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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 have added one or two new colors. We're now doing supplies words and will have an assessment over all words when those are finished. 3rd and 4th Spanish - Students do prayer and a flashcard game with partners to start each class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our focus is on asking and answering questions using school supply vocabulary. For example, "Do you have the scissors?", "Yes, I have the scissors." Most recently, we are working on writing partner dialogues using these types of questions and answers. Students are almost at the end of the unit and can expect a test in the next couple of weeks. 5th Spanish - Students do prayer and a journal to start each class on Mondays and Fridays. Their journal consists of writing the date and a weather expression for that day's outdoor conditions in Spanish. Our focus so far has been writing quesitons and answers using supplies and color words. This is the first time students have made sentences that include an adjective describing the noun. There is some different grammar in Spanish than English and they're doing a fine job with it! Students can expect a unit test in the next couple of weeks. 6th Spanish - Students do prayer and a journal to start each class on Mondays and Fridays. Their journal consists of writing the date and a weather expression for that day's outdoor conditions in Spanish. Our focus so far has included classes vocabulary and numbers through 30. Students will soon be learning how to use these words to tell what time they have a class. 7th Spanish - Students do prayer and a journal to start each class on Mondays and Fridays. Their journal consists of writing the date and a weather expression for that day's outdoor conditions in Spanish. They have a textbook starting this year for the first time! I no longer have them copy down their vocabulary because it is all in their book in multiple places. Our first unit has included how to say hello and goodbye, how to introduce yourself, and how to respond to an introduction. We have also discussed introducing a 3rd person if you are a mutual friend. Finally, our unit is wrapping up with telling how you are feeling or what kind of day you are having. Students should expect a test in the next couple of weeks. 8th Spanish - Students do prayer and a journal to start each class on Mondays and Fridays. Their journal consists of writing the date and a weather expression for that day's outdoor conditions in Spanish. So far we have learned 17 verb infinitives ending with -ar and also subject pronouns. Students are now learning to conjugate verbs in the present tense. For example, they have already learned the infinitive verb "to study" and the pronoun "she" so now they'll learn how to say "she studies." Verb conjugation is a fundamental skill taught in high school Spanish 1 classes so this should give students early exposure to that skill. 6th Religion - Students start each class with a journal entry (in English) in response to a prompt that pertains to that day's lesson. We finished Chapter 1 a couple weeks ago and test scores are on PowerSchool. Most recently, students have finished a saint project in response to an invitation from Iowa Catholic Radio. Reports and artwork were scored for a quiz grade and art has been submitted to the radio station for judging. We have also gone through Chapter 2 and will be testing over it next week. NOTE: NJHS meetings will be starting soon! Look for messages on email or class dojo about upcoming meetings after school.
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