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Celebrating Individual and Linguistic Identity

Written by Keelin Swalve. Posted in 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, ES EAL, Kindergarten

 

IMLD2016The world’s nearly 6,000 languages are celebrated on International Mother Language Day, an event aimed at promoting linguistic diversity and multilingual education.”

February’s Social & Emotional Learning (S.E.L.) theme in the Elementary School is Celebrating Individual and Linguistic Identity.  This is an opportunity for us to embrace our community’s diverse cultures and languages.  We will recognize this UNESCO event with this very special project over Semana Blanca.

Every language has words that do not exist in any other language. These words are so familiar to us in our first language, but they simply leave us speechless in another language.  These untranslatable words highlight the rich diversity of our linguistic and cultural identity. 

To promote awareness and recognition of the diversity of languages in our community, we are inviting students to create a poster depicting a word in their language that does not translate directly to English. The instructions for the poster can be accessed below.  All of the submitted entries will be published in the ES Library.  We will select students representing all of the languages spoken in Elementary to share their untranslatable word posters at our ES assembly on Monday, February 29th.

In order to participate, children must follow the guidelines. We have included some examples to help you!

 Entries MUST be submitted to homeroom teachers on Monday, February 22nd.

 If you have any questions, please feel free to email any one of us. 

Good luck, have fun, and enjoy Semana Blanca!

Sincerely,

Amy Truex,  K/1 EAL Specialist, amyt@bfischool.org

Keelin Swalve,   2/3 EAL Specialist, keelins@bfischool.org

Cristina Amor, 4/5 EAL Specialist, cristinaa@bfischool.org

Identity Assembly 2016

Instructions for Untranslatable Word Poster

Untranslatable Word Template

Celebrating Cultural and Linguistic Identity Through Peace

Written by Keelin Swalve. Posted in 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, ES EAL, Kindergarten

Peace WorldFebruary’s Social & Emotional Learning (S.E.L.) theme in the elementary school is Celebrating Cultural and Linguistic Identity.  This is an opportunity for us to embrace our community’s diverse cultures and languages.  Each year, we recognize this UNESCO event with a very special project.

To promote awareness and recognition of the diversity of languages in our community, this year we invited elementary school students to write a bilingual metaphor or simile describing what Peace means to them. Students wrote metaphors or similes in both English and their first language.  Four students per grade were selected to share their project at our ES assembly this morning.  All of the submitted entries will be published in the ES Library.

In addition, we created a multilingual video that we shared at the assembly.

To view the assembly presentation and video, follow this link:

Celebrating Cultural and Linguistic Identity Through Peace at BFIS

Thanks to all of the students, families, and staff members for helping make this celebration so special!

Celebrating Cultural and Linguistic Identity

Written by Keelin Swalve. Posted in 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, ES EAL, Kindergarten

IMLD

“The world’s nearly 7,000 languages are celebrated on International Mother Language Day, an event aimed at promoting linguistic diversity and multilingual education.”

February’s Social & Emotional Learning (S.E.L.) theme in the elementary school is Celebrating Cultural and Linguistic Identity.  This is an opportunity for us to embrace our community’s diverse cultures and languages.  International Mother Language Day is February 21st. We will recognize this UNESCO event with a special project organized by the EAL Team. Students will have the opportunity to write a bilingual metaphor or simile depicting their vision of World Peace. 

To promote awareness and recognition of the diversity of languages in our community, we are inviting students to write a bilingual metaphor or simile describing what Peace means to them. The metaphor or simile should be written in both English and your child’s first language. All of the submitted entries will be published in the ES Library. One student per grade will be selected to share their metaphor or simile at our ES assembly on Friday, February 27th.

In order to participate, children must follow the attached guidelines.  Entries MUST be submitted to homeroom teachers on Tuesday, February 24th.

In addition, we have created a multilingual video that will be shown during the assembly and posted on the BFIS Blogs. Please note that your child may not appear in the video if they were absent from or late to school the day of the filming, or if the school does not have permission for your child to be filmed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any one of us. 

Good luck, have fun, and enjoy Semana Blanca!

Amy Truex, K/1 EAL Specialist                       

Keelin Swalve, 2/3 EAL Specialist

Julie Rainer, 4/5 EAL Specialist

Kathleen Watt, 4/5 EAL Specialist

Instructions for Bilingual Metaphor or Simile                  

A Visit to Bellesguard!

Written by Keelin Swalve. Posted in 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

Last week, a small group of 2nd and 3rd grade students had the opportunity to discover a hidden gem in our school neighborhood. Bellesguard means “Beautiful View”. In the 14th century, King Martín I el Humano of Aragón made his summer home here, and centuries later, Gaudi built Bellesguard upon the ruins of the ancient castle. Bellesguard is now a private residence, and recently has opened its doors to the public, offering private, guided tours of the exterior and interior elements of this great Modernist work of art.

The students enjoyed learning all about Bellesguard, its history, and Gaudi from Fernando and Toni, who led a fantastic tour of the grounds. Later, the students participated in a trencadis workshop with Angelika from Mosaiccos! We had a lovely day at Bellesguard! If you haven´t already had a chance to visit Bellesguard, we highly recommend you stop by for a visit! For more information, click here!

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Celebrating Individual and Linguistic Identity

Written by Keelin Swalve. Posted in 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, Kindergarten

MT PhotoDid you know that nearly 6,000 languages are spoken in the world? February´s Social and Emotional Learning theme in the Elementary School is Celebrating Individual and Linguistic Identity, corresponding with UNESCO´s International Mother Language Day which is recognized each year on February 21st.  In addition to engaging in a variety of classroom activities designed around this theme, students in Elementary school will also have the opportunity to complete a special project during Semana Blanca with their families.  

To promote awareness and recognition of all of the diverse languages and cultures of our students, we are asking them to write about a celebration that is important in their family. A selection of graphic organizers for planning their writing, as well as a writing template, are attached to this blog post and will also be sent home with your child before Semana Blanca. Students will write about their special celebration in English and in their native language. All entries will be collected on Tuesday, February 25th. We will bind them into a special book which will be on display in the ES library.

If you’re looking for a little linguistic inspiration, check out this Disney adaptation of the song “Let it Go” from Frozen, in 25 different languages!

We are looking forward to learning all about your special celebrations!

Celebrating Individual and Linguistic Identity  Instructions Celebrations Graphic Organizer 1 Celebrations Graphic Organizer 2 Celebrations Graphic Organizer 3 Final Writing Template

2nd Grade Experts!

Written by Keelin Swalve. Posted in 2nd Grade

The 2nd graders have wrapped up their Informational Writing Unit of Study by sharing their Expert Texts with the 1st grade students! What a great opportunity to learn from one another in so many ways! Students made connections with the topics. After reading their books to each other, one 2nd grader commented on how much she enjoyed listening to a book about Spain, because she and the author share some favorite Spanish foods!  A 1st and 2nd grade student were happy to learn from their “travel books” that they both agree Barcelona is such a special place to visit, and live! It was neat to see the students so proud of their work and eager to share with one another! 2nd grade will begin the next Writing Workshop Unit of Study next week, where they will experience opinion writing!