Fifth and sixth graders are well on their way towards the second marking period now. In class we have created our passport checklists for the second trimester. These are the skills that students must demonstrate before the marking period ends on March 10th (The list is at the end of this post). If a student demonstrates mastery of the skill in class through a quiz, skit, sporcle game, poster, conversation or other method they will get the national sticker that is associated with the skill. If they get each skill on or before March 10th they will be meeting my expectations for the marking period, and receive the grade of 3. Going above and beyond that would gain the student the grade of 4.
This month we have been looking at the calendar skills: days of the week, months of the year, and seasons. We have been talking about the dates and holidays to help us focus on this vocabulary in grades 3-6.
In K-2 we have been practicing many different skills: colours, numbers up to 10, (and sometimes higher) shapes, directions (up, down, left, right, forward, back), sizes and playing games to help us practice this vocabulary. We will also work on recognizing and answering questions like ¿Cómo estás? ¿Cómo te llamas? (How are you? What’s your name?)
Passport requirements this marking period
Please look on the Passports page for more information. Many of these skills were practiced and required for the first trimester. The idea is that we can build on them this marking period, but that we have retained the knowledge. Please note that some of these skills are not related to Spanish. I want to encourage the students to practice their other subjects as well.
Required list for 5th grade.
☐Afganistán (el abecedario)
☐Algeria (el verbo gustar) ***
☐China, República de (los pronombres atónicos)
☐Colombia (las cuatro preguntas importantes)
☐Cuba (los colores)
☐España (leer en español)***
☐Timor L’este (los números ordinales)
☐Honduras (los meses del año)
☐Kosovo (las fracciones)
☐La Organización de Naciones Unidas (ONU) (las direcciones)***
☐Paraguay (los días de la semana)
☐La República Dominicana (los pronombres personales)
☐Rusia (los números hasta 999.999.999)
☐New Math skill
☐New Geography skill
☐New Spanish skill
☐New Reading skill
☐New skill of your choice #1
☐New skill of your choice #2
☐Barbados (las frutas)
Required list for sixth grade:
☐China, Republic of (object pronouns)
☐Colombia (4 important questions)
☐Dominican Republic (personal pronouns)
☐Timor L’este (Ordinal numbers)
☐Russia (numbers up to 999,999,999
☐South Sudan (direction words)
☐Spain (read syllabically)
☐Tonga (US States in English)
☐3 choice from 1st marking period
☐3 new choice for second marking period (one geography, one Spanish, and one more of any subject)
My hope is that each student will find a way to demonstrate these skills that works for them. I will provide opportunities every week or two just to demonstrate passport skills. Of course, any quiz, assignment or project that is done independently could also be used to demonstrate these skills.
Also, any students who joined us this school year have modified expectations, and I talk to them on an individual basis.
Lastly, should any student ever feel that a skill is not clicking for them, they have the choice of making a poster, in Spanish, about the country that is associated with that skill in lieu of demonstrating mastery of the skill. Should a student attempt a skill via a quiz or other assessment earlier in the trimester, and not accomplish it, they will be encouraged to try again on another day. I make no distinction between the person who knew the information prior to class and the person who struggles but masters the skill on the last day. They have both learned the skill in the timeframe given.