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Thursday, 28 April 2016 00:00

April Blog

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Kindergarten is currently working on Months vocabulary for Spanish. First grade is also doing months, but they are doing more advanced work with the vocabulary. Second grade has begun a unit about clothing items and they are doing lots of visual activities with their new words. Third and Fourth grades have finished their math unit and are beginning to work on clothing words. Fifth grade recently turned in an end of unit project about telling time. That project will take the place of a test score for the unit. Their next focus will be items in their room. Sixth grade has also started work on vocabulary for items in their room. Seventh grade is finally getting ready to test over the 3 verbs and pronouns they have been studying for quite some time. They have also learned how to do definite vs. indefinite articles (the vs. a/an/some). Eighth grade has…
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 00:00

March Blog

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Spring has sprung! Here's what's new for Spanish, 6th religion, and NJHS. Kindergarten is getting ready to test tomorrow over numbers 1-10 and then they will start a unit over months of the year. 1st grade is finishing up their unit over numbers 1-19 and then they will move on to months also. 2nd grade has been working on days and months in addition to numbers. They will soon be putting all of these pieces together to tell a complete date in Spanish. For example: Today is Wednesday, the 30th of March. 3rd grade is getting ready to test over their subtraction unit using numbers through 30. 4th grade is getting ready to test over their multiplication unit using numbers through 30. 5th grade has been working on telling time and will be asked to complete a unit project instead of a test at the end of that unit. 6th…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 00:00

February Blog

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Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade Spanish These three grade levels have recently begun a calendar unit with varying degrees of difficulty. Kindergarten is learning to identify numbers 1-10 spelled out in Spanish, while 1st grade is adding 11-20 to their repertoire. 2nd grade is working on 20-30 and will eventually use those numbers with days and months to tell the date. 3rd and 4th grade Spanish These two grade levels are using their background knowledge of Spanish numbers to do some math! 3rd grade is doing subtraction and 4th grade is doing multiplication. Students have already completed many activities to help them study any numbers that escaped their memory since last year and will also be forming their own math problems using Spanish numbers spelled out in word format. 5th grade Spanish This class is also using numbers, but they will soon be using them to tell time in Spanish.…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 00:00

November Blog

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As we wait for the birth of our savior, here's what's happening in Spanish classes, 6th grade religion, and NJHS.... K-2 Spanish These grade levels are in various stages of their food unit. Their studies range from learning the words for foods to asking and answering questions about if they like the food or not. 3-4 Spanish These grade levels have recently tested over their family unit. Tests went well and we are ready to move on to a new unit including verbs. All verbs for our next unit will be things that students may like or not like to do and they'll learn how to express their preferences in Spanish. 5 Spanish This class is almost to the end of their clothing unit. We have a quiz coming up this Friday, December 4 and will be starting a project next week to finish the unit. 6 Spanish Students are…
Thursday, 29 October 2015 00:00

October Blog

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Spanish Kindergarten - Students recently took their test over the 8 color words we have been working so hard on and they did very well. Each unit, your student will have a booklet that they keep their work on and it will come home at the end of the unit. The booklet for our color unit is blue and it should be coming home this week with everything they have done including their test. Our next unit will be over school supply words. 1st and 2nd Grades - Students have finished their first unit which was a combination of colors and supplies vocabulary. We reviewed old words and added some new ones. Booklets with their work were sent home a couple weeks ago. We are now working on fruits and vegetables. The unit will include learning how to answer the question "Do you like_____?" in Spanish. 3rd and 4th Grades…
Thursday, 01 October 2015 00:00

September blog

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Welcome back and happy fall to everyone! Below are some details about what is happening in Spanish classes. Also, I am teaching 6th religion this year so look for that information as well. Kindergarten Spanish - Students have learned how to say the sign of the cross in Spanish and work on days of the week at the beginning of each class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our main focus is on color words. Students work on a new color each week. They have learned 5 so far including red, blue, yellow, green, and orange. We'll add purple, black, and white before doing an assessment. 1st and 2nd Spanish - Students do prayer and calendar to start each class period on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our focus is on colors AND school supplies vocabulary to start the year. So far, students have finished reviewing color words they were taught last year and…
Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00

April Blog

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Spring has sprung! Here is what everyone is doing: Kindergarteners have finished days of the week and are now studying numbers 1-10. We are using laminated mats with play dough to work on these words as well as tracing the number words in Spanish. 1st grade has been working a lot on numbers 11-19. They will test over these numbers in the next couple of weeks. 2nd grade is combining their skills with days, numbers, and months to tell the date. We have been using sliding sentence strips to practice. 2nd grade will also be testing over this skill in the next couple of weeks. 3rd graders have finished their mapping unit and will finish the year working on numbers. We'll eventually use the numbers to do some basic math problems in Spanish. 4th graders are coming up on the end of their unit over places in the community and…
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 00:00

March Blog

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Spanish Kindergarten has been working on a calendar unit. We have done lots with the days of the week including a story and putting the words in sequential order. The biggest challenge with this is that, in Spanish, days of the week begin with Monday and not Sunday. We will also be working on numbers 1-10. 1st and 2nd grades have been doing days of the week as well, but have been moving at a faster pace and doing more advanced activities. 2nd grade will eventually use days, numbers, and months to tell the date in Spanish. 3rd grade is in the second half of a unit over reading a map in Spanish. They have learned cardinal directions vocabulary, the words for "symbol", "legend/map key", and some items commonly found on maps including "house", "street", "river", and "railroad." Students will be assessed on their ability to read a map in…
Thursday, 26 February 2015 00:00

February Blog

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Kindergarten is getting towards the end of their food unit. They have learned 7 fruits words will be assessing over them before Spring break. 1st and 2nd grades are also nearing the end of their food unit. They have learned 10-12 fruits and vegetables words total. Our focus has been using these words in questions and answers to find out who likes them. Students have been doing some writing and speaking with the question "Te gusta (fruit or veggie)?" which means "Do you like (fruit or veggie)?" They will be assessing on their question, answers, and food vocabulary before Spring break. 3rd and 4th grades have an extra challenge for 3rd trimester. We do a short calendar exercise at the beginning of each class where they identify yesterday, today, and tomorrow in Spanish. So far, they have been able to reference the calendar on the door to help them figure…
Friday, 30 January 2015 00:00

January Blog

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Kindergarten has finished their family unit and has begun working on foods. We will focus on fruits and some vegetables. 1st and 2nd grades are about halfway through their food unit. Both are studying fruits and vegetables. We have been focusing on matching up the English word with the Spanish word and also pronouncing the Spanish words correctly. 3rd and 4th grades just took their test on family members and adjectives. Students were required to translate sentences using a word bank. Skills taught during the unit included noun-adjective agreement and how to make a sentence plural. 3rd grade will do a mapping unit next and 4th grade will study people and places in the community. 5th grade has been studying clothing words and how to say what someone is wearing. They will be doing an in-class project to finish the unit by the end of the trimester. 6th grade just…
Thursday, 18 December 2014 00:00

December Blog - ¡Feliz Navidad!

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Kindergarten has been working on learning family members and adjectives to describe them. We have a couple more words to work on after break and then we will be ready to assess. First grade assessed today over their family unit. They listened as an English sentence was read aloud and then filled in blanks with the correct Spanish words that meant the same. Second grade also assessed today over their family unit. They put words in the correct order to form sentences and translated sentences from Spanish to English with a word bank. Third grade has been working on a family unit including doing a short cut and paste family tree. Those family trees should be coming home this week. Fourth grade made their own family tree including boxes for people in their family and lines showing relationship. They had to write in each box how that person is related…
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 00:00

November Blog

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K-8 either has recently or will soon discuss Our Lady of Guadalupe and work on more prayers in Spanish in preparation for our prayer service on Friday, December 12 Kindergarten is currently working on family member vocabulary. By the end of the unit, they will know words for mom and dad, grandparents, siblings, aunt and uncle. We continue to do prayer at the beginning of class; they know the first couple of lines of the Our Father. Also, we do actions with the days of the week each class after prayer and have begun working identifying yesterday, today, and tomorrow. 1st and 2nd grades are also working on family members and making booklets to keep their work in. 2nd grade is even translating sentences back to English with adjectives to describe their family members! 3rd and 4th grades are barely getting started on a family unit which will include making…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00

October Blog

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Kindergarten Colors are done and we have begun studying school supply vocabulary! Students have barely begun working on the Our Father prayer also. First and Second grades are plowing through their school supply unit. Each class we are addressing a word or two that they have either studied before and forgotten or not studied yet at all. At the end of the class period, they add a smaller picture of the item studied to their larger backpack picture and label it in Spanish. We are also working on numbers 11-19. Third and Fourth grades are almost done with their first unit and will be testing in the next class period or two. We have been making questions and statements using the verb "to have." Students have done work with putting words in the correct order and also with translating from one language to the other. Fifth grade is finally coming…
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 00:00

September Blog - Risvold

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Kindergarten Spanish Kindergarten is making lots of slow but steady progress on their colors unit. We have learned 6 color words with 2 left to go! I am keeping all the pages they complete in class to create a "color book" for each student at the end of the unit to send home. Days of the week are practiced at the beginning of each class along with the sign of the cross. Eventually we will begin to add the Our Father one phrase at a time. 1st and 2nd Grade SpanishWe are getting better and better at days words at the beginning of each class. Students are coming to the end of their color unit with a test happening this week! 1st graders will test Tuesday, Sept 30 an 2nd graders will test Thursday, Oct 2. Our next unit will be school supply vocabulary. 3rd and 4th Grade Spanish Third…
Friday, 29 August 2014 16:23

August Blog

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¡Bienvenidos!  Welcome!   Kindergarten Spanish Kindergarten starts each class with the sign of the cross in Spanish and days of the week with actions.  Next we work on words in our current unit of study which is colors.  They have learned red and yellow so far.  We will add blue, green, orange, purple, black, and white.  They do lots of coloring and games.    1st and 2nd Grade SpanishWe start each class with prayer and the days of the week.  Students are invited up to show the class what today, yesterday, and tomorrow are.  Then we practice words in our current unit of study which is colors.  Students were given a pretest and now we'll work on those colors that lots of people missed.    3rd and 4th Grade Spanish Third and fourth grade students each have their own folder that stays in the classroom to keep their work in this year.  Also, rather than…
Friday, 30 August 2013 14:58

Spanish, TAG - May Blog

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Bienvenidos! Welcome!    ELEMENTARY (Tuesday, Thursday)   K-2 All 3 grades are continuing to work on their family members words and adjectives to describe them.  We are using a graphic organizer called a frayer model to write and illustrate about examples and non-examples of the vocabulary.  First graders have made a memory game in pairs to begin preparing for second grade.  They will begin each class until the end of the year with five minutes of playing this game.  Second grade has come a long way with working together and using their time wisely in class.   3-4 Third and fourth grades are continuing to work hard on a geography unit.  Third grade has learned their vocabulary words and are now making their own map in pairs.  Their assessment in a couple of weeks will involve reading a map that's written in Spanish and answering English questions about it.  Fourth grade has been…