Northeast students merge Spanish and science lessons at Brownell Elementary

Lincoln Northeast High School students put a new spin on science for Brownell Elementary’s second graders.

The Rockets gave the Buffaloes a lesson about butterflies in Spanish – building on the knowledge they learned in first grade.   

“My favorite part was that we got to learn Spanish words,” Brownell second-grade student Evalyn said.

“First, I was nervous because everyone was like 10 times my size, but it was really, really fun,” fellow classmate Bryavis added. 

Teaching vocabulary wasn’t the only way the Rockets immersed elementary students in the language. They also read Senorita Mariposa in Spanish for storytime and engaged them with butterfly coloring sheets. 

“It’s amazing knowing that kids are so into learning different cultures,” Northeast ninth-grade student Genesis said. 

“It is always amazing to see students outside of the classroom. I am able to see additional strengths and abilities in them that I might not notice in the classroom,” Northeast Spanish teacher Melissa Hernandez said. 

The collaboration came after the high school’s Early College and Career STEM program introduced the idea of its Spanish for Spanish Speakers class connecting its curriculum with Brownell students. 

“Our team thought this would be a unique learning opportunity that students would enjoy and remember,” Brownell second-grade teacher Marilyn Hernandez said. “We also hoped that many of our students made connections with their own cultures.” 

This partnership is another example of the growing relationship between Northeast and Brownell, and it’s a bond the two schools hope will keep going. 


 Check out highlights from Northeast’s Spanish lesson at Brownell below.


Published: April 19, 2023, Updated: April 19, 2023

Northeast students read Senorita Mariposa in Spanish to Brownell's second graders to teach them about the language.