Overall objectives for each grade level:
Grades Pre-K - 3:
At this level, it is very important to maintain constant exposure to the second language (L2). Students will grow accostumed to hearing greetings and simple commands in Spanish. Through music, singing, movement and games, students will also learn to recognize primary and secondary colors, Pre-K will learn to count numbers 1-20 and K-3 will learn to count numbers 1-50. Students will also learn the days of the week, months and seasons. Although we may write and read simple Spanish words, emphasis is focused on listening and speaking Spanish. Additional units of study alternate each year due to our blended grades. This year some of the units we have studied include: greetings & introductions, describing self and others, talking about our birthdays, expressing likes/dislikes, and learning our basic body parts. Pre-K receives Spanish once a week and K-3 grades receive Spanish instruction twice a week.
In this grade level, students review the previous curriculum: colors, days, months, etc., however emphasis is placed on learning simple grammar structures and using these simple phrases or questions in order to communicate with each other. Students also learn to count to 1000. Additional units of study alternate each year due to our blended grades. This year some of the units we have studied include: all about me, the weather & clothing, telling time and locations, expressing likes/dislikes, asking questions, describing self and others, our school, our home, and leisure activities. Students also begin to study cultural traditions and differences among Spanish speaking countries. Grades 4/5 receive Spanish instruction twice a week.
Students in 6th grade receive Spanish instruction 4 times per week. Focus remains strong on mastering basic grammar structures, as well as speaking as much as possible in L2. Students will learn to use nouns, adjectives, prepositions and articles specific to both genders. Students will also be exposed to the beginnings of verb conjugation in the present tense. Up to this point, students have learned verbs in their infinitive form only. A tipycal unit consists of vocabulary introduction. All middle school grades learn vocabulary through Quizlet.com, then vocabulary is applied using sentence formations. Once students know how the vocabulary is used in grammar structures, they perform a skit or present oral presentations. In the past, students have pretended to run a smoothie shop in order to practice ordering and selling smoothies. I bring a blender frozen fruit , milk, water and sugar and students make the smoothies to order! Other times students have designed their dream home and acted as realtors selling a home or as a potential buyers buying a home. In both cases they have to know how to talk about the product in order to participate and have fun. Students also do a pen pal project, by corresponding with students at Breakthrough South.
In Seventh grade, Spanish is a core subject like a traditional middle school. Students receive Spanish instruction daily. Students at this level are expected to reach novice-mid/novice-high level in accordance with the ACTFL standards. Speaking, listening, reading and writing are skills students work on every day. Students will complete the first half of Spanish 1 by following the Realidades A curriculum and textbook. The textbook follows 4 thematic units of study, each thematic unit is divided into two sections: A and B. Usually, students will complete the textbook curriculum by the end of February - beginning of March. This year, some additional themes studied include: our home, my family, finding my way around, and math & science in Spanish. Students also participate in the pen pal project, corresponding with students at Breakthrough South.
In Eighth grade, Spanish is a core subject like a traditional middle school. students receive Spanish instruction daily. Students at this level are expected to reach the novice-high/intermediate low level in accordance with the ACTFL standards. Speaking, listening, reading and writing are skills students work on every day. Students will complete the second half of Spanish 1 by following the Realidades B curriculum and textbook. The textbook follows 5 thematic units of study, each thematic unit is divided into two sections: A and B. Usually, students will complete the textbook curriculum by the end of March. Students also participate in the pen pal project, corresponding with students at Breakthrough South. Students who complete Spanish 1 (Book A & B) and receive an A will receive a letter of recommendation to enroll in Spanish 2 in 9th grade.
How can I improve on a language I already speak?
Practice with flashcards or using real objects to learn new vocabulary by labeling things around your home.
Experience the language by seeing, touching and hearing via projects, activities and games - YouTube is great, but supervise!!
Listen to a variety of accents of Spanish speakers around the world, watch cartoons on Spanish network or change the language setting on that DVD!
Learn about different cultural traditions and norms of Spanish speaking countries by going to a restaurant.
Appreciate and respect the different levels of Spanish language understanding within our classroom.
How can I help support my student at home?
Ask your child to teach you some Spanish vocabulary they have recently learned in class and help them practice.
Encourage your child to visit websites and use resources, see list below.
If you are a native Spanish speaker, please read to your child in Spanish. I have a good-sized library; you can borrow books from the Spanish classroom! Most local libraries are well stocked with leveled Spanish books.
Share your experiences, or maybe a family member or a friend has traveled. There are so many cultural traditions and places to talk about.
Please encourage your child to love learning other languages.
The list below has a variety of free online resources. A few links are directly from YouTube, therefore as a precaution parent supervision is recommended.
Free resources to help you learn Spanish 123teachme
The alphabet in Spanish FiestiKids Video
Learn Spanish through music with Basho & Friends
The 12 months of the year song los meses
La Ratita Presumida – a well know Spanish Story about a vain little rat that has many suitors. Who will the Ratita Presumida chose? Find out, go to: "La ratita presumida". This site also has other resources for all Spanish levels.
The 4 seasons nea infantil
Spanish site, educational resources by age Mestre a casa
Spanish stories “Cuentos” are very important in many Spanish speaking countries. Cuentos help children learn moral messages, cultural traditions and the structure of Spanish language. Wikispaces Classroom is a free site that has an extensive library of Cuentos by subject, the stories are told slowly using pictures.
Frozen Soundtrack in Spanish!
Mercedarias Infantil – a variety of resources in Spanish in every subject.
SpanishSpanish , activities and content for all grade levels.
DonQuijote.org , variety of resources for all grade levels.
Audio Resources: iTunes – audio files for learning Spanish. For some of the files below you will need to have VLC video/audio player installed in your computer in order to listen. You can download the program for free.