¿Qué tiempo hace hoy?
¿Qué tiempo hace hoy? (What is the weather like today?)
In Spanish 1 and 2, students have been exploring various grammar topics through the umbrella of Weather and Environmental vocabulary. Spanish 1, for example, created a weather report using the present progressive (está lloviendo – it is raining right now – vs. llueve – it rains) to describe the weather in two locations from the novel we are reading (Piratas!), one place we visited in Chile, and our home here in Cascade, Idaho – to cover all the bases. View it here!
After translating local breaking news of the forest fire in Valparaiso, Chile, Spanish 2 created their own Crisis Report using environmental and natural catastrophe vocabulary. Along with using the present progressive, they had the added challenge of using POR and PARA, negatives, and “easy future” (Ir + a + infinitive). Watch the breaking news below!
Spanish 1 students then synthesized all they had learned about negatives and natural catastrophe vocabulary to write a simple children’s book in Spanish. Today we had story time where students practiced their verbal proficiency by reading their stories to their peers, who in turn used the rubric to assess one another. Watch these burgeoning Kindergarten teachers at work below!
Up next, we dive into our last unit! Spanish 1 will be learning about por and para, reflexive verbs, and demonstratives, while Spanish 2 will be blasting into the past with preterite and imperfect tenses, and learning all about indirect and direct objects and pronouns. Both classes are bolstering their vocabularies through finishing their novels as well – Piratas and El Nuevo Houdini!
Finally, Spanish 1 will be memorizing the countries and capitals of el mundo hispanohablante (Spanish speaking world) by eating off their brand new study-guide placemats all week!