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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.




Los animales y los lugares en los que viven

Written by Maria Guttierez. Posted in 1st Grade SAL, Kindergarten SAL, SAL

Kindergarten and 1st graders from SAL have been studying the animals and the places in which we can find them. We have learned their names, the characteristics they have and the differences existing between them.


We have been using four different centers to work this topic and we have enjoyed them all very much! See them below:


1. Manipulative center: We have been using memory to relate the pictures from the animals to their name in Spanish.

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2. Reading center: Books have been a very useful tool not only to have a first approach to new vocabulary but also to learn some new structures and words in Spanish.


3. Listening center: Bingo is one of our favorite games and it also helps us consolidate new contents!


4. Reading center: In this corner, someone tells us a word in Spanish and we have to find the picture that corresponds to it. We also look for the word written and get a closer view to Spanish phonetics.

Multimedia presentations, worksheets and videos have also been some of the resources used during this unit that have helped us learn while having fun.

¡We will keep you updated with more news soon!


Written by Anna Perez. Posted in 4th-5th Grade Beginner SAL

On February 25 the children of 4rth and 5th grade are going to visit Palau de la Música and  Mercat de Santa Caterina. It was time to prepare for these interesting visits!

We talked in class about the market and all the different shops we are going to find inside the Mercat de Santa Caterina. We talked about the name in Spanish of the different shops, and what they sell. We also talked about how the prices of the different items are displayed at the shop, and if those prices were expensive or cheap. We watched a video showing a market so children could get familiar with the concepts and vocabulary already reviewed during our conversation.

Nothing better than role playing to practice and fix grammar and vocabulary! We split the group of students between sellers and customers, and children learnt how to speak properly in a shop when buying or selling something.

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Diving into Spanish

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

We started the year learning the SER song and explaining all about the students: age, nationality, things that they like to do… Also, we have been talking about the members of our family. Now, through different games, we are working on animals: how they look like, where they live, what they like to eat.. We started to write simple sentences a few days ago and our 2nd and 3rd grade students are doing their best. They are very excited sharing their ideas about their favourite animal!

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Celebrando nuestras “Memoirs”

Written by Carmela Gil. Posted in Castellano, ES CSCS, SAL

Esta semana, los estudiantes de Castellano de 5º y los de Español como Lengua Adicional de Nivel Avanzado de este mismo curso han acabado de escribir sus Memoirs. Esta es la primera vez que practicamos la escritura de este género en español y lo hemos hecho coincidiendo con que también lo estaban trabajando durante su Writing Workshop en inglés.

Para celebrarlo, reunimos a todos los alumnos en el patio y los que quisieron pudieron compartir sus textos con sus compañeros. Entre otras, escuchamos historias sobre sus viajes, sus sueños, el miedo a perder a alguien querido, la enfermedad, la relación con sus mascotas, las celebraciones, etc.

Algunas Memoirs constaban de unos pocos párrafos mientras otras llenaban varias páginas, pero todas lograron transmitirnos una pequeña parte de la vida y los sentimientos de los niños.

¡Felicidades, chicos, podéis estar orgullosos de vuestro trabajo!


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This week, our 5th grade Castellano and Advanced SAL students have finished writing their Memoirs. This is the first time that we have been working on this genre in Spanish. We have taken the opportunity to coordinate this unit with their English Writing Workshop unit.

We gathered all the students in the main playground to throw a publishing party. Those students willing to share read aloud their texts to their friends. We heard all kind of stories, such as their journeys, their dreams, the fear to lose their loved ones, the relationship with their pets, their celebrations and so on. While some Memoirs were a few paragraphs long, others filled pages and pages but all of them were able to capture a small part of their lives and feelings.

Congratulations writers, you can be very proud of your hard work!

What is happening in Fall?

Written by Maria Guttierez. Posted in ES CSCS, SAL

calabazas, palabras de otoñoThese days students have learned about Fall and traditions that we celebrate during this season. They have been learning vocabulary related to food, clothes, weather… We have sung the  Castañera song and now they know a little bit more about this celebration in Spain.

Also, last week we talked about Thanksgiving Day; students learned to say what they are thankful for in Spanish and they wrote simple sentences about this festivity.

During the next days we will continue working on clothing and we will start body parts.

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