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     LOGO
     "The sum of human wisdom is not contained within any one language"  Ezra Pound 
     
     
    LOWER MIDDLE SCHOOL
    SUPERVISOR OF WORLD LANGUAGE AND ESL, ALMA REYES 
    (609) 466 7602 ext. 632    areyes@mtsd.us
     
    OUR MISSION  is ...
    to develop 21st century global citizens;
    to develop an appreciation, tolerance and understanding of other cultures;
    to help eliminate racism, prejudice, and bias by understanding those different than ourselves;
    to encourage life-long interest and love for world languages and cultures; 
    to cultivate the ability to communicate with a range of people by developing linguistic proficiency.
     
    WHAT IS THE ELEMENTARY FLEX PROGRAM?   
     
    ESTABLISHED GOALS:  STATE AND NATIONAL STANDARDS
     
    CURRICULUM 
    The curriculum uses the Understanding by Design (UbD) approach and is organized in thematic units to provide meaningful context to academic and cultural content, address national and state standards and assure that students are 21st century college-, careers- and world-ready.  We offer Spanish classes to all the students at Lower Middle School.  We offer English for non-English speakers.  English Language Learner classes meet once or twice daily (depending on student needs) for 56-minute classes.

    Spanish Grades 5 & 6 continues to foster interest in and understanding of World languages and cultures while engaging students of diverse language backgrounds.  Three beautifully designed, thematic and interdisciplinary units guide students through an exploration of the world’s animals, habitats and cultures. These units of study meet the New Jersey World Language Student Learning Standard 7.1 as students progress towards ACTFL novice-mid proficiency.                                                                                        

     habitats

    Spanish Grade 5:   Unit 1. Animals and Habitats.   This 10-week-cycle course focuses on naming our globe’s continents, oceans, climate conditions, animals and habitats.  Discussions include description of animals (physical, classification and demeanor). Students name and describe animals of Central and South America and explore the unique features of the Central American desert.  Instruction is offered for one(1) 10-week cycle course in classes that meet every other day for 56 minutes.

     rainforest

    Spanish Grade 6:   Unit 2. The Tropical Rainforest.  This 7-week-cycle course reviews continents, oceans, and climate conditions.  Discussions focus on the unique features, animals and products of the tropical rainforest, including the ancient Mayan and Aztec civilizations.  Students compare and contrast the rainforest with the North American forests.  Instruction is offered for one of two(2) 17-day cycles, not necessarily consecutively, in classes that meet every other day for 56 minutes.

     reef

    Spanish Grade 6:    Unit 3. The Rainforest of the Sea.  This 7-week-cycle course reinforces previously learned content, while focus is on naming and describing oceanic habitats and its wildlife.  Students explore the unique elements of the Caribbean Sea and the Great MesoAmerican Barrier Reef a.k.a. The Great Mayan Reef.   Instruction is offered for one of two(2) 17-day cycles, not necessarily consecutively, in classes that meet every other day for 56 minutes.

     
    FACULTY
    Maria Gelinas, Spanish Grade 6 mgelinas@mtsd.us
    Martha Ospina, Spanish Grades 5 & 6 mospina@mtsd.us
    Norelis Martinez, English Learner Program nmartinez@mtsd.us