Acquisition Abounds

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to thank you for following this blog and ask you to consider checking out my new all-in-one blog called “Acquisition Abounds: The Adventures in the Life of a Language Educator.” This new blog is where I plan to do most of my blogging from now on.

I really hope to see you there!

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Spanish Cognates

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Our newest video creation is on Spanish Cognates. View the video by clicking here. The first step to this video project was a book stations activity in class. The students rotated through six stations full of children’s books in Spanish. They wrote down as many cognates as they could find in each four-minute station. At the end of class, students shared their favorite cognates by spelling them aloud in Spanish for a scribe to write out on the smart board.

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The following class the students had a substitute teacher. They were asked to take out their cognate paper from the book stations and to create a drawing to represent their favorite Spanish-English cognates. The Peace through Language Club chose the most creative drawings, took pictures of them, then met to record their voices on iMovie.

Click here to download the Spanish Cognates video.

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We are thinking that we can improve upon this project in future years. First of all, it may make more sense to include definite and/or indefinite articles. Second of all, it’d be fun to have students write a complete sentence about the picture using the cognate word in a meaningful context. Any other ideas to improve this project? Send us an email at


Creative Cayla

Last week, the club gained an illustrator. You can read more about “Drawing Julia” by reading this blog post. This week, we gained another new member. Her name is Cayla and she is a creative writer! We met today and discussed Julia’s original creatures that we had chosen for our story. Julia showed us her updated version of the wolf-like creature:

photo (4)A seventh grade club member, Natalie, came up with an idea of a storyline for the wolf and deer-like creatures. Natalie also added a couple other animals, and Julia chose to use the snake since she felt that was the most unique choice. We discussed Natalie’s idea and Cayla typed up an outline to use as reference. It goes something like this:

Deer creature: Jack
Wolf creature: Freddie
Snake: Zeke

(Julia really liked how Natalie and given the creatures human-like names instead names like “Fang”)

• Wolf lost his pack
• Snake and deer think the wolf is going to hurt/eat them
• They talk to wolf- find out that he needs help finding his pack
• Slow forming friendship


This may change as Cayla goes through the creative process, but this is a good starting point for sure! The story will be in English but we hope to eventually create French and Spanish versions as well…kind of like how we did for our Haitian Butterfly project that started in French and is now also available in Spanish and English.

The highlight of the meeting was that Julia had worked up the forest where the creatures reside. I cannot explain the excitement and joy that I had upon viewing this whimsical world:

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It comes complete with embedded gem stones and a circular tree! I also noted that the tree to the right has circular markings that mimic the deer-creature’s design. Julia hadn’t thought of that. Check it out:

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We briefly discussed how possibly in the future, we may be able to incorporate technology to polish up the drawings for the illustrations. Julia seemed interested in the possibility of using a drawing tablet. It is something that she had considered asking for as a gift for her birthday. We will have to wait and see where this creative adventure may take us!!!

Julia was asking about how we’d be able to work over summer. We decided that our Edmodo group would be the best way to continue our summer work. Looks like I may want to update my Edmodo blog this summer!

Next week we will meet again and see how the story is coming along. Both girls said something to the effect of “This is going to be fun.” When we mentioned how the original plan was to make this a very short story for the youngest of learners, Cayla stated “I may get too carried away!” We will have to see! This story may be more appropriate for slightly older kids. No matter what, this is a very exciting turn of events for the Peace through Language Club! We are very excited about this project and the infinite possibilities the future holds for promoting peace through storytelling!



Drawing Julia

We are so excited to announce that we now have a club illustrator! Her name is Julia, she is a ninth grade student and she LOVES to draw! Last Wednesday we had our first meeting where we sat down and looked at her favorite things to draw. She had wonderful manga-style people, is an expert at cartoon eyes and has created several fictional creatures including a sea creature, a deer-like and a wolf-like animal. She also has created her own entourage of cartoon characters of all the lead females in Harry Potter!

photo (3)We decided to use two of her original characters for our project. So the characters below will be the focus of our upcoming digital story. The plan is to have some sort of conflict between the animals, but they resolve the issue and live happily ever after. We’d like the story to teach about good actions and character traits that help make the world a more peaceful place. We are currently recruiting creative writers to help us think up a good story for these two creatures:

photo (1)In the meantime, Julia is working on creating a fantasy forest with funky plant life where these two creatures could coexist. I cannot wait to see what she has to show us on Wednesday!!!


If you have any ideas for our story that you’d like to give us, please contact me directly at

Thank you! Merci! ¡Gracias!




Very “V”unny Vowels

At our Peace through Language Club meeting on Friday, we learned a silly song that practices the English vowels in an interesting way. I learned this song at summer camp many, many moons ago…and it has stuck with me through the decades. It was interesting to find out that about half of the club members at the meeting knew it. Perhaps you’ve sung it before? Does this picture give you a hint?

file8851273833997That’s right! It’s the Apples and Bananas song! You sing the lyrics below, then you change each vowel to “A” then “E” then “I” and so on until you’ve practiced all 5 vowels.

I like to eat (repeat)

I like to eat, eat apples and bananas (repeat: apples and bananas)

I like to eat (repeat)

I like to eat, eat apples and bananas (repeat: apples and bananas)

Here’s the SchoolTube link to our first try with this silly song. Here is the download link to the file.

There’s a similar type of song in Spanish:

Now I’m wondering if there’s other songs like these, especially in French! Do you know any? Please share!

We also made this English vowels rap. Here is the download link.

Last year we made this English alphabet video that ends with a song to use for the vowels. We actually use that same vowel song in French and Spanish as well.

We hope someone can find these resources useful! 🙂



Haitian Butterfly

This is the project that keeps on giving! It is perfect for learning the prepositions. Thanks to an inspirational friend of the club, Sylvia Duckworth, we added a music track to our Haitian Butterfly video. This resource is available in English, French, and Spanish.


I have already blogged about this project. You can read more about the first French version of this project in this blog post. Read more about the first English version here.


The new version has an instrumental track created by the club’s musician, Erica. She is in tenth grade and plays six instruments.

To view these videos on SchoolTube, click on your language of choice below:




To download the video files, click on the language you’d like to access below:




As always, comments and feedback are very welcome. The Peace through Language club members love hearing from you and knowing that the resources are being used. They especially like knowing where in the world you are from! We’d love to hear from you!


Spanish Stem Changers

This song explains boot verbs entirely in Spanish! Special thanks to Laura Colón for the words to this song! Also thanks to our newest Peace through Language Club member, DQ, for adding your beat and to Soleil for painting such beautiful backgrounds. The Ripple HD app helped us add the cool effect to the paintings.

To view “Verbos de cambio de raíz,” click here.