We were lucky enough to have artists from Oaxaca, Mexico visit MSMS on Tuesday this week! Efraín Fuentes and his wife Silvia Gomez came to the media center at MSMS on Tuesday morning, as part of an educational partnership with Margaritas Restaurants. Pat Picciano served as a translator and presenter on behalf of the artists, and gave multiple presentations to 7th and 8th grade Spanish classes.
Students were captivated by Efraín carving animals from blocks of wood in front of them in real time, while his wife Silvia meticulously painted his creations with bright colors and intricate designs.
Pat did a wonderful job of explaining the village the artists came from, as well as the family dynamic of their artistry. The entire family is involved in the carving/painting process one way or another, and their livelihood depends on it.
Students were able to view many of the animals and “alebrijes” that the artists had brought with them, and were fascinated with the entire process being done “old school” by hand without technology or machines.
Here are just a few photos that capture the educational and cultural experience had by all on Tuesday! Thank you so much to Mrs. Ellen Abrams and the BEF for organizing this priceless presentation that will be remembered for years to come!
The artists will be visiting Margaritas Restaurants in the coming months to sell and showcase their work. View the yellow flyers below in the photo gallery to learn more on how to meet them!
Pictures below taken by Mrs. Barkley and Ms. Mirabella (MSMS Spanish)
Fast SER Song
Jason Mraz I’m Yours Tune: SER Song
Other SER Song
SER: to be
Yo SOY Nosotros SOMOS
Tú ERES Vosotros SOIS
Él/Ella/Usted ES Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes SON
I am We are
You are You all are (in Spain, 2 + people informal)
He/She/You is/are They/You all are
We have been preparing, discussing, and celebrating El Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) all week in B7! We have also been exploring some popular Mexican legends/ghost stories that are timely for October/November!
7th Graders watched the film, La Leyenda de la Nahuala. This movie depicts the infamous Mexican legend of La Nahuala, perfect for this spooky time of year! Following the film, students learned about El Día de los Muertos, and decorated both skeletons and skulls. These decorations are everywhere in Mexico for the holiday, and students got to make their own!
8th Graders discussed how Americans view death, and learned how Mexicans embrace death. This helped them understand why El Día de los Muertos is such a significant holiday to Mexicans. Following our discussions, students watched Derrick (a boy from Michigan) experience The Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico with a local named Itzli from October 31st to November 2nd. This visually descriptive movie showed students how Mexicans prepare and celebrate the holiday. Then, students were told The Legend of La Llorona (The Weeping Woman). This Mexican ghost story dates back to the 1500’s, and millions of Hispanics believe in this ghost story all around North America! To take a modern twist on La Llorona, students watched an episode of the TV Show ”Grimm.” In this episode, La Llorona seems to have appeared in the Southwest United States, as detectives try to track her down along the river.
It has been a culturally rich past week in Spanish class, and students have really enjoyed learning new information about this holiday and legends!
The Legend of La Llorona
8th Grade: Day of the Dead Film
7th Grade: La Leyenda de la Nahuala
Please check out the Burlington Keys to Literacy blog, which showcases Ms. Mirabella, Mrs. Barkley, and Mr. Walsh this week. These Foreign Language teachers have been hard at work categorizing in their classes 🙂
Keys to Literacy Blog: Burlington
7A and 7B:
Because we ran out of class time, you need to copy the board notes onto lined paper as a homework assignment. There is no school tomorrow, so you have TWO nights to do this. No excuses! Here is a picture of the board in case you forgot to take a picture yourself.
Learning a foreign language can be, well foreign. In Spanish class, we not only take class notes, use our iPads for Quizlet interactive flashcards and activities, but we also incorporate movement and songs to remember our vocabulary words. This last strategy is called Kinesthetic Learning.
The definition is as follows, “A kinesthetic-tactile learning style requires that you manipulate or touch material to learn. Kinesthetic-tactile techniques are used in combination with visual and/or auditory study techniques, producing multi-sensory learning.” (houghton.edu)
7th Graders are currently learning the days of the week, months of the year, and numbers 0-100 in Spanish. Using songs and movement have drastically improved students’ memorization of these vocabulary words. Take a peek for yourself!
A big gracias to 7B students for agreeing to showcase their skills en español 🙂
Days of the Week Song
Months of the Year with the Macarena
Practicing 0-100 with Koosh Ball