Fifth Grade Spanish

    • Method:  Natural Acquisition

      Fifth grade students participate in three class sessions per week. Students engage in songs, games, and activities that feature musical elements, drama, predictability, and repetition. Learning in context, automatic linguistic recall, and vocal experimentation based on rhythm and melody memory are all primary attributes of a first language learning experience. In a natural acquisition scenario, fifth grade students may not fully realize they are “learning”.  Rather, they joyfully experience the language and over time increase their comprehension and expression.  Fifth grade students will use auditory cues and vocalization to:

      • Identify vowel and consonants (though not compared with English)
      • Categorize and use verbs and nouns
      • Hear and tell stories or songs
      • Conduct conversations
      • Practice verb conjugation

NOTE:  At times, students understand general meanings but do not actually know the exact translations of words they are speaking. This deliberate ambiguity can aid in pronunciation development. Early awareness of cognates (such as problem and problema, activity and actividad…) can actually inhibit correct pronunciation.

  • Advanced Students and Native Speakers

    Advanced Spanish students and native speakers of Spanish emerge as leaders and peer tutors in fifth grade. At this developmental stage, they are generally able to communicate effectively to the benefit of their peers. Because the emphasis is still on comprehension and spoken expression, presentations are visual or audio-visual. Examples and benefits of Native Speaker peer-teaching experience:

    • Student seeks information from an audio, video, or written source. Student develops and practices a summary of the material. Student creates a visual presentation of the summary such as a Google Presentation, a poster, or a video. Key skills: summarization, organization, technology application, Spanish vocabulary development, research skills, public speaking.
    • Student reads or creates a short story, writes a script and directs students to act out the story. Key skills: literature comprehension, written expression, technology application, cooperation and collaboration.
    • Student researches and writes a step by step “How to” on a topic such as a simple recipe, small building project, or item repair.
  • Assessment:
    • Students will regularly engage in graded oral quizzes.  The student tasks on the quizzes are age and grade appropriate, approved by the fifth grade teachers.  Parents will be notified when quiz videos  will be available to view on Beehively.
    • Students will complete self-assessment rubrics.
    • The Spanish teacher will complete project rubrics when projects are assigned.  Assessment documents and Spanish work will be distributed by the fifth grade classroom teacher.
    • Fifth grade students will get credit for evidence of homework participation as detailed on Beehively.  Please email with questions or concerns.
  • Homework:
    Fifth grade student will be given credit for homework completion on Beehively.
  • Spanish Class Activity Examples:
    • Songs, poems, and stories
    • Active games (Arriba- Abajo, Busca-busca)
    • Organized games such as pictionary, charades, and Adivinanzas.
    • Copy and repeat
    • Dances
    • Chants and recitations
    • Puppet shows
    • Art projects
    • Audio and video productions
  • Additional Materials and Cultural Studies

    Ongoing lessons and material will be available to view or download at

    You will receive an email with this link when fifth grade Spanish lists new content. In addition to language curriculum, students will integrate language, geography, religion, and cultural studies as they explore a variety of Latino celebrations.  Current events often inspire the study of a particular country, ecosystem, or region.