Week #3 (9/8-9/11): This week, look at your clothing tags, the sticker labels on your fruits and vegetables, and the labels on cans and other food products, and notice where these things were made and where they came from. For example: clothing “Made in Guatemala”, bananas from Costa Rica, avocados from Mexico, etc. Parents: This can be a great detective game/ activity for your children at the grocery store!
Then, find 3-5 products from Spanish-speaking countries**; or fill in my chart below. Be sure to take a picture of the stickers/tags you find and have your parents email me so that you get credit for your work.
**Spanish-Speaking Countries: Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico (technically a territory), Spain (España), Equatorial Guinea.
Week #2 (8/26-9/4): La Tomatina is a festival that takes place in Spain every August. Due to the pandemic, it is canceled this year, but normally, thousands of people gather in the streets and throw tomatoes (yes!) at one another. READ THIS to learn why.
Your challenge is to try making GAZPACHO, a cold tomato soup from Spain that is incredibly refreshing on hot summer days. One of my friends from Spain said that using watermelon as a base instead of water makes it even more delicious. ¡Qué rico!
Week #1 (8/26-9/4): Watch a movie in Spanish. Change the voiceover to Spanish and the subtitles to English. It is okay if you don’t understand everything! Your brain does a lot of work just by listening. The movie can be one you have seen a thousand times, or a brand new one. Animated films are great! If you don’t know how to do this, Google “how to change language/voiceover for [XXXX device/Hulu/Netflix/etc.]”, or play around on the “Settings” page to change the language.
NOTE TO NATIVE SPEAKERS: Fluent Spanish-speakers are welcome to change the voiceover AND the subtitles, and notice the differences in translation. This can be pretty interesting because the translations are often done in different countries. That means that someone might say, “¿Cómo estás?” but the subtitle will read, “¿Qué tal?” (or vice-versa). Food for thought!
Original Note to Families
¡Hola! Hello! It was wonderful to meet so many families yesterday. I am so excited for the start of an amazing year! While I will explain the following to your children, I wanted to let you know that all Spanish classes will have the opportunity to participate in Weekly Spanish Challenges this year. These are meant to be fun, family activities to do at home that supplement the curriculum. Every challenge completed will earn kilometers [miles] for their class on a 500-mile hike across Spain called the Camino de Santiago.
There will be challenges offered each week, but students in grades 1-4 will only be required to complete ONE challenge each month (the first one will be due at the end of SEPTEMBER). Students can jump in and do the first one right away, or wait until the last week and choose their favorite activity from a list of options. Or, they can do ALL OF THEM if they are feeling really motivated!
When your child completes a challenge, please send me a quick email with your child’s name and a sentence about which challenge s/he did, so that I can give them credit for their work.
NOTE: Not all Spanish classes will meet the first half week of school, so I am combining the first two weeks as “one week”, and therefore offering two challenges.