Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Tissue Boxes

Spanish 1 students learn which countries speak Spanish.  Then they choose a country to research and decorate a box of tissue with their information.  Some elements that I ask them to include are the flaf, currency, exchange rate, leader, independence day, food, sport, music, population, interesting place to visit, and major exports.  On the bottom of the box they write 3 questions that can be answered easily by reading the box.  

Instead of formally sharing their peojects, I ask the students to choose a number of boxes to read and then answer the questions on the bottom of the box.  The author of each project then grades the work and can answer questions or help as needed.  It gets the kids moving, thinking, sharing, and taking some action.  The whole sharing activity lasted 15 minutes.  I kept all the boxes from one class and had the kids from my afternoon class donate amd deliver their box to another classroom in the building. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Adivina ¿quién?

Students in Spanish 1 practice asking and answering questions using common adjectives of appearance. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Casi Se Muere

Spanish 2 just finished reading Casi Se Muere, a novel about a girl who travels to Chile and saves someone's life.  Today we talked about the 5 basic story elements. (La trama, los personajes, el escenario, el conflicto, y la solución.)  They used a hand to record their information.  On the palm they wrote their opinion and they added anything they learned about the culture of Chile on the wrist.   As you can see by the picture, they really got into the story!! 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Spanish 4 teaches 1st grade.

Students in my Spanish 4 class help teach Mrs. Steele's first graders on Thursdays.  Today Matt is helping the students review the numbers 0-10 in Spanish.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Una Hija Singular

Spanish 3 read a short story about a strange conversation between a father and his seemingly ill daughter.  Read Una Hija Singular by Juan Carlis Moreno to find out why the young girl acts so strange.

Zoe and Noah reenact the story in class.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Highland Servant Leadership Team

This past Saturday the River Ridge chapter of Highland Servant Leadership traveled to Freeport for our first training.  We learned what it means to be a leader, to be a servant, how to create S.M.A.R.T. goals, and how to best use our personality type to work on a team.    We are currently in the planning stages of our first project which is held annually with the Hanover VFW Ladies Auxiliary.    Please look for information on how, when, and where to donate nonperishable items which will be used to serve the Hanover and Elizabeth food pantries.  Thanks!!

Students were divided into 13 teams and were not able to work with anyone from the same school.  They were then given a pair of scissors, a few sheets of paper, and an arm´s length of tape.  With the materials they tried building the tallest free standing tower.  They only had 15 minutes.  

In the end we learned that we we often learn more from our mistakes than our successes, that we must communicate, have a goal, and a clear plan in order to be successful on a team.  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The AFS Welcome Picnic sponsored by the adult chapter was held in Elizabeth on Sunday.   We welcome Luisa from Germany and Phillipo from Italy to River Ridge this year.  Members of the student chapter are also pictured.