Friday, August 9, 2019

tonguetwisters and quizlet

¡Hola!                                                                                                9 agosto 2019

We started the week in Spanish by learning a new “trabalengua”/ tonguetwister and by introducing ourselves to our classmates. Me llamo…  (Mucho gusto.)

3rd gradePepe Piña pica papa. Pica papa Pepe Piña.

4th gradeAmarillo es el patito, Amarillo es el limón, Amarillo es el pollito, que sale del cascarón.

5th grade  Pancha plancha con cuatro planchas.   ¿Con cuántas planchas Pancha plancha?

We finished the week by getting our Spanish materials ready for the year while listening to beautiful classical guitarist, Andrés Segovia.  All the students set up their Spanish folder, spiral, and flashcards.  In the spiral students glued an overview of what they will learn in Spanish this year, suggestions for how to succeed in learning a foreign language, alphabet and introductory materials. 

Their Spanish workbooks will be passed out to them the week of Aug. 19th. We will start Unit 1.1 that week.  This next week we will continue reviewing and then we’ll start to learn about a Hispanic country toward the end of the week.  (Perú 3rd, Nicaragua 4th, and Bolivia 5th.)

I gave “quizlet” and “spiral” for homework for next class. They are simply to show you their materials, and to try and access the quizlet website and hopefully login.  

It is a helpful fun tool for learning Spanish.  
I look forward to working with your students to help them have a great year in Spanish!

Let me know if you have any questions,
Sra. Watne

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Welcome back Archway!

Dear Archway Parents,                                                
¡Hola!  Welcome back from the summer.  I hope all of the scholars had a wonderful summer and are ready for an exciting year of Spanish!  

For those of you who don't know me, I am originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  From my youth, I’ve enjoyed learning about other cultures.  I earned my BA in Spanish Secondary Education at Grove City College in Grove City, PA.  Following college I had the opportunity to live in Mexico City for over 2 and a half years teaching English as a second language and working with cross-cultural teams that came to Mexico to volunteer in various ways.  Through this experience I was able to more fully develop my Spanish.  I’ve continued to speak Spanish over the years and have enjoyed more visits to Spanish-speaking countries like Mexico, Chile, Peru, and Costa Rica.  I hope for many more visits to these places and more in the future!

I taught Spanish at the high school level for 3 years before raising my children, and then at the elementary age the past 2 years at Archway.  I am excited to continue sharing my appreciation for different cultures and the Spanish language with our Archway students this year.  It’s been a delight to see how much the students at the elementary level are capable of learning – in their accurate pronunciation, vocabulary, and overall structure of the language! 

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Jamie, and our 4 children, Ana, Bjorn, Daniel and Caleb,  camping, cooking from scratch, reading for fun, practicing my classical guitar, being part of our church community, gardening, and hiking, especially in the Southwest winter months! 

I look forward to getting to know you and your children this year as we explore the Spanish language together!

Sra. Watne                          
480-855-6474  Ext. 5143                                   

Spanish class
3rd grade – Mon/Thurs. afternoons
4th grade – Tues/Fri. mornings
5th grade – Tues/Fri. afternoons

Friday, February 8, 2019

Unit 3 Spanish -- Escuela y Actividades

All the classes have been learning about school, activities, vacation and telling time through repeating the vocab words, picture flashcards, partner dialogues, listening to dialogues, reading in Spanish using the textbook, singing songs, watching short videos showing the places we are studying, as well as through completing the workbook pages that correspond to Unit 3.

You can ask your children: how to say their main classes in Spanish, What sports and instruments they know in Spanish, what they like to do or not do in their spare time and what they like to do on vacation and why (museums, pyramid ruins, beach, mountains).

This quarter I’ve done short quizzes and dialogues to show me what they have learned and practiced during our class time. I’ve also been checking workbook pages to see that they are trying to do what we practice in class. Most times the students are able to start their workbook pages during class so that they can ask me questions if they are uncertain about something.

Quizlet continues to be available for extra vocab practice. The student just needs to look at the most recent vocab sheet to see which quizlet goes with it. All the grades are in the middle of or just starting Vocab 3.3.

Friday, November 16, 2018

3rd and 4th grade Spanish quiz on Mon.

3rd grade has a Spanish spelling quiz on Mon. 11/19 on the following words: I recommend they sound out the words quietly and slowly as they spell them.

vamos (de compras)






4th  grade has a Spanish Vocab 2.2 quiz on Mon. 11/19 on the following words: They will have pictures to match to Spanish words (word bank will be provided).   I recommend they study with quizlet or by making flashcards with the Spanish on one side and English on the other. ropa: clothes blusa: blouse camisa: shirt camiseta: t-shirt falda: skirt
6.el pantalón: pants
7.el pantalón corto: shorts
8.el centro comercial: mall tienda: store
10.el precio: price
11.barato: cheap

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Unit 2 -- Casa y Barrio y Ropa - Spanish Quiz Monday for 3rd and 4th grade

We’ve jumped right into the 2nd quarter learning about our home, neighborhood and clothing in Spanish class. The students are in Unit 2, and following the bookmarks that were given to the students in class. We are just finishing up Unit 2.1  Vocab.   
 5th grade just had a quiz on Tues over clothing.   
3rd and 4th grade will have their quizzes on the vocabulary on Mon. 11/5. 
The students should have most of the workbook pages up through p. 20 or 21 completed by now. Students also should have their Vocab 2.1 sheet filled in in Spanish. 
We’ll be starting Unit 2.2 next week, and we’ll be completing WB p. 22-24 over the next week and a half. To study for vocab quizzes, the students should review their completed workbook pages and vocab sheet 2.1. It can be helpful to see how much they can translate back to you in English from the pages. They can also use their Vocab sheet to help them with this.

Students may also visit me during Lyceum for extra help.  Thanks for all you do to support our Spanish program!

Friday, September 7, 2018

Spanish quiz on Family Vocab 1.2 - all grades

¡Hola!  All the grades will be quizzed on the family vocabulary 1.2.  All students have the vocab list pasted into their spirals which they keep in their Spanish folders.  The students will also be making some flashcards to study from next class to use for studying.  It would also be good for them to read through  the workbook pages that we have done up to now which are WB p. 5-10.  Wordbanks will be provided for the quiz, and the students will be expected to accurately copy the words down with correct spelling, including accents.  I recommend that students read the Spanish list out loud and tell you what it means in English.  If they are able to do this easily, this shows you they know what the words mean.

3rd grade quiz: Thurs.
4th grade quiz: Thurs.
5th grade quiz: Tues. 

Quizlet link:

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Spanish class activities

I have enjoyed seeing the students jump right in with practicing their Spanish through new tonguetwisters, new songs in Spanish, and their first dialogue.  At the beginning of the year I enjoy getting the students out of their comfort zone and more comfortable using the language through these types of activities. Hopefully you are hearing your students sing some part of a Spanish song, or saying some part of "Pepe Piña pica papa..." or trying out a Spanish phrase like, Buenos días. 

All the classes did a brief review of the Spanish alphabet and pronunciation of the letters; 4th and 5th grade learned the "mosca" song - just ask your child if they can sing a part of "ini misci piribi in li pirib" and hopefully they'll grin a bit!  We also reviewed how to greet and say goodbye to others.  They recently practiced and performed a short conversation for the class greeting another person and I was pleased to see many students accept the challenge of memorizing part of it! 

We have already begun the short chapter on family members, so you will start to see homework having to do with that chapter.  I generally do not assign all the workbook pages for a chapter on one day.  For example, the pages that are for Family Vocab 1.2 will be WB p. 8-10; however, I will spread those pages out over the course of a week to a week and a half.  Then we will start the next Vocab 1.3, and so on.  Each chapter has 3 pages in the workbook, and the end of a unit has 2 pages of review. 

During class, we rotate between using the textbook and speaking, reading and listening activities, and then doing a moderate amount of writing to also solidify the vocabulary. 

In order to facilitate learning the vocabulary, I encourage the students to make use of the quizlet website or app.  They can also make flashcards if this is preferred. 

The quizlet website is:

Click on the correct grade, and then make sure the "sort" is by "alphabetical", and not by "recent".  This will make it easier to find the correct list.

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Sra. Watne