September Happenings

Posted by Joelle Jones on 9/30/2019

Happy October!

It has been a busy September!  I cannot believe that it is almost Fall break already!  Time flies when you're having fun!  Let me share all that we have been doing!

In Kindergarten we have been practicing numbers 1-10.  They have a favorite song that they like to sing.  It's called the Colors and Numbers song.  They love this song!  We have also been learning about Mexico.  We discussed that Mexico is our neighbor, that they speak Spanish in Mexico, that their flag is green, white, and red, and has a picture of  an eagle eating snake on the flag.  We also discussed the tradtions of Mexico's Independence day (parades, fireworks, los gritos de dolores) and the pyramids at Chichen Itza.  

 

In 1st grade we have been practicing the numbers 1-20.  Their favorite song is by Basho. 

 We have also been learning about Spain.  We have talked about their flag being red and yellow with a coat of arms.  We talked about where Spain is located and the tradition of building human towers, "Castels" , in the Catalonia province.  

 

In 2nd grade we have been practicing numbers 1-30.  They also like the numbers song by Basho. 

For "Rock Your School Day" we did a STEM lesson.  We made predicitons about whether something would "flota"  float or "se hunde" sink in water.  First we made our predictions and then I had students come up to test their theories. It was a lot of fun.  I wish I would have gotten pictures.  

We have also been learning about Costa Rica.  We have talked about where Costa Rica is located, that ecotourism is very important to Costa Rica, and we talked about a toucan, Grecia, that became a symbol of anti-animal cruelty.  We talked about how a group of people came together to help Grecia to have a normal life after the bird suffered a terrible injury. We watched a video of how her beak was repaired.

In 3rd grade we have been practicing the numbers 1-50.   They really like to watch a video of people saying their ages from 0 to 100.  

For "Rock Your School Day" we did a STEM lesson.  We made predicitons about whether something would "flota"  float or "se hunde" sink in water.  First we made our predictions and then I had students come up to test their theories. It was a lot of fun.  I wish I would have gotten pictures.  

We have also been talking about Panama.  We talked about the construction of the Panama Canal and we made a craft that represented Molas, a handicraft made by indigenous people of Panama.  

 

In 4th & 5th grades we have been practicing numbers 1-50.  We played a game that helps practice numbers called "El Reloj".  "El Reloj" means clock and is a card game from Spain.  They did a great job of speaking Spanish when we played it.

 We talked about Colombia.  They enjoyed learning that Colombia is the leading source of emeralds, that flowers and coffee are commonly exported, and that Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world.  We talked about how Colombia has pink river dolphins, the tallest palm trees in the world, and  a river that's nicknamed the "liquid rainbow" because of plants that grow in the water that cause the water to appear to be different colors.  We also talked about a teacher named Luis Soriano who along with his two burros, Alfa and Beto, deliver books to children in rural Colombia.  

 

I have had some parents ask if we were going to do anything special for Hispanic Heritage month.  I feel like we celebrate Hispanic Heritage every Spanish class.  I am always incorporating aspects of the culture into lessons. The students really enjoy learning about the culture of the different countries.  I am glad that we talk about culture throughout the entire school year.    

 

In October we will continue to work on numbers and we will begin reviewing colors.  In Kindergarten we will talk about "Día de los Muertos" at the end of the months, in 1st grade we will talk about "El Día de la Raza" (Christopher Columbus Day),  and in 2nd grade we will talk about the Dominican Republic and the importance of baseball in their culture.

 

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

 Joelle Jones