**Stargate Middle School Spanish At Home Practice/Homework Guidelines

What does it look like?  How can I practice the assigned vocabulary?

At-home practice is time (average 10-15-minute increments) spent at home the evening of class or the night before class using past, present or expanded vocabulary.  There are many suggestions for each assignment on Google Classroom.  Students do not need to do all.

Parents need to sign practice sheets inside of binder indicating when and what that their children practiced (for 6-8 tell # of minutes practiced) in Spanish. 

Ex.  5th – 9/2 – parts of body   Mr. Jones

Ex. 6th – 8th – 9/2  Chapter 2A vocab   10 minutes  Mr. Jones

At-home practice is an essential part of developing fluency in Spanish especially since we only meet every other day.  The following are guidelines to use for constructive At-Home practice.  Speaking is the main focus, but if students are experiencing problems with writing, I have included guidelines for that as well.  Choose a way to practice or strategy that is relevant to your interests and learning style.   If you write it out, do a mini project, etc., you will need to turn it in and I will check it as done in Google Classroom.

what are the types of learning styles?

bluebullet.gif (326 bytes) visual learners:

learn through seeing…                    .

these learners need to see the teacher’s body language and facial expression to fully understand the content of a lesson. they tend to prefer sitting at the front of the classroom to avoid visual obstructions (e.g. people’s heads). they may think in pictures and learn best from visual displays including: diagrams, illustrated text books, overhead transparencies, videos, flipcharts and hand-outs.  during a lecture or classroom discussion, visual learners often prefer to take detailed notes to absorb the information.

If you are a visual learner, use the powerpoints, flashcards, youtube videos (type in the topic in the search area.  Ex. animals in Spanish), Google topics Ex. animals in Spanish)

images/bluebullet.gif (326 bytes) tactile/kinesthetic learners:

learn through , moving, doing and touching…   

tactile/kinesthetic persons learn best through a hands-on approach, actively exploring the physical world around them. they may find it hard to sit still for long periods and may become distracted by their need for activity and exploration.

If you are a kinesthetic learner, play the games, or make flashcards. 

images/bluebullet.gif (326 bytes) verbal learners: 

learn through , speaking and verbalizing…   

verbal persons learn best through vocalizing the vocabulary. They can use different voices to recite vocabulary.

If you are a verbal learner, go to the e-text or use the quizlet listening section for each unit and repeat after the speaker using the tips provided on the practicing vocabulary link.  Vocalize the vocabulary using different voices and levels. 

Practicing Vocabulary

images/bluebullet.gif (326 bytes) musical/rhythmic intelligence

ability to produce and appreciate music. these musically inclined learners think in sounds, rhythms and patterns. they immediately respond to music either appreciating or criticizing what they hear. many of these learners are extremely sensitive to environmental sounds (e.g. crickets, bells, dripping taps).

If you are a musical learner, youtube videos (type in the topic.  Ex. animals song in Spanish), Google topics (Ex. animals song in Spanish).

bluebullet.gif (326 bytes) auditory learners:

learn through listening

they learn best through verbal lectures, discussions, talking things through and listening to what others have to say. auditory learners interpret the underlying meanings of speech through listening to tone of voice, pitch, speed and other nuances. written information may have little meaning until it is heard. these learners often benefit from reading text aloud and using a tape recorder.

If you are an auditory learner, youtube videos (type in the topic.  Ex. animals in Spanish), Google topics (Ex. animals in Spanish), do the listening activities in the etext.

bluebullet.gif (326 bytes) artistic learners:

learn through art

If you are a artistic learner, create art and label in Spanish.  Do on paper or using some of the technology listed on this page: https://yeclaeys.wordpress.com/stargate-7th-and-8th-grade-project-ideas-and-rubrics/

bluebullet.gif (326 bytes) technology learners:

learn through the use of technology

If you are a technology learner, create using some of the technology listed on this page: https://yeclaeys.wordpress.com/stargate-7th-and-8th-grade-project-ideas-and-rubrics/

bluebullet.gif (326 bytes) creative writing learners:

learn through writing and story-telling

If you are a creative writing learner, create a story  in Spanish.  Do on paper or using some of the technology listed on page above: https://yeclaeys.wordpress.com/stargate-middle-school-story-template/

Strategies for studying:

https://yeclaeys.wordpress.com/language-learning-strategies/

 Oral Practice

    1.  Conversations:

  • in binder or on this website –  There is a conversation for each topic covered.

    Stargate Middle School Spanish conversations page

  • in on-line textbook in each chapter

  • Click on check settings and change settings
    username:  firstname.lastname (in most cases)
                                            or
    firstname.middleinitial.last name (other cases)
    password:  espanol1 (make sure it is the number one at the end)

2.  Practice Vocabulary

http://www.minds-in-bloom.com/2013/09/72-creative-ways-for-students-to-show.html

Written Practice

    1.  Conversations: 

    2.  Vocabulary Man Activity choices: 

    3. Others:

  • https://yeclaeys.wordpress.com/language-learning-strategies/

  • Homework choices

  • 25waystodomyvocabularynovember_2013
  • Practice stories – use powerpoints on Middle School Lessons page. Try to tell the stories looking at pictures alone. Invent your own story with the same pictures.

  • Create your own stories aloud using target vocabulary (in powerpoint – on white slides)

  • Expand vocabulary – visit other websites supplied on the Middle School Lesson page and the Spanish Vocabulary page start learning new vocabulary you have not studied before.

  • Illustrate the vocabulary – Draw, color and write word in Spanish for 10-15 vocab words.

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