In May, we will have Andres performing in our school for PS -1 grade. Today, with Preschool we danced to Salta, Salta, practicing Salta/Brinca, 1,2,3, arriba, más alto.
Next, I introduced the word "araña"with some plastic spiders I had left over from Halloween. We talked about the color of the spiders, how they walk and what they make. Then, I asked them what could bounce on a spiderweb. As they suggested things, I used "más grande" and "más pequeño" to guide them. When a student said "elefante" ,I acted surprised and started the video. We counted, practiced colors, the words "pesado"and "no se rompe". Next class, I will have them sit in a circle and, with masking tape, we are going to create our own web. Stay tuned for pictures!
After taking the rainforest down, I showed the Jungle Book to my classes. Today we are doing this activity called Interactive Writing. I got the idea after reading this post: deskfree.wordpress.com/2016/10/06/interactive-writing/ and it is wonderful!
First, I cut copy paper in half and post its in half, too. Then, I explained to my first grade students that they had to draw a scene from the movie, without any writing. After drawing, I had them color their pictures. Next, I asked them to leave their pictures on their chairs. When the music played, students did a gallery walk. When the music stopped, they had to choose a picture and write as many words in Spanish related to that picture. We had written a list of words on the board before starting the activity. Then, the music started again and they continued walking. They stopped at two other pictures and then it was time to leave. Tomorrow, I will give them their pictures with the post it comments and I will have them write sentences with those words in their notebooks.
I will do the same with my older classes, just encouraging to write a paragraph with more details as they are capable.
Over Spring break, my classroom was transformed into a magical rainforest. After studying different biomes, my students came back from Spring break to this:
Before break, students had started working on an animal of their choosing. They had to find out information about it and draw a picture. Kindergarten, PS and PK worked on making flowers with coffee filters.
Here are some samples of drawings and information for the different grade levels. The drawing of teh Basilisk goes with the first description.
These are pictures of my Preschoolers enjoying the forest. We were moving as different animals of the jungle. When I said "bird" they all found a flower and started "sucking" the nectar off of it! Precious!
Juego de Cartas
Este juego es ideal para repasar una novela o un cuento. Yo lo aprendí de Josué en su página World Language Classroom. Se puede jugar con toda la clase o en grupos. Sugiero que la primera vez, lo jueges con toda la clase para que aprendan cómo jugar y después los puedes dejar que jueguen en grupos. Voy a explicar la versión para el juego con toda la clase. Josué tiene en su página más ideas geniales.
This week I shared with my classes a slideshow about the Olympics, talked about the mascots and made torches with my kindergarteners. At the end of class, I played the Olympics music on my phone while we paraded down the hall to the third grade class. It was so much fun to see their happy faces walking with their "antorchas" high!
I found these torches on Pintrest. I bought uncoated paper plates and wrote Juegos Olmpicos 2018 because I knew we were going to be short on time and that my Kg children would take a longer time than older children to copy that. I did have them draw the five rings in color, then I stapled them and passed out three pieces of tissue in red, orange and yellow. I asked them to stack the tissues on the floor and to pinch the center. With the other hand I asked them to squeeze them together a bit. Some students needed more help that others doing this. Finally, we lined up, I opened a video with the Olympics music on my phone and we started our parade. (Pictures coming!)
My room does not have very many walls space but whatever it has, I have transformed into writing areas. I purchased chalkboard contact paper at Walmart and I have covered two of my walls with it. Plus, I made a welcome sign for my door. I also purchased chalk markers and, while they may be a bit pricey, they last a long time and they look great! I change the content on the walls often, right now I have the Super 7 and the Sweet 16 verbs posted.
I have a Masters in Technology Enhanced Education from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS. I am passionate about using the latest apps, websites and gadgets to make my teaching more fun, engaging and memorable. I belong to several Facebook groups and although I still don't find much use for Twitter ( yes! I know!) I keep trying to use it. I love the connectivity that technology provides us. I am literally doing daily professional development from my bed, classroom desk and car (when I am waiting for my daughter to finish her voice lessons). If you have not joined a Facebook group I suggest you do. There are several that I like and follow on a regular basis:
Teaching Spanish to Children
I named this blog My Teaching Playground because my classroom is where I play all day with my students. I have a deskless classroom, with chairs that can be stacked to allow us more room to have fun!
I am incredibly lucky to work in a school where I have complete support and encouragement from my administrators to change and apply innovative techniques. This year, I have been adding OWL (Organic World Language) techniques to my non-targeted, CI (comprehensible input) lessons. If you would like to read more about these techniques, check out the list of non-targeted and CI blogs on the side bar.
Writing a blog is a daunting task! From choosing the title to deciding what to write about, and what ideas to include, EVERYTHING seems to be a challenging choice. The goal of this blog is to record what I do in my classroom so I can reflect on my teaching and I can share my ideas with other teachers. Most of the ideas I will post are not mine, I am not claiming ownership or profiting from them. If you see a post that infringes your copyright, let me know and I will take it down. Please, post positive and constructive comments only. Aggressive or disrespectful posts will be deleted.
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