Thursday, April 5, 2012

Sing and Dance in Spanish!

Last week, Mrs. Yollis' class was reading Pepita Talks Twice. In that post, the class learned Spanish!

As part of the week's festivities, they got together with Mrs. Ranney's class and learned the Mexican Hat Dance! Take a look!

In addition to reading the story, learning some Spanish, and dancing the Mexican Hat Dance, Mrs. Yollis' blogging buddies in Mississippi shared a weather video to expand our learning! We know our Mississippi blogging buddies from our Write Your Own Math Problems post!

El Tiempo

Hace buen tiempo:  hace calor (3xs), hace fresco (3xs), hace sol (3xs)
      Hace mal tiempo:   hace frio (3xs), esta nublado (3xs), hace viento (3xs), 
esta nevando (3xs), esta lloviendo (3xs), hay tormenta (3xs), hay graniza (3xs).

El Tiempo
Buen Tiempo
Mal Tiempo


There is good weather, It's hot, It's cool, Its sunny.
There is bad Weather, It's cold, cloudy, windy, snowing, raining,
storming, hailing.

The Weather.

Good Weather.
Bad Weather.

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Tips for typing in Spanish on a Mac!

To make the upside down exclamation mark:  ¡  Press OPTION + 1

To make the upside down question mark:  ¿    Press  SHIFT + OPTION + ?

To make the tilde over the n:     ñ   Hold OPTION, Hold n, Release OPTION, press n.

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Do you know any other Spanish?

Do you know any other typing tips?


  1. Dear Señora Yollis,

    I loved the Mexican Hat Dance! All though, it was a little ac-ward when the camera came by! I think the dance was HARDEST at first because we just learned the dance. Then the dance was a little less HARDER. After about three tries the dance was not HARD at all.

    I think that it is really nice of the Reach Rocketeers to make a video of a dance in Spanish just because we are learning Spanish!

    What was your favorite part about the Mexican Hat Dance?


  2. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    It was so much fun learning Spanish and dancing the Mexican Hat Dance. I hope we can do something like that again with another story.

    You and Mrs. Ranney are great dancers. Did you have fun that day?

    I am in dance class, and I think that it is so much fun to dance. When you were little did you dance? When I grow up I want to be a dancer.

    Your student,

  3. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    We loved dancing with partners! Our partners were Sammy and Joshua. Aidans' partner was Joshua and Rexons' partner was Sammy. We both thought that it was hard, but we couldn't catch up. You and Mrs. Ranny told us we had to dance if we wanted the fiesta. We both really wanted to eat, so we just danced.

    After recess we had the fiesta. At the fiesta there were about five moms serving. The food we ate was soft tacos (tortillas). In the soft tacos the choices were: meat, turkey meat, salsa, tomato sauce, tomatoes, and lettuce. We can also have chips with salsa (the chips were the best also the tacos). We love Mexican food especially: tacos, burritos, tamales, enchiladas, and chips and salsa.

    ¡Muchas gracias!
    Rexon and Aidan

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    See you soon, Lilz.

  5. Hola estudiantes de Señora Yollis,

    ¡Me encantó el baile del sombrero mexicano! También, me gustó aprender los consejos para escribir en español. Es siempre difícil para mí encontrar la manera de poner un signo de interrogación al principio de una oración. ¡Gracias!

    Me gusta el "mal" tiempo cuando está lloviendo.

    Su amigo,
    Juan Pablo (de la clase del Señor Salsich)

  6. Dear Mrs. Yollis' Class,

    I really enjoyed this post. The Mexican Hat Dance looked like a lot of fun. I also liked the previous post about the book Pepita Talks Twice. We have a few books with some Spanish in them in our classroom. They are by Gary Soto. Two are picture books called Chato Goes Cruisin' and Chato in the Kitchen. The othet one is a chapter book called The Cat's Meow. They are very fun to read, and you can usually use the text clues to infer what the Spanish means, but there is also a glossary at the back.

    Also, thank you for including the keyboard shortcuts for typing in Spanish! I've often wondered how to add the upside down question marks and exclamation points on the computer. I think it makes a lot of sense to have that type of punctuation at the beginning of a sentence - it especially helps with fluent reading.

    Finally, the weather song from your friends in Mississippi was fantastic! What a great way to learn more Spanish.

    I hope you all have buen tiempo con mucho sol for the holiday weekend!

    Your friend,
    Mr. Salsich

  7. Hi mrs. Yollis
    I would love to hear more about your puppy mabe you could put a holliday post and include him. I'm sorry about the light blue letters I will change it as soon as possible. I have had a great Easter so far I have woken up and found all my special Easter treats on my bed. My family are meeting friends at a ski center at Avimore. It's going to be a great day.
    I have been looking at your blog awards and I want to ask how did you get all of them they are really remerkable I didn't know you have been blogging since 2009 , and you have been getting awards ever since. What do you think I need to do to get an award like yours.

    Your friend , Lily :D .

  8. Hola Sra. Yollis y de clase,

    I can remember doing the Mexican Hat Dance when I was a student. It was fun and very easy to learn.

    Your dance reminded me of something. In the last couple years on a class, when I was on playground duty one task was to make certain all students were wearing hats when we were in the hotter summer season. I started wearing a large Mexican sombrero when on playground duty. Seeing me walking towards them, students without hats would realise and go to get their hats if they had forgotten to wear one. Some other teachers said they’d be too embarrassed to wear such a hat. I found it was great on hot days as I was walking around in my own portable shade. :)

    Another old favourite Spanish fun song of mine is the following…

    La cucaracha

    La cucaracha, la cucaracha,
    ya no puede caminar
    porque le falta, porque no tiene
    las dos patitas de atrás.

    The Cockroach

    The cockroach, the cockroach,
    can't walk anymore
    because it's lacking, because it doesn't have
    the two little feet from the rear.

    I know there have been a number of versions of this song but I think this was the most traditional. When did I first hear it? I think it was in a cartoon or film once. It’s one of those types of songs once in your mind is hard to get out.

    The “El Tiempo” performance was also wonderful to watch. Singing songs in another language is a great way of learning some words and how they sound.

    I hope you all have had a wonderful Easter. :)

    Teacher, NSW, Australia

  9. Dear mrs Yollis

    Good videos but what is the hat dance about.

  10. Mrs. Yollis,

    I am a university student in a technology in education class and I must say that your class blog is amazing. It is very interactive and engaging not only for the viewer, but for your students as well. I am sure it assists you well during lessons and other learning.

    Take care,


  11. ¡Buenos Dias clase,

    I like to go swimming too! The weather here is muy calor, as you know.

    Tu Amigo,


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