Thursday, June 27, 2013

Weekly Plans for Students and Parents

In my attempts to keep students and parents informed about what is going on in my classroom, I've developed this weekly plan handout.  My plan is to e-mail it to students and parents as well as have some printed out in the classroom for students to take if they'd like to.  I know there's a lot going on, but my goal was to include all the important lessons and events for the week.  

People will never know (appreciate) what it is you and your students do all day unless you show them.  Let's hear it for keeping lines of communication open!







Summer School Highlights Week 2 - Numbers Class

¡Hola!

As a middle school and high school teacher, I'm always venturing a bit outside my comfort zone when it comes to teaching elementary students.  That said, I love the opportunity to try out new hands on activities and also create an excitement for the Spanish language when the students are still young.  This summer, I teach four basic Spanish classes, each meets for 90 minutes a day and lasts for four days. 


¡Números! (Numbers)



Week 2 is all about numbers.  Again, my goal was to come up with as many different ways as possible to practice our numbers over the course of the week.  I had two sections of this class.  One group was 1st through 3rd graders and the other group was 4th through 6th graders.  Here are some highlights from our week!  

¡Flip Diez!  This is a game that I adapted after finding it on the E is for Explore! blog via Pinterest.  Students flip over two cards.  They have to say what numbers they flip in Spanish, and then if the numbers add up to 10, they get to keep their match.    


This game was another Pinterest find that led me to the What the Teacher Wants blog:  Subtraction Bowling.  We used it to practice our numbers again.  How many "pins" are there?  How many did you knock down?  How many are left?  How many will you need to knock down if you want to win? etc.  
The original blog post calls for Dixie Cups.  I ended up using K-cups from my Kuerig coffee maker because that's what I had on hand, though we did have one casualty as a result of sitting on a cup, so Dixie Cups are probably the way to go.  :)  


This was a game I through together to mimic the car game that we did in the colors class.  I wrote out the number names in Spanish on the papers and then students used magnetic numbers to match them up.  I timed them so that they could see their improvement.  



I adapted these manipulatives from another Pinterest pin that took me to Look + Listen = Learn.  These place value cups also had the words written next to the numbers if you pulled apart the cups.  So, they served as a reference for the students and a quizzing tool for me!




Summer School Highlights Week 1 - Colors Class

¡Hola!

As a middle school and high school teacher, I'm always venturing a bit outside my comfort zone when it comes to teaching elementary students.  That said, I love the opportunity to try out new hands on activities and also create an excitement for the Spanish language when the students are still young.  This summer, I teach four basic Spanish classes, each meets for 90 minutes a day and lasts for four days.


¡Colores!  (Colors)


First up, a class about colors.  This class was for 1st through 3rd graders.  My goal was to come up with a bunch of different ways to practice the Spanish colors.  Here are a couple of activities that the kids enjoyed:




In this activity, students had to park their cars in the correct parking space by reading the color names in Spanish.  I was inspired by this pin that I saw on Pinterest from The Adventures of Bear blog. It was really good for helping the students internalize some of the words.  I let them practice, and then we timed them each day to see how much faster they could do it on the last day than on the first!



Twister!  Most kids like Twister.  We played the normal rules, just said all the words in Spanish!


Throughout the week, I took pictures of the students and then cropped the pictures to just certain articles of clothing.  Then we sorted the photos onto our color wall for extra practice.  




On the last day, we made a booklet with brag books from the dollar store in which we put pictures of clothing and then labeled them with the Spanish word together.
   


We also sang this song together.  There are a couple colors missing, but my students liked to point out which ones were missing, so they were still practiced all the same!  This particular image is a free download from Macy Turner on TeachersPayTeachers.