La Clase de la Sra. Moloney


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Student Spotlight – Kayla R.

Here is another “Star Student” from our Spanish 4 Honors class.

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Nombre: Kayla Riordan

Clase: Spanish 4 Honors

How many years have you studied Spanish?:
4 years

(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • Teaching kids gymnastics
  • Crossfit
  • High Honors Scholar
  • Hiking

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita:
Chicken Alfredo

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:I am hoping to learn how to communicate in Spanish, not just write and read

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
I like that we have to actually speak in Spanish so I can become more comfortable with the language.

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:
We are currently working on our final projects, which is a book about the topic of our choice using 16 tenses/moods.

(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take – Wayne Gretzky” – Michael Scott”


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Student Spotlight – Sophie M.

Here is another Star Student from our Latin American Experience class!

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Nombre:
Sophie Matellian

Clase: Latin American Experience

How many years have you studied Spanish?:
13 years


(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • Student Council
  • DECA
  • Blackstone Valley Youth Leadership Academy
  • Nipmuc Ambassadors
  • Nipmuc Humanities Scholar
  • EMC Star Program
  • Vacation Bible School Volunteer
  • Walk for Hunger
  • Special Olympics
  • Senator T. Moore Advisory Council

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita:
Macaroni and Cheese

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
I’m hoping to learn about Spanish culture and different dialects.

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
What I like most about this class is the real world experience of going out into the community and talking to people about their culture.

(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying: “To each his own.”

 


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Student Spotlight – Dallas O.

Here is another Star Student from our Latin American Experience class!

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Nombre:
Dallas O’Hagan

Clase: Latin American Experience/Spanish Immersion Teaching Assistant

How many years have you studied Spanish?:
13 years

(Hobbies) Pasatiempos: 

  • skiing
  • theater
  • art
  • hiking

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita:
mashed potatoes

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
This year I really wanted to learn about Spanish and Latino culture.

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
I really enjoyed the open atmosphere of this class and how learning was made fun, exciting and innovative .

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:
Currently we are learning about our family ancestry and researching and learning more about our family.

(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying:
“Liars don’t go to heaven” ~ Ana Soto


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Kindness Rocks Project – In Spanish!

Our Latin American Experience class is all about making connections within the Latino community and reaching out to others in kindness and friendship with the goal of promoting tolerance and understanding.  What better way than to create a Kindness Rocks Project in Spanish!

I first learned about The Kindness Rocks Project this past summer while I was hiking with my children, Eamon and Delia.  We came upon this assortment of beautifully-painted rocks and noticed that they had wonderful, positive messages written on them. Uplifting statements like “May all good things happen to you today” and “Focus on the good” adorned these rocks of various sizes and shapes.  My son and daughter were immediately intrigued and we spent quite some time reading the positive messages and talking about what they meant.  We also noticed the hashtag #thekindnessrocksproject written on each rock and were curious what it all meant.  Looking more closely, we also noticed a small wooden sign that welcomed us to take a rock if we needed some positivity in our lives and to share them with others in need.  It also said to take a photo of the rock and to put it on social media with the hashtag #thekindnessrocksproject.  I was amazed at what we found out when we did a little more investigation at home of how this all began.

The Kindness Rocks Project was started by an anonymous woman in Barnstable, MA.  She liked to collect rocks on the beach and would paint inspirational sayings on them and leave them in places for people to find.  One instance, before her trend went viral, this woman simply left a painted rock at a local Whole Foods and a woman, who had been experiencing many recent hardships in her life, picked it up and posted a photo on Facebook.  She explained how that simple message of hope changed her life and helped her to move forward through difficult circumstances.  And thus, The Kindness Rocks Project was born!

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As she continues to pay it forward, she has inspired people, like us,  from around the globe to create their own Kindness Rocks Project!

Students in our Latin American Experience classes collected up some rocks and painted positive messages and inspirational quotes in Spanish on them  Then, they ventured off to set up their “rock garden” in a local Milford park.  If you were a Spanish-speaker and you came across a rock garden with uplifting messages in YOUR language, how cool would that be?

Learn more about The Kindness Rocks Project here!

Check out some of our student-created Spanish kindness rocks below!


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Student Spotlight – Madi K.

Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 9.47.16 AMHere is another Star Student from our Latin American Experience class!

Nombre: Madison Kimball

Clase: Latin American Experience

How many years have you studied Spanish?:
11

(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • Singing
  • Playing instruments

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita:
My favorite food is pineapple.

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
I would like to learn more about Spanish culture and how it influences us.

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
I like learning about the different kinds of music and how they are influential and where they originated from.

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:
We are currently creating kindness rocks with inspirational  Spanish sayings to put out into the community.

(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying:

“Don’t look back.  You aren’t going that way.”


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Student Spotlight – Abby R.

Screen Shot 2017-05-10 at 11.45.19 AMHere is another Star Student from our Spanish 4 Honors class!

Nombre: Abby Rapiejko

Clase: Spanish 4-H

How many years have you studied Spanish?:
3

(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • Equestrian and Equestrian Drill Team Captain (4 years)
  • STEM Scholar
  • Saxophone player in wind ensemble (vice president of wind ensemble)
  • National Honor Society member, treasurer, and bulletin board updater
  • 4-H member in Woodville Trailbusters 4-H Club and the Crafty Cats 4-H Club
  • Treasurer of Woodville Trailbuster 4-H Club (8 years)
  • National 4-H Horsebowl Team 2014
  • National 4-H Communications Team 2016
  • 4-H Ambassador
  • Yearbook committee member

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita:
Ice cream

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
I would like to be able to communicate in Spanish in both speaking and writing.  I would like to be able to listen to someone speaking in Spanish and understand in real time without having to translate.

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
I like how this class incorporates unique ways to learn including funny presentations, games, and discussions in Spanish.

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:
I am making a calligrams book about a farm.

(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying:
“Where’s the candy Molo?” –  Lizzy


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Student Spotlight – Isabelle T.

Screen Shot 2017-05-05 at 7.48.08 AMHere is another Star Student from our Latin American Experience class!

Nombre: Isabelle Todd

Clase: Latin American Experience

How many years have you studied Spanish?:
13

(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • going to the beach,
  • relaxing

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita:
celery

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
More about Spanish culture!

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
doing fun projects

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:
painting rocks for the Spanish kindness rock garden

 


Student Spotlight – Jack D.

Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 2.17.56 PMHere is another Star Student from our Spanish 4 Honors class!

Nombre: Jack Dunlap

Clase: Spanish 4 Honors

How many years have you studied Spanish?:
I have studied 12 years of Spanish, 4 of those years were in an Immersion class.

(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • Sports (basketball, baseball)
  • Nipmuc Ski Club

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita:
Pizza

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
How to conjugate better.

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:

The candy (ha ha Jack!)

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:

A Calligram project

(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying:

“Work or die” – Mrs. Moloney


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Preterite or Imperfect?

Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 2.58.28 PM.pngPerhaps one of the most challenging grammatical components in Spanish is correctly utilizing and integrating the (2) past tenses: the preterite and imperfect.  These (2) past tenses are employed in different ways to express various ideas in the past. The tough question is, which one do I use when?

Well, the preterite is used to: narrate in the past and give just the facts of actions that have a distinct beginning and clear end…..WHAT??

The imperfect is utilized to describe or express feelings/opinions in the past and to emphasize ongoing or repeated action in the past….

SO….WHAT DOES THIS MEAN????

Pretty abstract, challenging stuff, huh?  Instead of trying to memorize this nebulous concept, it makes more sense to put it in a more realistic, authentic context.

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Who is your favorite move star?  Athlete? Singer?  We all have one and let’s be honest, we know all about our favorite stars.  What better way to compare and contrast the (2) past tenses than by creating a a timeline of their life?  Students identified (10) benchmarks in their favorite public figure’s life and “narrated” in the preterite on multi-colored squares.  Then students identified (10) repeated actions or personality descriptions and articulated them in the imperfect on circles.  By utilizing the squares and circles (created by our newly-acquired Cricut machine) on a timeline, we are creating a visual/graphic organizer which delineates, compares, and contrasts the past tenses.

After, we will be creating WANTED posters for our public figures, utilizing the imperfect to describe physical attributes.