K-5 Spanish

The elementary Spanish program introduces students to the basic concepts of this wonderful language.  Students will have the opportunity to explore the Spanish culture and holidays while building their vocabulary.

6-8 Spanish

St. John the Baptist Catholic School’s curriculum is based on the school’s mission, philosophies, and Minnesota Standards.

Formal Spanish instruction begins in 6th grade. The student is introduced to the Spanish language through active participation in speaking, listening, reading and writing activities. The goal is to begin to develop basic skills that will be used to communicate in Spanish. The class is built on vocabulary themes, grammar topics and cultural information. Students will explore the Hispanic culture, centered around the chapter themes. The textbook Realidades is used.

Units of Study ~ Vocabulary:

At School:

  • Greetings; introductions; leave-takings; numbers; time; body parts

In the Classroom:

  • Classroom; dates; asking for help

The Weather:

  • Weather; seasons

Friends:

  • Activities and expressions for saying what you like and don’t like to do; adjectives and vocabulary to ask about and describe someone’s personality

School:

  • Class subjects; school activities; school supplies; ordinal numbers; classroom items and furniture; parts of the classroom; prepositions of location

Foods:

  • Foods and beverages for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; adverbs of frequency; expressions to show surprise; expressions to discuss health and to indicate preference; agreement; disagreement; adjectives to describe food

Units of Study ~ Grammar:

At School:

  • Lexical use of estar, ser; plural commands

In the Classroom:

  • Nouns; singular definite articles; hay; ¿Cuántos, -as?

The Weather:

  • Lexical use of hacer

Friends -

  • Infinitives; simple sentences; making sentences negative; adjectives; definite and indefinite articles; word order

School -

  • Subject pronouns; present tense verb forms –ar, verbs; the verb estar; plurals of nouns and articles

Foods -

  • Present tense verb forms of –er, -ir verbs; me gusta(n); me encanta(n); plurals of adjectives; the verb ser

Seventh Grade Spanish

Level I Spanish instruction continues in 7th grade. The student continues to refine Spanish language skills through active participation in speaking, listening, reading and writing activities. The goal is to continue to develop skills that will be used to communicate in Spanish. The class is built on vocabulary themes, more advanced grammar topics and cultural information. Students continue to explore the Hispanic culture, centered around the chapter themes. The textbook Realidades is used.

Units of Study ~ Vocabulary:

Free Time:

  • Leisure activities; places; expressions to tell where and with whom you go; expressions to talk about when things are done; feelings; expressions for extending, accepting, and declining invitations; expressions to tell when something happens

My Family:

  • Family and parties; describing people; ordering a meal

At Home:

  • Bedroom items; electronic equipment; colors; adjectives to describe things; rooms in a house; household chores

Units of Study ~ Grammar:

Free Time:

  • The verb –ir; interrogative words; ir + a + infinitive; the verb jugar

My Family:

  • The verb tener; possessive adjectives; the verb venir; the verbs ser and estar

At Home:

  • Comparisons and superlatives; stem-changing verbs: poder and dormir; affirmative commands; the present progressive

Eighth Grade Spanish

Level I Spanish instruction continues and is completed in 8th grade. The student masters Level I Spanish language skills through active participation in speaking, listening, reading and writing activities. The goal is to become fully prepared to enter Spanish II as a 9th grade student. The class is built on vocabulary themes, advanced grammar topics and cultural information. Students continue to explore the Hispanic culture, centered around the chapter themes. The textbook Realidades is used.

Units of Study ~ Vocabulary:

Shopping:

  • Clothing; shopping; numbers 200 – 1000; places to shop; gifts; accessories; buying and selling

Experiences:

  • Vacation places and activities; modes of transportation; recycling and volunteer work; places in a community

Modes of Communication:

  • Television shows; movie genres; giving opinions; computers; communication; computer related activities

Units of Study ~ Grammar:

Shopping:

  • Stem-changing verbs: pensar, querer, preferir; demonstrative adjectives; preterite of –ar verbs; preterite of –car and –gar verbs; direct object pronouns

Experiences:

  • Preterite of –er and –ir verbs; preterite of –ir; the personal a; the verb decir; indirect object pronouns; preterite of hacer and dar

Modes of Communication:

  • Acabar de + infinitive; gustar and similar verbs; the verbs pedir and servir; saber vs. conocer