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Elementary Spanish

At the elementary level we focus on the ability to communicate in Spanish.  Lessons enforce these skills through the three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational) and will allow the students to demonstrate their understanding of the language by using Spanish in real-life situations.  The interpersonal mode of communication focuses on having natural, unrehearsed, real-life conversations covering a variety of every day topics in our units.  During interpretive activities children will read authentic text and listen to/watch authentic audio/video clips.  Students then discuss and respond to comprehension questions. This form of communication reinforces literacy skills and reading strategies.  Presentational communication allows the students to demonstrate everything they have learned by writing, performing a skit, etc.  All activities are performance based and allow the students to track their progress by giving them a clear understanding of what they are able to do and what they can do to further improve their learning experience. 

Grade 3

By the end of third grade, students will be able to…

  • converse in Spanish with peers about current topic of study.
  • negotiate meaning by asking and answering questions in Spanish.
  • demonstrate comprehension of current Spanish themes by interpreting authentic text and audio/video clips.
  • communicate orally and in writing.
  • participate readily and voluntarily in everyday activities.
  • identify the customs and cultural celebrations of Spanish speaking countries.

Topics Covered Include: Who Am I? (greeting others, introducing oneself, describing your feelings, asking about others, talking about your age and birthday – months, numbers 1-39, where you live, describe ones personality and give physical descriptions of people.)  Relationships (describing who is in your family, describing characteristics of family members and pets, identifying family members’ careers, comparing family members, friends, and pets)

Grade 4

By the end of fourth grade, students will be able to…

  • converse in Spanish with peers about current topic of study.
  • negotiate meaning by asking and answering questions in Spanish.
  • demonstrate comprehension of current Spanish themes by interpreting authentic text and audio/video clips.
  • communicate orally and in writing.
  • participate readily and voluntarily in everyday activities.
  • identify the customs and cultural celebrations of Spanish speaking countries.

Topics Covered IncludeMy Favorite Things (activities you like/dislike - verbs, discuss what you want to do after school/on weekends, school subjects you like/dislike, explaining why you like/dislike something, discuss your favorite sports, talk about the instruments you play)

Grade 5

By the end of fifth grade, students will be able to…

  • converse in Spanish with peers about current topic of study.
  • negotiate meaning by asking and answering questions in Spanish.
  • demonstrate comprehension of current Spanish themes by interpreting authentic text and audio/video clips.
  • communicate orally and in writing.
  • participate readily and voluntarily in everyday activities.
  • identify the customs and cultural celebrations of Spanish speaking countries.

Topics Covered Include: Vacation Time (talk about vacation plans – Where are you going?- places, What do you want to do there?- activities, discuss what you need to pack for vacation – clothing items, describe the weather where you are going – seasons, months, temperature, 1-100)