West Essex Middle School Spanish Students Create Houses

Courtney Hoxholli and Neci Lac, eighth graders from Fairfield, with the “casa’ they created at West Essex Middle School. Credits: Allison Freeman
From left to right, West Essex Middle School eighth grade Spanish students show their house: Julia Alex Schwartz of North Caldwell, Sarah Iannuzzi of Roseland, Christina Cammarata of Fairfield and Julia Farese of Essex Fells. Credits: Allison Freeman
From left to right, West Essex Middle School Eighth Grade Students Brittany Van Arsdale of Roseland, Lilly James of Roseland, Priya Ramakrishnan of North Caldwell, Kay Armijos of Fairfield and Sydney Shearn of Roseland, with the house they created. Credits: Allison Freeman

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - West Essex Middle School Spanish students created model houses to demonstrate their knowledge of vocabulary words learned in the "Mi Casa Es Su Casa" or "My House is Your House" unit in the third marking period.

Middle School Spanish teacher Raquel Williams said asking students to build a prototype of their houses was a culmination of the unit. The best houses were displayed in the Middle School Cafeteria Classroom for several days in April.

"This was a hands-on activity that aimed to develop creativity besides internalize the vocabulary and grammar structures learned in the unit a meaningful way," Mrs. Williams said. "I could see the creativity and skills of drawing, building, math skills as well as language skills. Students received an extensive rubric and the best projects were displayed in the MS cafeteria classroom."

The results were impressive! Houses were built from wood, boxes and poster board and featured furniture in everything from the bedroom to the kitchen.

"I was very pleased with the results," Ms. Williams said. "After the project, we had our end of the unit test and the students did extremely well. I am sure the hands-on experience helped them apply the vocabulary that they had learned. The students were very excited and happy about their product. They told me that they loved it and they see that is possible to learn Spanish and enjoy what they are learning. It was a really meaningful experience that I believe the students will always remember."

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

West Essex

26-Year-Old Woman Fatally Struck by Bus in Montclair Identified

February 25, 2018

NEWARK, NJ — Law enforcement authorities are currently investigating the fatal death of a Montclair au pair that occurred on Saturday evening.

Maya Moar, a 26-year-old au pair from Holon, Israel was working for a Montclair family when she may have been struck by the Decamp bus as she exited, according to a release issued by Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert Laurino and Montclair ...

Shouts of Racial Slurs During "Black Panther" Bring Police to Sparta Theatre

February 21, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police were called to the New Vision Sparta Theater on Sunday night because of a woman shouting slurs in a screening of Black Panther.

Former New Jersey Assembly candidate Michael Grace was in the theater when two people started yelling racial slurs including “look at these ‘n-word’” and “can you believe these ...

Upcoming Events


Sun, February 25, 2:00 PM

West Caldwell Public Library, West Caldwell

Concert with Stephen Fuller Quartet

Arts & Entertainment

Mon, February 26, 7:00 PM

Essex County Hospital Center, Cedar Grove


Business & Finance Giving Back

Free Cardiac and Concussion Screenings for Young Athletes

February 22, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes (MJM) at RWJBarnabas Health will provide free cardiac and concussion baseline screenings to young athletes on Saturday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at South Mountain Recreation Complex, Codey Arena, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ.

When preliminary testing to identify serious cardiac ...

Let the Games Begin

I am truly awed by the Olympics.  Watching these superb young athletes on TV inspires me to renew my membership to the gym and pursue my lifelong dream of taking home the gold.  


The problem is that in my deluded head, I can see actually see myself standing atop the podium.  I am wrapped in a puffy designer ski coat with a huge piece of bling slung around my neck ...