Holy Spirit School is very fortunate to have a full-time Spanish teacher for our students in Grades 1 – 8.
Grades 1 – 5 Spanish
Students in Grades 1 – 5 will get a basic introduction to the Spanish language. Each grade has specific topics that students will learn throughout the year. Each year, the students build upon what they learned the previous year.
At the end of 1st grade students will be able to:
• state their name
• days of the week
• speak about the weather
• count from 1 to 10
• identify colors and shapes when shown a color or shape
• identify immediate family members
• identify basic body parts
• recognize farm animals
At the end of 2nd grade students are able to:
• say day of the week and date
• count from 1 to 20
• apply the colors and shapes to objects
• recognize the members of the extended family
• locate Spanish-speaking countries on a map of the world
• express simple vocabulary associated with rooms of the house
• identify places in the community
• tell time by the hour
• recognize basic articles of clothing
At the end of 3rd grade students are able to:
• count from 1 to 30,
• say the vowel sounds in Spanish
• state the day of the week and the date
• talk about general weather topics
• use cardinal directions to locate Spanish speaking countries on a map
• speak about the rooms in the house
• speak about activities in and outside of the house
• describe oneself and a partner
• name more clothing items
• tell time by quarter and half hour
At the end of 4th grade students are able to:
• count from 1 to 40
• state how they feel
• describe the animals and fruits of the rainforest
• identify various points of interest on a map of Spain
• speak about their likes and dislikes
• name school subjects and give teacher’s name
• ask and answer simple questions about their schedule or school day, including times in 5 minute intervals
At the end of 5th grade students are able to:
• count from 1 -50
• tell likes and dislikes with regard to sports, teams, and players
• note geographic directions using a map
• initiate and respond in simple telephone conversations, e.g. make a doctor’s appointment or talking to a friend on the phone
• speak about a vacation including location, geography, climate, clothing, transportation, length of visit, travel companions, and simple activities
• describe how they are feeling and name symptoms
• give simple advice
• discuss Mexico and its culture with basic sentences modeled by and prompted by teacher questions and responses
• create a travel brochure on a city in Mexico
Middle School Spanish
In middle school, students will learn beginning language skills in listening, speaking and receive an introduction to basic skills in reading and writing in Spanish. The goal of this course is to develop communication skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing to a basic level of proficiency. Students have Spanish class three times per week.
The sixth grade Spanish curriculum builds on the foundation made in the previous years of Spanish. The textbook provides and introductory to the language of Spanish. Students learn the alphabet, classroom phrases, colors, months, greetings and farewells, how to hold a basic conversation, how to ask and respond to questions, verbs, cognates, forming questions, expressing their likes and dislikes, nouns and definite articles, expressing their needs, school materials and supplies, making nouns plural, and indefinite articles.
The seventh grade Spanish curriculum builds on the foundations from the previous years. Students learn how to tell their class schedule and sequence of events, telling time, school subjects, telling what time something happened, talking about being late or in a hurry, describing people, things and objects, free time activities, present tense of the regular –ar verbs, the relative pronoun “que,” telling where people and things are, places in towns and their location, the verb estar, subject pronouns, and the vern ir.
The 8th grade Spanish curriculum builds on the Spanish learned in the previous years. Students learn the basics of the language of Spanish by the end of their 8th grade school year. Students learn how to discuss how often they do things, talking about what you like to do with friends, talking about what you do on a typical week, weekend and day, indirect objects, pronoun les, regular –er and –ir verbs, the verb ver, giving today’s date, talking about the weather, seasons, months, describing your family, possessive adjectives, describing people, discussing things families do together, the verbs of hacer and salir, household chores, and the verb deber and poner.
In addition to these topics, we will be studying the Latino culture, traditions and history. We will learn about Spanish-speaking countries and be able to locate them on a map. The course provides students with the basic skills to speak Spanish.