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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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Nipmuc Celebrates World Language Week

World Language Week will be celebrated at Nipmuc Regional High School from March 13-17. Come check out the amazing work of our Italian/French/Spanish students!

Our Advanced Grammar and Composition Spanish immersion students are painting portraits of famous Hispanics throughout history and writing biographies on their lives and achievements.

These immersion students, as well the AP Spanish Language students, are competing in a writing contest sponsored by The Spanish Resource Center at UMass Boston.

Every day during the morning, students will enjoy the sounds of international music over the loudspeaker, courtesy of the Hispanic Civilization, Literature, and Culture class. These students are also creating ornate “azulejos”, or Spanish tiles for display.

Level 3 language students will be creating and illustrating children’s books and fairy tales in the target language.

Each level 4 student is researching the life and contribution of a famous Italian/French/Spanish figure.  Students will “become” this famous figure for a day, and be able to answer questions about themselves and their respective works in the target language. These students will also be creating monuments and artistic reproductions of famous works of art or indigenous sculpture and pottery.

Students from the Latin American Experience classes are learning about the Aztecs and writing their names utilizing the Ictapa alphabet.

NEW THIS YEAR! – On Thursday, March 16th from 1:00pm-2:00pm, all level 2 world language students will be “competing” in our first annual “Battle of the International Food Trucks”.  In groups, students are designing fictional “food trucks” and serving up some amazing international fare.  Sharply dressed in their newly-created company “uniforms”, students will be glad to tell you all about their food truck concept/theme as well as some fun facts about their country’s/region’s flag, tourist attractions, and signature dish.  We are so excited to welcome some foodies and restaurateurs from local businesses such as Bertucci’s, Acouge Vale Do Aco, and Rebecca’s3 as well as some community connections, like Major League Cuts, that we have made through our Latin American Experience class, to serve as judges.  Students from the Latin American Experiences classes will serve as hosts and assist our visiting judges with the voting process.

That night at 7:00pm, we will proudly induct over 60 members into our newly-chartered Spanish/French/Italian National Honor Societies.  You are cordially invited to join us in the cafeteria for a celebration of our World Language students’ incredible achievements.

Students in Level 1 language classes will be designing and creating unique international t-shirts. On Friday, March 17th from 1:15pm to 2:00pm we will hold our annual Level 1 International Buffet. Join us in the cafeteria to sample some international fare and to judge our annual international t-shirt contest.

We are really looking forward to this year’s World Language Week and hope that you can join us in celebrating cultural diversity, tolerance, and understanding.


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Sticky Sentences… We Need Your Help!

At all levels in language learning, we utilize what we call “sticky sentences” or scrambled sentences to reinforce grammar topics and aid in their integration in context.  In some instances, students cut out each sentence component and manipulate them on the carpet to facilitate collaboration and group input.  Other times, students use them as as a guide to create structured expressions and draw pictures that represent their meaning.

 

Some kids LOVE them; other kids DON’T, but they work and they are a great way to assess comprehension and application of abstract grammar topics.  So, why do we need YOUR help?

We are looking for a way (READ: NOT labor intensive) to transfer this type of activity to the IPads, so that students can manipulate the words/sentence fragments quickly and easily to both facilitate learning and to compare and contrast various language structures.  As an instructor, I would need to be able to “push” out a list/grid of words that all students could utilize to create their sentences.  Some IPad apps we have already thought of/tried without much success are:

Notability
Poetry Creator
Word Mover
Instant Poetry 2
Social Poetry
Sticky Words
Fridge Poems
Google Slides

Do you have any suggestions or ideas that could help us?  Are you a computer coder, engineer, or just all-around genius and would like to create an app for us?  Let us know and get in touch at: tmoloney@mursd.org.   Thanks!