Spanish classes are well into their first thematic units of the year. In lower school, these thematic units change with each trimester and often connect with a topic they are learning in their regular classrooms. Upper school classes are on semesters, but also have themed units that change approximately every couple of months.
Here is an overview of our first units for 1st-5th grade and Senora Leighninger’s upper school classes.
1st Grade: En la escuela (At School) -Identifies and names items and people found at school -Names and uses colors to describe things -Uses action verbs to describe what various people do at school -Recites numbers 0-50 -Names a variety of geometric shapes -Identifies and uses appropriate definite articles
2nd Grade: El sistema solar y más allá (The Solar System and Beyond) -Names the planets in our solar system -Identifies and names various things found in space -Recites numbers 0-100 -Names a variety of geometric shapes -Identifies and uses appropriate definite and indefinite articles -Uses appropriate vocabulary phrases to complete basic math problems
3rd Grade: ¡Vamos a viajar! (Let’s Travel!) -Names various items needed to travel -Names various items found in nature -Uses descriptive adjectives to talk about things in nature -Names the 4 directions (north, south, east, west) -Names popular sports and athletic activities -Uses action verbs to talk about athletic activities -Recites numbers 0-500 -Applies correct grammar rules when using definite and indefinite
4th Grade: La Vida Marina (Sea Life) -Names various things found in the ocean -Describes the features of various things found in the ocean -Identifies and names the subject pronouns -Conjugates and correctly uses ser in the present tense -Recites numbers 0-million -Applies correct grammar rules when using nouns, adjectives, and articles together
5th Grade: Las Mascotas (Pets) -Names different kinds of pets -Describes pets’ physical appearance -Describes pets’ personality and behavior -Categorizes pets into animal groups -Conjugates and correctly uses regular present tense verbs -Conjugates and correctly uses estar and hacer in the present tense -Uses the present progressive to talk about what is happening right now -Recites numbers 0-millions
6th Grade: Unit 1: ¡Vamos a comer! (Let’s Eat!) Topics / Conversation: -Order food in Spanish -Talk about and describe food -Planning a new restaurant and designing its menu
Grammar: Review of present tense verbs, Stem-changing verbs, Verbs with Irregular Yo Forms, Making comparisons
8th/HS: Unit 1: Don Quijote y España Topics / Conversation: -Learn the autonomous communities (regions) of Spain -Discuss the life of Miguel Cervantes Don Quijote -Recognize and describe the physical and emotional characteristics of various characters in the novel -Summarize each chapter through writing, discussions, and presentations
Grammar: Review of various tenses and moods: Indicative mood -past, present, future), Subjunctive mood -present, Imperative mood -affirmative / negative, formal vs. informal