Mrs. Chris Schmidt

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Mrs. Chris Schmidt

Señora Chris

For the last five years, I have been to be Milan's elementary Spanish teacher.  I am really looking forward to the new year - 2017-2018 will by my first year where I have had my Spanish students since Kindergarten.  Watching them grow and learn has been an absolute joy.

A little bit about me:
 
I grew up in San Diego, surrounded by Hispanic culture and language, and later studied history, education, and Spanish at UC Davis in northern California.  After graduation, I taught in Sacramento, in a bilingual classroom where I taught the 5thgrade curriculum in both English and Spanish.  All of my students were second-language learners, and all of my parent-teacher conferences were in Spanish!  After 5 years, I switched to a 5th grade multicultural, multi-lingual classroom.  In 2005, I moved to Michigan with my family, and we currently reside in Chelsea. During my time in Michigan, I have worn many hats, including private tutor, daycare provider, and teacher for the First Steps Washtenaw program in Chelsea, and of course, Milan's elementary Spanish teacher.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me. 

  • Spanish Schedule
            2018-19
     
    Morning - Paddock Elementary
     
    9:05-9:55:      Second Grade
    9:55-10:45:    Kindergarten
    10:50-11:40:  First Grade
     
    Afternoon - Symons Elementary
     
    1:10-2:00:      Fifth Grade
    2:00-2:50:      Third Grade
    2:55-3:45:      Fourth Grade 
  • Contact Information
     
    E-mail Address:
     
     
    Paddock: 734-439-5131 ext. 5131
     
    Symons:  734-439-5312 ext. 5312
     
  • Spanish Curriculum by Grade Level

     

    Paddock

    Kindergarten
    Our kindergarten Spanish classes use games, songs, stories, reading, and writing to help students learn basic Spanish vocabulary including: colors, numbers, greetings, body parts, clothing, family, and farm animals.  Parents will see occasional worksheets come home with assignments that have been completed in class.  I will also post videos on line of the songs we have learned.
     
    1st Grade
    First graders learn Spanish through the TPRS method (see below).  We use games, songs, and speaking activities to learn the vocabulary for four well-known fairy tales: The Little Red Hen, The Gingerbread Man, The Three Little Pigs, and The Three Billy Goats Gruff.  After learning the vocabulary, each class will act out the story and make a video to share with teachers, Mr. DeSarbo, and parents.  Each class will write the fairy tale and practice reading it before they bring home their copy of the fairy tale to practice reading at home.  Copies of our books and can be found on the 1st Grade Resources page.
     
    2nd Grade
    Second graders continue working with the TPRS method and will complete 4 books, one about each season:  Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.  As experienced TPRS students, each class will get to customize their story by determining some of the details and adding additional vocabulary.  Season books will go home with each student at the end of the unit.
     

    Symons

     
    At Symons, students are graded on their completed stories.  Grades are sent home with the finished projects as well as with each report card.  Symons students also learn through the TPRS method.
     
    3rd Grade
    Third graders will complete three written stories through TPRS on the following topics:  Food, School & Numbers, and Family.  By third grade students are able to learn the vocabulary through a variety of games and classroom activities, and then independently write the story in Spanish using resources created in class.  Students will bring home their story to read it to you as their homework assignment.  Each class will produce a slightly different story based on their optional vocabulary choices.
     
    4th Grade
    Fourth graders will complete three written stories through TPRS on the following topics:  Shopping,  Geography & Zoo Animals, and Travel.  Students learn the vocabulary through a variety of games and classroom activities, and then independently write the story in Spanish using resources created in class.  Students will bring home their story to read it to you as their homework assignment.  Each class will produce a slightly different story based on their optional vocabulary choices.  4th grade will also complete a short unit on the geography of this year's focus country.
     
    5th Grade
    Fifth graders will complete three written stories through TPRS on the following topics:  Community, Geography & Directions, and Middle School.  Students learn the vocabulary through a variety of games and classroom activities, and then independently write the story in Spanish using resources created in class.  Students will bring home their story to read it to you as their homework assignment.  Each class will produce a slightly different story based on their optional vocabulary choices. 5th grade will also complete a short unit on the geography of this year's focus country.
     
     
    If you would like to know about my how I teach, please go to the "Our TPRS Methodology" page.