We’ve had a wonderful spring in Spanish class, taking advantage of the seasonal change and holidays to learn new ways to use the Spanish language and explore this rich and varied culture.
Spanish Class Photo Album – Memories and Fun!
I’ve created an album showing highlights of our Spanish activities over the last year here: St. Peter’s Spanish Class Photo Album: 2014-2015
Please feel free to take a look at the pictures, which include students from all the grades, along with brief descriptions of activities depicted in the shots. It’s been a joy to share Spanish with the children of Saint Peter’s Catholic School this year! Below are some highlights from the last couple of months.
¡Me gusta la primavera!/I like spring!
Students in all grades enjoyed creating artwork depicting spring flowers. We talked about what flowers need to grow (light, air, water) and integrated content and language we have learned about the calendario (los meses), las estaciones (the seasons), and el tiempo (the weather).
Celebramos el día de San Patricio – St. Patrick’s Day
For Saint Patrick’s Day, we watched videos of authentic news coverage of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades from Spanish-language news channels around the world. We learned vocabulary for St.Paddy’s Day words and had a parade of our own around the library holding items that are green, verde, of course! Students caught being good during class got to wear the lucky glasses, “gafas de suerte!”
Pascua – Easter
We celebrated Easter by watching a Spanish language video of the Easter story for children. Students decorated butterflies with stickers and phrases such as “Feliz Pascua”.
¿Dónde viven los animales?/Where do animals live? Students picked animals from a bag and decided whether they lived on the farm, in the zoo, or in the museum. We sang songs and read books with animal sounds, practicing asking and answering the question ¿Qué dicen los animales?/What do animals say? See Mi Tío Tiene una Granja video and song.
K4 and K5 had a great time learning how to talk about medios de transporte (transportation) in Spanish. Students participated in an interactive PowerPoint Presentation, watched videos of transportation in Spanish, and handled manipulatives: toy cars, trucks, and other vehicles from my kids’ personal collection.
What shape is it? Students explored shapes in nature, everyday life, and in art. This theme overlapped a unit on shapes and multi-dimensional figures for 2nd and 3rd grade.
¡Vamos al museo!/Let’s go to the museum!
Students in grades 2-6 were exposed to famous artwork by Spanish and Latin-American artists including Diego Rivera (Mexico), Frida Kahlo (Mexico), Fernando Botero (Colombia), Velazquez (Spain), el Greco (Spain), Miró (Spain), Picasso (Spain), and Dalí (Spain). We read children’s biographies and watched videos and slide shows depicting their art and life.
Students also created artwork in the style of these artists. It was a great opportunity to review colors and other vocabulary.
Discovering the Spanish-speaking world – 5th and 6th Travel Brochures and Commercials
5th and 6th grade students embarked on an independent learning and research project spanning several weeks in which they selected Spanish-speaking countries and researched them in pairs in the computer lab and on iPads. They filled out worksheets answering questions about the geography, history, culture, climate, and food of each country. Students then created tri-fold travel brochures with this information, and finally wrote scripts and acted out travel commercials advertising their country as a wonderful place to visit. Stay tuned for videos and photos of this work before the end of the school year.