Friday, May 19, 2017

Intermediate Spanish at Korematsu

Hello Everyone!! 😊

     In preparation for the End of the Year Performance, students were working on creating an alternate form of Loteria, a popular and traditional Mexican game of chance. In our class, students enjoy playing bingo to help them memorize vocabulary. Therefore, prior to planning to the performance, I had the students play the original Loteria. Students found the game amusing because of the fast way I would call out the cards. I shared with students that playing Loteria in my family's parties usually gets very competitive because the winner can win a prize or money. In our class, the winner would get tickets, with which they could purchase a prize at the end of the week. 

     Because students really enjoyed playing Loteria, we decided that we would have parents and family members join us for an alternate form of Loteria for the performance. Students spent about six days drawing the deck of cards and board cards. As you will see displayed on the pictures below, the students used white printer paper for the deck of cards and an 11 x 14 inch paper board for the board cards. This was to ensure that the audience be able to see the cards when the students are calling them out on stage. Students made several modification to their Loteria. First, they selected different items for their game and only picked out a few from the original one. Second, they only made 32 items for the deck of cards, whereas the original one has 54. Third, to ensure that we had enough time to play one whole round, students made their board cards 3 x 3 instead of 4 x 4 as in the original. 

    Students had a great time designing the game, therefore we really hope that everyone who joins our game at the performance this Saturday, May 20th has a fun time playing with us! 

The kids at work!:

Board Cards! (Prior to coloring them in)
Finished Deck of Cards

Image result for loteria
This is a picture of the original Loteria!

Monday, May 1, 2017


Hola a todos: 

Over the past couple weeks in our beginning Spanish class we have learned new material. The students have been focusing on learning cuartos y muebles del hogar (rooms and furniture in the house) and as an activity they drew every room and the furniture. In addition, they created their own pares (pairs) with the words in English and Spanish.

We also started learning about countries in Latin America! The kids started working on a librito (mini-book) where they drew the flag of the countries next to name of the country. With this activity we have learned terms such as: país, bandera, sur, norte, centro ect. We also reviewed los colores (the colors).

Hope you enjoyed reading a little bit about what our class has been working on.


Maestra Miriam

North Davis - Beginner Spanish: Week 22-27

Hello North Davis Parents!

These past few weeks our students at North Davis have been learning new material as well as reviewing and reinforcing past material. Our Beginner Spanish Class has been practicing how to ask basic questions such as: ¿Quién? ¿Qué? ¿Por qué? ¿Dónde? ¿Cuál? ¿Cómo? y ¿Cuánto?. Besides these vocabulary terms, our class also practiced asking each other some questions important in starting a conversation with someone.
Student reading over her responses
These include: ¿Cómo te llamas? ¿Cuántos años tienes? 
¿De dónde eres?. Also, during one of our review days,
the students got to review food vocabulary as well as colors and animals in Spanish by asking: ¿Cuál es tu comida favorita? ¿Qué color te gusta más? ¿Cuál es tu animal favorito?. First, each student practiced answering these questions on their own by writing them down. Later that week we played "Carousel" and each student got to ask and answer questions with a different classmate.
Practicing writing questions in Spanish and English

"Carrusel de preguntas"
During "Review Week" students got to make their own "Cootie Catcher" to help them review colors, numbers and asking and answering questions. 

 Another activity our class really enjoyed was making our own "Guess Who" game boards when we were learning about professions. Each student selected their favorite nine professions and included those in their game board. At the end of the week students got to play the game of "Adivina quien".

Hope you enjoyed reading a little bit about what our class has been working on. The students have been doing an amazing job everyday in class and I encourage them to continue practicing the material we learn in class at home with their siblings and parents. Please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions or comments about our class. 

¡Muchas gracias!

Maestra Yolanda Romo

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Birch Lane - Intermediate Week 24-27

Hello Birch parents!

These past few weeks the kids have been focusing on learning parts of the house and the community as well! Furthermore, the kids also have reviewed numbers, days of the week, months of the year and seasons of the year. While learning about all these topics, the kids also had the opportunity to build their own board games, including writing rules on how to play them and building their own dice. They also drew maps of their ideal city and named the places one would find there
. Lastly, the kids also worked on calendars where they wrote special dates and images to represent each month. Here are some pictures from last week:

Some of the vocabulary you could review with your kid are:
  • Parts of the house: cuarto (room), sala (living room), comedor (dining room), baño (bathroom), oficina (office), and cocina (kitchen)
  • Places and people from the community: panadero (baker), panadería (bakery), biblioteca (library), bibliotecario (librarian), oficina postal (post office), cartero (mail man), restaurante (restaurant), cocinero (chef/cook), estación de bomberos (firefighter station), bombero (firefighter), hospital (hospital), doctor (doctor), estación de policías (police station), policía (policeman),  tienda (store), cajero (cashier), peluquería (hairdresser's shop), peluquero (hairdresser), banco (bank), banquero (banker), parque (park), zoológico (zoo), museo (museum) y teatro (theater)
  • Numbers 1-100
  • Days of the week: lunes (Monday), martes (Tuesday), miércoles (Wednesday), jueves (Thursday), viernes (Friday), sábado (Saturday), domingo (Sunday)
  • Months of the year: enero (January), febrero (February), marzo (March), abril (April), mayo (May), junio (June), julio (July), agosto (August), septiembre (September), octubre (October), noviembre (November), diciembre (December)
  • Seasons of the year: primavera (spring), verano (summer), otoño (fall/autumn), inviero (winter)

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

-Un abrazo,

Maestra Teresa G. ☺

La Casa - Beginning Spanish at Birch Lane!


In the past few weeks, the kids have been having a great time learning different rooms in the house and furniture that belongs in each room. As an activity, the children drew a picture of a house (una casa) some of them being inspired by their own homes and others creating very unique designs for the homes. Some of the words we learned were techo (roof), ventana (window), puerta (door), cocina (kitchen), sala (living room), comedor (dining room), baño (bathroom), y jardín (garden).

In their pictures they labeled the corresponding parts to the outside of the house.

This activity allowed them to be creative in the creation of the house as well as practice spelling words in Spanish and not only saying them verbally. The children had a fun time exploring words that correspond to certain words and they loved drawing their own house.

Than you for reading, and we hope to see you next month!

Korematsu Elementary Site - Intermediate Spanish Class

Hola a todos!! Hello Everyone!!😃

These couple of weeks students have been learning, reviewing, and applying a variety of themes! 

We first learned about a list of jobs and professions in Spanish. Students created a poster (displayed below) in which they wrote and drew a symbol to represent what they want to be when they grow up. In Spanish they wrote, "Cuando yo crezca yo quiero ser...", which means, "When I grow up I want to be..."
Students also made origami fortune teller cootie catchers to play with the jobs and professions. 

 Students wrote two desired professions and another two professions they were not so thrilled about and played with their peers during class. 
Students also learned the vocabulary for places in their community and decided to draw a map displaying their favorite local places! The map below shows places like their school, a soccer field, a cemetery, the University of California, Davis, and a whole lot of favorite restaurants and coffee shops! 

Lastly, students in intermediate class are always encouraged to apply the extensive vocabulary they learn and review into sentences and conversations. Below are two pictures that show a snippet of students applying their vocabulary into complete sentences. 

I hope you enjoyed reading a little bit about what has been going on for students in Intermediate Spanish class at Korematsu Elementary! You can always email me with any questions or suggestions at! 
Thank you!

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