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.

First day of class


The first day of class is Monday, August 17th!  Please check the following links or the menu link at the top of the page for your course (Español 1 or Cambridge Pre-AICE 1)  to see supplies needed for 2015 -2016 school year and read more about your class.

I am looking forward to meeting you on Monday.

Sra. Scarborough

Final 3 weeks in Spanish class

Spanish 1:

Wow! Where has the year gone?  We’re down to the final three weeks in Spanish 1 for this school year.  As we wrap up the year, students will be reviewing and practicing vocabulary and grammar concepts from the entire year.  We will also have opportunities to compare/contrast cultures, practices, perspectives and products.  Students will in engage in a variety of interpretive listening and presentational writing activities. Reminder: Thursday, May 21st is the final day to make-up any assignments. Spanish 1 final exams are scheduled for Monday- Tuesday, June 1st and 2nd

  Cambridge Pre-AICE 1: 

During the final three weeks of school, please keep in mind some deadlines:  students will finish reading the novel El Nuevo Houdini and complete a presentational writing assessment on Wednesday, May 20th.  The dialogue scripts for the group projects are due on Friday, May 22nd.  End of the year video projects are due on Wednesday, May 27th. Students will engage in a variety of interpretive reading and listening activities and presentational writing practice as we wrap up the year.  Cambridge Pre-AICE Spanish 1 final exams are scheduled for Wednesday, June 3rd.

Fashion shows and restaurants in Spanish class

Spanish 1

Last week students presented “scenes” from a restaurant as they engaged in conversation and ordered a meal at a restaurant. Students were able to present their skits without using notes and did a great job using the Spanish they know. After the presentations students completed a presentational writing quiz to demonstrate their current level of proficiency. Service project: students have an opportunity to parcipate in a service project sponsored by FLENEF. Bags are due Friday, May 15th

  Cambridge Pre-AICE

Students worked in groups and presented some hilarious fashion shows as they engaged in conversations about fashion. We continued reading El Nuevo Houdini and engaged in discussions about cars we prefer or impress us. Students chose group members for End of the Year Video Project and began brainstorming ideas.

Final nine weeks: April is coming to an end

Spanish 1:

This week students will retell familiar stories, write a simple biography, talk about healthy diets and create “the perfect” restaurant menu. Homework: Edmodo and Conjuguemos 

Cambridge Pre-AICE:

Our goals this week include: learning and using indirect object pronouns, using the preterite, talking about what we did and interpreting texts. On Friday, we will continue reading the novel El Nuevo Houdini. Homework: Google Voice, Quizlet, Conjuguemos, Edmodo

Final nine weeks: Week 5

Spanish 1:

This week our goals include: retelling simple short stories, identifying table and kitchen items, using verbs related to food, understanding key points in authentic texts. Homework: Pobre Ana project and Quizlet

Cambridge Pre-AICE:

This week we will describe clothing and talk about shopping, learn to use SABER vs. CONOCER, and determine the main idea from simple texts. Homework: Quizlet, Edmodo

Final nine weeks: Week 4


 Spanish 1: 

We begin our food unit this week. Essential question: How does what and how you eat reflect your culture? Our proficiency goals this week include: identifying names for food and discussing food preferences, talking about what family members enjoy eating, describing a restaurant and its menu, and making requests at a restaurant. As we continue interpreting and understanding texts, we will wrap up our reading of Pobre Ana on Friday. Homework: Conjuguemos, Quizlet, and Google Voice


 Cambridge Pre-AICE:

This week we will wrap up our “las vacaciones” unit as students present hotel/resort brochures to “potential guests”. Several native speakers will visit our classroom and listen to the presentations and provide feedback. We will also begin our new unit “!De compras!”. Essential question: How do clothes define us? Our proficiency goals include: identifying and practicing clothing vocabulary, understanding and using words related to shopping and interpreting and understanding texts. This Friday we will begin reading our second novel, El Nuevo Houdini. Homework: Quizlet, CVG and Edmodo

Final nine weeks: Week 3

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Our goals this week include: talking about what we and others  like and what we and others love and about what we and others are doing. We will also continue reading the novel Pobre Ana as we interpret and understand texts and gain knowledge of other cultures.

Homework: Conjuguemos and Edmodo

Cambridge Pre-AICE 1

This week’s goals include: listening and reading a variety of texts, interpreting and understanding information and writing a brochure.

Homework: Google Voice and  QuizletPre-AICE 1 040715

Final nine weeks: week 2

Spanish 1

We will conclude our family and home unit this week. Our goals include describing a home, talking about responsibilities at home and talking about where things are in relation to other things. Homework: Quizlet and Edmodo. Test on Thursday.

Cambridge Pre-AICE

This week’s goals include reviewing the uses of SER and ESTAR, identifying and using direct object nouns and pronouns to engage in conversations. Homework: Edmodo