Mr. Siegel

¡Bienvenidos a la clase de español!

2nd graders will begin the year learning some of the basics of Spanish like greetings, colors, and numbers within the context of the classroom and the school environment.  We will then further explore our classroom and school environment by learning school supplies, classroom actions and commands, and modes of transportation.  This all leads up to the story of "Rafael y la mochila."  Later in the year, we will learn all about birthday parties!

In 3rd grade, after a briefly mapping what we learned in 2nd grade and making our Spanish folders, we will talk about some of our summertime activities, routines, and clothing while we enjoy the last weeks of warm weather.  Then we will transition into fall activities and clothing by comparing and contrasting some well known people of Spanish and Hispanic heritage.  This all leads up to the story of "Pedro y la ropa." Later in the year, students will be able to describe their daily routine using time, activities, and rooms of the house.

Tips for succeeding in Spanish class:
-Focus on the teacher.  Pay attention to gestures, actions, facial expressions, visual aides, and props.
-Listen, listen, listen!
-Participate in all non-speaking games and activities.
-Be a collaborative team member! We do lots of works in pairs and small groups.
-Stay on task. Be a self-directed learner by seeking help when it is needed.
-Raise your hand to speak as much as possible.  Remember to speak in Spanish!!!
-Follow school and classroom rules in Spanish class just as you would in the regular classroom.

Tips for 3rd graders new to Spanish:
-It can take up to one year to feel comfortable speaking a new language.  Go at your own pace and don't worry about what others are able to do.
-A lot of the material we learn in 3rd grade is new for everybody, so don't get upset if your don't understand right away.  Material is repeated multiple times.
-You may benefit from a picture dictionary.
-If you are still having trouble, let your teacher know and set up a time to talk.

It is the practice of the Elementary World Language Department not to give grades during the first marking period.  Students will receive a grade for marking periods 2, 3, and 4.  Grading rubrics will be sent home at the beginning of the second marking period.

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