La Hora de Español

Haddonfield's Second Grade World Language Program

Students compared names of body parts of a human and penguin! We know some facts about The Galápagos Penguin and where it lives.

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Mi Visita al Médico

Dear Parents,

We recently completed a unit called "Mi visita al médico" (My visit to the doctor's). Students acquired body part vocabulary through total physical response (TPR). Once the vocabulary was acquired, we practiced how to use it in case we got sick in a Spanish-speaking country. After several weeks of answering and asking questions with a partner, looking at photos, going to my eBoard, playing games, reading books, and doing activities, your child can say the following:

  • name
  • age
  • how he/she is feeling and why
  • what hurts

Daily habits and daily routines were embedded in this unit as well. The importance of daily habits such as brushing your teeth and washing your face every day were discussed in Spanish. Students are able to act out their typical routines during the day while using simple Spanish phrases such as "Me despierto. Me levanto. Me lavo la cara. Me lavo (cepillo) los dinetes. etc.)

As a culminating project to this unit, your child combined all this knowledge in order to have a one-on-one conversation with Docotra Devine. Students were put in a scenario that they were sick in Puerto Rico and had to communicate with the doctor in the Spanish language. Then, students had to read a letter from Dora who was writing to a friend to tell him about her experience in the doctor's office. The students then had to answer comprehension questions to show they understood what they read in Spanish. You will be impressed with their results! I am very proud of each student. Students are bringing home the graded rubrics that need to be signed by you. Below is more information about the rubrics.

At the bottom of this newsletter, you will see the students in action in a video we made using green screen technology! Just click the link at the bottom. If your son/daughter was absent from school the day that we used the green screen, tell him/her not to worry because we will be using it again later in the school year!

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Please SIGN & RETURN the two rubrics!

The students were assessed on their interpersonal speaking skills and interpretive reading skills. The rubrics we use in our program are based on the ACTFL Performance Guidelines for K-12 World Language Learners. The criteria listed in each rubric are written in student-friendly language.

After each unit, the students receive a culminating assessment task. This culminating project allowed the students to showcase everything they have learned during the unit through interpersonal speaking (interview with "Doctora Devine") and interpretive reading (letter from Dora).

Please sign the rubrics that your child is bringing home and return to school. Thank you!

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"I Can-Do Statements"

At the end of each unit, students will self-assess themselves using an "I Can-Do" checklist. The "I CAN-DO" statements help the children identify what they need to do to function at the novice level of proficiency. This is a tool for the children, teachers, and you to chart progress. Remember that one of our main goals is for our learners to acquire and produce meaningful communication that be used in real life situations in the classroom and in our global society as well.

Since the students are in 2nd grade, it is developmentally appropriate for me to send you the check-list. I ask that you please sit with them at home to go through the statements on the check list and have the students check off statements that they can do. We started the checklist in school and students must complete for homework and return to school. It's OK if not everything is checked off! This is only the end of the first unit of the school year. You can find the check list for the "My Visit to the Doctor's" Unit here:

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What's next?

We are beginning a unit called "Mi fiesta de cumpleaños" (My Birthday Party). Students will be acquiring birthday party vocabulary and how to apply it to make meaningful communication. Remember that everything we are doing is on my eBoard. You can get to my eBoard and click 2nd grade tab by going to the link below:
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