Over the last two weeks, our fabulous 7th graders have prepared lessons about some of the topics we’ve been studying and have presented them to their classmates. The topics we learned about were:
The difference between “hay” and “estar”
Accent marks and stress
Our profesoras came up with creative lesson plans and engaging activities to accompany them. We learned some fun facts about the countries we’ve been studying, along with some fun facts about each one. By playing many games of Jeopardy we practiced our verb conjugations and worked on the difference between “hay” and “estar”. We had some competitions for conjugating verbs, asking questions, and expressing the weather.
The girls did a great job teaching, their classmates challenged them by asking clarifying questions, and everyone was active and engaged in all of our lessons. They learned a lot and, as always, had a blast while doing it. Gracias to all of them for working hard and digging deeper into the subjects they taught.
This week in Spanish, we’ve been seeing how sentences in Spanish are structured differently from English. We reviewed the parts of speech and what they do. This of course, included many singing sessions of “Conjunction Junction” from Schoolhouse Rock. We practiced labeling the parts of speech in example Spanish sentences so that we had a better grasp on what they looked like in Spanish.
Once we had practiced these sentences we were able to play a game! Everyone was given a different part of speech en Español with example words and their definitions. Then, only using Spanish, everyone went around the room to put together their part of speech with their classmates to correctly formulate sentences. At the end of the activity, everyone chose one of their sentences that they had made and put it on the board for the class to see.
The creativity that came out of this activity made learning sentence structures and parts of speech much more enjoyable. Our group came up with sentences such as giving advice to not drink bad water, large talking tables, and bad dancing. The girls brought this activity to life and had fun with the sentences. Thanks to them for all of their hard work.
If you want to make your own sentences at home, you can use our Clases de Palabras worksheet. Happy sentence structuring!
Gracias for all of your hard work today putting together the history of Mexico and answering the questions from the worksheet. The questions that haven’t been answered from the worksheet are due for homework. For this assignment, you’ll need the Mexico Timeline from the History Channel. I’ll also attach the Ficha Mexico if you’ve misplaced yours.
I’ll be collecting the worksheet for 8th grade on jueves el 15 de octubre and for 7th grade viernes el 16 de octubre. As always, if you have any questions, e-mail me or come visit in the Cascade Room.
This week we were able to play a great game conjugating verbs in the present tense! All of the girls worked hard to remember the patterns that Spanish has for conjugating -ar, -er, and -ir verbs and we had fun pushing our brains and each others’. There were two worksheets (fichas) that drove a lot of the work before and during this game. Many of you have requested that they be posted here, so, without further adieu, here they are: the Crash Course and Verbos Para Practicar
¡Qué semana más divertida! We got to know each other more, set some ground rules, and did some crash course español.
Something that came up in all of the classes has been our friend Google Translate. Once again, Google Translate is NOT your friend for trying to learn Spanish. Because of the conversation that resulted from this, I am excited to offer you a better resource for looking up individual words you don’t know. It’s called Word Reference and you can find it here. I love it because it not only provides a translated word, but it also includes idiomatic expressions and phrases related to that word (SUPER COOL!).
Espero que tengáis un buen fin de semana, hasta lunes.
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