In Mrs Ross’ beginning Spanish class this is what is going on:
6th GRADE: students have just finished a unit on the numbers up to 100 with some fun games like Battle ship and Bingo and are now progressing on to the calendar. We are tying the numbers into the calendar with having the students be able to write the date in Spanish. Students are able to answer the questions: ¿Qué día es hoy? and ¿Cuándo es tu cumpleaños? They have been walking around the classroom asking each other these questions and filling out a classroom survey, the brave ones are able to sing our “días de la semana” song – maybe your student will sing it for you!
7th GRADE: students are progressing well in our book and are moving into the vocabulary of clothing. They are designing an outfit and will be writing a 2 paragraph essay in Spanish, the first paragraph will be about a friend using descriptive adjectives and paragraph two will be about the clothes they are wearing using vocabulary from the chapter. Students have been working hard at conjugating AR verbs and after vacation they will begin to conjugate ER and IR verbs in the present tense.
8th GRADE: it is hard to believe that guidance counselors from the high schools have already come and gone and have scheduled these students for Spanish II for high school. I am super proud for how hard these students have worked since 6th grade. These students have just started conjugating ER and IR verbs in the preterite (past) tense. We have been studying vocabulary for “past times” and “going out with friends” and soon will study reflexive verbs. Our end of the year goal of reading a 10 chapter book totally in Spanish is attainable with this group and one I look forward to accomplishing.
In the classes of Ms. Nunez, the following is happening:
Students have been working on identifying the days of the week, months of the year, seasons, and writing the date. As a final project the students will create a weather wheel.
Students are completing a unit about the family. In this unit, students are learning about descriptive and possessive adjectives, conjugation of er and ir verbs in the present tense, and the conjugation of the verbs venir and tenir. This week they completed a project describing three members of their family using the grammar and vocabulary learned in the chapter.
Students just created a poster establishing the difference between saber and conocer. In this unit students are learning to conjugate verbs in the past tense, to identify and use indirect objects, demonstrative adjectives, and pronouns. At the end of the unit the students will be creating a timeline of their life where they will write sentences using the past tense.
This is what is happening in Ms. Andreasen’s French classes:
In the area of culture students learned about the art of the impressionists and post impressionists, and read about the life of Henri Matisse. Currently they are in the process of completing an art collage based on Matisse’s work.
They have also been practicing the days of the week and the months of the year. They are able to say the date in French and to state their name, where they are from, how old they are, and the date of their birthday. Currently they are practicing weather expressions, and soon they will be learning how to describe themselves and others and to talk about likes and dislikes.
7th grade students have been practicing vocabulary related to the French family and they have been writing paragraphs based on family pictures shown on the smart board. Soon they will complete a family photo album project in which they will write about their own family and friends. They learned how to conjugate the verb avoir (to have) and they practiced several expressions that use avoir such as to be hungry, to be thirsty, to be hot, and to be cold. They also learned to identify French professions and right before the break they participated in a “crystal ball” activity where they chose a card that revealed their future profession. Later they traded cards with other students to show more accurately what they aspire to later in life.
Students have practiced using all verbs in the past tense (passé compose). They are currently writing their own stories in the past. They are also practicing conjugating reflexive verbs and using them in sentences. They will complete a project talking about their daily routine. After they finish reflexive verbs in the present and the past the students will practice identifying when to use connaître and savoir (to know). Students will also learn how to use direct and indirect object pronouns.