Week of May 13-17
What we did this week...
My sincere apologies for not sending you a newsletter sooner. Spring has sprung and so haven't the multitude of activities taking place that have been occupying all of my free time!
What has your child been learning in Spanish Class?
Students wrapped up Unit 6 last week by putting together a project related to the house. Students learned vocabulary words and expressions related to the house and activities that typically take place in the various parts of the house. Students had the choice of writing a letter to a "fictitious" pen pal describing their house and activities, giving a "tour" of their house (some students chose to give a tour of "their" house using online pictures) or playing the role of a real estate buyer/prospective buyer and discussing homes that are for sale.
This was a summative assessment worth 50 points towards their grade.
This week we began learning "o-ue" stem-changing verbs. These verbs take a spelling change in the I, You, He/She, and They conjugation. The o-ue stem-changing verbs include: to sleep, to play (a sport), to return (to a place), to return (an item), to remember, and to be able to. Students were assessed on these verbs today (Wednesday) and I will have the results posted within 24 hours. In addition to learning these verbs this week, students are also learning more vocabulary related to free-time activities such as: running, skating, playing (soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball, etc.), drawing, video games and much more. Many of these activities are cognates (similar to English) which makes learning them much easier for students. Tomorrow students will practice saying these new vocabulary words. Students will be assessed on these activities on Friday (5/17).
Coming up Next Week...
Students will be adding another verb conjugation to their Spanish repertoire. The verb conjugation that they are going to learn is the "present progressive" tense. The present progressive tense is the equivalent to the English "-ing" conjugation. Students will be learning how and when to use the present progressive compared to the present tense.
On Wednesday 22nd students will be assessed on the present progressive tense.
Parent/Teacher conferences will be taking place next week in the evening. These conferences are being scheduled by your child's TA (Teacher Advisor) and you will have the opportunity to discuss (holistically) how their year went, schedule for next year as well as goals for next year.
If you would like to meet with me regarding your child's progress in Spanish, please feel free to contact me and I can schedule a conference with you.
In addition to conferences next week, there will be an informational meeting on Wednesday May 22nd at 6:30 in the MHS library for students (and their parents) who are interested in traveling to Switzerland next summer with Staci Ferris-Letsos (the German Teacher). If your child is interested in this trip or you have questions about this trip, please feel free to contact Staci with any questions you might have. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.