Spanish Newsletter


January/February 2019

Español Noticias  -  Señora Bertani

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Niveles 1 y 2
      En febrero, ELC students listened to Señora Bertani tell the stories of Why the Sunflower Always Turns Toward the Sun, Brandon Brown Wants a Dog, and Hiccups! ; all in Spanish while she illustrated them using the document camera.  Level 1s practiced their alfabeto in Spanish using American Sign Language.  We’ve been practicing numbers with the game Bingo and with a Brain Break game called “Corre Cartas” where Sra. Bertani calls out cards from a deck of playing cards and students go to the correct spot in the room or do an action that corresponds to the face cards.  We also play “Goterones” when Sra. Bertani calls out a number in Spanish, students form groups of that number.  For this game, we listen to the song “Tiburón Bebé” (Baby Shark in Spanish).  In our Spanish/Music class with Mrs. Miscio, we sang Sun, Sun, Ba, Ba, E about a bird who sings in the morning while acting out the motions and playing instruments to go with it.  We also sang El Lobo Feroz about a fierce wolf who gets dressed and then chases the children playing in the forest.

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Niveles 3 y 4

      En febrero, we practiced our alfabeto and our números by playing Bingo.  We also read a really fun novel in Spanish called Bart Quiere Un Gato or Bart Wants a Cat.  At the end of some pages, students had a chance to choose what Bart did next in the novel.  Because students in each class chose different paths, each class had a unique story experience!  Ask your child what happened in their story.  Of course, we take “Brain Breaks” after all our hard work.  For example, we played “Goterones” in which students walk around to the song “Tiburón Bebé” (Baby Shark in Spanish) and when the music stops, Sra. Bertani says a número in Spanish and students have to form grupos of that number.

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Nivel 5
      En febrero, we continued reading our novel, El Capibara Con Botas.  We did a “write and discuss” activity in which Sra. Bertani, with the assistance of the students, wrote a synopsis of the novel so far.  She read what we created and then the students translated it aloud as a group.  It is amazing how much these third graders understand and know with only thirty minutes a day, two days a week in Spanish class!  Of course, we take “Brain Breaks” after all our hard work.  For example, we played “Goterones” in which students walk around to the song “Tiburón Bebé” (Baby Shark in Spanish) and when the music stops, Sra. Bertani says a número in Spanish and students have to form grupos of that number.

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Niveles 6 y 7
     En febrero, we continued reading our novel, El Ekeko.  It is a Bolivian mystery.  We also did a “write and discuss” activity in which Sra. Bertani, with the assistance of the students, wrote a synopsis of the novel so far.  She read what we created and then the students translated it aloud as a group.  It is amazing how much these fourth and fifth graders understand and know with only thirty minutes a day, two days a week in Spanish class!  Of course, we take “Brain Breaks” after all our hard work.  For example, we played “Goterones” in which students walk around to the song “Tiburón Bebé” (Baby Shark in Spanish) and when the music stops, Sra. Bertani says a número in Spanish and students have to form grupos of that number.  Ask your child what El Ekeko is about and what other Brain Breaks we do.


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