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

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Patwin Elementary Site - Intermediate Spanish Course

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Hello Parents! 😊

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

'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...). 😅 

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'. 😎 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... 


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