This week in Spanish all grades learned about Día de los Muertos, a day to celebrate those who have died with festivals and celebrations in Mexico, much of Latin America, and now many areas of the United States. It is a mixture of Aztec customs with Catholicism, celebrated on the feasts of all Saints and All Souls. We watched a short film and made our own calaveras. The students were invited to write the names of someone who has passed away whom they would like to pray for. Their calaveras are now in the hallway near our classroom with some other symbols of Día de los Muertos. (Also in the stairwell near our classroom - some wonderful student descriptions. They're really terrific. Check them out if you happen to be in the building and see how far they've come in Spanish!)
Students also took reviewed last week's homework and took a quiz on the last few vocabulary words from Chapter 1. I've decided to continue reviewing in Chapter 1 for a few more weeks, just to be sure that the students are all really comfortable with what we've learned before we move on. The homework this week is a review of question words. They are supposed to use the question words we've been practicing to find out information about some of the players on Real Madrid's and Barcelona's soccer teams.
Second Quarter Projects: Students in grades 5-8 will be working on a group project (groups of 2-3 students) to plan a trip to a Spanish speaking country. We will be working on this in small pieces. This week's assignment is to choose their country, choose their group, print a map of the country, and answer a few questions about it. I will not be collecting these project pages each week - they will be due later in the quarter, in one project folder.