This week we are learning all about our "Familia" (Family). We are learning to pronounce the letter "F" (eff-ay), and we are learning about Florida and Don Francisco. We will be reviewing all of the vocabulary learned so far (Conversation, colors, dates, parts of the body) and then we will be learning the names of each of the family members in Spanish.
This week, many Hispanic people, especially in México, will be celebrating "Día de los Muertos" (Day of the Dead). Although they decorate with skulls and skeletons, the Hispanic equivalent of Halloween is actually much less scary than its American counterpart. Día de los Muertos is actually more a celebration of life as most Mexicans believe that life continues even after death. In Latin America, death is not seen as something to be feared, but rather is just another part of life that will happen to us all. Mexicans decorate with brightly colored skulls, dressed-up skeletons, and vibrant marigolds. All of these are symbols of life continuing after death. In class this week, we will be reading a book called "Calavera Abecedario"- an alphabet book (how appropriate!) about the celebration of Día de los Muertos in México. We will be making our own crepe paper marigolds to commemorate the holiday.
Keep practicing your Spanish! This week, students can talk about the members of their own family using the Spanish names they have learned. On the website, students can watch the letter "F" video and play the "Familia" game.
Coming up next week... G is for "La Granja" (Farm animals)
Lesson plans for this week:
PreK/ K (click here)
1st/ 2nd grade (click here)
3rd-5th grade (click here)