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
Quiz on Ser vs. Estar is on Tuesday 10/18 (8B) and Wednesday 10/19 (8A & C). You must memorize conjugations and uses for both verbs.
Ser vs. Estar Typed Notes for Studying!