Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Thank you @JerichoElem for this wonderful opportunity! Snow motion was so much fun and a great way for students to challenge themselves. @mmuusdvt

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February 19, 2020 at 03:28PM

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Friday, February 14, 2020

¡Feliz día de la amistad! Students wrote kind, anonymous letters to one another and then tried to guess who they were from! @mmuusdvt #spanishimmersionvt

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February 14, 2020 at 04:43PM

¡Esta semana hicimos una celebración con mantitas y peluches! #spanishimmersionvt

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February 14, 2020 at 09:28AM

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Estamos leyendo y escribiendo cuentos de hadas en español. Here is a resource to listen to fairy tales en español at home:

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February 12, 2020 at 05:53AM

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Writing Our Own Fairy Tales

We are in the midst of one of my favorite writing units: mixed up fairy tales! It is great practice for budding writers to borrow structure from mentor texts and put their own unique twist on it. This helps writers get more practice with story elements such as setting, problem, and solution. Also, when working with students in a second language, I find the repetition found in fairy tales to be really helpful. Here are some of the fairy tales (cuentos de hadas) we have read so far.

  • Los tres cerditos (The Three Little Pigs): we’ve read four different versions of this story so far and I know there are many more out there. Ther students enjoyed a funny version called Los tres cerditos y el lobo no tan feroz and a version set in the southwest called Los tres pequeños jabalíes. 
  • La gallinita roja (The Little Red Hen): We enjoyed El fuertecito rojo about a girl building a fort all by herself and Las tortillas del burro which also teachers the reader the traditional way to make tortillas!
  • El pan de jengibre (The Gingerbread Man): my favorite version so far is La tortilla corredora written by a Chilean author. The refrain from El cochinito fugitivo has also become a class favorite. “Correle, correle y correle más, soy el cochinito que jamás comerás.” 

If students are ready to extend their writing then they can think of how changing one element of the story (the setting for example) can lead to other changes (such as the materials available for house construction).

How can you support this writing unit at home? Read lots of fairy tales! Make up your own mixed up fairy tale as a bedtime story. Talk with your child about your favorite version of a fairy tale and why.

Cuando tus estudiantes juegan “maestra” durante su tiempo libre y hacen su propia lección de escritura. My students playing teacher at choice time leading their own writing mini-lesson! @mmuusdvt @JerichoElem #spanishimmersionvt

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