Donna Sharper

Spanish

Read the latest news about the students’ work in Spanish class on the Toledo Campus for students in levels 5-8. Donna Sharper is in her fourth year at West Side Montessori.

Here are some photos from the fiestas we had with Yadira and Gilary who told us about Puerto Rico and provided typical dishes from the island.

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Yadira and her daughter Gilary describe pictures of Puerto Rico during a 6th level class.

 

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Ensalada de papas (potato salad) with diced apples for an extra taste of sweetness.

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Arroz con habichuelas (rice and beans)

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Arroz con gandules (rice and green peas) – the seasonings changed the color of the peas!

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La clase antes de llegar la gente (the room before students arrive)

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Yadira whips up homemade piña coladas while 5KB looks on with great anticipation. Check out those Spanish Marías on the table!

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Everyone say, “Arriba, abajo, a dentro, a centro!” — Cheers!!!

 

 

All Levels (5-8)

  • Writing:  Additional Journal Writing (sample questions):  “What are you going to do this weekend?” “What do you want to do this weekend?” “Why do you want to do it?” “What do you have to do this weekend?” “Describe yourself.”
  • Writing a thank you letter to your parent for Thanksgiving.
  • Interactive homework: read to a family member for a minimum of 10 minutes in Spanish every week.  (Parents had to sign off on reading logs that students had read.)
  • Self-Assessments: (Writing in English) Based on the goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the school year, how have you done in obtaining those goals? What do you need to do to reach the goals you haven’t met so far?
  • Linguistics: practicing the correct pronunciation of vowels and pronouns from Juan Pablo Rodriguez Prieto’s instructional videos on YouTube
  • Online resources: Senor Wooly.com educational music videos and stories and Duolingo for Spanish web-based games and instruction.
  • Culture:  Puerto Rican visitor Yadira and her daughter Gilary came to discuss their native land and provided a meal of rice and beans (arroz y habichuelas), rice and peas (arroz y gandules), potato salad (with apples) (ensalada de papas con manzanas) and homemade non-alcoholic piña coladas, typically sipped on while enjoying a day on the beach.  Students also provided goodies and beverages for the fiesta!

Middle School

  • Linguistics: Practicing the simple and multiple “r” using Juan Pablo Rodriguez Prieto’s videos on You Tube
  • Grammar: Rules of accentuation (when to use and not use accent marks)

8th Level

Así Se Dice, Level 2 Textbook

  • Ordering and paying for food at a restaurant
  • Identifying foods, eating utensils and dishes
  • Discussing restaurants in Spain and Latin America
  • Using stem-changing verbs in the present and preterite tenses
  • Using the passive voice with the “se”

7th Level

Así Se Dice, Level 1 Textbook

  • Talking about summer and winter weather and activities
  • Discussing summer and winter resorts in Spanish-speaking countries
  • Using the preterite tense of –ar verbs
  • Using the preterite tense of the verb ir and ser
  • Using direct object pronouns

6th Level

  • Así Se Dice, Level 1 Textbook: Identifying and describing people and things; telling where someone is from, conjugating the verb ser
  • Culture: The second civilization in Mexico – The Maya (250 BCE – 900 CE)
  • Linguistics: Practicing the simple and multiple “r” using Juan Pablo Rodriguez Prieto’s videos on You Tube

5th Level

  • Culture: Sports in Mexico taken from “La cultura en Mexico: las casas y deportes” by AIM (Accelerated Integrated Methodology) Language Learning.
  • Culture: The second civilization in Mexico – The Maya (250 BCE – 900 CE)
  • Vocabulary: review of various professions (doctor, nurse, teacher, etc.) Discussing their favorite professions.

 

 

Here are some highlights from the month of October:

All Levels (5-8)

  • Journal Writing (sample questions):  “What did you do this weekend?” “With whom did you do them?”  “Where did you go?”  “What did you eat and drink?”  “What was your favorite activity and why?” “What do you want to do this weekend and why?” “What do you have to do this weekend?” Describing yourself.
  • Resources for spelling and translating: dictionaries, SpanishDict.com and WordReference.com
  • Culture: traditional homes in Mexico taken from “La cultura en Mexico: las casas y deportes” by AIM (Accelerated Integrated Methodology) Language Learning
  • Linguistics: practicing the correct pronunciation of vowels and pronouns from Juan Pablo Rodriguez Prieto’s instructional videos on YouTube
  • Senor Wooly.com educational music videos and stories

Middle School

  • Culture:  the first colonizers and peoples in the 11th to 9th century BCE of the Iberian Peninsula:  the Phoenicians, Celts, Greeks, Iberians, “Tartessians” and Carthaginians
  • The four official languages of Spain: Galician, Basque, Castilian and Catalan
  • Reading “¿Qué Tal?” and “Ahora” monthly magazines in Spanish

8th Level

Así Se Dice, Level 2 Textbook

  • Learning vocabulary related to train travel and interesting train trips in Spain and Peru
  • Learning the preterite of irregular verbs, the verb decir and prepositional pronouns

7th Level

Así Se Dice, Level 1 Textbook

  • Describing people’s personality, conditions and emotions
  • Explaining minor illnesses, discussing a doctor’s appointment
  • Using the verbs ser and estar with lots of conjugation practice
  • Using indirect object pronouns

6th Level

  • Así Se Dice, Level 1 Textbook: Reviewing the basics: numbers, days of the week, months, seasons, weather, greetings, courtesy expressions, and asking and telling time
  • Culture: The first civilization in Mexico – The Olmecs (1200-400 BCE)
  • Reading “¿Qué Tal?” monthly magazine in Spanish

5th Level

  • Journal Writing (sample questions):  “What did you do this weekend?” “With whom did you do them?”  “Where did you go?”  “What did you eat and drink?”  “What was your favorite activity and why?” “What do you want to do this weekend and why?” “What do you have to do this weekend?”
  • Resources for spelling and translating: SpanishDict.com and WordReference.com
  • Culture: traditional homes and sports in Mexico taken from “La cultura en Mexico: las casas y deportes” by AIM (Accelerated Integrated Methodology) Language Learning
  • Culture: The first civilization in Mexico – The Olmecs (1200-400 BCE)
  • Senor Wooly.com educational music videos and stories
  • Reading “¿Qué Tal?” monthly magazine in Spanish

 

 

Guten tag!

Here are some links to the German language and cultural activities we did in Spanish class with our German high-school intern Marie.

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DOW MOY Intros

SO EIN SCHÖNER TAG Song bilingual

West Side was privileged to have a high-school intern during the first three weeks of school.  Her name was Marie and she came to our Spanish classes to teach students the German alphabet, numbers, colors, days of the week, months of the year, seasons, foods, common words and sentences, favorite pastimes, traditional songs like the national anthem and the world cup soccer championship song “Ein Hoch auf Uns”, the German school system K-12, important cities and industries, as well as variety of history makers, such as the current Chancellor Angela Merkel, Karl Benz and Johann Wolfgang Goethe.

Students learned that German and English are very different and similar at times both in spelling and pronunciation.  They also saw that German foods, hobbies, music and clothing had many similarities to that of the U.S.

Overall, we had a wonderful time with Marie and greatly appreciate the cross-cultural enrichment she brought to our classroom.

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