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¿Qué comes?

¿Qué comes para Thanksgiving?

Yo como pavo, papas y green bean casserole.

Translation:

“What do you eat for Thanksgiving?”

“I eat turkey, potatoes and green bean casserole.”

Optional Homework Assignment for my 4th, 5th and 6th graders: Respond to this post telling me the answer to ¿Qué comes para Thanksgiving? If you need any help finding words in English or Spanish, use this website spanishdict.com. For safety purposes, do not use your whole name, just your first name and the class you are in (i.e. Shane 5G) Please ask your parents for their permission to write on this blog.

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Article on Growing up Bilingual and the Benefits of Language Learning

http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/e9a8cd395f5348659599ccb66e988b1e/IN–Exchange-Spanish-Playgroup

This article identifies some of the benefits of being exposed to a second language at a young age.

“There are multiple benefits to learning another language, according to Seidl. Studies show that individuals who grow up bilingual are better at different tasks such as problem solving…”

“Children can also benefit from just hearing two languages spoken. This helps with later language learning…”

“Learning a second language becomes challenging after age 8 and even more difficult after age 16…”

I feel truly lucky to do what I do at JA, knowing that students’ exposure to Spanish gives them a variety of tools for future learning.

-Señorita T.

Unit 2 Vocabulary Practice

I have added a new category to the Study Stack flashcards! 

I urge my students to take a few minutes every day to practice with this vocabulary. 
You can access the Unit 2 flashcards here: http://www.studystack.com/flashcard-1100530 and the Unit 1 flashcards here: http://www.studystack.com/flashcards-1060297

La Gatita Busca.. Prezi!

La gatita busca Rainbow Banana Pizza

Here is a short story I made that follows the same plot line of the stories we have been telling in class. I incorporated a lot of my students’ suggestions into this Prezi! I recommend that my 4th-6th grade students use this Prezi to practice their reading skills. They may also practice their pronunciation skills by reading it aloud.

You may view the presentation by clicking the link (La gatita busca Rainbow Banana Pizza) and then clicking the arrows underneath the Prezi.

¡Abrazos gratis!

¡Abrazos gratis!

Free hugs!

¿Es el gato gordo o flaco?

2nd-3rd grade have been working on descriptions, such as grande, pequeño, gordo and flaco. They have also learned the verb come (eats). Along with talking about what we eat and don’t eat, we have been threading these words into a variety of stories about gatos y peces (cats and fish). 

Kindergarten and 1st grade have been learning the same vocabulary, adapted to their level, and they are understanding the stories and answering my questions, all in Spanish! 

Our next unit will focus on numbers, especially by counting manos, dedos, pies (hands, fingers, feet)!

Here is a video on the numbers, forwards and backwards, to practice at home! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ydJr1Is8xI

“Life is what happens while you’re looking at your phone.”

A good reminder to us all to just put. it. down.