Alturas Spanish

March 7, 2019

¡Feliz Primavera!

Happy Spring!


  • Kindergarten: We are learning about how to say me gusta....and asking Te gusta________? They are learning more colors and basic foods such as frutas (fruits), verduras (vegetables) and some basic fruits and vegetables like potato, apple, banana, orange, etc. We will be making up a story to teach this vocabulary and concepts. Students are also learning American symbols and will be writing and reading color sentences to go along with a picture they are drawing of their symbol. We will also be making a story about a semilla (seed).
  • 1-3rd grade: Students are learning how to say Me gusta/ no me gusta and different foods and utensils as well as phrases like "yo también". Students are also learning the Pledge of Allegience in Spanish. We will start more reading in this part of the year and some reader's theater as well.
  • 4-5th grade: Students have been learning about how to express pain (me duele la cabeza-my head hurts) along with some body parts. We have been learning some past-tense verbs as well. We will be starting some group reading and learning about seasons of the year and the calendar terminology. For units of inquiry we will be learning about deforestation in the Amazon rainforests which directly affects many Spanish speaking countries in South America.

December 12, 2018

¡Felices Fiestas! Happy Holidays!

  • Kindergarten: We have been working on Los Colores (The colors) and calendarios (calendars). Students are learning how to say the colors and the numbers and they will also be learning how the Mayans told the time and using nature as well as their numeric system. Students are learning the song "Feliz Navidad."
  • 1-3rd grade: Students have been working on booklets with a health-related focus. They may share this at the next presentation night and they will be going in their portfolios which will come home at the end of the year. Students are also learning about los ejercicios (exercises) and how to express that they like something or don't like something. We are singing some holiday songs as well which can be found in the songs section.
  • 4-5th grade: Students have been learning about ways of caring for their bodies (Cómo cuidar el cuerpo). Eating comida saludable (healthy foods), hacer ejercicios (doing exercises) such as el baile (dance). They are focusing on words that describe when (cuàndo) such as sometimes, never, always, etc. They have also been working on a shared writing piece they are writing from the point of view of a Native Taino Indian in the Dominican Republic to tie in with their Native American unit.

The best way to keep the language skills up is to practice SPEAKING!

Check our phrases your child knows page and see if you can practice a bit with them. Also, for the older kids (2nd grade plus) duolingo is so great!

Have a wonderful holiday season!

PLEASE CONTACT ME ANYTIME HERE: christina.barber@alturasacademy.org.

October 30, 2018

¡Feliz otoño! Happy Fall!

  • Kindergarten: We finished and presented our Cinco Sentidos booklets. The students learned about parts of the body and we explored expressing how we use these parts-such as Yo veo con mis ojos. Yo huelo con mi nariz, etc. I see with my eyes, I smell with my nose. Hopefully you can continue reading this at home to reinforce the language. Even if you just have the students say the part of the body and not the complete sentence.

NOW we are working on counting 1-10 in Spanish and learning some Fall vocabulary and songs. Mainly calabazas. We will be working on how to express how we feel as well--Me siento bien o mal. I feel well or bad.

  • 1-3rd grade: Students did a wonderful job on their Cataratas de Iguazu projects and presentations. We learned how to express the parts of the rock cycle in Spanish and explored how erosion fits into the rock cycle. They were also learning the parts of the body last month.

NOW we are learning how to express that something hurts and how they feel. They are learning key phrases like Me duele la pierna. (My leg hurts) Me siento bien o mal. (I feel well or bad.) Students have started working on stories using these concepts and we are excited for the learning process that is taking place. Also 2-3rd grade students are signed up with DuoLingo. We will be using once per week or once every two weeks in class and they are welcome to use it at home as well.

  • 4-5th grade: Students did a great job on their Mapas cambiantes (Changing US Maps) project. We explored the history of the land--Los Estados Unidos (The United States) and how our map has looked differently throughout time. We talked about how our modern-day map has influence from many cultures and we explored the Native American and Spanish influences on several areas of our country.

NOW Students are signed up with Duo Lingo. We will be using this program once every week or every two weeks in class. They are encouraged to work on this at home as well. Students are beginning to learn about the past tense as we practice using it in class. One main example is ¿Qué comiste ayer? What did you eat yesterday? Yo comí arroz. I ate rice. They are also continuing their study of the Dominican Republic and the Taíno Indians who lived in that area before the Spanish settled. We used this site to research about the Taino Indians.


-->We spoke briefly about the traditions of el Dia de los Muertos and we compared the similarities and differences to Memorial day. We read the book The Day of the Dead El Dia de los Muertos by Bob Barner.

Be sure to check out the OUR SONGS page for songs we've been singing in class! Check out the PHRASES WE KNOW page to see specific phrases and vocab we have been learning in class. Also check out the APPS page to see some additional ways you can practice Spanish at home and on the go.

The best way to keep the language skills up is to practice SPEAKING! Encourage your child to tell you what they have been learning in Spanish class and practice with you. They can be your teacher you if you don't know Spanish. You can also do Duolingo with your child. Sign up for an account and then you and your child can practice together!

PLEASE CONTACT ME HERE: christina.barber@alturasacademy.org.

Señora Barber