This has definitely been a special start of the year at T.A.L.K. The reason I say this is because having both old and new students come together has been a magnificent experience. The old help the new which is a good teaching opportunity for the old, and kids love having the mic when possible. This has given all students the chance to earn themselves stars as their point system. The star/point system was implemented to help the kids keep track of their efforts, attendance, and behavior in class. The more stars they earn the more competitive they become towards the end which makes them want to obtain more Spanish information! At the end of the month, the kids obtain their sums and receive a prize from those who have the most to those who have less.
In the first week the students learned about the basics in Spanish such as greetings (buenos dias y adios) , the two main rules, and how the point system worked.
Here the kids were introducing themselves in Spanish by passing the ball and who ever caught it had to present themselves to the group.
The kids were taught the *magic* question in Spanish whenever they find themselves lost or stuck: "Cómo se dice _______ en español?" To get the hang of the power of the question, they were given the chance to practice with their own examples.
For week two, the kids learned how to say useful sentences needed in the classroom like those demonstrated below. We played games where they had to act out each command, each being their own creative self, off course. Their face expressions were quite impressive!
For week three, the kids learned the Spanish Alphabet! They were taught the name and pronunciation to each Spanish letter including the four letters that the English alphabet does not have like the "Ch", "LL", "Ñ", and "RR". The video posted below helped them with the pronunciation in Spanish. At first the kids were weirded out, but learned to enjoy the sounds.
Los Alpha Amigos
Another activity for this week was that of a post-it or scavenger hunt each with a letter from the Spanish alphabet. The kids were divided into two teams - the red team (naming themselves the "Mochilas"- Backpack) and the blue team (naming themselves the "Español"- Spanish). The purpose of the game was to find all the post-its of their color and place them in order on the white board and the first team to finish won.
They were able to master most of the Spanish Alphabet, off course still needing extra patience for the new four letters that are not present in the english alphabet. (CH, LL, Ñ, RR)
During week four, the kids learned "Las Figuras Geometricas"- The Shapes. I started the lesson plan with showing them the video below on the shapes in Spanish. They mastered the title! Too cute!!
Some wanted to take pictures with each shape after the game!
For Week five, the kids learned the school materials in Spanish. Since it was about two weeks before Halloween, I took advantage of the arts and crafts aspect of it and had them practice their new vocabulary by making a Halloween Pumpkin!
So, in the back of their pumpkins they listed what shapes they used to create the eyes, mouth, nose, and eyebrows. Some went the extra mile and provided the colors they used in Spanish.
The dice was a tissue box created by one of our highly creative kids. Oh, the student in dark blue on the picture below.
The kids listened attentively and reviewed the material well. Towards the end, they became highly competitive since they were near the end. The image below was another activity where the kids were asked the following question: "If you were the last person alive on the planet, what school supply would you rather have to keep you company? Why?"The responses were quite impressive. Some said that they'd like to have a computer so that they can surf the web everyday and that way would not feel lonely or bored. Others picked books because it would keep them imagining they were in other worlds and a notebook to write stories and more stories of all kinds.
For week 6 the kids learned about the family, personal pro-nouns, and directions in Spanish. We began the week by introducing the new vocabulary to them in the board and had some kids share how many siblings they had or where their grandparents lived. Kids get super excited when asked about their family members and reminisce on family events which is nice because it gives the class the chance to find out more about their peers.
Another fun activity that they took part of was dancing while practicing their directions to Spanish songs. The kids were taught to go left (izquierda), right ( derecha) , adelante (forward), a traz (back), hands up (manos arriba), and hands down (manos abajo). We danced to two songs: "Follow the leader" and "el caballo dorado".
For week 7, the kids learned about the Spanish Alphabet and more Halloween vocabulary in Spanish. In addition, they were taught a little about the Day of the Dead which is highly known in Mexico to pay tribute to lost loved ones by making an altar for them and bringing in their favorite dishes. The kids were shown the video below as a quick glimpse of the Mexican festivities. They liked it very much and watched it more than once.
The day before Halloween, they colored and cut out "Calavera"(skull) masks to depict the video they had watched.Then, they made their masks into 3-D and wore them for our Halloween celebration.
For week 8, the kids learned about the animals in Spanish: Pets, Farm, Zoo, and Marine animals. They were shown the funny video below on a dancing dog dancing to Spanish song. Very impressive!
They were assigned to make their own animal masks out of construction paper. Some made a tortuga (turtle), perro (dog), and pajaros (birds).
For week 9, the kids learned about the numbers 1-31 in Spanish along with their pronunciations. I was
surprised to find out that many were highly fluent in their numbers that I used them as my assistants in helping the other kids.
As a way for the kids to practice their numbers and review their colors, I made a huge TURKEY (Pavo) with a small code at the bottom. They were responsible for working as a team and fill in every body part with its corresponding color based on the numbers. They did an amazing job and observed the great team effort. If one did not know, the other jumped in to help and rescue.
For week 10, the kids learned about the days of the week in Spanish. They learned how to say Monday (Lunes), Tuesday (Martes), Wednesday ( Miércoles), Thursday (Jueves), Friday (Viernes), Saturday (Sábado), and Sunday (Domingo). They practiced with many activities but the biggest one was that of a calendar making project in teams.
For week 11, the kids continued their lesson on the days of the week with the addition of the months of the year (meses del año), seasons (las temporadas) , and birthdays (cumpleaños) in Spanish.
Here are some of their completed calendars for both the months of January( Enero) and December (Diciembre).
For week 12, the kids learned about the opposites (Antonimos) in Spanish along with the incorporation of Christmas vocabulary. The kids learned vocabulary like:
The kids were also shown videos of opposites in Spanish like this one below. It is the Spanish version of Sesame Street called "Plaza Sesamo". I used to watch this as a kid and it can never get old.
For another activity, the kids were assigned to make a star (estrella) out of sticks that we found outside our class and ribbon. The purpose was to make a regalo pequeño (small present) for the parents to hang as an ornament on the Christmas Tree.
The kids watched a power point, which I cannot seem to upload, on the Christmas terms. Then they had many activities to practice their vocabulary like drawing and labeling them so that then the drawing was going to be made into an "Aguinaldo Navideño" (treat bag). It is a tradition in México like that of giving away X-mas stockings filled with candy and toys in the U.S. The kids also helped me decorate a small silver Christmas tree with ornaments containing a lot of the figures we reviewed in the powerpoint. They did a very good job.
i FELIZ NAVIDAD!
For week 13, the kids learned about the body parts in Spanish. They began with a power point presentation which clearly pointed out each body part of the human being.
Clearly, Pinocchio has a nose.
Another activity that the kids worked on was that of tracing a peers' body on butcher paper, labeling every single body parts, and adding color/clothing. This was a two-three day project but they certainly learned their body parts in Spanish.
For week 14, the kids continued their review of the body parts along with action verbs and the senses.
A cool and funny activity we did was write all the body parts on post-its, one body part on each post-it. Then, the kids had to paste the post-its on themselves and act out the action verbs as a "Simon dice" game (Simon says). Below are pictures of their silliness/imagination.
For week 15, the kids learned about clothing and getting dressed in Spanish. They were shown a simple powerpoint on the clothing in Spanish and then were asked what type of clothing various characters in movies used.
As a review, the vocabulary was written on the board and on the small white boards that they were given. They were to write down what type of clothing they wore that morning including the colors of each item.
For week 16, the kids learned about fruits and vegetables in Spanish. We first started with the following fruits:
- Sandia- Watermelon
- Platano- Banana
- Manzana- Apple
- Naranja- Orange
- Fresa- Strawberry
- Durazno- Peach
- Mango- Mango
- Pera- Pear
- Mandarina- Tangerine
After introducing the new vocabulary in Spanish, the kids played a simple game of memory with the fruits!
After introducing the vegetable vocabulary in Spanish, the kids were also introduced to the food pyramid.
We then played a game where they had to find all of the post-its with all of the vocabulary we review and place them on the right category of the food pyramid under two minutes.
Well, this was the end of T.A.L.K.'s first semester and it was a pleasure teaching Spanish to the little ones. To be continued for the new material in the second semester!!! Adios! :)