Spanish Class Week Ending June 22, 2019

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Dear Parents,

 

       As this is the last week of the school year and the beginning of summer, I firstly want to say congratulations! Congratulations on another successful year here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. Congratulations on helping your children this entire year with homework, school work, and everything else your children need to succeed. Secondly, I want to say thank you. Thank you for welcoming me into your school, and more importantly, your family. We have spent this entire year working together as a team to help the students learn and grow and develop an understanding of the Spanish language and the ability to use their skills frequently. I look forward to next year together where we can continue to build on our knowledge and continue to challenge the students to grow and develop their skills.

Best,

~ Mr. N. Amster

Grade 2

2A & 2B – As with the end of the year, we wrapped up on unit on Los Días de la Semana (Days of the Week). Students completed a cut and paste worksheet which developed their word association skills. Following that, we concluded the lesson with Señor Jordan’s video for the Days of the Week. Afterwards, we began our adventure into 3rd Grade where we begin with the numbers. Students were introduced to the numbers 1-30. Have a great summer!

Grade 3

3A, 3B, & 3C – As we are at the end of the year, students completed a set of summer craft activities. Students created a summer themed crown, a matching bracelet, and a summer pennant explaining what their summer plans were (students had the option to write this in English or Spanish). 

Grade 4

4A & 4B – To wrap up our unit and year, students created mini selfies on a worksheet and had to use our knowledge of adjectives to describe each of the selfies. Have a wonderful summer!

Grade 5

5A & 5B – To wrap up our unit and our year, students created fake Facebook profiles where they needed to describe themselves, their friends, but also reflect on what they have done this year and what they look forward to for next year! Have a blast this summer!

Grade 6

6A & 6B – As this week is mostly half days, last Wednesday was our last class together and we did not meet this week. Have an amazing summer!

Grade 7

7A & 7B – To wrap up our year, students are completing reflective activities where they will reflect on their time here at SFDS and in Spanish class. They will also think about their roles as 8th graders next year in the activities. Have a good summer!

Grade 8

8A & 8B – With graduation this past Friday, our classes no longer meet. I am very proud of all the work that the 8th grade has done this past year and I am extremely excited to see what the future holds for them! Make sure to come back and let us know what is going on in your life! I would love to hear your adventures in foreign language come the Fall! Have a fantastic summer!

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Spanish Class Week Ending 6/15

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Dear Parents,

        As we enter into the last full week of school, I just want to highlight how proud I am of your children who I have been lucky enough to call my students this year! We have laughed together, cried together, and learned together. We have worked as a team to turn these students into life long learners and I am super excited to see what next year has in store for them! Even though the school year is winding down, we are still keeping up with our work!

Grade 2

2A & 2B – We are still working on learning the days of the week and the months of the year. We watched a video by Señor Jordan to practice our skills. Students also completed worksheets with word association, word scrambling, and coloring (which helped review our understanding of color vocabulary).

Grade 3

3A & 3B – In class, we continued into our next aspect of learning about different countries. Following our lessons on the geography of Spain, we now began to learn about the religion of Spain. Please see the notes from below.

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3C – We are on week 2 of our lesson regarding the context of Spain. We are still focusing on Geography and some associated vocabulary to learn about the different regions of Spain.

NAmster_Spanish 3_Unit 6_Lesson 2

Grade 4

4A & 4B – We are continuing to work on adjectives and sentences talking about ourselves and others. Students completed various activities to build and develop their understanding of how to use adjectives in a sentence.

Grade 5

5A & 5B – Please continue to check Google Classroom for continued updates and information.

Grade 6

6A & 6B – With the half days next week, this Wednesday will be our last class for the school year. Please continue to check Google Classroom for continued updates and information.

Grade 7

7A & 7B – Please continue to check Google Classroom for continued updates and information.

Grade 8

8A & 8B – With graduation on Friday, our classes do not meet anymore. I have truly enjoyed my time with this year’s 8th grade and I am excited for their endeavors next year!

Spanish Class Week Ending 6/8

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Grade 2

2A & 2B – In class, we are now on our final unit, Days of the Week and Months of the Year. Students copied down their newest vocabulary words (see digital copy below). We then watched a video by Señor Jordan to reinforce our vocabulary skills for the days of the week (video below)

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Grade 3

3A & 3B – We are still in the beginning of our unit on Spain. Students are currently learning about the geography of the country and vocabulary that is related to it. Please see the notes below.

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3C – We are now in our last unit. The students are learning about the country of Spain. Please see a copy of the notes below.

NAmster_Spanish 3_Unit 6_Lesson 1

Grade 4

4A & 4B – In class, we are reviewing some descriptive adjectives (i.e. tall, short, blonde, dark haired, etc.) and practicing those for the next few classes. These vocabulary words also reviewed their knowledge of synonyms and introduced the concept of cognates (words that look similar and have similar meanings across languages, for example inteligente and intelligent). Students copied down new vocabulary words and then completed an activity in which they needed to draw pictures to match the adjectives. Please see the notes below.

Los Adjetivos powerpoint

Grade 5

5A & 5B – We are beginning our final unit on describing famous people. This will tie in new vocabulary as well as some aspects of learning about different cultures. Please check Google Classroom and Option C for important information such as updates and assignments.

Grade 6

6A & 6B – Please check Google Classroom and Option C for important information such as updates and assignments.

Grade 7

7A & 7B – Please check Google Classroom and Option C for important information such as updates and assignments.

Grade 8

8A & 8B – Please check Google Classroom and Option C for important information such as updates and assignments.

Spanish Class Week Ending June 1

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2A & 2B – Due to the 3 day weekend, our class did not meet this week. Students who missed the test last week will take the make up next time we meet.

Grade 3

3C – Due to the 3 day weekend, our class did not meet.

3A & 3B – We started our new unit on different Spanish speaking countries. We began with the country of Spain. Please see the notes below.

NAmster_Spanish 3_Unit 6_Lesson 1

Grade 4

4A & 4B – Continuing on unit on describing people and using adjectives, we began describing someone else. We worked with the pronoun Tú (informal you in Spanish). Please see the notes from class below.

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Grade 5

5A & 5B – Students took their final in class, we will be spending the next few classes slowly introducing parts of the 6th grade curriculum. Please continue to check Google Classroom and Option C for important information and updates.

Grade 6

6A & 6B – Students took their final in class, we will be spending the next few classes slowly introducing parts of the 6th grade curriculum. Please continue to check Google Classroom and Option C for important information and updates.

Grade 7

7A & 7B – Students are working on their final which is due next week (June 5th). Please continue to check Google Classroom and Option C for important information and updates.

Grade 8

8A & 8B – Students have their project due on Wednesday 5/29. Please continue to check Google Classroom and Option C for important information and updates.

Spanish Class Week Ending 5/25

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Grade 2

2A & 2B – This week in class, the students took their Spanish Test on the colors. The test included multiple choice questions, short answer responses, and a word association where the students needed to color by number.

Grade 3

3A, 3B, & 3C – Students are still learning the Act of Contrition in Spanish. Students are in the process of transcribing the prayer into their notebooks before we begin to discuss the prayer.

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Grade 4

4A  & 4B – In class, our students reviewed our emotion adjectives and then we began to apply that knowledge and create “I am” statements so students would be able to describe themselves with the emotions (for example, I am happy or I am sad).

NAmster_Spanish 4_Unit 5_Lesson 4_I am statements

Grade 5

5A & 5B – Our classes are learning about weather and how to effectively describe it in English. Please check Google Classroom and Option C for important information such as homework, tests/quizzes, and other updates.

Grade 6

6A & 6B – Students are currently working on digital town maps/websites via Google Sites. Please check Google Classroom and Option C for important information such as homework, tests/quizzes, and other updates.

Grade 7

7A & 7B – Students are now working on the second half of their final project. For this portion, they will be working in partners. Please check Google Classroom and Option C for important information such as homework, tests/quizzes, and other updates.

Grade 8

8A & 8B – Students are in the middle of working on their infographics for their final projects. Please check Google Classroom and Option C for important information such as homework, tests/quizzes, and other updates.

Spanish Class Week Ending 5/18

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Grade 2

2A & 2B – Students practiced their writing and speaking skills, as well as word association through working with the colors negro (black) and blanco (white). Additionally, each students was given a copy of the Study Guide for the test for next week. 

Homework #6 – Please complete the worksheet on the colors Black and White. Students are to trace the Spanish word on the worksheet and only color in the items that are supposed to be that respective color.

Spanish 2 – Homework #6 – Black/White

Grade 3

3A & 3C – Students began class with a quiz on El Señal de la Cruz (The Sign of the Cross) and the Gloria (Glory Be). Following that, the students learned the Act of Contrition in Spanish. Please see the notes attached below.

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3B – Students began class with a quiz on the Ave María (the Hail Mary). Afterwards, the students learned about the Gloria (Glory Be). Please see the attached notes.

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Grade 4

4A & 4B – We are still learning about using emotions in Spanish. This unit also covers basic uses of the verb “Estar” as well as adjectives. Students continued to work on a Word Search or Word Scramble as well as a Crossword Puzzle and a Sentence building activity.

Homework #6 – Please complete hidden message worksheet.

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Grade 5

5A & 5B – Students are still in the middle of our weather unit. Students are practicing their vocabulary as well as applying their vocabulary skills when describing the weather in Spanish speaking countries. Please be sure to check Google Classroom and Option C for information such as homework assignments, updates, and notes.

Grade 6

6A & 6B – We are working on our Neighborhood Unit where students are learning about the various parts of the neighborhood. Please be sure to check Google Classroom and Option C for information such as homework assignments, updates, and notes.

Grade 7

7A & 7B – Students are still working on their final projects for Spanish class. Please be sure to check Google Classroom and Option C for information such as homework assignments, updates, and notes.

Grade 8

8A & 8B – Students are still working on their final projects for Spanish class. Please be sure to check Google Classroom and Option C for information such as homework assignments, updates, and notes.

Spanish Class Week Ending 5/11

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¡Buenos Días Parents!

As we are in the middle of May now, we are quickly approaching the end of the year. Most classes are either on their final unit or second to final unit. Some classes are working on final projects, while others are taking notes and learning specific material for a test at the end of the unit that will count as their “final”. As always, I ask for your continued cooperation and that we work as a team to ensure your child’s success in class. Please continue to check Option C and Google Classroom to make sure we are all on the same page and do not hesitate to email me or reach out via ClassDojo with questions, comments, and concerns.

Sunday was Cinco de Mayo. This event is a minor holiday based on the Battle of Puebla (May 5, 1862) in the Franco-Mexican War (1861 – 1867). France had an extremely large fleet and military power and was expected to win, however Mexico did win this specific battle which was a cause for celebration. Most cities in Mexico do not celebrate the holiday, however there is celebration in the specific city of Puebla. Americans are known to celebrate this holiday more. Some genuine ways to celebrate the holiday (rather than what the media portrays) can include learning more about the history of the event, supporting authentic Mexican businesses, celebrating without appropriating Mexican culture, or supporting organizations that focus on Human Rights.

Some links for information on the holiday include:

https://www.abcactionnews.com/lifestyle/what-is-cinco-de-mayo
https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/cinco-de-mayo
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Cinco-de-Mayo
https://www.cnn.com/2013/08/14/world/americas/cinco-de-mayo-fast-facts/index.html

Grade 2

2A & 2B – Today, our adventures through color took us to the colors Morado (Purple) and Rosado (Pink). Students worked on using the colors while practicing their speaking skills, writing skills, and word association along with learning about and practicing simple sentence structure in Spanish. Specifically, we discussed how adjectives go after the noun in Spanish.

Homework #5 – For homework, students are to complete the double sided worksheet on Morado and Rosado. The worksheet is to trace the vocabulary word and then color in the pictures associated with that color (for example, if there was a goldfish on the either of the pages, I would not color that in since a goldfish is orange and not purple or pink).

Spanish 2 – Homework #5 – Purple and Pink

Second Grade will have a test on the color vocabulary on Monday May 20, 2019.

Grade 3

3A & 3C – Students were introduced to and learned about the “Glory Be” in Spanish. Additionally, we went over all of the previous prayers we have covered in class as of today.

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3B – As we are a week behind the other classes, students were introduced to the “Our Father” in Spanish.

Spanish 3 – Prayer – The Our Father

Students have a quiz next week! There quiz is based on the material we covered this week. For 3A and 3C, the quiz will be on The Sign of the Cross and the Glory Be. For 3B, the quiz will be on the Hail Mary.

Grade 4

4A & 4B – Following our identification of subject pronouns last week, we want to start applying as we approach the end of the year. With that in mind, the next part of our unit is Emotions. Students spent the first part of class searching for the definitions of the 24 vocabulary words relating to emotions. Afterwards, the students were given time to work on a word scramble and a word search to practice their spelling skills as well as building their vocabulary.

Vocabulary List: Spanish 4 – Unit 5 – Lesson 2 – Emotions

Classwork: Spanish 4 – Unit 5 – Lesson 2 – Emotions

Spanish 4 – Unit 5 – Lesson 2 – Emotions – Homework #5

Homework #5 – Please complete the emotions acrostic puzzle.

Grade 5

5A & 5B – We are still working on our Weather Unit. Students did a word association as well as analyzed the weather in foreign countries. Continue to check Google Classroom and Option C for essential information such as homework assignments, notes, and updates.

Grade 6

6A & 6B – We will not be meeting this week due to the half day we have on Wednesday for the Faculty Meeting. However, the students still have homework due that day that is to be submitted via Google Classroom. Please continue to check Google Classroom and Option C for essential information such as homework assignments, notes, and updates.

Grade 7

7A & 7B – Students are working on their menus and partner conversations. Please continue to check Google Classroom and Option C for essential information such as homework assignments, notes, and updates.

Grade 8

8A & 8B – Students are working on their infographic projects that will be due the end of this month. As always, please continue to check Google Classroom and Option C for essential information such as homework assignments, notes, and updates.

Spanish Class Week Ending 5/4

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Grade 2

2A & 2B – Our adventure has brought us to the colors Green and Blue (Verde y Azul). Students practiced their color association, writing, and sentence structure. Additionally, students practiced their grammar skills and placement of adjectives in Spanish sentences. 

Homework #4: Students are to complete the worksheets on the colors Green and Blue, as well as the Color by Number in Spanish

Spanish 2 – Homework # 4 – Pages 1 and 2

Spanish 2 – Homework #4 – Page 3

Grade 3

3A & 3C – In class we reviewed our previously knowledge on prayer with the basic information on prayer as well as information on the Hail Mary. Afterwards, we began learning about the Our Father. Students completed a fill in the blank where they had to find the missing parts of the prayer.

Spanish 3 – Prayer – The Our Father

3B – Seeing as we did not meet the week before we left for Easter Break, we are a bit behind the other 3rd grade classes. As a result, we focused on learning about the Sign of the Cross and the Hail Mary this week in class.
NAmster_Spanish 3_Cross and Hail Mary Notes

ALL THIRD GRADE CLASSES: Students will have a quiz in two (2) weeks (the week of May 13, 14, and 15) focusing on prayers. It will be based on whatever we get up to in class.

Grade 4

4A & 4B – In class this week, we began our newest unit, Describing Oneself. We focused on nouns, adjectives, and subject pronouns. Students practiced identifying and using pronouns and different ways to describe themselves. 

NAmster_Spanish 4_Lesson 1_All About Me

Homework #4 – On loose leaf, choose which Spanish subject pronoun would be used to replace the following nouns in a sentence.
  • Mr. Scharbach
  • The teachers of St. Francis de Sales
  • Your best friend
  • Your parent
  • Yourself
 

Grade 5

5A & 5B – Students handed in their projects this week in class. If anyone did not hand it in, they must hand it in as soon as possible! We then began our newest unit, La Clima (The Weather). Please continue to check Google Classroom about information such as homework assignments, grades, and updates. 

Grade 6

6A & 6B – Students handed in their projects and worked on our new unit, El Vecindario (The Neighborhood). Please continue to check Google Classroom about information such as homework assignments, grades, and updates. 

Grade 7

7A & 7B – Students are beginning on our final unit for this year, La Comida (The Food). Students will be introduced to food related vocabulary, completing sentences about food, and working on our final project. The final project will be two parts including a menu and a conversation. More details to follow. Please continue to check Google Classroom about information such as homework assignments, grades, and updates. 

Grade 8

8A & 8B – Students were briefly introduced to their final projects. Students will be creating digital Infographics about a foreign country. We will be working on research and answering questions about the countries in Spanish. Please continue to check Google Classroom about information such as homework assignments, grades, and updates. 

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Spanish Class Week Ending 4/20

Dear Parents,

As we enter Holy Week leading up to the Triduum and ending with Easter, the most important day in the Liturgical Calendar, we are having a shortened week at school. We will be closed on Wednesday due to the Faculty Retreat, and therefore I will not be seeing all of the classes that I normally would. 

Grade 2

2A & 2B – In class this week, we took a short break from our typical routine with our Adventure into Colors. Instead, we learned about Latin and Hispanic traditions for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. Afterwards, the students completed a color by number to find images related to Latin/Hispanic culture.

Grade 3

3A & 3C – In class this week, we took a short break from our typical routine with our unit on Prayer. Instead, we learned about Latin and Hispanic traditions for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. Afterwards, the students completed a color by multiplication to find images related to Latin/Hispanic culture and tie into ideas they have covered already in Math.

3B – As school is closed on Wednesday due to the Faculty Retreat, we will not be meeting this week. When we return from Easter Break, we will resume with our unit on Prayer.

Grade 4

4A & 4B – In class this week, we took a short break from our typical routine with our unit on Prayer. Instead, we learned about Latin and Hispanic traditions for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. Afterwards, the students completed a color by multiplication to find images related to Latin/Hispanic culture and tie into ideas they have covered already in Math.

Grade 5

5A & 5B – Students continued to work on their poster projects for class. They will be Tuesday April 30, 2019 when we return from Easter Break. Additionally, please continuously check Google Classroom for information such as homework assignments and important updates.

Grade 6

6A & 6B – Due to the Faculty Retreat on Wednesday, we will not be meeting this week. The students are to work on and finish their projects during the Easter Break so that they can be handed in on Wednesday May 1, 2019. Additionally, please continuously check Google Classroom for information such as homework assignments and important updates.

Grade 7

7A & 7B – Due to Buddy Days along with the Passion Play and the Faculty Retreat, we did not meet according to our normal schedule. We spent this week reviewing topics that the students identified as areas they want more practice in. Additionally, please continuously check Google Classroom for information such as homework assignments and important updates.

Grade 8

8A & 8B – Due to adjusted schedules and the Faculty Retreat, we did not meet according to our normal schedule. We spent this week reviewing topics that the students identified as areas they want more practice in. Additionally, please continuously check Google Classroom for information such as homework assignments and important updates.

Spanish Class Week Ending 4/13

Grade 2

2A & 2B – We worked on the color yellow (amarillo). Students completed a packet that helped with their pronunciation skills, their writing, and color association.

Homework #3 – Please complete the worksheet about the color yellow. For the first side of the worksheet, the students need to write the vocabulary word and then only color the pictures that would be that color. The second side is a color by number. Due 4/15

Grade 2 Spanish Homework #3, Page 1
Grade 2 Spanish, Homework #3, Page 2

Grade 3

3A & 3C – After a review of last week’s materials (Who/What/Where/When/Why about Prayer), the students learned how to make the sign of the cross and the Hail Mary in Spanish. 

Spanish 3 Notes – Sign of the Cross & Hail Mary

3B – Due to last week’s Class Trip, we did not meet. As a result, we are on the first lesson this week of our new unit, Prayer.  This week’s class focused on answering the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How about prayer. The reasoning behind that is before we learn how to say the prayers and what they mean, we should make sure that we understand the importance of them in our faith, and the importance of them in Hispanic culture. Please see the notes from class attached below.

Spanish 3 – Introduction to Prayer

Grade 4

4A & 4B – This week, students worked in pairs and used their iPads to research whether around the world and explain it using their weather related vocabulary. 

Homework # 3 – For homework, they were given a half sheet in which they need to create a weather report about Belle Harbor/the Rockaways in Spanish. They should follow the model based on what we did in class.

Spanish 4 – Homework #3 – Weather Forecast in Spanish

Grade 5

5A & 5B – Students continued to work on their projects during class. Next week will be the final time in class we will have to work on our projects. If your child will not be in class next week, please make sure they work on their project at home so that it is finished when we return from Easter Break. Please continue to check Google Classroom for information such as homework assignments and important updates. 

Grade 6

6A & 6B – Students began to work on their projects during class. Depending on where we get at the end of class, please work on them during Easter Break.  Please continue to check Google Classroom for information such as homework assignments and important updates. 

Grade 7 

7A & 7B – This week, students worked on creating a comic strip and creating dialogue using -AR, -ER, and -IR verbs. Please continue to check Google Classroom for information such as homework assignments and important updates. 

Grade 8

8A & 8B – This week, students worked on creating a comic strip and creating dialogue using -AR, -ER, and -IR verbs. Please continue to check Google Classroom for information such as homework assignments and important updates.