World Languages  - Elementary Spanish Program
 
 
Our Elementary Spanish Program is an academically stimulating and enriching program for developing oral proficiency in Spanish. Students enter the program in first grade and continue through fifth grade. They meet in Spanish class two periods over a six-day scheduling cycle for forty minutes each period.  At the end of fifth grade, students move from their elementary language study into the sixth through twelfth grade program. 

Our goal is to prepare students to know, think, and act in promoting the Scarsdale Education for Tomorrow.  Through their exposure to a world language, students develop at a young age the necessary skills to communicate in Spanish and to respect other cultures in our world.  Our instructional model promotes a near exclusive use of Spanish during class time in a variety of settings.  These include activities as a whole class, as partners, and as individuals with the teacher. We incorporate culture through art, handicrafts, dance, music through songs, chants and rhythms, social amenities, holidays and culinary experiences.

We encourage parental involvement with their children each day in reviewing topics or work that is being studied in Spanish class.  Parents may use our school wires pages to view what is happening in each curricular unit and how they may assist their children at home.

First Grade
 
The first grade Spanish curriculum focuses on developing receptive and expressive language skills. We create a comfortable environment so students are willing to take risks and participate. We use total physical response activities, where students listen to and carry out spoken commands.  It is the combination of speech and action modeled after the way children learn their native language. Topics and vocabulary words connect to first grade curriculum in math, social studies, and science; For example, students learn Spanish vocabulary words that relate to the "egg to chick" science unit and learn how to do simple math problems in Spanish.  
•    Greetings and Introductions
•    Speaking About One's Feelings
•    Numbers 0 to 12
•    Colors
•    Shapes
•    Foods
•    Weather
•    Family
•    Pets
•    Parts of the Body
•    Farm Animals
•    Calendar
•    Winter Clothing
•    Likes and Dislikes
Technology Connections
•    SMART Board Applications
•    Voicethread
At the end of first grade students are able to:
•    State their name
•    Ask and respond to how they feel
•    Identify the day of the week
•    Speak about the weather
•    Count from 0 to 12
•    Identify numbers 0-12 out of sequence
•    Identify colors and shapes
•    Identify immediate family members
•    Identify basic body parts
•    Identify and describe farm animals
•    Express likes and dislikes regarding food

Second Grade
 
Students review and build upon the first grade curriculum.  They begin to develop writing and reading skills and continue to make interdisciplinary connections to their other subject areas.  We integrate music, dance, and art into the units, which are related to the culture of Spanish speaking countries.  Some common whole-class or partner activities include speaking and action scenarios, listening to stories and responding to questionnaires, and describing others or animals.
 

Curriculum Topics
•    Numbers 0-20
•    Classroom Instructions
•    Parts of the Body
•    Alphabet
•    Family
•    Foods
•    Additional likes and dislikes
•    Clothing
•    House
•    Spanish-speaking countries
•    Community
•    Zoo animals
Technology Connections
•    SMART Board Applications
•    Google apps
•    Pixie

At the end of second grade students are able to:
•    Identify the date, days and months
•    Count from 0 to 20
•    Discuss the colors and shapes of objects
•    Express likes and dislikes
•    Name the members of the extended family
•    Express simple vocabulary associated with rooms of the house
•    Identify places in the community
•    Identify basic articles of clothing
•    Identify and describe common zoo animals
•    Locate Spanish-speaking countries on a map of the world
 
Third Grade
 
Students continue to build upon themes in prior grades while they add new topics to their repertoire.  Students explore maps of the United States and New York City and are introduced to cardinal directions, as related to their social studies curriculum. They begin to use mini-books for practice in guided reading activities.
 

Curriculum topics   
•    Locations and directions on maps
•    Places in New York City
•    Methods of transportation
•    Time
•    House with specific rooms and furniture
•    Leisure activities
•    Sports
•    Extended family and the family tree
Technology Connections
•    SMART Board Applications
•    GarageBand
•    iPads

At the end of third grade students are able to:
•    Count from 0 to at least 60
•    State the day of the week and the date
•    Talk about the weather and state the season
•    Use cardinal directions to locate places on a map
•    Talk about the rooms in their house
•    Describe oneself and a partner
•    Tell time by quarter and half hour
•    Name sports and leisure activities
•    Tell how they would travel from one place to another

 
Fourth Grade
 
As students progress into the fourth grade curriculum, they continue to develop their listening and speaking skills along with their guided reading and writing skills. They link interdisciplinary topics with social studies and science. They are introduced to Madrid with its points of interest and aspects of city life.  They study Costa Rica, focusing on an exploration of the tropical rainforest with flora and fauna. They create and present authentic skits mirroring real life situations, such as ordering in a restaurant and shopping at the market.
 

Curriculum topics
•    School subjects, schedule, and rooms
•    Time
•    Likes and dislikes as related to school vocabulary and animals
•    Animals of the rainforest;
•    Colors and sizes of these animals
•    Restaurant and food
•    Family and Community
•    Madrid, Spain
•    Costa Rica
•    Continued map skills as related to Madrid and Costa Rica
Technology Connections
•    SMART Board applications
•    Frames
•    Keynote
•    Comic Life 
 

At the end of fourth grade students are able to:
•    Use numbers from 0 to 100
•    Describe orally and in writing the animals and fruits of the rainforest
•    Identify various points of interest on a map of Madrid
•    Perform a partner dialogue between a waiter and customer in a restaurant
•    Perform a partner dialogue between a vendor and a customer
•    Speak about their likes and dislikes, for example food and school
•    Name school subjects and give teachers’ titles and names
•    Ask and answer simple questions about their schedule or school day, including times
•    Express relationships among extended family members
 

Fifth Grade
 
Students synthesize topics and simple grammatical constructions to provide a sense of connection and purpose to their oral proficiency. The topics incorporate new themes and scaffold many of the themes studied in previous years. They combine all of these topics and skills into an oral and written common assessment.  
 

Curriculum Topics
•    Sports
•    Health and Welfare
•    Shopping for and buying items
•    Telephone conversations
•    Planning a vacation to include clothing, geography, weather, transportation, family members and leisure activities.
•    Spain and Spanish speaking countries
Technology Connections
•    SMART Board applications
•    Frames
•    Screencastify
•    Google presentation
•    Google docs  
•    Voicethread
•    iMovie
 
At the end of fifth grade student are able to:
•    Use numbers from 0 -100
•    Express likes and dislikes synthesizing a variety of topics
•    Create and perform telephone conversations
•    Perform a partner dialogue between a vendor and a customer
•    Role play an art museum tour
•    Role play nurse/patient
         o    Describe feelings and symptoms
         o    Give simple advice
         o    Plan and discuss a vacation
Fifth Grade Common Assessment:

Students’ culminating activity is a multi-skill presentation, which describes a vacation trip.  It includes location, climate, clothing, transportation, the length of the visit, travel companions, simple activities, and perhaps foods and where to eat, as well as shopping and purchases.