5th Grade

What to Expect in Grade 5 Spanish

Welcome! I am looking forward to a wonderful year of Spanish with you. I will do my very best to help you be successful this year. Please feel free to contact me if you have a concern or question this year. With effort and organization, you will be a successful second language learner.

Course Description: The course will introduce you to academic foreign language learning. We will focus on basic Spanish vocabulary, and use visual cues and context to understand what is being said. Worksheets and flashcards will also be used to learn new words. Additionally, we will take a look at the geography and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. We meet twice per week. We will meet on Thursday 10:35-11:20 and Friday 12:25-1:10.

Expectations: It is expected that you will focus during the lesson while the vocabulary is explored through visual cues and prompts. We will use interpretation of “body language” and other visual cues in every class. You are expected to participate fully in the classroom. Participation includes, answering questions, acting out vocabulary and completing the given assignments. It is equally important for you as students, to be actively paying attention when someone else is asking a question, answering it or acting out the vocabulary during class.

Expected Learning: We will go over forms of greetings in Spanish and the manner in which they should be used in different situations. We will study the Spanish alphabet, and begin to read words in Spanish and approximate the correct spelling. Count to 100. Know the colors. Understand the concept of gender in Spanish grammar. Express likes and dislikes. We will discuss basic vocabulary covering family, classroom objects, some adjectives to describe feelings and emotions. We will go over words to describe common weather conditions, the days of the week, months, seasons, and how to say the date in the correct form. Recognize the basic subject pronouns, yo, tú, él, ella, nosotros and ellos, ellas, and ustedes. We will also begin conjugating verbs in the present tense.

Materials: 1. Two-pocket folder to keep worksheets and vocabulary lists. 2. Marble notebook for taking notes. 3. Index cards where students may copy vocabulary words for learning. 4. Ziplock bag for keeping the index cards. 5. One dry erase marker for white board I provide in class. 6. Spanish Dictionary which should be in class at all times.

Homework: Homework will usually consist of recording the vocabulary words on index cards and going over them during the week. From time to time a worksheet will be given to be completed at home.

Behavior Expectations: We will work together to create an atmosphere that is kind and respectful, where students are willing to learn and are not afraid to make mistakes or admit confusion. The keys to a successful second language learning experience are a positive attitude, hard work and communication with the teacher. Let’s work together to have fun during this academic year as we learn to speak Spanish!

Grades: Class participation is a critical and integral part of foreign language learning. You will receive points based on preparedness, attentiveness, cooperation, partner/group on-task behavior and efforts to use the foreign language. SEE THE ATTACHED PARTICIPATION RUBRIC BELOW. Short quizzes will be given every 7-10 days.

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