Oct 4 / 5

Took a small quiz on irregular yo forms of verbs.  (18 pts)

Sang “no quepo again” for missing it on the quiz

Went over Level 1 verbs list with many grammar and vocab point tangents.

Had Soapbox lecture #32 – Show good sportsmanship.  Cheer for your team – not against the other one.

Had time in class to study and check grade problems.

Do a self test on Level 2 verbs and define the rest.  Due at the beginning of class next time.


Oct 2 / 3

For A day, this was the super short Pre-ACT day.

We went over irregular yo forms of verbs and basic irregulars.
(See gold basic verbs handout)

We sang “No quepo” for the first time

We went over the first part of Level 1 of the yellow verbs sheet.

Do 30/30 -30 on conjuguemos.com for the irregular yo forms

September 28 / October 1

Today we took a quiz on Useful words and phrases from the yellow basic phrases sheet.  (31 pts)

Reviewed basic verb information.  Refer to gold Basic and irregular verbs info sheet.

Introduction to conjuguemos.com

Verbs Level 1 – pre quiz
Go through Level 1 verbs and define them IN PENCIL.  See what you know or remember without looking at any notes.  Count up how many verbs you could define and write them in the lower right-hand corner.
AFTER you have done the pre-check, go back through and IN PENCIL and finish defining the verbs using notes or wordreference.com


Comjuguemos.com 30/30-30 with basic present tense verbs.
This means – you work on conjuguemos.com doing the “graded verb practice” with present tense regular verbs.  If you can get 30 out of 30 perfect in a row – you are done! Otherwise, keep practicing until you have worked for 30 minutes

Sept 26 / 27

We learned how to eat smarties

Went over last section of announcements – Special or 1 time events.

We sang the song “copa de la vida” again

Went over and practiced the concept –
Para _____ hay que _____

Went over section of buff basic phrases sheet “useful words and phrases”
Study that section- there will be a quiz next time.

Caught up on little things to get all classes up to the same point.

September 20 / 21

We took a quiz on the announcements vocabulary.

We worked on creating a paragraph-length announcement with MANY scheduled tangents to review grammar and vocabulary in context.

Points to remember:
*Most important word goes first (noun before adjective)
*If you use a noun to describe another noun like “soccer game”, make sure you put the main word first and the descriptive noun with the word “de” after.  So Soccer game would be “partido de fútbol”.  Anytime you use a noun as a description, it needs the word “de”.
*NEVER use an apostrophe S in Spanish!!!  My mom’s car = El coche de mi mamá.  NOT  Mi mamá’s coche.
*You can win games and trophies, you cannot win people or teams.
*Put the emphasis on the right syllable.  (lares)
*de + el = del        and       a + el = al
*When you want to say “on Friday” or on a day or date – use the definite article “el”  don’t use the word “en”.
So “on Friday” would be “el viernes”.
*You DO want to use the word “en” when you want to say- at a place.  “At Lone Peak” would be- “En Lone Peak”
*To talk about a span of days or dates such as “from Friday to Sunday”, use the phrase  “del ___ hasta el _____”  So it would be  “del viernes hasta el domingo”.

We sang “Hay un tren”
vocab phrases to remember – lo nuestro = our thing, por si acaso = just in case

We looked at Srta’s website and talked about how to do extra credit. (Which is due on Monday for the first half of the term)
We also looked at the blog to see what to do when we miss class.

Write 3 amazing announcements.  Each should be at least a paragraph long.  Include all the information you can such as who, what, where, when, cost, why go, what will happen, what to wear, take, etc.
The first announcement should be about a sports event (so you can talk about teams and versus and fun words like that.)
The second should be some kind of event that isn’t a sport.  So a party,  dance, concert or an activity of some kind.
The 3rd announcement can be anything you want – have some fun with it.  But stick with the basic structures we are learning and working with – go crazy with the vocabulary – not the grammar.

Use the green announcements and the blue time vocabulary handouts to help you figure out how to say things in Spanish.  DO NOT USE GOOGLE TRANSLATE!  Use the structure we practiced in class.  Keep it simple but complete and you can do almost everything with what you have been given.  If you want to try some extra creativity, do it after the basics are there and done well.

Please don’t do 2 sports or game announcements.  Please don’t do 2 event or party announcements.  Try to use a wide variety of vocabulary.

Here is a sample 3rd announcement in English:    The aliens are coming to my backyard tomorrow at 4:15.  Everyone needs to come and wear their tinfoil hats.  It is free if you bring green jello.  It will be awesome!  We are going to have a party and welcome the aliens to Earth.  My address is 10189 N 4800 W. Highland.  (Please don’t talk  to the  people in AF or too many people are going to come and scare away the lovely aliens. )  Next week we are going to learn how to fly in their spaceship. It will be very fun!

and in Spanish:     Los extraterrestres vienen a mi jardín mañana a las 4:15.  Todos necesitan venir y llevar sus sombreros de papel de aluminio.  Es gratis si traes gelatina verde.  ¡Va a ser asombroso!  Vamos a tener una fiesta y dar la bienvenida a los extraterrestres a la tierra.  Mi dirección es… (Por favor, no hables con las personas en AF o demasiadas personas van a venir y espantar a los extraterrestres lindos. )  La semana que viene vamos a aprender a volar en su nave.  ¡Va a ser muy divertido!

September 18 / 19

At the beginning of class, the homework assignment of translating the green announcements vocabulary was checked.  If it was 100% complete – you got a happy homework hedgehog stamp.  That means you get 100 points on the assignment.  If it was not complete at the beginning of class – you can still complete it for 1/2 credit (50 pts)

Today we did small group activities in “stations”.
The activities in the different stations were:
Reviewing adjectives with pictionary
Practicing activity vocabulary with picture flashcards
Review and practice telling time in Spanish
Scavenger hunt in a Spanish newspaper to practice the vocabulary.
Making flashcards and practicing the vocabulary
Reviewing verbs from the list with animal charades.

You WILL have a quiz on the vocabulary next time.  (Anything on the Announcements side of the green sheet is fair game on the quiz)

September 14 / 17

Quiz on Weather vocabulary  (40 pts)

Handed out Green weather vocabulary sheet.


One side of the green weather handout you got in class says Announcements.  That is the side you are going to be working with now.
On the announcements side – the words are in Spanish.  You need to  figure out what they mean in English.  Write the English definitions directly on the green handout.  DO NOT write them on a separate sheet of paper.  If you are positive you know what the word means, you don’t have to define it on the paper, but you can if you want to.  Work through the whole announcements side of the paper – writing down all definitions you learn or look up.
Use this as an opportunity to review the words you already know and check how they are spelled in Spanish.
This is due at the beginning of class next time.

September 10 / 11

Took quiz on holiday vocabulary worth 42 pts.
Notes from quiz – DON’T capitalize months, days, languages etc. in Spanish.  Put the noun first and then the description – año nuevo NOT  nuevo año

Some specific notes:  traje = suit, outfit or costume – as in a traditional outfit worn for celebrations or in a certain region or country.
disfraz = costume worn as a disguise or dressing up like something or someone else.   costumbre = custom or tradition. It doesn’t mean costume.

September 6 / 7

We continued reviewing vocabulary, this time focusing on the calendar.  Days, dates, months and holidays.
Vocab to make sure you know:
fecha vs día
día festivo or feriado – holiday
noche vieja, año nuevo
derechos civiles

Culture concepts:
“hacer puente”  – taking an extra day (or 2) of holiday between the actual date and the weekend.

We watched a powerpoint about a cool holiday in Spain called “las fallas”

Take the last 6 months of the year and create a vocabulary map like we did in class with January.  Take a month, list the holidays celebrated and whether they are a day or a date.  Figure out how you say the holiday and their date/day in Spanish.  Write down words or phrases or vocabulary about that holiday.  How do you celebrate? What do you do? What do you eat or drink?  Where do you go?  Figure out how to say that vocabulary in Spanish.  Wordreference is a great resource.  You DO NOT have to write sentences.  Just lists of vocabulary.  (verbs, nouns, descriptions, etc)  You need to do this for all 6 months.  At least 2 holidays per month.  For August – make up a holiday and how you would celebrate.
These are the holidays YOU celebrate or that are celebrated here in the U.S.  We will learn about Spanish holidays throughout the year – but you need to get a base of vocabulary for general holidays and celebrations.
This is due next class – at the beginning of class.

Here is an example of a Calendar map

August 30 / 31

Today we reviewed how to do big numbers including years.

Practiced talking about self with big numbers.
Addresses, birthday and year, phone number etc.

Did a  Quick review of days of week and months

Sang “Yo más te adoro”

Extra vocab you should make sure you know
código de área – area code
código postal – zip code
nacer – to be born
no vale la pena – it’s not worth it


August 28 / 29

Today we reviewed and practiced numbers.
Practice with the numbers sheet handed out in class.
We practiced asking and answering questions with numbers.
These questions can be found on the bottom half of the Basic phrases sheet. 

Make sure you know your digits (be able to talk about your address, phone number, birthday and birth year) in Spanish.


Reviewed sections of the back of the basic phrases sheet – The   “coping card”
We went over the sections:  If you don’t understand, escape phrases and courtesy phrases.

August 24 / 27

Reviewed and practiced basic phrases and favorites. (pesos!)

Took a quiz on Basic Phrases and colors

Talked about how to take a quiz…
*Use a half sheet of paper
*Don’t write in red
*Try to answer anything you can

And correct a quiz
*Correct in red
*take off points for what you miss
*correct your answer or write in the correct answer as we go over them
*add in extra credit and write your total score at the top by your name.

Learned how to properly rip paper in half

Learn from your mistakes – don’t just make them.

Day 1

August 20 / 21

Welcome to Spanish 3!
Today we reviewed basic greeting and introduction phrases.
A review of these phrases can be found here.
We did over 60 minutes entirely in Spanish! – You guys are awesome!
Thanks for trying so hard even though you were really freaked out.

Things to remember from today:
When the light is on – DON’T SPEAK ENGLISH!
You can do it, don’t panic.  It will get easier with practice.
Pesos are points – answer questions and participate in order to earn them.
Don’t cross the line of death.
Señorita Taylor knows your name