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Joelle Jones

Hola. I graduated from Alma College with a French major and a Spanish minor.  I got my Master's Degree in English Literature from Oakland University.  I have taught every grade from kindergarten through twelfth grade.   I have been teaching elementary Spanish since 2014. I married my husband, Philip Jones, in 1992.  We have four sons.  

  • April Happenings

    Posted by Joelle Jones on 4/19/2022

    What's happening in April?  Lots of fun and learning is going on in April!  Let me just share what's been going on in our classes this month.

    In all my classes, but especially the younger classes, we have been working on using familiar vocabulary in sentences.  I have been focusing on the verbs "come"(eats) and "bebe" drinks.  They have been creating sentences like "Batman bebe la leche" (Batman drinks milk).  We're going to be concentrating on food vocabulary, so I am going to include "Me gusta" (I like), "No me gusta" (I don't like), and "Yo quiero" ( I want).

    In 4th and 5th grade we focused all year on practicing "All About Me" vocabulary.  "Yo me llamo" (my name is), "Soy de..." (I am from), "Tengo...años" (I am...years old), "Juego deportes" (I play sports), etc. I think practicing these common phrases is going to really pay off in their future studies.

    We are wrapping up cultural units in grades  2-5.  Second grade learned about Cuba, 3rd grade learned about El Salvador, 4th grade learned about Ecuador, and 5th grade learned about Argentina.  They really enjoy learning about the different countries.  

    In third grade, we drew pictures in the style of Fernando Llort, a famous artist in El Salvador. Look at the pictures tab on the website to see some of the beautiful pictures drawn by students.  I love them!  

    I so enjoy the growth and progress my students are making.  It keeps me going!  They definitely make it all worthwhile.

    Señora Jones

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  • February/March Happenings

    Posted by Joelle Jones on 3/10/2022

    Happy spring...or almost spring.  At the time I am typing this we are supposed to get snow!  I am from Michigan, so I miss getting snow, but not in March!

    In February, my classes did  a unit on winter sports and the Olympics.  We learned about some of the different sports in the Winter Olympics. I had some students pick  three countries that we would follow during the games for a medal count.    We practiced talking about some of the winter activities that we like to do and do not like to do  and at the end of the unit we had our own Olympic games to review vocabulary.

    During March, in Kindergarten through third grade, our unit is on animals.  I chose eight animals from Spanish-speaking countries.  The animals are then put into "brackets" and students can vote for their favorite animals. 

    In fourth and fifth grades, our unit is our favorite "March Madness" songs.  I picked eight songs sung in Spanish and put them in brackets.  Students then vote for their favorites.

    So glad that warmer weather is coming and I am so glad I get to do these fun units with my students.  

    If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me.

    Happy Spring!

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  • December/January Happenings

    Posted by Joelle Jones on 1/31/2022

    Happy 2022!  

    In December we learned about some Spanish-speaking countries and their Christmas traditions.  In first grade we talked about the Christmas traditions of Spain.  In second grade we talked about Puerto Rico.  In third grade we learned about Nicaragua.  In fourth grade we learned about Venezuela and in fifth grade we learned about Chile.  

    In January we have been practicing winter clothing vocabulary.  My classes have made predictions about whether the groundhog will see his shadow.  

    Looking ahead to February, we will continue to  practice winter clothing vocabulary, winter weather vocabulary, and winter sports vocabulary in conjunction with the Winter Olympics.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • November 2021 Happenings

    Posted by Joelle Jones on 11/18/2021

    ¡Hola!  It's already "noviembre"!  It might not feel like November but it's looking like November.  The sky is gray and there are more leaves on the ground than on the trees.

    In November my classes have been working hard!  We have been working on learning body parts while reviewing colors and numbers.  

    Some of my upper level classes completed a gallery walk of Monster Inc. characters.  They were given descriptions of characters. They walked around the classroom trying to match the written description in Spanish with the pictures of the characters around the room.  They really enjoyed it.

    To celebrate Thanksgiving my older students also created "jars" with words of things they were thankful for in Spanish.  They were super creative with the jars.  I heard one student say that this was his favorite project ever in Spanish.  That certainly made me feel grateful.  

    In my lower grades to practice body parts we read a story about a potato head named Enzo.  We then used Mr. Potato Heads to act out the story.  They really love creating the different "Enzos", the potato head in our story. 

    After their visit to the zoo my first graders got to draw their favorite animals.  We read a book by Eric Carle "Soy Un Arista" (I am an Artist) and then my students picked their favorite animals to draw.  Super cute drawings!

    Some of my third grade classes got to work on "turkeys in disguise" for a bulletin board.  We read a story called "Pepita y El Pavo".  Pepita is hungry and the turkey is worried!  The turkey tries to trick Pepita by disguising himself with different costumes (Martian, king, pirate, etc.). Finally Pepita tells the turkey not to worry since she is a vegetarian!  

    November happenings

    Looking forward to "diciembre"!  As always, if you have any questions or concerns you can email me at joellejones@madisoncity.k12.al.us.  

    Señora Jones

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  • October Happenings

    Posted by Joelle Jones on 10/18/2021

    Happy October!  It is my favorite season.  I love the cooler weather, the color of the changing leaves, and that the holidays are just around the corner.  

    In September we focused on numbers.  Kindergarteners practiced counting one to ten.  In first grade we worked on counting up to 20.  In third grade it was bumped up to 50.  In fourth grade they counted to 100 and in fifth grade they were challenged to count all the way to 1,000. 

    In September there were some cultural topics as well.  In Kindergarten we talked about the traditions of Mexico's Independence day on September 16th.  In first grade we talked about the tradition of building castells, human towers, in Spain.  In second grade we learned about Costa Rica and a toucan named Grecia.  In third grade we discussed Panama  and the importance of the Panama Canal.  They made "Molas" which are a typical artisian handicraft from Panama.  In fourth grade we learned about Colombia and biodiversity.  In fifth grade we talked about Bolivia and the importance of litium that is mined in Bolivia.  In fourth and fifth grade we also discussed Hispanic Heritage month (September 15-October 15)

    Looking ahead to October we will be learning colors.  In Kindergarten the goal will be to identify some colors and by 5th grade they will work on being able to talk about color preferences.  In the second grade we will be learning about the Dominican Republic and the importance of baseball in their culture.  In first grade we will be learning about Christopher Columbus, the three ships that sailed on his first voyage to the new world, and the foods that were indigenous to the old world and the ones that were indigenous to the new world.  In Kindergarten we will discuss the traditions of "Día de los Muertos" in Mexico.  

    Don't forget to look at the pictures.  I have posted some pictures from 2nd grade and 3rd grade.  So cute!

    Señora Jones

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  • September Happenings 2021

    Posted by Joelle Jones on 9/3/2021

    We are a month into the 2021-2022 school year and we are starting to get into the groove. 

    My Kindergarten students are learning my name, Señora Jones, how to say "hola" (hello) and "good-bye" (adiós), and that "Yo me llamo" means My name is. 

    First grade is reviewing how to greet someone,  and how to say "My name is.." when asked "¿Cómo te llamas?".  They also started learning about Spain.  We talked about the festival of "La Tomatina".  Then we had out own little "tomato" fight.  

    Second grade reviewed greetings and the questions "¿Cómo te llamas? (What's your name) and "¿Cómo estás?"(How are you?). 

    Third grade reviewed greetings and the questions "¿Cómo te llamas? (What's your name) and "¿Cómo estás?"(How are you?). Students worked on asking and answering these questions in full sentences.

    Fourth grade reviewed greetings and the questions "¿Cómo te llamas? (What's your name) and "¿Cómo estás?"(How are you?).  Students worked together in partners to practice these questions.  They did a great job asking and answering in Spanish.  

    Fifth graders eviewed greetings and the questions "¿Cómo te llamas? (What's your name) and "¿Cómo estás?"(How are you?).  Students worked together in partners to practice these questions.  They did a great job asking and answering in Spanish.  Students were encouraged to extend the speaking activities by either using vocabulary they have learned in the past or using the vocabulary in new ways.  

     

    The  three goals for August for all of my students were 1) I can greet someone in Spanish, 2) I can ask/answer the question "¿Cómo te llamas?" (What is my name?), and 3) I can ask /answer the question "¿Cómo estás?"  (How are you?)

     

    Looking ahead to September we will be talking about cultural topics and practicing numbers.

     

    It's been a great month.  Looking forward to September.

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  • Welcome Back! August 2021

    Posted by Joelle Jones on 8/6/2021 3:00:00 PM

    Welcome Back!  It is so good to be back at school!  I love seeing all my friends.  

    In August we are going to be reviewing and practicing our greetings, classroom expectations, and how to be good listeners.    In the younger grades we will practice simple greetings  such as "hola" (hello) and "adiós" (goodbye).  In the older grades the greetings will be more complex "hasta luego" (see you later), "Hasta...."(see you...), etc.  

    I will be trying to post some pictures and videos of the activities we do in class.  I love showing off my students.  They are amazing!

    It's great to be back with everyone  in person (even if it's in masks).  I am looking forward to a great year!

    Señora Jones

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  • January-February 2021

    Posted by Joelle Jones on 2/8/2021

    ¡Hola!

    What is one of the best things during this pandemic?  My students!!  They keep me coming to school.  I realize how much I missed them when they come back to school after a break or a quarantine.  They are a blessing.  

    In January and February we have been focusing on body parts, weather words, winter clothing vocabulary, months, and days.  

    In Kindergarten we recently read a story about super heroes. Before the story  we practiced being super heroes by listening to the theme from Superman  and practicing super hero actions (run "corre", jump "salta", fly "vuela", pega "hit", and patea "kick").  

    In first grade we read a story about a potato head named Enzo.  We used a Mr. Potato Head to act out the story.  

    In second grade we read the same potatoe head story but students got to make their own potato head drawings.  They turned out so cute!  I put uploaded the drawings.  Make sure to check them out.  

    In third grade we have been practicing months and days.  We learned to say the months to the tune of the Macarena.  We even incorporated the moves to the Macarena as we were saying the months. 

    In fourth and fifth grades we have been working on winter clothing words using some videos about a scarf named Billy la Bufanda.  The students LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Billy la Bufanda.  I would confidently say that some have even come home singing "Billy la Bufanda" since it is a very catchy tune.    

    The students are doing great and continue to amaze me.  I am so glad I get to be their Spanish teacher.

     

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  • November-December 2020

    Posted by Joelle Jones on 12/14/2020

    ¡Hola, amigos! (Hello, friends!). I hope everyone is surviving 2020. 

    As I type this, we are on a hybrid schedule.  I have mixed feelings about this schedule.  I feel so much safer with less people and more room for students to spread out.  I love having the opportunity of getting to know my students better.  There is so much more personal interaction when there are fewer students.  The part I really do not like is not being able to see all of my students.  I encourage all of my students that miss Spanish to take the opportunity of watching the videos on Schoology.  Videos are not as good as having a lesson with a teacher but they are much better than nothing.  I know the videos will really help students to be up to speed when our normal schedule resumes.   "Use it or lose it" could be the slogan for all language learners so watch the videos to not lose ground.

     

    In November and December we have been working on body parts vocabulary,colors, shapes, and we have been talking about weather terms (hot vs. cold).  In first grade we have been focusing on the holiday traditions of Spain, in second grade we have been talking about Puerto Rico, in third grade we talked about the volcanoes of Nicaragua,  and in fourth grade we talked about Colombia and its holiday traditions.

     

    Even in 2020 it is a joy to teach Spanish to students at Heritage elementary. Happy holidays!  Looking forward to a better year in 2021!

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  • September-October 2020

    Posted by Joelle Jones on 10/2/2020

    Happy Fall!  I am loving this cooler weather!  It feels so nice to be outside when it is not so hot.

    In September we worked on reviewing our greetings.  We reviewed how to say how they feel and how to introduce themselves. We also practiced numbers.  Kindergarten had 1-10, 1st grade, 1-20, and 2nd and up 1-100.  We are going to review numbers all year.  I don't feel like we had a lot of practice since September was all virtual.  If your student can not count to 100 now don't worry because we will keep practicing and reviewing all year.

    In September our cultural focus in Kindergarten was Mexican Independence Day.  We talked about the how the people of Mexico celebrate their Independence Day.  In 1st grade we talked about the Tomatina festival and the Human Tower competitions in Spain.  In 2nd grade we talked about ecotoursim in Costa Rica.  In 3rd grade we talked about the importance of the Panama Canal.  In 4th grade we talked about Venezuela and the difficult economic situation the Venezuelan people are suffering from right now.  We also talked about Angel Falls, the tallest waterfall in the world.  In 5th grade we talked about Bolivia and the salt flats that are located in Bolivia.  

    In October I will be going back face to face after Fall break.  It will be good to see everyone again.  I have been missing my students.  

    In October in Kindergarten we will learn about the tradtions of Día de los Muertos in Mexico.  In 1st grade we will talk about El Día de la Razo (October 12).  In 2nd grade we will talk about Dominican Republic and the Dominican's love of baseball.  In 3rd grade we will talk about Nicaragua and the volcanoes of Nicaragua.  In 4th grade we will talk about Colombia and biodiversity.  In 5th grade we will talk about Chile and the different regions of Chile.  

    I will be so glad to see everyone again.

    ¡Hasta Pronto! (See you soon!)

    Señora Jones

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