Dear East school families,
It is hard to believe that it is already December.
As 2019 ends, I wanted to send you another update of what your child has been working on in Spanish class.
Our Kindergartners started November learning colors and shapes, and practiced writing them using different worksheets and games (I hope the worksheets are making their way home). Children continued practicing how to say what their names are by telling Ramona the frog. For Thanksgiving children created a little book listing a few things they were thankful for.
Kindergarteners ended December by learning about Las Posadas, a traditional Christmas Mexican customs.
After reviewing numbers to 10, in November, first graders have continued learning numbers to 20. For Thanksgiving we read the book Gracias the Thanksgiving Turkey by Joy Cowley and discussed some things that the children were thankful for. We finished the class with a color and number review activity. In December, we reviewed colors. We did this using a story in which we helped little Paco and his friend Lola (two fictional chihuahuas) find a home (each house was a different color). We also played different games like finding Paco and Lola hiding behind different colors.
Second Graders continued learning numbers to 40. They have started to learn the different parts of the body. To do this, children became engineers for a day and helped build a fictional robot that would help me with the household chores (ask your child to tell you the story). I hope you got to see the labeled robot that went home. We have also played a number of games and have done a few worksheets to practice naming the body parts. For Thanksgiving, we read the book Gracias Thanks by Pat Mora and discussed some things that the children were thankful for. We finished the class with a color and number review activity.
2nd graders finished December by learning about the Three Kings (a traditional Christmas Spanish customs) and making crowns.
Third graders have continued to learn numbers through 60. They have enjoyed playing a series of different games like bingo or a bean bag toss game where I said a number in English and they had to say it back in Spanish. For Thanksgiving, children made a little book in which they wrote three things that they were thankful for in Spanish. To emphasize the school theme of kindness, we started December writing holiday cards to children in orphanages in Latin America through an organization called NPH (Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos). I was very proud of the children, they produced some amazing and very thoughtful cards!
During December, 3rd graders reviewed the different parts of the body. We reviewed the vocabulary through a fictional story where, for the lesson, children became scientists working in Area 51, who had to catalog aliens found in a UFO (ask your child about the story).
Fourth graders have continued to learn numbers to 80. They really enjoyed playing number games like bingo, or las carreras where different teams had to race each other to be the first to write numbers correctly on the board. For Thanksgiving, children worked on a project where they had to make a wheel expressing four things they were thankful for. During December, in line with the school theme of kindness, fourth graders wrote holiday cards to children in orphanages in Latin America through an organization called NPH (Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos). It was very inspiring to see children put all that work, effort and thought into these cards!
We ended the month of December learning what cognates are, exploring different types of cognates, and discussing why they are important when learning a different language. We finally put all this theory to practice by identifying and cataloguing cognates in written texts.
Fifth graders started November reviewing numbers to 80 and continued learning numbers to 100 during December. We used a combination of songs and games (ask your child about some of these games like las carreras, the fish game or kahoot!). We then moved on to writing letters to our new friends in Spain. I am delighted to say that 37 children (over half of our fifth graders) have signed up for the pen pal program. The letters were finished in December and mailed to Spain. Now we are waiting eagerly for their replies in the new year.
For Thanksgiving we learned Thanksgiving related vocabulary, and the children worked on a connection to math by comparing prices of Thanksgiving food.
I would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a safe, warm and happy holiday season! I look forward to continuing to work with your child in the new year!
PS if you want your child to continue to practice Spanish at home, the Hingham Elementary Spanish website is full of great resources. Here is the link: https://hpselementaryspanish.weebly.com/