picado (typical decorative crepe paper used to adorn ofrendas) and artwork created by the students celebrating the lives of loved ones.
El tiempo – ¿Qué tiempo hace? – How’s the weather?
Books: Oso bajo el sol
With the older grades we looked up the real-time weather, including temperatures and forecast, of different parts of the world in order to answer the question “¿Qué tiempo hace en ________________?”
Art: Students colored cards showing different types of weather.
La familia – The family
Books: La familia ocupada de oso; Mi familia
Multimedia: La familia
Art: K4 and K5 created paper dolls showing the members of their family. The upper grades answered questions about how many, cuántas, personas there are in their families, as well as how many brothers, sisters, etc. they have, and whether their families are grande or pequeño. With the holidays coming up, we’ll have more opportunities to review and use words and expressions with ‘la familia’ as we talk about with whom we will celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Thanks for all you do – it is a such a delight to share Spanish with the children of St. Peter’s!