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Spanish Program

Lexington School Spanish Program 



“To succeed in the twenty-first century, today’s students need to develop academic knowledge, proficiency in English, and linguistic and cultural literacy in several of the world’s languages and cultures. The ability to communicate in culturally appropriate ways in a variety

of settings will ensure success in a technologically driven global economy……Success in an interconnected world depends on students’ effective use of language and cross-cultural communication skills.” (CA Dept of Ed. Standards for World Language, pg. vi)


Our mission at Lexington School is to introduce each student to a second language and to instill an appreciation of Spanish so that students can use Spanish throughout their lives. Students will practice Spanish through listening, speaking, singing, reading and writing, and gain an awareness and appreciation of other cultures in order to better participate in an ever-changing global society.

          Students at Lexington participate in Spanish study two days a week. Kindergarteners attend 20 minutes, 2 times per week, 1st graders, 30 minutes, and 2nd - 5th grades, 45 minutes each class period (90 minutes total per week.) It is highly recommended for families to practice schoolwork that has been sent home to help children remember this vocabulary. Some course content varies year to year, but students will cover at least the following areas in each grade.



Descubre El espanõl’ textbook by Santillana USA Pub.

Viva el español’ by McGraw Hill Wright Group




-Recite and practice basic greetings.

-Identify and name 8 colors.

-Name numbers 1 – 10.

-Identify the names of immediate family members, including mom, dad, brother, sister, grandmother, grandfather, and baby.

-Identify garden words including plant, flower, sun, water, earth, tree, fence, rock, and grass.

-Pronounce sets of opposites, including prepositions.

-Sing many songs in Spanish to practice pronunciation and fluency.



1st Grade


-Describe feelings; I feel good/bad/OK/happy/sad/tired.

- Recognize body parts including head, hair, eyes, mouth, nose, ears, arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet, stomach and back.

-Recognize and use phrases using ‘Tengo’ - ‘I am’.

-Name common school items such as pencil, paper, and book.

-Name classroom objects around them such as clock, window, door.

-Tell the days of the week, and recognize the months.

- Count to thirty.

-Name and recite clothing words.

-Identify geometric shapes.

-Describe weather.

-Identify 13 domestic animals.

-Recognize the personal pronouns ‘he, she, and I’.


2nd Grade


-Read and write sentences to describe family members. Describe people in writing, using adjectives such as; honest, funny, kind, smart, tall, big, nice, etc.

-Identify the most common plant foods, including 11 fruits. Tell which they want to eat.

-Recognize and recite numbers 31-50.

-Describe birthday dates.

-Identify school personnel and places around school.

-Name 6 vehicles of transportation.

-Name places around town, sports, and other recreational activities. Tell where they are going and what they want to do there.

-Practice the alphabet in Spanish and spell their names in Spanish.

-Use infinitive action verbs such as ‘to swim, to run, to walk’, etc.


3rd Grade


-Name parts of a house, rooms, and items in a house.

-Tell about activities they want to do on a play-date, i.e. 'I want to play on the computer, ride a bike, play with the dog', etc.

-Identify and use 20 vocabulary words associated with the Ohlone Indians, including items they made (basket, house, boat), foods they ate, their activities, and their natural surroundings.

-Describe sports and the seasons in which they take place.

-State which sports you like and which you can do ( me gusta, puedo) using first person verbs.

-Name 8 common musical instruments. Tell which ones they can play, and want to play. -Describe several types of Latin music (after listening to it) using words such as 'fast/slow, sad/happy, sweet, lots of rhythm, exciting and expressive. Identify the instruments used.

-Identify and recite numbers to 100.

-Use adjectives to describe zoo animals.



4th Grade


-Describe what you are doing (first person verbs).

-Tell time to the 1/2 hour.

-Learn about ‘Día de los Muertos’.

-Describe pets by color and size. Use adjectives to describe animals.

- Use ‘I went to’ and You went to’ in past tense.

-Identify school subjects, tell what they do in school.

-Identify the city, country, buildings and places in a city. Tell where they live.

-Identify transportation locations; parking lot, train and bus stations, airport, etc.

-Identify food items, and tell what they would like from a menu.

-Read and identify numbers to 1000 and the current year.


5th Grade


-Review vocabulary from previous grades.

-Name and describe extended family members.

-Read in present tense about extended family and friends.

-Perform a skit using basic vocabulary.

-Write simple sentences, with support, about their life, their likes and dislikes.

-Conjugate the most common verbs of ‘ser, estar, ir, jugar, caminar, hablar, and comer’ - to be, play, walk, talk and eat - in present tense,

-Use introductions and greetings.

-Describe places around town.

-Demonstrate understanding of basic buying and selling vocabulary in stores.

-Use vocabulary needed in a restaurant.

-Ask and answer questions about meals and foods.