Teaching in Spanglish

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Pass The Torch Linky in a Spanglish Setting... Say what?!

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Join The 3AM Teacher, the Reading Olympians, and over 80 SUPREME education bloggers as we take you through a tour of the Reading Olympians Root Study Program!!

My First post of 2013 and what a post it is! I’ve been meaning to catch up with the few of you who follow me on here (thank you, btw) on all the wild rides and funny stories that I have to share since November (has it seriously been that long?!). Before then, however, I want to talk to you about this AMAZING Pass the Torch Linky that I have been fortunate enough to be a part of.
Michelle from the3amTeacher.blogspot.com and Krista and Julie from the ReadingOlympian.blogspot.com have created an awesome “at your own pace” vocabulary program that scaffolds the learning of Latin and Greek Roots called Jr. Reading Olympians.
I was one of the approximately 90 teachers (yes you read that correctly!) who were able to implement a lesson (or more) in their classrooms.
Given that I teach a 1st/2nd grade split bilingual classroom this year, I only tried it with my second graders to help build their academic vocabulary and help prepare them for ISAT (next year, of course)… after all, knowledge=power, right?
Since their vocabulary in English is pretty limited, we started with cent given that it has a common meaning in both English and Spanish. We talked about Centavo and Centimetro and discussed what those two words have in common. Right away, hands flew in the air, “Los dos tienen las letras c-e-n-t”. Of course they do. =)

Here they are hard at work with cent =)

We spoke about its meaning alone and its meaning in context. Then one little curious girls asks: “Maestra, si “cent” quiere decir cien, por que cuando me dan presents para mi cumpleaƱos, no recibo cien? Tiene la palabra cent andentro. Pre-sent” All eyes on me *PANIC MODE ACTIVATED* My answer? “Porque lo compran con sus “centavos” y te lo dan con cent-imiento” (that was purposely spelled wrong, btw!) Lol! I’m so clever when I’m under pressure.

We also went into aqua, same idea, same result=success =) This one reaffirmed my love for teaching, specially when one of my boys says, “Now I know why they call him Aqua man! Because he shoots water!!!” LOL. How exciting for everyone!

I wish I would have taken more pictures because my blog post may not do this justice, but believe me it was so fun and had them going; it’s not too often they ask for another word or graphic organizer. ;)

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