3rd and 4th Grade

I am very excited to teach Spanish in your child's classroom this year. I hope we will have a lot of fun together. If you have any questions about anything here or something that comes up throughout the year, please email me at jknowltonr@saintroseschool.com or call me at the school. I would be happy to help. Below you will find important information about Spanish class, and some updates/announcements on what we are learning.

Here is the schedule of classes:

3rd grade: Wednesday 12:25-1:10

4th grade: Wednesday 1:10-1:55

GRADING:

A large part of the Spanish class is oral participation. Students are asked to repeat vocabulary after the teacher, try to say words on their own and participate in activities such as singing songs, participating in a conversation in Spanish, asking and answering questions in Spanish with their peers. Students will be graded on their participation in class. Students’ knowledge of Spanish vocabulary and Hispanic culture will be measured through various assessments including, warm ups, songs, games, class work, group work, projects and peer work. Occasional small quizzes will begin in 4th grade, usually in December/January.


HOMEWORK:

Students will not have regular homework in the Spanish classroom. Throughout the year there may be occasional work which is to be completed at home. Usually this occurs when the students are working on a project. However, students are encouraged to practice their Spanish vocabulary, pronunciation and extend their knowledge of the culture at home. Both parents and students may visit this website for content and helpful links which relate to what the students are learning in school. There is also a Quizlet page:

3rd grade: https://quizlet.com/class/8172356/

4th grade: https://quizlet.com/class/8172344/

PROJECTS:

Throughout the school year students will be working on in-school projects which will extend over multiple class periods. These projects will vary depending on the time of year and grade level. I will communicate about upcoming projects.

PARENT VOLUNTEERING:

I am always looking for friends and families to come in and share their experiences in Spanish-speaking countries and Hispanic Heritage with the students. Please let me know if you would like to come in and share your expertise on a certain topic with the students.

GOALS:

The goals of 3rd grade Spanish:

· Third grade students learn basic Spanish through the four linguistic competences: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. They sing songs and play games in Spanish. They will learn that Spanish is spoken in more than 21 countries around the world and will be introduced to different Hispanic cultures and traditions. Vocabulary and activities for friendship, animals, and culture will be emphasized.

· Units and Activities: · Greetings · Spanish around the world · Alphabet · Calendar: days of the week, the months of the year, and the seasons · Talking about me, my friends · Family · Home · Counting from 0 to 50 · Colors · Spanish speaking popular artists · School supplies · Weather · Animals · Reading short stories on celebrations (Carnavales, Day of the Dead, Christmas in Latin America and in Spain, Cinco de Mayo) · Emotions · Working on pronunciation and intonation

The goals of 4th grade Spanish:

· Fourth grade students will review and continue learning basic Spanish through the four linguistic competences: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. They sing songs and play games in Spanish. They are introduced to the different Hispanic cultures and traditions. They will perform dialogues, and skits. They will also engage in interactive presentations. Vocabulary and activities for geography, countries, celebrations, the explorers, holidays, and culture will be emphasized.

· Units and Activities: · Greetings · Review of colors, · numbers, · school supplies · Talking about me, my family, and my friends · Counting from 50 to 100 (oral and written) · Parts of the body · Food · Animals · Telling time · Reading short stories on celebrations, people, animals, countries · Comparisons to two worlds · Expressing themselves · Comparisons · Spatial concepts · I like and don’t like · Descriptions · Working on pronunciation and intonation