Students at all grades K-5 see their related arts teachers once every 5 school days. This means every class sees each different related arts teacher 36 times throughout the year, or about 9 times per marking period.
In Spanish class students are learning important things. Each grade level is exploring different subject areas, gaining vocabulary and understanding in a variety of areas. As students get older, their ability to express themselves in Spanish increases because they gain confidence and familiarity with the necessary words and phrases.
Students will have a lot of practice with these words in order to acquire Spanish in a way that's similar to the way we all acquired our first language--by hearing it and responding to it in a variety of contexts. Although some activities may include something like a workbook page, there is no formal book or workbook for the students to use in class. It is important to keep in mind that the goal of any Spanish program should be the natural acquisition of the Spanish language. We are not formally studying it per se (as in with a formal book and workbook pages), but rather we are learning to use the language in situations that require the target vocabulary. These include games, paired practices, rehearsed responses to predictable questions, the use of puppets and other props, singing songs, and reading literature stories both aloud and silently.
The classes are a mixture of whole-group, individual, and small group or paired activities. These smaller settings offer students chances to practice asking and answering questions that use the target vocabulary after hearing the teacher model it in the whole-group setting. It helps build confidence and offers the teacher a chance to assess student progress in acquiring the language.
As mandated by the state, students will be exposed to cultural aspects of Mexico through such means as reading teacher-created books that include pictures (taken while I was in Mérida) of such things as places in the town, jobs, and parts of a house. In addition, students will see actual Mexican handicrafts that will be used throughout the year. We also sing songs, such as Buenos Dias, Chocolate, La Tía Monica, and La Granja; these songs are culturally relevant and help reinforce vocabulary.
Grade level studies in Spanish
Here you find a summary of the units we will study in each grade level. In addition, each day students review basic vocabulary needed to describe the weather, name the season, and tell the date and other important calendar-related information. I have created numerous PowerPoint presentations that provide your child with the opportunity to review the related vocabulary as often as they wish in order to feel more comfortable with the lessons in class.
I am asking parents, other adults, and students to leave me feedback (via email or using the link below my picture above) so I know how effective you find these PowerPoint reviews. Also, if you have any suggestions for improving these files or the webpage, please let me know. I will be updating this webpage throughout the year with more materials so that eventually each of the units covered within each grade level will have the main vocabulary available for review at home through a PowerPoint presentation. I hope you and your children find them helpful.
I have begun adding some self-check "quizzes" in the form of Jeopardy games on PowerPoint, so please check them out, and don't forget to let me know how you liked these additions (using email or the comments page--see the link below my name). Hopefully you find them a fun and effective way to review the vocabulary for the units. More will be added throughout the year, so keep checking back. Please check out the links I just added at the bottom of the page for sites that offer some other review games. The most complete seems to be at http://www.quia.com/shared/spanish/ . With loads of different vocabulary sets and types of games from Battleship for colors to a multiple choice game for body parts (with some new words thrown in, so get your dictionaries out), this site has lots to offer everyone.
As always, if your child has any questions or doubts about something in Spanish class, please remind them to speak to me directly about their concerns. I'm always happy to help clear up any confusion.