Thursday, May 13, 2010

Celebrating Mexican Culture!

Recently Mrs. Ranney's Class read "Pepita Talks Twice!"

Pepita, who can speak both English and Spanish, decides that she doesn't want to "speak twice" anymore. When her decision creates problems she hadn't thought of, Pepita realizes that sometimes it can be a good thing to understand two languages.

The story was even written in both English and Spanish,

so we began learning some Spanish words ourselves.


The video below, made by students in both Mrs. Ranney's and Mrs. Yollis' class, demonstrates many Spanish words we learned!


¡Bueños días! Good day!

¡Bueñas tardes! Good afternoon!

¡Bueñas noches! Good night!

¿Cómo estas? How are you?

¡Muy bien! Very well!

¡No muy bien! Not very well!

¡Que lástima! What a pity!

¡Gracias! Thank you!

De nada. You're welcome.

¡Hasta mañana! See you tomorrow!

¡Hasta luego! See you later!

Los Días de la Semana The Days of the Week

lunes Monday

martes Tuesday

miércoles Wednesday

jueves Thursday

viernes Friday

sábado Saturday

domingo Sunday

Me gusta...I like...

el pan bread

los tacos tacos

escuela school

matemáticas math

¡Que divertido! What fun!

¡Que buena idea! What a great idea!

¿Vamos a aprender Español? We're going to learn Spanish?


Later in the week, with our friends in Mrs. Yollis' class, we celebrated with the Mexican Hat Dance......

and by having a taco party!


What did you enjoy most about our celebration of Mexican culture?

What other Spanish words or phrases have you learned?


  1. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I loved doing the Mexican hat dance and I loved doing the Spanish video. It was so much fun learning the Spanish culture. I learn more Spanish from my two cousins. Like how to say the months of the year.


  2. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    It was great fun seeing the kids speaking Spanish and doing the Mexican Hat Dance. It is a wonderful thing for the children to learn different cultures.

    Cari {Sara's Grandma]

  3. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I loved when we got to have delicious tacos. I had a blast making my taco with everything on it such as meat, cheese, and other things too. I can't wait until our next party!!!!! I did not learn any other Spanish words but I had a great time.

    Best wishes,

  4. Hola Mrs. Ranney,
    I really enjoyed the amazing Mexican Hat Dance. I also liked the tasty taco party. I learned many useful Spanish words and phrases. They will definitely come in handy when I vist Mexico this summer. :))))

  5. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I love the Mexican videos you made with your class and Mrs. Yollis' class, too. I loved seeing the Spanish talking the most because it was so cool to see a lot of people I know speaking Spanish with their friends or partners. I also liked the Mexican Hat Dance and especially seeing my brother doing the Mexican Hat Dance.

    Nicole (Cameron's Sister)

  6. It was such a thrill to watch the kids speaking Spanish. Being able to speak multiple languages is such an asset in life.
    The Mexican Hat Dance looked like a lot of fun!
    Thanks for sharing these videos.

    Julie Del Carmen

  7. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I really liked the time when we made tacos. One Spanish word that I already know is si. In Spanish it means yes. Another Spanish word that I know is uno. In Spanish uno means #1.

    Your student,


  8. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I loved being taped doing the Mexican Hat Dance. It is an amazing experience. I learned to say more words by Roxana's mom. It is really fun to learn all kinds of different words in Spanish.

    Best wishes,

  9. Dear Mrs. Ranney,
    I liked dancing the Mexican Hat Dance. I also enjoyed watching my friends speaking Spanish to others. Another thing that I enjoyed was watching other students saying the days of the week in Spanish. Andy, do you really love math? I sure do, and it is also my favorite subject in school. What is your favorite math skill? Mine is learning multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction.

    Andrew S.

  10. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I loved watching the Spanish video! My opinion of the best people talking are Roxana and Andy. I like them the best because to me I can hear them really well. The Mexican Hat dance was so funny and fun to see, and my partner was Scarlet. It was fantastic seeing the Spanish video and doing the Mexican Hat dance.

    Best Wishes,


  11. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I loved watching the Spanish video. My favorite people were Scarlet and Jolene. When they said the days of the week they pronounced it well! I hope we do something like that again!

    Best Wishes,

  12. Dear Mrs.Ranney,

    I like the post. I felt excited to be in the spectacular video. I was really scared. Those tacos were great on Friday. I liked doing the Mexican hat dance. I love learning Spanish!!!


    Jake :}

  13. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I loved the Mexican Hat dance! It was so exciting and I loved the music. At my house, I went on the computer and I listened to the Mexican Hat dance. I even taught my mom and she kept dancing to it. We danced the whole night! I also adored the tacos that we had. I stuffed a bunch of cheese in mine.

  14. Dear Mrs.Ranney,

    I had a great time doing the three Mexican activities. It was hard for me to do the Mexican Hat dance, but my partner got it but I didn't. I loved making the tacos. I don't eat the middle though, I eat the crunchy shells.

    Now I learned some new phrases like the one Andy said. Andy what is your favorite chapter in math? It was funny when I saw Kenddal say Muy buen to Andy .

    Ethan :> :} :{ :]

  15. Dear Senora Ranney,

    Gracias for letting us try dancing the Mexican Hat Dance. My favorite part about the week of the Pepita Talks Twice story was when we had the taco party. The tacos were the best school tacos I've ever had.

    I had a great time speaking Spanish.


  16. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I loved doing the Spanish. I practiced and practiced and practiced. When I was done, I felt like I was not nervous. My favorite part of the Mexican tradition was having a conversation with Kendall. I was freaked out at the beginning, so I practiced before we did it. When we were practicing, people laughed because of the word, and I even laughed a little! Another phrase in Spanish is ¡Buenos dias! Do you like the blog post, Mrs. Ranney? Have you ever gone to a Spanish school because you are excellent at Spanish? Also, my second favorite Spanish phrase is Buenos tardes. Another one is Asta Luega. What is your favorite Spanish word? You're the best teacher I have ever had. You're great, and you have the best Fun Fridays.

    Best Wishes,

  17. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I really like eating delicious tacos, and I liked the Mexican hat dance. I liked the months of the year.


  18. Dear Mrs.Ranney,

    I think that Andy and Ethan did a great job, and everyone else did too. The tacos were delicious.I like when Andy did math.


  19. Dear Mrs.Ranney
    I love the Mexican hat dance. It was so awesome.I felt like I was dancing on fire in a ferris wheel. It was not complicated. Left and right, up and down, around and around we went.


  20. Dear Mrs. Ranney,
    I think the Mexican hat dance was muy bien. I really enjoyed doing the Mexican hat dance too.


  21. Dear Mrs.Ranney
    My favorite thing about the Mexican culture was that we had tacos and did the Mexican hat dance. I learned a phrase and it was Me gusta. I think you, Andy, did a good job with your long sentence. What is your favorite math skill? Mine is capacity. I enjoyed doing the Spanish blog post,Mrs.Ranney.


  22. Dear Mrs Ranney,

    How fabulous is this post, I loved watching the Mexican Hat Dance. I was very impressed with their dancing abilities!

    Maybe Jack can teach me some Spanish words now, that would be a lot of fun.

    Best Wishes,

    Annie (Jack's Mom)


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