miércoles, 17 de enero de 2018

MLK Day Projects

In Infantil this week, the kids learned about peace and colored their own peace sign for our Martin Luther King Jr. cultural project.

In 1st and 2nd grade, we talked about people we admire—our heroes. Then, we brainstormed positive words to describe our heroes. Finally, the students wrote a sentence about a hero in their life and drew a picture of that person. Check out their work below!

Students of 2A with their final projects
Many students wrote that their mums are their heroes:  
My hero is my mum because she is happy. (Mayte, 1B)
My hero is my mum because she is happy. (Luis, 1B)
My hero is my mum because she is beautiful and generous. (Asier, 1B)
My hero is my mum because she is generous. (Candela, 1B)

Other students from 1B wrote about their brothers, dads, and parents: 
My hero is my brother because he is generous. (Sergio, 1B)
My hero is my dad because he is smart. (Emilio, 1B)
My hero is my my brother because he is kind. (Sara, 1B)
My hero is my mom and dad because they are good and happy. (Sofía A., 1B)
My hero is my dad because he is intelligent, generous, funny and kind. (Marcos G., 2A)
My hero is my dad because he is generous. (Marcos H., 2A)
My hero is my dad because he is nice, intelligent and generous. (Juan Luis, 2A)
My hero is my dad because he is generous, caring and intelligent. (Leyre, 2A)
Students from 1A wrote about their aunts, uncles, and mums: 
My hero is my aunt because she is nice. (Daniela M., 1A)
My hero is my uncle because he is very very very fun. (Mario, 1A)
My hero is my mum because she plays with me. (Javi, 1A)
My hero is my mum because she is nice. (Leyre, 1A)
Sisters are great heroes, too! 
My hero is my sister because she is generous. (Noa, 1A)
My hero is my sister because she is fun. (Miranda, 1A)
My hero is my sister because she is fun. (Amanda, 1A)

Some students from 2A chose their teacher as their hero:
My hero is my teacher because she is funny, nice and intelligent. (Angela, 2A)
My hero is my teacher because she is funny and intelligent. (Rodrigo, 2A)
My hero is my teacher because she is generous and nice. (Jose, 2A)
My hero is my teacher because she is intelligent. (Marta, 2A)
My hero is my teacher because she is funny, nice and kind. (Sofia, 2A)
My hero is my teacher because she is nice, kind, funny, intelligent, caring and generous. (Angie 2A)
My hero is my teacher because she is nice, intelligent and funny. (Daniel C., 2A)
My hero is my teacher because she is nice, intelligent and caring. (Violeta, 2A)

These projects will be displayed on the wall outside of Amelia's classroom (2A). 

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

Every third Monday of January, Americans celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most important figures of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. King was a leader of nonviolent activism during the 1950s and 1960s. He, along with many others, fought for equal rights and an end to racial discrimination and segregation.

King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech, given in 1963 during the March on Washington, has gone down in history as one of the most inspiring speeches pushing for equality in the U.S. You can find the speech by clicking on the links here:

Today, Americans celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. by volunteering or participating in a "Day of Service." Some ways to volunteer include: visiting the elderly at a nursing home, collecting food for the local food shelf, serving food at a soup kitchen, and cleaning the local animal shelter.

An advertisement to recruit volunteers for MLK Day. "What are you doing for others?"

To celebrate MLK day at Colegio Torrente Ballester, Jason, Melissa and I each decided to approach the topic with different projects.

With the infantil kids, we talked about peace as they colored their own peace sign.

With first and second grade, we talked about heroes and people we admire. The students wrote a sentence about who their hero is and why, and they drew pictures of their hero.

In third and fourth grade, Melissa talked to the students about equality and what they hope or wish for in the world. The students created thought bubbles to express their vision for a better world.

Finally, Jason talked about Martin Luther King Jr. and the I have a dream speech. The students made postcards with their "I have a dream" statements.

Stay tuned for pictures of our projects with the kids!

"If you can't fly, then run. If you can't run, then walk. If you can't walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward." - Martin Luther King Jr.

jueves, 21 de diciembre de 2017

Happy Holidays from Infantil!

This week in Infantil, we made Christmas (holiday) cards for the students' moms, dads, brothers, sisters, or any other family member or friend to whom they wanted to give the card. The students worked on their writing skills by tracing a short message in English. Check out their beautiful holiday cards!

These students chose to write their Christmas cards for their moms and dads.

Happy Holidays from Infantil!

miércoles, 20 de diciembre de 2017

Christmas Carols from 3rd and 4th grade!

This week, Melissa worked with her students to get them to sing some classic Christmas songs in English. Enjoy these videos of the 3rd and 4th graders singing "Jingle Bells" and "Jingle Bell Rock"! Thanks, Melissa!

viernes, 15 de diciembre de 2017

jueves, 14 de diciembre de 2017

Christmas Door Decorations (1B and 2A)

The holiday door decorations for Primary 1B and 2A are complete! Each student in the 1B class cut out their own snowflake and some stars and glued them to the door. In 2A, we created a singing reindeer surrounded by colorful and unique snowflakes created by the students. The school is getting to be more and more festive each day leading up to the holidays!

Primary 1B Door

The 2A students color their snowflakes:

Gluing the snowflakes onto the door
 Happy holidays!

lunes, 27 de noviembre de 2017

Thanksgiving activities and crafts around the school

Thanksgiving is an important holiday for many people in the United States. The holiday is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November and is seen as a day to give thanks for the things we have in our lives. On Thanksgiving, it's typical that families get together for a big dinner of turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and more! If you can't be with your family during Thanksgiving and you spend it with friends instead, we call that "Friendsgiving."

Homemade apple pie--a typical Thanksgiving dessert! It's delicious and easy to make. This year, I used this recipe: Grandma Ople's Apple Pie

Melissa, Jason and I all love to celebrate Thanksgiving. This year, Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, November 23rd. During the week, us auxiliares wanted to share the history and culture of the holiday with our students and make some crafts with them. Not only did we celebrate Thanksgiving with the Primary kids--we also talked about it with some of the older kids.

The turkeys that the students in the ESO 1B class made
In Infantil, we colored cornucopias with the students. Now used as an autumn table decoration, a cornucopia is an icon of the season of fall and of Thanksgiving. Cornucopias feature many different foods, from grapes and pears to pumpkins and corn. The infantil children practiced foods and colors in English while coloring the cornucopia.

Infantil 2B
Infantil 2B
Infantil 2B
Infantil 3B
In Primaria 1 and 2, we created turkeys out of toilet paper rolls and paper. Each student brought in their own toilet paper roll for the body of the turkey. Then, they cut out feathers and wrote one thing or person they were thankful for on each feather. Saying things we're thankful for is a Thanksgiving tradition.

Example turkey...what are you thankful for?
The students had a lot of fun creating their own little turkeys!

Primary 1A
Primary 1A

Primary 1B
Primary 2A
Primary 2A
Primary 2B
In Primaria 3 and 4, Melissa created wreathes with the students.

Primary 3A

In Primaria 5 and 6, Jason and the students created turkeys by tracing their hands on paper.

Happy Thanksgiving from Colegio Torrente Ballester!