Class Supplies 2015-2016


Notebook Paper



1 Pair Earbuds to be left in the classroom for the year

**We will be using a few apps this year, so you will need to be prepared to load those on your phone or tablet that you will be using in class.  I will discuss which apps to load on the first two days of class.

Week of Jan 18th thru Jan 22nd 2016

Objective:  Students will narrate a story in past tense in the target language.

Monday:  School Holiday

Tuesday:  Written Test on Una Navidad Inolvidable Story

Wednesday:  Verbal Test on Story

Thursday:  Go over tests and outline verbs for next assessment

Friday:  Warm-up and introduce character maps for stories

TEKS: b01.A.01, 01.A.02, 03; 01.A.04,05

Current Class Topic: Learning Past Tense


Please help me these next few weeks as they are very crucial toward your child’s success in this semester.  We are currently learning how to put our verbs in past tense and narrate a story in the past.  Currently your child should be able to:

-Show you his/her notes page with preterite tense verb endings

-Conjugate an AR/ER/IR verb in preterite tense using the correct ending

-Use IR & Hacer in past tense or at least be able to locate them on the verb chart and use them on an assignment

-Describe the three reasons to use preterite tense

-Tell you our story in past tense using the word bank and photo prompts on the UNA NAVIDAD INOLVIDABLE Page on this blog.

You can help your student by:

  1. Asking to see his/her notes page.  Ask your child to explain to you the 3 reasons to use preterite tense and ask them to give you an example of each in English.
  2. Asking your child to conjugate some verbs for you, then check the endings from the verb chart page
  3. Ask your child about his/her study methods–is he/she using flashcards or writing the verb endings out or studying by some other method?
  4. Ask your child to narrate the story to you in Spanish using the word bank and photo prompts.  You will not be able to understand your child, but he/she will gain valuable practice on narrating a story to someone.  Your child will be asked to narrate our story in past tense next Tuesday 19th without any prompts, so the more he/she can practice, the better off the child will be on the test.
  5. Ask to see your child’s homework/classwork this week.  Students will have a practice page each night.  Some will not finish in class and it will be homework if not finished.  Ask your child to explain the work to you.  Explaining the meaning of words or translating sentences for you is an excellent way for them to really acquire the content.  If the student cannot do this, he/she needs to ask for help.
  6. Ask your child to be attentive in class and participate this week.  All students will be given an opportunity to retell our story in Spanish many times.  Each student needs to take advantage of this time to prepare.

As always, if you have any questions about your child’s progress or test prep, please email me or give me a call.  If you call during the day, I will not be able to return that call until after school since my conference period is 1st.


Week of Jan 12th thru Jan 16th 2016

Objective:  Students will be able to communicate in the past tense to narrate a story and answer questions in the target language.

Monday:  Discuss learning goals; Una navidad inolvidable story retell; quiz on preterite tense contexts and endings, homework: Preterite Practice 1

Tuesday:  Go over preterite practice 1 paper, quiz on preterite endings & contexts; add to our story; homework: Preterite Practice 2

Wednesday:  Go over Preterite Practice 2; Story retell; Preterite Practice 3

Thursday:  Turn in Preterite Practice 3; Story retell written and spoken; Test review

Friday:  Test Review

Materials:  Paper/Pen/Pencil/Phone/Notes

Evaluation:  Class discussion, Quizzes, Preterite Practice 3

TEKS: b01.A.01, 01.A.02, 03; 01.A.04,05

***Students will have a test over preterite tense endings and our story on Tuesday, Jan 19th.

Week of Jan 4th thru Jan 8th 2016

Objective:  Students will be able to use the target structures:  quería hacer, recibí and me dio via written, listening, speaking and reading activities in the target language.

Monday:  Reminder of class procedures; Introduction of target structures via class discussion; Students make illustrations to go with the target structures; Discuss Rules for TPRS class discussions; Establish norms for discussions as a class

Tuesday:  Warm-up of target structures; discuss learning targets; class discussion using illustrations; exit ticket using target structures

Wednesday:  Warm-Up of target structures; discuss learning targets; Write, Pass, Draw activity using target structures and student illustrations; Discuss characters for 1st story of the new semester using target structures

Thursday:  Warm-Up of target structures; discuss learning targets; Listening activity with target structures; Answer comprehension questions; Begin story with target structures and use PQA activity; Exit Ticket

Friday:  Warm-Up of target structures; learning targets; Continue story; Circle for understanding; Free write activity with target structures

Materials:  Pen/Pencil/Paper/Phone/Pear Deck/Art Supplies/Ear Buds

Evaluation:  Formative–class discussion, warm-ups  Summative–free write activity

TEKS: b01.A.01, 01.A.02, 03; 01.A.04,05

Week of Dec 7th thru Dec 11th 2015

Objective:  Students will have the opportunity to review skills from the beginning of the year and to communicate verbally in the target language.

Monday:  Introduce students to Duolingo app.  Students will sign up for an account and download the app; Each student will start at the beginner level to review basic skills from the beginning the year

Tuesday:  Students will progress to the next lesson in Duolingo as a warm-up for class.  I will hand out the Semester Exam topics list for those students who will take the exam.  The class will discuss MovieTalk procedure for viewing a movie and discussing the actions in class.

Wednesday:  Students will complete a lesson in Duolingo for warm-up.  Students will participate in class discussion using vocabulary and photo prompts from the movie: How The Grinch Stole Christmas; then practice MovieTalk technique

Thursday:  Duolingo lesson; Begin movie and stop for first discussion section; Students will complete discussion task with a partner, then participate in class discussion

Friday: Duolingo lesson, MovieTalk activity as we continue the movie

Materials:  Phone, Duolingo App; Photos; Movie; MovieTalk procedures and task sheet

Evaluation:  Students will have the opportunity to speak in Spanish with a partner and in a whole class discussion about the actions in the movie. Students will be encouraged to take risks and trying communicating in whole sentences.  Student progress on the Duolingo lesson are tracked and I can see their progress in the lesson.

TEKS: b01.A.01, 01.A.02, 03; 01.A.04,05

Week of Nov 30th thru Dec 4th 2015

Objective:  Students will communicate in the target language about actions in progress via listening, speaking, reading and writing activities.

Monday:  Notes on irregular gerunds and vocab; Write a sentence with each gerund on the list and then study vocab flashcards

Tuesday:  Set one on present progressive practice page; Photo prompt activity with students practicing telling partner what they person in the photo is doing at this moment; Groups will report to me to show mastery

Wednesday:  Set two on present progressive practice page; check answers as a class; Photo prompt sentences and reading activity using irregular gerunds

Thursday:  Set three on present progressive practice page; Photo prompts activity; review for test

Friday:  Test on irregular gerunds and present progressive tense

Materials:  present progressive notes; irregular gerunds list; present progressive practice sheet; phones, picture prompt cards

Evaluation:  each group will check in with me daily for small group practice on photo prompts; test on Friday

TEKS: b01.A.01, 01.A.02, 03; 01.A.04,05

Parent Notice Week of Nov 9th


Your student received new vocabulary today.  We will be working with this vocabulary for this week and into next week.  Also, we will be working with the verb form Present Progressive, which means you students is learning how to describe “what a person is doing right now.”

This Friday, your student will have a quiz over 10 of the vocab words.  The quiz will also require students to use the new verb form.  Today, we made flashcards for each of the words.  Your student will need to bring these flashcards to class every day because he/she will not be accessing them on phones in class.  If your students prefers to study on his/her phone at home, that is fine, but we will be using the flashcards and not phones in class this week.  The words have been assigned on Quizlet, so students do have access to the list online.

I would suggest you student begin to study the vocabulary tonight, and also look over the present progressive notes we took in class today.  A good form of study is to take the notes pages, and rewrite it in way that makes the most sense to the student.  He/She can draw boxes around the most important information, or put stars next to points to study, etc.  The students should personalize their notes to be most effective.

Week of Nov 9th thru Nov 13th 2015

Objective:  Students will communicate in the target language about chores they or members of their family do weekly.

Monday:  Introduce Chore Vocabulary, Present Progressive Tense

Tuesday:  Warm-Up Present Progressive with Chore Vocab; Vote with your feet activity; Photo Prompt activity for speaking practice

Wednesday:  Warm-up Present Progressive with Chore Vocab; Photo prompt activity for speaking and writing practice; poll activity

Thursday:  Warm-up Present Progressive Tense; Photo prompt activity for speaking practice; Writing Practice with prompts

Friday:  Quiz over Chore Vocab; Write a mini story using Chore Vocab

Materials:  phones, ipads, paper/pen, earbuds

Evaluation:  formative:  warm-up activities, speaking activities; Summative:  Quiz on Friday

TEKS: b01.A.01, 01.A.02, 03; 01.A.04,05

Week of Oct 26th thru Oct 30th 2015

Objective:  Students will use Halloween vocabulary in Spanish to gain confidence with reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the target language.

Monday:  Introduce Halloween vocabulary; Listen to vocabulary sounds so the words can be used effectively in conversation; Photo prompt to brainstorm sentences using new vocabulary

Tuesday:  Warm-Up–Photo Prompt (students will use vocabulary to write as much as they can about the photo prompt); Answer questions in Spanish about Halloween activities as part of class discussion

Wednesday:  Warm-Up–Photo Prompt (see if students can write more today than they did yesterday) Read the beginning of the story “Las Calabazas de Noche de Brujas”–allow students to finish the story in groups

Thursday: Warm-Up–Photo Prompt (students work in groups to say aloud everything they can about the prompt in Spanish); Read the beginning of “La Casa Embrujada” and allow students to finish the story in groups

Friday:  Video–La Noche de Brujas; Vocab Quiz (answer questions about the video on the quiz)

Materials:  phones, vocab list, pen/pencil, YouTube, Pear Deck

Evaluation: Warm-ups will be formative assessment; Quiz with questions will be summative assessment

TEKS: b01.A.01, 01.A.02, 03; 01.A.04,05