Hola, me llamo Señora Karll y a mí me encantan las idiomas.
Soy la maestra de español.
(My name is Mrs. Karll and I love languages. I am the Spanish teacher.)
I have taught in both public and private schools in New York, Maryland, and Washington both as a classroom teacher (preschool through 4th grade) and as a specialist (Spanish Pre-K-8). I teach at St. Catherine four days each week (not Tuesdays). This year in addition to teaching Spanish to Preschool - 8th Grade, I teach 5th Grade religion and a middle school elective. ¡Qué bueno!
During the summer of 2015, I went to Middlebury College for La Escuela Española, an immersion program in which I spoke only Spanish--for seven weeks! ¡Qué experiencia inolvidable! I have lots of new ideas and resources to share with students this year, especially concerning music, culture, and regional differences in pronunciation.
Formerly the Fourth Grade teacher at St. Catherine (2001- 2005), I am very happy to be a part of this community again. I enjoy using music, movement, and drama in my Spanish lessons and hope your children will enjoy Spanish class as much as I do.
Documents to Download and Links to Visit
Fun videos we have watched in class:
http://www.viralnova.com/register-christmas/ for the German grocery store performance of "Jingle Bells"
Marionette in Manhattan to the tune of "Guantanamera"
Assignments in senorwooly.com (or duolingo.com)
by grade level:
1. Me duele, Nuggets 1 through 5, due 10/13/16.
2. Me duele, Nuggets 6 through 10, due 10/20/16.
3. ¿Puedo ir al baño?, Nuggets 1 though 10, due 11/9/16.
4. Billy la Bufanda, Nuggets 1 through 10, due 1/18/17.
5. ¡Pan!, Nuggets 1 through 10, due 2/23/17.
6. No lo tengo, Nuggets 1 through 10, due 3/15/17.
7. Billy la Bufanda enseña los animales,
Nuggets 1 through 10, due 4/5/17.
8. La invitación, Nuggets 1 through 10, due 5/10/17.
9. ¡Es una ganga!, Nuggets 1 through 10, due 6/8/17.
1. Las excusas, Nuggets 1 through 10, due 11/10/16.
2. No voy a levantarme, Nuggets 1 through 10, due 12/1/16.
3. La confesión de Victor, Nuggets 1 through 10, due 2/6/17.
4. No lo tengo, Nuggets 1 through 10, due 3/6/17.
5. Billy la Bufanda enseña los animales, Nuggets 1
through 10, due 4/2/17.
1. Billy y las Botas 2, Nuggets 1 through 10, due 11/14/16.
2. Las excusas, Nuggets 1 through 10, due 2/17/17.
3. ¡Qué asco!, Nuggets 1 through 10, due 5/19/17.
1. Ya está muerto, Nuggets 1 through 10, due 11/28/16.
2. Los quehaceres, Nuggets 1 through 10, due 2/6/17.
3. No voy a levantarme, Nuggets 1 through 10, due 2/27/17.
4. ¿Adónde vas?, Nuggets 1 through 10, due 3/21/17.
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Here you'll find the information you need about Spanish.
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Curriculum and Instruction
In Preschool, Kindergarten, First, and Second Grades, we explore vocabulary by themes (counting 1 to 10, shapes, body parts, colors, animals, fruits and vegetables, family members, parts of a house, eating utensils, weather, clothing, school subjects, telling time, etc.) through children’s books and songs.
In Third and Fourth Grades, students will work through the
Symtalk curriculum (Level 1 Mis primeros pasos and
Level 2 Mis amigos y yo). In addition, they will learn thematic vocabulary after learning a related song and then create class books. Themes may include animals, food, classroom supplies, transportation, places in the city, and more.
At the end of Fourth Grade, students will be given the opportunity to perform some simple skits. Each skit is thematic and will develop vocabulary pertaining to a theme as well as introduce useful colloquial expressions. Fifth Graders continue where they left off at the end of Fourth Grade. Sixth Graders complete the final themes of the last skits and then will start Mi Mundo (see below for description).
In Third through Seventh Grades, students will use the Symtalk curriculum, beginning with Mis primeros pasos (Level 1) and
Mis amigos y yo (Level 2). This is a unique visual curriculum which first presents verbs only in the third person singular form (Antonio juega con el perro = Antonio plays with the dog). As students move through the levels of the curriculum, concepts become more complex. By Level 3, Mi mundo, verbs are presented in the infinitive, first, second, and third person singular forms (jugar, juego, juegas, juega). And in Level 4 (¡Hablemos!), students are introduced to the use of the pronoun usted or Ud., the formal and respectful form of you singular. In addition, students will learn songs to reinforce pronunciation and to ensure that useful phrases and thematic vocabulary are retained. Movement and drama are incorporated whenever appropriate.
Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Grade students will also read a class novel completely in Spanish and complete comprehension activities related to their assigned book. This will happen in the second half of the year. Seventh graders have completed their novela breve: Pobre Ana and Fifth and Sixth graders are currently reading their own class novels.
The Eighth Grade this year will work on acquiring a large number of verbs in the infinitive (100) and a small number of power verbs (5) that they will learn to conjugate, as well as time frames and other glue words to express many ideas easily. They have learned five power verbs querer, to want, poder, can or to be able, tener que, to have to, ir a, to be going to, and gustar, to like (literally, to be pleasing to). They have also learned 58 verbs ending in -AR and 31 more verbs ending in -ER or -IR. In addition to learning to use such useful vocabulary, eighth graders have had projects to complete and present to the class, approximately one per trimester. In the first Eighth Grade culture project, students worked with a partner to research a particular festival in España. They collaborated to create a presentation which they shared with the class. ¡Qué interesante! In the second trimester, each eighth grader taught the class how to do something in at least 5 steps in Spanish. They included ordinal numbers or other sequence words and demonstrated with appropriate visuals. ¡Qué divertido!
While making progress in these curricula, middle school students will have opportunities to move around the room interviewing one another, working with a partner or a small group for charades or pictionary or other activities designed to get kids talking, listening, thinking, reading, and writing in Spanish. All students in Fifth through Eighth Grades will also enjoy the wacky videos and music of Señor Wooly. Students will have online homework using senorwooly.com which will require that they listen to songs in Spanish and complete activities that reinforce vocabulary and expressions through listening and reading. Some students enjoy the drill and practice in duolingo.com and so we will spend some time on that site as well. Duolingo has the benefit of requiring listening, speaking, reading, and writing; but Señor Wooly wins hands-down for its música pegajosa (catchy--literally, sticky--music) and fun videos.
Students are excited to earn a fiesta in Spanish class. When a class completes a textbook (see above), the 15 skits that they started in 4th grade, or a novela, en español por supuesto, they will celebrate their accomplishment with a class party--a la mexicana! I am pleased with how much students understand and can express and I am very proud of their pronunciation.