This week only "A" classes met. Students worked with extension activities to help with verb conjugations as well as how to write more lengthy sentences in Spanish. Students also continued to learn about their classmates through the Students of the Day presentations. Students also sang and practiced their conversation for next week's test on Monday. Students in the Tuesday class should expect to take in on Tuesday. Students will need to be able to retell the Gato bilingúe story from the collage of pictures found here:
This week in class we began our student of the presentation/interviews. Each day 2 students will be interviewed so we can learn about our classmates while practicing the Spanish topics included. Students are also working on a conversation that will be assessed on Monday or Tuesday, October 20 or 21st. We are also working on the Gato bilingüe story. Students should be using the Quizlet or Memrise practice activities to learn the vocabulary, as well as the Textivate and other games on the website. The Gato bilingüe unit will be assessed on October 20 or 21st as well. We continue to learn new songs to help remember the language as well. Students can access Google Classroom to find details about homework and tests as well as links. This is a change from the syllabus that indicated we would use Otus as a classroom space online. Please encourage your child to practice their vocabulary regularly to encourage long term retention of the words. Please contact me with any questions.
Students should have completed their writing assessment this week retelling the story of the goldfish and the gray cat. Grades will be available for all classes by Monday. Students have been working on how to ask and respond to how someone is doing this week. They also sang more songs to continue to develop various new vocabulary. Students learned the Los pollitos dicen song this week in story form as well. This is a children's song in Spanish-speaking countries. Today (or Monday) students will be working on a presentation about themselves in Google Presentation. It will be due Thursday or Friday of next week. They have the Estudiante del día page on the website here to guide them through it. The presentations will be used in class, as we talk about the topics included, but in reference to students in the class to learn more about one another. Each day there will be a different student interviewed. Students will be assessed on the information, but will be able to use their notes when completing the assessment.
Next week we will also be working on vocabulary for things students like and dislike doing and we will begin a new story later in the week- el gato bilingüe. We will also continue to begin class with children's stories, sing songs, work on speaking an begin the student of the day presentations.
Students this week continue to build their listening and reading comprehension skills. We read Buenas noches, gorila again and began work with the unit called El pea dorado y el gate negro. Students were assigned a sheet to complete with the reading and some comprehension questions. Students also worked with introducing themselves and have been learning new songs. The assessment will be Tuesday or Wednesday next week. Students will need to be able to have either part of the conversation below so it sounds natural. They also have a packet of dialogues where this dialogue is located. Students were also introduced to and had time to practice with www.duolingo.com today. Duolingo has an app for Apple and Android devices or can be accessed on the web. It is free. Students will be using Duolingo as part of the curriculum to allow them to progress at their own pace on their own schedule. Duolingo introduces vocabulary and grammar in a context and provides explanations, as well as a chance for students to compete with a Duolingo bot as well as friends (or even family!) through Game Center. Students will have time once a week to use Duolingo in class and will be assigned it as homework once a week on average for 15 minutes. The next assessment after the speaking test will likely be the following week. Students will need to write their own version of the story of el pez dorado y el gato gris using visual prompts. They will have an opportunity to practice in class next week.
We are off to a great start this week in Spanish 1A. Students have been learning how to introduce themselves,
learning songs, building listening comprehension through a children's story, and working on new vocabulary through various modes, including online practice. Students have begun to show comprehension in Spanish by responding to questions in Spanish in class during instruction and from this week's story. Students may have made a Quizlet account at www.quizlet.com, one of the various options they will have for practicing vocabulary in class. Students will use Quizlet regularly to help practice vocabulary interactively. Quizlet is a website, but also has free apps available. Students should expect homework nightly. Instruction in class will primarily occur in Spanish, with English used to clarify as needed. Students have been adjusting to this well this week. The amount of Spanish used will increase as the month goes on. Please see the class syllabus here.
Students will be working on introductions still this next week, hearing a new story, learning more songs, and more. Homework for Monday/Tuesday is to practice the vocabulary for the new lesson using the Quizlet and Textivate links. Each lesson will typically have a Google Presentation that you and students may access on the class website.
If you should notice that your child is getting frustrated, please have him/her (or you) talk to me as soon as possible so we can work together to help them. The earlier, the better!