Games and competition

playing “concentracion”

This week, students engaged with vocabulary as they played a memory game matching vocabulary with an illustation. Partners also completed a scavenger hunt searching for items on their list. In less than five minutes, most teams found all the items.  Classes competed against each other to see how quickly they could read a list of 28 items. The Pre-AICE fourth period class was declared the winner with a record of 2:27 and the third period class finished 2:28 as a record for the Spanish 1 classes. These activities provided great comprehensible input.
During Enrichment students created posters to honor National Bullying Prevention Month 

We’re going to Epcot!

The World Language Department would like to invite your child to Epcot on January 16th, 2016. Students will be departing from Oakleaf at 7:00 a.m. and will return to OHS that evening at approximately 11:30 p.m. The cost of the trip is $100.00. If you are a season ticket holder the cost is $40.00. We will begin collecting money immediately. Students can make payments in installments; however, the trip must be paid in full and all forms returned by Thursday, December 10th. Paying in advance will help to secure your child’s seat and the buses. You may pay in full…Remember seats will be filling up fast so reserve your seat now. Please remember cash, cashier’s check or money order is accepted. No PERSONAL CHECKS.If you have any questions about the upcoming trip, please contact Sra Scarborough.

End of the first quarter in Spanish class

This is the final week for our first grading period in the school year!  Isn’t it crazy? Time has gone by so fast.  We’ve been very busy in class and here’s a quick glimpse at what we’ve been up to recently.

In the past two weeks students have:

  • Practiced exchanging personal information and making introductions
  • Specified new and familiar words in a video and in an authentic song
  • Interpreted information and ideas from a variety culturally authentic sources
  • Counted from 0-30
  • Identified and used subject pronouns
  • Learned gestures for all pronouns
  • Practiced singing the song SER
  • Used the verb SER to write simple sentences about self and others
  • Updated their interactive notebooks
  • Learned about a popular music group through comprehensible input /authentic reading
  • Acquired and reinforced grammar skills through technology during our lab days

This week students will:

  • Use numbers and tell time
  • Exchange information and use grammar concepts in context
  • Complete and interpersonal communication assessment
  • Read and analyze demographic and cultural information about Hispanics in the United States and Canada
  • Complete self-evaluations

All make-up assignments must be completed by this Thursday October 8th.

Starting week 6 in Spanish class

   Last week students presented their projects to reflect how Spanish is used beyond the school setting.  Some students shared how they had “discovered” Spanish in our own community, while others engaged with social media to learn new vocabulary thru pictures and others chose to use technology via a free app to acquire vocabulary.

In the past two weeks students have:

  • learned the Spanish alphabet and practiced spelling simple words
  • discussed  and identified cognates
  • used a variety of nouns
  • classified masculine and femine nouns
  • used and practiced basic greetings and introductions
  • interpreted information by reading about the Dominican Republic’s national dance
  • practiced some basic Merengue’s steps
  • engaged with technology using the Supersite to reinforce vocabulary and skills
  • created  free accounts on Quizlet to practice vocabulary

This week Spanish 1 students will continue to refine previously acquired vocabulary and  Cambridge Pre-AICE 1 students will say and spell new words, count from 0-30 and identify pronouns.

Lab Day #3

Lab Day #3

First 3 weeks in Spanish class

Three weeks of school already?  We’ve been busy getting to know each other and establishing routines, while working hard at staying in the Target Language (Spanish) at least 90% of the class time.  The first week was especially challenging to students, but we are committed to using comprehensible input in an effort to help students acquire Spanish. At the end of three weeks, students are very comfortable introducing themselves and others, saying where they are from, saying the day and date, and using some basic classroom survival phrases to ask questions, make requests and statements. Spanish 1 students have learned the Taco Song (vowel pronunciation), and Sr. Wooly’s ¿Puedo ir al baño? and the Cambridge Pre-AICE 1 students also learned the traditional song Los Pollitos Dicen. This year we will be using Descubre’s SUPERSITE, so we conducted an infrastructure trial last week to determine any potential issues.  This coming week we will be creating student accounts for this great resource. Students also completed their first project (personalizing interactive notebook) and have been assigned project #2 to help them discover/explore Spanish outside of class and in our community.

Last Tuesday, we welcomed parents to Open House.  Thank you to all of you who were able to join us.  We had a wonderful turn out, in some classes standing room only!   Those of you who came were able to get a glimpse of your child’s  current  Spanish skills.  Please continue to encourage them to share with you what they are learning.