These past few weeks in Grado 4 we integrated our language skills with our artistic talent. We made very creative Marionet Puppets in Art class and decided to bring these wonderful Marionetas to life by writing dialogues and recorded them in Spanish, in Spanish class. Many of the personal interview questions that we’ve learned earlier we integrated into the dialogues along with describing their personalities and physical characteristics/parts of the body, special abilities and/or special powers. Many of the Marionetas were based on the Greek Mythological unit that we studied in our Unit of Inquiry. We hope you enjoy viewing them and por favor, feel free to leave unos comentarios!
In Grado 4 we have been practicing asking and answering basic questions (some examples of these questions have previously been posted on the blog) in Spanish. What better way to practice our new skills than to actually communicate with other Spanish students around the world! Fortunately, Señora Tamara has a collegial friend in Colorado – Señorita Davison – who also teaches Spanish to Kinder through Grado 5 students at Dillon Valley Elementary. A picture of some of our high-school amigos is here. They are a dual language school and so we expect that their Spanish is going to be FABULOSO! We are excited to announce that they have just received our first ‘Cartas de Amigo de Pluma’ (Pen Pal Letters) and have eagerly read them and are preparing their responses – they even made a post about receiving them on their blog. We anxiously await for ‘el Correo’ to deliver their ‘cartas’. The pictures below are of us with our ‘marionetas’ so our amigos/amigas know who we are. (We created these puppets in Art class and have written ‘dialogos’ and recorded videos in Spanish class.)
En las Clases de Español (especialmente en los Grados 4 y 5) we are interviewing each other by asking and answering basic questions. We have reviewed/learned that we must raise the tone of our voices when asking questions and that when writing out questions we must use an upside down question mark (¿) in front of the question. You may wonder why this is so! ~ Not all questions in Spanish include a question word (interrogative word) nor is the word ‘do’ used when asking a question as is commonly used in English – this is why we must raise our voices when asking questions in Spanish.
For example: ¿Te gusta jugar al fútbol?
Direct translation is: You like to play soccer/football?
English equivalent is: Do you like to play soccer/football?
We also have been practicing answering questions, both verbally and written, using complete sentences – most answers in Spanish include words from the question in the answer.
For example: ¿Cuál es tu bebida favorita? (Which is your favorite drink?)
Mi bebida favorita es el agua mineral.
Most all of our questions have to do with personal preferences and information about ourselves that we would share when meeting someone for the first time. Other questions are for practicing basic vocabulary.
Our first 20 basic questions we have been practicing are: ¿Cómo se llama Ud.? ¿Dónde vives? ¿Cuántos años tienes? ¿Cómo estás? ¿Qué tal? ¿De dónde eres? ¿Qué te pasa calabaza? ¿Cómo se llama la maestra de español? ¿Qué fecha es hoy? ¿Qué es esto? (point to something you want to know the name of) ¿Cómo se llama el presidente de Tanzania? ¿Cómo se llama el presidente de EEUU? ¿Cuándo es tu cumpleaños? ¿Cuál es tu número de teléfono? ¿Cuál es tu color favorito? ¿Cuál es tu animal favorito? ¿Cuál es tu bebida favorita? ¿Cuál es tu clase favorita? ¿Qué te gusta hacer? ¿Qué te gusta comer? ¿Qué no te gusta hacer?
In order to improve pronunciation and listening comprehension of these questions, Sra. Tamara solicited the help of Sra. Maria Ferres to record interviews with 5 different native Spanish speakers living here in Dar es Salaam. Listen to the following interviews and see if you can understand their answers to the questions … you may use the google.document to fill in the answers as you listen; just click on each name below to listen to their interview.
This video posted by InterLingo Spanish presents a variety of colors. There are some new exciting colors along with many that you already know. There is a pause after the English color is said so you can guess for yourself before the Spanish appears. Enjoy your vocab practice! Este video puesto por InterLingo Spanish presenta una variedad de colores. Hay unos nuevos y excitantes colores junto a muchos que ya conoces. Hay una pausa después del color dicho en inglés así que puedes adivinar por tu cuenta antes de que aparezca el español. Disfruta tu práctica de vocab!
Check out this video posted by InterLingo Spanish that allows you to quiz yourself on Calendar vocabulary. Mira este video puesto por InterLingo Spanish que te permite tomar pruebas con el vocabulario que se usa en el calendario.
Todas las clases de espanol have been taking some class time to learn more about how to use the Blogs de espanol.
Students have been listening to the resources posted on the site, watching IST student’s video-cuentos, and posting comments that compliment their amigos en clase. Es FANTASTICO to have the opportunity to see what everyone is working on in Spanish and to practice Spanish skills in new ways – usando la TECNOLOGIA. A special GRACIAS goes to Mr. Mikey and Mr. Sam for working with us all.
We are now reviewing subject pronouns and how they are used with verbs. The subject of the sentence is the ‘doer’ of the action. For example: He eats fast. ‘He’ is the subject, he does the eating (the action). A subject pronoun is a ‘pro’, or word, used and put in place of/or in support of a ‘noun’. Such as ‘He’, instead of using the person’s name, or in place of the dog, or whoever, or whatever the subject is, the subject pronoun ‘he’ is used.
The subject pronouns in Spanish are: yo = I tú = you (informal) él = he ella=she nosotros = we nosotras = we (if all chicas) vosotros = y’all (informal Spain) vosotras = y’all (informal all chicas Spain) ellos = they ellas = they (if all chicas)
Watch this video created by tontitofrito, who will further explain the use of pronouns:
After watching the video, here is the millionaire game on the Quia site. You can practice putting in the subject pronouns for the nouns at the following Quia site and play the Subject Pronoun Millionaire game – see how well you can substitute the appropriate pronouns. Desfrutan/Enjoy!!