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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.  

  • November/December 2023 Happenings

    Posted by Joelle Jones on 12/8/2023 3:00:00 PM

    Happy holidays!  I hope everyone is enjoying the hustle and bustle of the season.  I'm sure everyone will be ready for a break from the hectic pace of the season.  I know I am looking forward to spending more time with my family.

    In November, we did several activities to review color words.  In grades 3-5 students worked together in pairs to create flags of the Spanish-speaking countries with Legos.  They really enjoyed the activity.  They also reviewed colors by doing activities in different stations (spelling colors words with play-doh, spelling out color words with banana gram tiles, and playing tic-tac-toe and pictionary with color words).  In grades 2-3 they created turkey disguises for their Thanksgiving turkeys. This activity practices/reviews the structures of "I am/ I am not" (Yo soy/ No soy). The disguises turned out so cute.  I love this activity!  

    In December, we are learning about the holiday traditions in Puerto Rico and Spain for grades 1-2.  In 2nd grade, we might even surprise some classes by showing up to their classrooms singing "Feliz Navidad".   

    I hope you have a festive holiday with your family.  Feliz Navidad, y'all!

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  • October 2023 Happenings

    Posted by Joelle Jones on 10/13/2023

    It's fall, y'all!  It's my favorite season!  

    In Kindergarten, students learned about how Mexico celebrates their independence day.  They are also working on counting 1-10 in Spanish.

    In 1st grade, they learned about Ratoncito Pérez, a mouse who picks up lost teeth and leaves coins under pillows.  They have been practicing counting 1-20.

    In 2nd grade, they learned about the country of Costa Rica. They wrapped up the unit by drawing a picture of a toucan, inspired by a real life toucan that was rescued after receiving life-threatening injuries. Their goal is to be able to count to 30.

    In 3rd grade, they learned about Panama.   They learned about the amazing engineering feat of building the canal and its importance. They wrapped up the unit by making paper molas which are based on a typical handicraft of Panama.

    In 4th grade, they learned about the country of Colombia. They learned about how Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world.  They wrapped up the unit by writing three facts that they learned about Colombia.

    In 5th grade, they learned about the country of Bolivia.  They learned about the salt flats of Bolivia and the salt hotel built there.  They also learned that lithium is an important product of Bolivia.  They wrapped up the unit by writing three facts about Bolivia.

    Looking ahead to October, we are going to continue practicing numbers and colors.  For Rock Your School Day, students will work to solve  Escape Room puzzles.  First grade will be talking about "El Día de la Raza" (Columbus Day).  We will focus on where certain foods come from...the Old World or the New World.  At the end of the month, we will talk about the traditions associated with "Día de los Muertos" in Kindergarten.  2nd grade will be learning about the Dominican Republic's favorite sport, baseball!.  3rd grade will talk about the volcanoes of Nicaragua.  In 4th grade, students will learn about Venezuela and in 5th grade, students will learn about Chile.  

    Looking forward to a GREAT month!  So glad to be teaching Spanish to my "amigos".  

    Señora Jones

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  • September 2023 Happenings

    Posted by Joelle Jones on 9/6/2023

    Welcome to September!  I am so glad that it is September.  There are so many good things to enjoy about September.  Some of my favorite things are college football, hearing my son play in the band at the Friday night games,  Pumpkin Spice Lattes, cooler weather (eventually), and the Color Run!  Good times!  

    In August, the goal was that students would be able to introduce themselves and to exchange pleasantries in Spanish.  In Kindergarten they should be able to recognize "Yo me llamo..." (My name is...).  In 5th grade, they should be able to answer the question "¿Cómo te llamas? " (What's your name?).  

    In September we will continue practicing the alphabet, numbers, and we will talk about different cultural facts for each grade level.  

    It was a great start to the new school year.  I enjoy my classes!  I am really looking forward to a fantastic year.

     

    Señora Jones

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  • August 2023 Welcome Back!

    Posted by Joelle Jones on 8/11/2023 4:00:00 PM

    Welcome back!  I am excited to begin my 10th year of teaching Elementary Spanish!  

    It has been so great to see all of my students again.  Some of them have really grown over the short (very short) summer.  There have even been some new faces that I am looking forward to getting to know.  

    In August we will be working on greetings.  The goal is that students will be able to introduce themselves, greet someone, say good-bye to someone, and ask/answer the question "How are you?".  In Kindergarten the goal will be showing understanding with nonverbal clues such as thumbs up or down.  In the upper grades the goal will be for them to express themselves in increasingly complex sentence structures and with less promptings from me.  

    I am so happy to be back at school with my "amigos" (friends).  If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at joellejones@madisoncity.k12.al.us

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  • May Happenings

    Posted by Joelle Jones on 5/26/2023

    Happy Summer!  This time of year is always bittersweet.  Saying goodbye to students and ending the school year is always a little sad.  Knowing that another school year is finished and done leaves me feeling a little wistful.  It is the same feeling I get watching my children as they grow.  Time goes too fast!

    I have spent the last week reflecting on the past year.  I really saw students beginning to grow in their proficiency.  In some classes, I had some native speakers that used phrases that the other students began to copy.  I had students that used phrases correctly without prompting from me.  We were doing something in class and a student said, "Estoy enojado"(I am mad.).  We hadn't even practiced that phrase that day but he used it correctly and in context.  It is so gratifying to see that growth.

    In May, in almost all my classes, we did a lesson on whether objects would "flota" (float) or "se hunde"(sink) in water.   They really had fun predicting what objects would sink or float.  In Kindergarten, we retold the story of "The Hungry Caterpillar" in simple Spanish.  They did a great job and loved acting out the story.   In first grade, we celebrated the end of the year with a "fiesta" (party) and "globos"(balloons).  We had to rest though, so we took some "siestas" (naps) as well.    Second grade made Worry Dolls to wrap up their unit on Guatemala.  It was such a fun project.  Thank you so much to the volunteers who helped.  I could NOT have done that without you.Third grade did an art project in the style of a Salvadoran artist named , Fernando Llort.  Their projects turned out amazing!  4th grade wrapped up their cultural units on Peru.   5th graders learned about the dangers some children in Mexico have to face on their very long and treacherous paths to school.  

    It's been a joy to teach Spanish.  I am looking forward to next year.  

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  • Marzo/Abril Happenings

    Posted by Joelle Jones on 4/5/2023 3:00:00 PM

    Happy Spring!  It's so nice to see everything blooming and the sun shining.  

    The focus for K-3 in March was animals.  Students celebrated "La Locura de Marzo" (March Madness) with an animal bracket.  All the animals were from Spanish-speaking countries.  Students learned about the foods the animals eat, the habitats of the animals , and some interesting facts about the animals.  Some of the facts are:

    1.  The Iberian Lynx is from Spain.  The Iberian Lynx is the first large cat that is in danger of going extinct since the Saber Tooth Tiger.  In 2002, there were less than 100 animals in the wild.  Fortunately, their population is growing.   There are now more than 1,000 animals in the wild.

    2.  The Green Anaconda is the heaviest snake in the world.  

    3.  The Spanish Ibex is an amazing climber. 

    4.  There are many different types of Piranaha.  Some even eat more plants than meat.  When Piranahas lose teeth, they lose four teeth at a time.   The teeth grow back.

    5.   The Bee Hummingbird is the smallest bird in the world.  It is often mistaken for a bumblebee.  It flaps its wings 94 times a second, can fly in all directions(even upside down,) and can pollinate up to 1,500 flowers a day.

    6.    The Goliath Birdeater is the largest spider in the world.  It is 12 inches across.  It can project the tiny, barbed hairs towards the eyes and face of its predators to get away.  

    7.  The Harpy Eagle is the largest raptor in the world.  They have the longest talons of any bird and can carry prey up to half their body weight.

    8.  The Poison Dart frog is the most venomous animal on Earth.  There are only three types that can be fatal for humans.  The frogs are poisonous from the insects they eat.  If they stop eating the insects, they will eventually become non-venomous.  

    The winner of the "La Locura de Marzo" was the Iberian Lynx!  I am so glad the Green Anaconda didn't win!

    The 4th and 5th Grades also had their own "Locura de Marzo".  They listened to some popular musicians from Spanish-speaking countries.  There were eight songs that they voted on.  The winner of the bracket was Shakira, a Colombian singer.  Her song won over Marc Anthony's song "Vivir la Vida".  

    Looking forward to April, we will be focusing on food and family.  We will also be talking about the countries of Guatemala (2nd),  Honduras (3rd), Ecuador (4th), and Argentina (5th).  

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

    Happy Spring!

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  • January-February Happenings

    Posted by Joelle Jones on 2/10/2023 3:00:00 PM

    Happy New Year!  I can hardly believe it is already February!  

    In January and February, the focus has been practicing numbers, winter clothing vocabulary, and body parts.  

    In grades K-2 we practiced body parts by reading a story about a snowman and about a potato head named Enzo.  We used Mr. Potato Heads to review vocab.  Students really enjoyed this activity.

    Ms. Lavish 1st Grade Class

    To practice and review winter clothing items, the 4th and 5th graders have been watching the Billy La Bufanda stories.  They love watcing the adventures of Billy "the scarf" and his "dear, pink boots".  

    I am seeing a lot of growth in my students.  I am really proud of them.  

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

    Joelle Jones

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  • December Happenings

    Posted by Joelle Jones on 12/16/2022 2:00:00 PM

    Happy holidays!  It is almost time to wrap up 2022.  I really can't believe the first semester is done.  

    Here's a rundown of what we have been working on in November and December.

    Kindergarten

    We have been working hard to master counting one to ten.  More than 70% of my students can count to ten easily.   If students cannot, I always emphasize they can't do it yet.  Learning a language is a process and everyone learns at a different pace.  If they keep practicing, they will get there.  

    In first grade, we focused on counting to 20.  80%-90% can count to ten and I will begin assessing if they can count to 20 during the second semester. 

    In December we learned about holiday traditions in Spain.  My elf (Duende) visited Spain and taught us about some of the holiday traditions in Spain.  The students really liked learning about the lottery (el gordo), feeding the Christmas log, the lottery (el gordo), playing practical jokes on December 28th, and eating 12 grapes on New Year's Eve.  

    In 2nd grade, we continued to practice counting 1 to 30 and we learned about Puerto Rico.  We talked about how PR is an island, it's part of the United States, the Coquí tree frog is PR's mascot, the first people to live in PR were the Taínos , and the holiday tradition of Parrandas.  Parrandas are Christmas caroling with a twist.  Some of my second grade classes surprised some of their classmates by giving them a "Parranda".  It was really fun!

    In 3rd grade, we reviewed and practiced counting 1 to 50.  We also learned about the country of Nicaragua.  We talked about how there are 19 active volcanoes in Nicaragua.  What is really amazing is that Nicaragua is almost the same size as Alabama.   That's a lot of volcanoes.  We watched a video about how scientists are studying one of the most active and volatile volcanoes in the world, Masaya.  Brave scientists go down six stories into the volcano  and study the sensors they have placed around the volcano.  They hope the sensors can give them warning of when an eruption is imminent.  More than a million people live within 15 miles of the volcano and scientists hope to give them as much warning as possible to evacuate. 

    In 4th grade, we continued to review and to practice counting to 100.  We also learned about the country of Colombia.  Students learned that  Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world.  Colombia occupies only 0.8% of the world's land mass but has 10% of the world's  plant and animal species.  Students also learned that Colombia is the leading producer of emeralds, known for its coffee, and exports flowers.  Colombia is also home to a river nicknamed the "liquid rainbow" due to the bright colors of yellow, red, blue, green, and black.  A rare type of algae gives the river its bright  red color.  Students exchanged letters with our penpals in Vermont.  They are in the process of writing stories.  Heritage students started the stories with two or three sentences.  The Thetford school continued the story by adding two or three more sentences.  We are going to keep sending the stories back and forth as each school continues to add on to the stories.  It will be very interesting to see where these stories end up.  

    In 5th grade, students continue to review and to practice counting from 1 to 1,000.  Students also learned about the country of Chile.  Students learned that Chile has on average 8,000 earthquakes a day.  The country is as long as our country is wide.  Chile has the driest desert in the world.  We talked about the mining accident of 2010 and how 33 miners were trapped underground for 69 days.  Their story of the mining accident gained worldwide attention with over 5 million people watching their rescue.  

    It is the season of counting blessings.  I feel very blessed to be able to share my love of languages and culture with my students.  I really, really enjoy teaching about Spanish-speaking countries.  

    I hope everyone has a great vacation!  Enjoy your time with family and friends.  

    Señora Jones

     

     

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  • October Happenings

    Posted by Joelle Jones on 10/31/2022 3:00:00 PM

    Happy Fall!  I have loved all of the fall colors this year.   It's been a beautiful fall.

    The focus of October has been colors and numbers.  In Kindergarten, the goal is to be able to count to ten.  I have several students who have already met that goal.  In first grade, the goal is to be able to count to 20.  For some reason, many students can count to 20 but they skip 17.  We have been working on that. In  3rd grade, the goal is to count to 50, 4th grade to 100, and in 5th grade, the goal is to count to 1000 by 100s.  We are also working on colors and in 3-5 we are working on adjective placement and agreement.  

    For "Rock Your School Day" in 3-5 grades, we made paper airplanes.  Students named and decorated   their planes and the following week we flew the planes to see who could fly their planes the farthest.    This activity gave students an opportunity to practice  noun and adjective agreement (the names of their planes) and numbers (the distance their plane flew.

    In 4th grade, my students have the awesome opportunity of connecting with 4th grade students in Vermont, who are also taking Spanish.  We have exchanged letters.  We are looking forward to getting to know our new friends in Vermont.

    Looking ahead to November, we will be continuing to review and practice numbers and colors.  We will also be discussing "Día de los Muertos" in Kindergarten. In 1st grade we will discuss the tradition of "Castells' in Spain, the Dominican Republic in 2nd grade, Nicaragua in 3rd grade, Colombia in 4th grade, and Chile in 5th grade.  

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

     

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  • September Happenings

    Posted by Joelle Jones on 9/13/2022

    Happy fall!  I love fall!  So glad it is here!

    All month in August, my classes have been working on the goal of being able to greet someone,  to introduce  themselves, and to ask and answer someone how they are.  Of course, in Kindergarten, the expectation is that they communicate more with gestures.   The 5th graders should be able to answer verbally.  

    Looking ahead, we will be practicing and reviewing numbers.  Kindergarten's goal is to count to ten, 1st grade 1-20, 2nd grade 1-30, 3rd grade 1-50, 4th grade 1-100, and 5th grade 1-1,000.  In the upper grades, we will also be working on the goals of being able to say their age, their birthday, their favorite number, and a phone number.  

    I will also begin introducing culture into our lessons.  In Kindergarten we will be discussing Mexico for the whole year.  In September we will discuss the traditions of how Mexico celebrates their  independence day on September 16th.  In first grade we will be talking about Spain all year.  In September we will talk about "Ratoncito Pérez", the mouse who collects teeth under children's pillows.  In 2nd grade we will talk about Costa Rica.  In third grade we will talk about Panamá.  In fourth grade we will talk about Venezuela and in fifth grade we will talk about Bolivia.  We will also be talking about Hispanic Heritage month.

    Hope everyone enjoys the cooler weather.

    Heppy fall! 

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