Posts Tagged ‘3rd Grade’

ES Math Club adds fun to grades 3-5

Written by Beatrice Zimmermann. Posted in After school Activities

This year the BFIS After-School Program reintroduced the Elementary Math Club to Grades 3-5. The activity is run by Ms. Claudia who writes that “we are pushing our brains to look at math in many different ways. We learn about fractions through making our own pizzas, or learn about probability by gambling (with imaginary points). We even practice our addition and subtraction skills by playing our own version of the game Life! It´s always fun and games and lots of learning in the Elementary Math Club.”



Castellano 3º, “Orión y los animales magos”

Written by Carmela Gil. Posted in 4th Grade Català, Castellano, ES CSCS

“Orión nunca se separa de su amo Isidro, un músico callejero, pero cuando este es internado en un hospital, tiene que huir de la ciudad para no acabar encerrado en la perrera. En el bosque encuentra una mistriosa caja con grabados chinos, y descubre que los animales que allí viven también sienten mucha curiosidad por saber qué contiene. Ninguno de ellos se puede imaginar las cosas tan asombrosas que empezarán a ocurrir en el bosque.”

Durante estas últimas semanas, hemos estado trabajando en nuestro Plan Lector en las clases de Castellano. A partir de la lectura de esta novela en la que el protagonista es un perro, hemos realizado diferentes actividades: Nos hemos informado sobre el autor y el ilustrador, hemos hablado sobre los diferentes tipos de animales y plantas que podemos encontrar en el bosque, hemos leído algunos pasajes y después hemos tratado de interpretar lo que podían significar o de adivinar cómo podía continuar la historia… Además nos hemos convertido en ilustradores y hemos tratado de diseñar nuestra propia cubierta, hemos aprendido a “leer imágenes” tratando de comprender qué emociones transmiten  y hemos ampliado nuestro vocabulario con palabras nuevas relacionadas con los campos semánticos de la magia y de los instrumentos musicales.

Al volver de las vacaciones acabaremos con el plan lector confeccionando la ficha del libro y justificando nuestra opinión personal sobre la historia.


From writers to cooks

Written by Maria Guttierez. Posted in 3rd Grade Spanish-Catalan Studies, Spanish-Catalan Studies

3rd grade students of Spanish-Catalan studies have finished the topic related to writers.

The last writer we have been talking, learning and working about is Gloria Fuertes. We have been introduced to some of her main works and have learned some things about her life too.

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Our new “guests” have been Juan Mari Arzak and Karlos Arguiñano, two of the most representative Spanish cooks.

Going through this topic has allowed us to review vocabulary related to food, learning a little bit more about the city of San Sebastián and letting us show our most artistic part as cooks!


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During the following weeks we will be talking about famous Spanish athletes; we will keep you updated!

Federico García Lorca

Written by Maria Guttierez. Posted in 3rd Grade Spanish-Catalan Studies

For the past few weeks, 3rd grade students of Spanish Catalan studies, have been learning about the life and art of Federico García Lorca.

They have learned about the characteristics of the city he was born in (Granada, Spain), the first poems and theater plays he wrote, his trips around the world that helped him when writing some of his master pieces, his relationship with some other artists such as Salvador Dalí that influenced him not only personally but also in a professional way, etc.



FGL biography:

They are now creating a book in which they explain everything they have learned so far about this writer and they can’t wait to share it with all of  you!

On the following weeks they will be working on another famous Spanish writer: Gloria Fuertes.

Las partes de nuestro cuerpo

Written by Maria Guttierez. Posted in 2nd-3rd Grade Beginner SAL, SAL


 2nd and 3rd graders from SAL Beginners have been lately studying the names of the parts of the body.  To do so, they have been using their workbook, they have danced using/touching the part of the body that was mentioned and also they have created their own “avatar” to label the names of the parts of their bodies (see the picture above).


As a second part for this topic, students have been introduced to la descripción física (the description).

They have learned some specific vocabulary related to the physical features that human beings have such as:

– HAIR COLOR: rubio, castaño, moreno, pelirrojo.

– SHAPE: liso, ondulado, rizado, grueso, delgado.

– SIZES and/or LENGTH: grande, pequeño, mediano, largo, corto.

 As well, students have been introduced to some new grammatical structures using the verbs SER (to be), TENER (to have) and LLEVAR (to wear). This has helped them very much when doing their own description and, even so at the beginning it was a little confusing, we are now more confident when using these verbs.

We encourage you to play “Guess who?” with them so they can practice the new things they have learned! We did so in our classroom and we had a lot of fun while reviewing and going deeper through the new contents.




Learning grammar through art

Written by Núria Araguas. Posted in 2nd-3rd Grade Advanced SAL, ES CSCS, SAL

We have been working really hard on understanding and getting to use the past tense of indefinido. In order to have a background and a context to learn and practice this past tense, our 2nd and 3rd graders have been enjoying a unit on artists and musicians. First, we have learned about Sorolla; our students discovered some of his paintings and read about his life. We have been practicing with structures and vocabulary words that helped us in expressing our opinions on masterpieces and describing what we can observe in a painting.


After having learned about Sorolla, we spoke, read and listened about Vivaldi and his Four Seasons. We described the music, the rhythm, the instruments we could distinguish… Afterwards, we continued with Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso. Not only were we looking at some of their most popular paintings, but also were we learning about their biographies while getting exposed to the past tenses. After having finished with a first approach to the forms and meaning of indefinido, it was our turn to bring the past tense into practice: after some hands-on activities drilling with the different verbal tenses, we were ready to complete a fill in the gaps activity with Pablo Picasso’s biography. Once we have been exposed to this writing, we were able to publish a mini-book about his life and our own version of one of his paintings. We were working hard to speak about him using the verbs we have been learning!


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Now it is turn for another artist, Andy Warhol! We are going to complete a jigsaw activity with his life so that we can continue writing and practicing the past tense. We will wrap up this unit by working on a fairy tale, so that students can apply all their learning into writing a story. Coming soon!