Elementary SI Curriculum and Instruction

  • At the elementary level, instruction in literacy, science, and social studies is predominantly in Spanish, while math and writing are in English. Spanish is also infused throughout the day in classroom transitions and conversations and through songs, poetry, and Spanish language stories.  In this way, the language becomes not just a vehicle for learning specific content, but helps students develop general listening skills, spontaneous verbal expression, reading and writing skills as well as meaningful daily conversational skills. The rigor will continue to increase as students move on to the upper grades.

    Our vision is to establish a district program known for its instructional quality and community enrichment. Our focus is on providing students with the critical structural elements of a second language, the cultural awareness of world citizens, and the skills and ability to engage in multilingual communication throughout their lifetime.

    Current Delivery Model (Instructional Minutes/Percentages)

    • K = 90%/10%
    • 1st = 80%/20%
    • 2nd = 70%/30%
    • 3rd = 60%/40%
    • 4th = 50%/50%
    • 5th = 50%/50%

     *Percentages based on core curriculum subject areas (specials not included)

    Spanish Language Goals

    Elementary School grades K-5

         Students in Kindergarten will:

    • Rely on cues from peers and pictures to understand basic conversations or instructions.
    • Attempt to speak Spanish or will respond in native language.
    • Repeat words, songs, and phrases in Spanish.
    • Follow two-step oral directions, one step at a time
    • Draw pictures in response to oral instructions 
    • Respond in one or two-word responses.
    • Begin to approximate correct pronunciation.
    • Respond non-verbally to confirm or deny facts (e.g., thumbs up/thumbs down)
    • Act out songs and stories using gestures

         Students typically go through a silent period, where they are absorbing the new language, but do not yet speak it.

         Students in First Grade will:

    • Continue to rely on gestures and pictures, but are understanding new ideas and multi-step oral directions.
    • May attempt to use new vocabulary and phrases, usually mixing their responses with their native language.
    • Begin to verbalize independent ideas and retell simple stories with occasional errors.
    • Begin to respond with simple sentences which may contain certain grammatical errors.
    • Pronunciation is intelligible but not yet consistently speaking with a Spanish accent.

         Students in Second Grade will:

    • Use cues and vocabulary to learn new concepts and follow multi-step oral directions.
    • Become more comfortable trying out new vocabulary and phrases with a decreased use of their native language.
    • Verbalize independent ideas and retell simple stories with some support.
    • Begin to respond with simple sentences with occasional errors.
    • Use clear pronunciation and intonation, similar to that of a native speaker.

         Students in Grades 3-5 will:

    • Continue to apply skills acquired at the primary level.
    • Understand and communicate information, ideas, and concepts necessary for sociocultural and academic success.
    • Use contextual cues and vocabulary to learn new concepts and follow directions.
    • Use short, common expressions or memorized statements. Students may begin to take risks forming more complex sentences or phrases.



    Spanish instruction takes place primarily through Spanish language arts, science, social studies, transitions, and cultural enrichment lessons.

    • Maravillas Spanish Language Arts
    • Go Math (1-5 English) enVision (KG Spanish)
    • FOSS Science (K-5) Spanish
    • Kids Discovery Social Studies (K-5) Spanish
    • Health Great Body Shop (K-5) Spanish & English
    • SEL Character Strong (K-5) English
    • Literacy Intervention Programs: Estrellita/Lunita, Esperanza, and Intervenciones tempranas