Thursday, April 20, 2017

Patwin-Beginning ASL Class

Hello Everyone!!!

Over the past couple weeks in our beginning ASL class, we've done a lot of different activities! 

Cookie Cookbooks

> When we learned food, each student made a cookie cookbook to take home. It included everything such as the ingredients, tools, and cook time. The students LOVED making these. *The recipes are actual recipes that you can bake at home*


> We also learned questions. The students became very good at it! ASL sentence structure is different than English so we practiced word order. Also, when asking questions in ASL, you have to lower your eyebrows. Try it with your kids! 


> Last week, the students learned room vocabulary. As you can see below, we go over the weather in the morning. On Thursday we had a scavenger hunt! I signed the vocabulary and the students had to find the post it with that word. Then they would place it into a category on the board! 

> Next we are going to be learning professions! 

Carlie Gropp

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Patwin Elementary Site - Intermediate Spanish Course

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Hello Parents! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Here is a sneak peek of the exciting activities we have been enjoying in class, as we learn the wonders of the Spanish language! ๐Ÿ“š

'The Animals' was a broad topic that we went over and learned in a span of a little over two weeks. Down bellow,  you'll be able to see some photos with the vocabulary words of the most salient terms, and activities we all review/learn in class.

The activities we worked on through the introduction of this topic are the top favorites of the class. One of these activities consists of drawing and naming animals up on the board. YES! I was critiqued harshly because of my drawing skills (hahaha...). ๐Ÿ˜… 

We all drew our favorite animal(s), and presented our drawings to the class, at the end of the week. I allowed 10 minutes of class, each session, after we have reviewed mostly all animals - aquatic, flying, jungle animals, barn animals, house pets, zoo animals, etc., to work and finish our drawings. 

Another, most requested activity, was the "Tell us how to say _______ in Spanish/English" activity. In Spanish, we call this "Ad
ivina, adivinador." This activity consists on having each of my students going up to the board and choosing a post-it note that's on the board. The post-it notes have a vocabulary word, in Spanish or English, of those many we learn every day in class. Once they are certain of what it is, they say the words aloud to the rest of the class. Best part is that each time they get it right, with no help from the rest of the class (Yes, help! We all need help sometimes, so helping each other out is highly encouraged), they get a 'reward point'. ๐Ÿ˜Ž These points accumulate by the end of each week, and based on how many we get, we get prizes at the end of the month, or a nice treat by the end of the quarter.

Stay tuned for more activities, and updates, as we continue along with our journey in exploring this beautiful language... 


   What's your favorite animal?  

 A Q U A T I C   A N I M A L S 
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  A D I V I N A,    A D I V I N A D O R...  
  C a n   y o u   g u e s s?  
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Friday, March 31, 2017

March at Birch Lane Beginning Spanish!

The beginning Spanish class at Birch Lane has been having a great time asking class mates questions and having the opportunity to respond to more questions now that they have a wider vocabulary list! In the past few weeks they have had a great time using cootie catchers to practice their colors, spelling of the colors in Spanish and counting. They were able to work in partners and cut out their cootie catchers and folded it up before they were able to play with it. They got quite good at them.                    

Another great activity that the kids really enjoyed was creating their own Spanish board games! The kids were divided in groups of 3 and they created their own board game with a unique design and they own rules. This encourages them to use vocabulary words that we have learned in the past few months such as directions like backward and forward (atras y adelante) and also other vocabulary like animals as their game pieces. These games will be played when we have some extra time in class or as a back up activity if something does not work out! The kids really enjoyed playing their games and they were very proud of what they created as a team. 

Thanks for reading! Keep checking in to see what more fun activities the kids are up to in the next couple months!


Davis Art Center-Intermediate French Mardi Gras!

Dani and I decided to combine the beginner and intermediate classes to do a cultural day to celebrate Mardi Gras!  Forgive me for blogging so late, I know Mardi Gras was at the beginning of the month, but it deserves a post nonetheless!

I love Mardi Gras, we always celebrated in my French classes and I really wanted to make it traditional for the kids but educational too. We explained where Mardi Gras is celebrated around the world (including Carnival in Brazil and of course New Orleans), and while the kids made masks we had jazz music playing.

We discussed what the colors signify:    
le violet (purple)=la justice (justice)
le vert (green)= la foi (faith)
l'or (gold)=la puissance (power)

And we went over some new vocabulary that they would need to know for the day:
le dรฉfilรฉ- parade    

le char- float

les masques-masks

la Nouvelle-Orlรฉans

la Louisianne- Louisiana

Laissez les bons temps rouler!-Let the good times roll! (A very popular phrase you would hear all around New Orleans on Mardi Gras)

les galettes des rois- King's cake

I also made a King Cake for the occasion. A traditional cake decorated with Green, Gold, and Purple, frosting covered in beads- a real treat!  What makes the cake special is the tradition of placing a plastic baby inside one of the pieces, then the youngest in the group gets to designate who gets what piece without knowing where the baby is hidden.  Whoever gets the plastic baby is King or Queen for the day!

It was a great time and everyone had a blast!

ร€ la prochaine,
Rebecca and Dani

Korematsu Elementary Intermediate Spanish Class

Hola Korematsu Parents!

Take a little Insight into our Class these past few weeks before Spring Break๐Ÿ˜Š:

     Students learned Spanish interrogative words by making signs, solving crossword puzzles, reading and asking questions about characters in a Spanish book. Students also reviewed the days of the week, months, and the year by picking a favorite month and making a calendar page for that month. To practice the interrogatives with the days of the week and months, students asked each other about their birthdays, favorite days of the week, and how old they were. Towards the end of the first week learning the interrogatives, students and I set up a routine to ask each other questions using the interrogatives. Students sometimes ask, "Como te sientes hoy?" (How do you feel today?) and "Donde esta este estudiante?" (Where is a certain student, if they were not in class at the time). 
     Students also used pretend dollar bills to review numbers and practice asking how much money they had in hand (e.g. "Cuanto dinero tienes?/How much money do you have?). Students also seemed to enjoy playing timed Match with the Spanish and English interrogative vocabulary. One student kept time while another student matched the Spanish words to the English words. We first started by giving each student 35 seconds to match the seven interrogatives and then lowered the time to 15 seconds, so this was a fun challenge for them. 
    Below I posted pictures of some of the signs I helped them make for the interrogatives as well as some of their work. The week after Spring Break students will continue reviewing the interrogatives by making cootie catchers and other fun games. Cootie catchers are a fun dynamic activity to incorporate many of the colloquial questions and vocabulary for review. I look forward to posting samples of their work by the end of next week, so stay posted! 

Feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or suggestions. Thank you!! 

Sincerely ๐Ÿ’™, 

Birch Lane- Intermediate Week 23

Hello Birch parents!

Last week the kids focused on reviewing more questions and conversational phrases such as introductions. The kids had the opportunity to have conversations with their classmates and ask each other their names, school grade, how they were doing, and more! 

The kids also started working on their own comic books, using questions and conversational phrases reviewed in the classroom. Here are some pictures from last week:

Some of the questions you could ask your kid are:
  • ¿Cรณmo te llamas? (what is your name?)
  • ¿Cuรกntos aรฑos tienes? (how old are you?)
  • ¿A quรฉ escuela vas? (what school do you go to?
  • ¿En quรฉ grado estรกs? (what grade are you in?)
  • ¿Cรณmo estรกs? (how are you?)
Announcement: I will be teaching all four days starting on April 3rd, 2017. Big thanks to maestra Irene for teaching Mondays/Wednesdays this past few months (January-March)! :) 

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions/comments/concerns  at 

-Un abrazo,

Maestra Teresa ☺

Friday, March 24, 2017

North Davis Intermediate Spanish

Hello, North Davis parents!
 This week the students learned how to write their own questions. They learned the following:
  • Who? - ¿Quiรฉn?
  • What? - ¿Quรฉ?
  • When? - ¿Cuรกndo?
  • Which? - ¿Cuรกl?
  • Why? - ¿Por quรฉ?
  • How? - ¿Cรณmo?
  • Where?- ¿ Donde? 
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