Feliz Día de los Muertos

Never a dull moment in Spanish, especially not this October, a month full of sugar skulls, papel picado, and…dead bread?! Sí, exactamente–pan de muerto! Grades 2, 3, and 4 are venturing into all that is Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Let’s take a behind the scene’s look at what they’ve been up to, along with Toddlers, Casa, and Grades 5 and 6 who’ve been hard at work within other thematic units. 

Toddlers

We’ve officially had our first Toddler Spanish lesson–¡olé! We learned traditional Spanish songs such as Los Pollitos Dicen, held our very own ‘pollitos’, and watched story reenactments about farm animals. Can’t wait to continue with our aprendizaje in November. 

Casa 1st Years 

Like the Toddlers, Casa 1st Years are also learning about farm animals and have even read, colored, and taken home their first book in Spanish! Los Animales de la Granja. ¡Buen trabajo!

Casa 2nd Years and Kindergarten

These groups are nearing the end of Unit 1-A Mi Burro. In this unit, we have been learning about the parts of the body and our five senses with the help of the namesake traditional Spanish song. Students have built their own monsters, read and colored their own books, and worked on a collaborative body poster. ¡Son muy trabajadores!

Grade 1

Grade 1 continues in the quest of learning all about pets. We can now describe the pets that we have at home and/or the animals we like, along with the family members at our house. Grade 1 is working on simple questions like ‘Do you have a dog?’ and reading simple phrases such as ‘the girl has a horse.’

Grades 2-4

These groups are all engaged in their own explorations of Día de los Muertos. The focus of our learning has been around ‘ofrendas’ or offerings for loved ones who have passed away. Students can identify and describe the key elements of an ofrenda and are starting to make their own paper versions. We have also read a story and learned a song in Spanish to help us better understand the cultural significance of this holiday and how it is celebrated. Día de los Muertos is celebrated the 1st and 2nd of November, so our unit will come to an exciting culmination next week! Some students will be able to try the traditional pan de muerto, and all students will have an opportunity to present their personal ofrendas.

Grades 5-6

This group has been learning about football (soccer) players from Spanish-speaking countries. We are using this theme as our context for exploring frequent language structures of a simple biography. This includes when and where a person was born, their birthdate, their achievements, what team(s) they play for, and what they like to do when they are not playing soccer.    

As you can see, the topics and cultural themes across the levels of MBTS Spanish are diverse, but each allows groups to master a set of high frequency vocabulary words or language structures within the authentic context of traditional songs, celebrations, or notable Spanish-speaking figures.
It’s been a valuable month of language learning which will lead to new and exciting topics for November! ¡Feliz día de los muertos!

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