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Class Spotlight – Spanish / World Languages

Class Spotlight – Spanish / World Languages

Elementary Spanish (1st – 5th grades) has been taught the second semester this year by the energetic Maestra Maria Webb. Middle School World Languages was developed by and taught to the 6th through 8th grades by Doña Anita Schlichting. Both teachers have done a wonderful job of introducing their students to other languages.  

The younger Spanish class students are learning the Spanish names for common body parts. Students communicate using memorized words and phrases, as well as learning rhymes and songs to reinforce the oral practice.  They sing the song and do all the actions, touching each part of their body, in time to the song. The target vocabulary words are: cabeza, hombros, rodillas, brazos, piernas, pies, ojos, orejas, boca y nariz.

Parents can point to a body part, and  ask, ¿Qué es esto? (What is this?)  Their student will answer the question.  Also, they can ask what part of the body you use to see, what part of the body you use to hear and what part of the body you use to talk.

Next block, Maestra Wells’ students will be learning new vocabulary words about the emotions.  They will be able to identify the emotions when shown pictures of faces showing different reactions.  They will also use facial expression to show what they are feeling. The target vocabulary will be: Feliz, triste, enojado, sorprendido, asustado, divertido, aburrido enamorado.

These students will also be learning about why the Mexicans celebrate the 5 de mayo.  A lot of people get confused about this important holiday, thinking that this is the day Mexico celebrates its independence, but what Mexicans actually celebrate is the battle of Puebla.  This historical event happened on May 5, 1862, during the second French invasion into Mexico, which ended in a victory for the Mexican Army.

In Middle School (Spanish 6th & World Languages 7th & 8th), all classes are memorizing quotes and learning facts cultural icons.  Each class has been spending time getting ready for an end-of-year oral presentation – El Cuento de Mi (a story of me), which will give them a chance to use the Spanish they have been practicing  this semester.

Parents can ask their students to translate the following quotes:

60 grado

Árbol de la esperanza, mantente firme ~ Frida Kahlo

Tengo un día. Si lo sé aprovechar, tengo un tesoro ~ Gabriela Mistral

Todo lo que puede ser imaginado es real ~ Pablo Picasso

Donde una puerta se cierra, otra se abre ~ Miguel de Cervantes

 

70 grado

Árbol de la esperanza, mantente firme ~ Frida Kahlo

Erde die uns dies gebracht, sonne die es reif gemacht, liebe sonne, liebe erde, euer nie vergessen werde. ~ Christian Morgenstern

Was mich nicht umbringt, macht mich stärker. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche 1889

Todo lo que puede ser imaginado es real ~ Pablo Picasso

 

80 grado

Árbol de la esperanza, mantente firme ~ Frida Kahlo

C’est véritablement utile puisque c’est joli. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Seamos realistas y hagamos lo imposible. ~ Che Guevarra

Was mich nicht umbringt, macht mich stärker.~ Friedrich Nietzsche, 1889

Aprender a dudar es aprender a pensar ~ Octavio Paz

Nunca eres suficientemente fuerte como no necesitar ayuda. – Cesar Chavez

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