These are the lessons for a trimester-long unit in which 3rd Grade will explore the countries of either Nicaragua (Dragonflies), the Dominican Republic (Caiman), or Puerto Rico (Coati). These explorations will serve as a framework in which we will also be learning vocabulary related to houses and games/commands. Each homeroom will be assigned a different Latin American Country which they will explore during the 2nd trimester. At the end of the trimester we will be having a gathering at the Annex Building at which each homeroom will make a presentation on their country.
Fourth and Fifth Grade will be exploring other countries at the same time and will also be making presentations. Each grade will be using the framework of their country to explore two of the following themes: houses, clothing, songs and games, and food. We will be learning basic Spanish vocabulary related to these themes on Day 1 of each week and then use that vocabulary to explore different cultural elements of their assigned country on Day 2.
Thus far the lesson schedule is mapped out as follows:
January 4th- what do you know? What do you want to know?
January 11th- geography (find it on a map) and basic info on each homeroom’s country
January 18th- Basic Vocab Intro: house vocabulary
January 25th- Use Basic House Vocab to Explore assigned country
February 1st- Basic Vocab Intro: games
February 8th- Use Basic Vocab to Explore the games of assigned country
These are the lessons for a 3rd Grade unit on the parts of the body and basic third-person verbs. We will also be using body vocab to learn to talk about what our bodies can do (i.e. run, jump, eat, and see). The unit will culminate in a Trimester Project which will consist of students working in small groups to create a “monstruo” using body vocabulary and writing a short paragraph about it’s super powers (i.e. El monstruo tiene cuatro piernas. Puede corer muy rapido.)
In the first three weeks we will use the song “Cabeza, Brazos, Piernas, Pies” as well as two Total Physical Response activities and a Dictation activity to learn vocabulary for parts of the body. In the first week we will focus on cabeza, hombros, brazos, manos, piernas, and rodillas. In the second week we will focus on the cara: ojos, orejas, boca, and naríz. During these weeks we will also be making a vocabulary list in our Cuadernos (Notebooks) of all the body vocabulary and reflecting on the sounds that letters make in Spanish and how they are different from the sounds they make in English. We will especially focus on the sounds made by the a (aaah), j (hhhh), ll (lyah), and ñ (nyah).
In the fourth and fifth week we will begin to use body vocabulary and TPR to learn basic Super Power verbs such as Puedo (I can), Puede (she/he can) comer (to eat), correr (to run), ver (to see), and brincar (to jump), volar (to fly). I will also read Donde Viven los Monstros to the class in Spanish using these basic verbs.
These are the lesson plans for the 3rd Grade Unit on Body, Emotions and Basic Greetings.
First, students will learn to use greetings and emotions vocabulary as well as gestures typical in Latin American countries in a simple conversation. Students will then create a TPRS (Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling) story using the learned emotions vocabulary. Students will demonstrate understanding of learned vocabulary by re-telling and re-enacting this story.
The Unit will culminate with a grade-wide Storytime in which the classes will narrate and act out the Cuentos Locos that their class has created.