Elementary Spanish Newsletter

Unit One

A Little About Me...

¡Hola! For those I haven't had the pleasure of meeting yet, my name is Kaitlin Farver. I work with all students at North Sashabaw Elementary, and am one of the two Spanish teachers at Bailey Lake Elementary. This is my first year in Clarkston, and I must say, it's been wonderful so far!


A graduate of Saginaw Valley State University and currently a Master's level student at Oakland University, I come from a wide variety of teaching experiences, including both public and private school.


I believe that every child is capable of learning and achieving success, however they may define it. My mission as an educator is to understand and meet my students at their individual levels; to encourage their interest in languages and celebrate their uniqueness while supporting learning and exploration in a safe environment.


Below you will find information about what have our students have been up to in this first unit, as well as resources and sneak peeks into our next units of study!

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Our Program

Across the district this year, Spanish is offered in every building. At Bailey Lake, students K-3 attend weekly, 30 minute classes; at North Sashabaw, all students K-5 attend Spanish.

If you were to visit our classroom, you would see a variety of things! At the younger level, language is shared through songs, stories, games and fun activities. At the upper end, students explore and practice their new language via activities designed to foster creativity and communication skills. These classes provide an excellent first look at both Spanish language and culture.

What We're Learning

Wrapping Up- Unit One

Below, you will find grade-specific information about what we have studied thus far, or will be working on soon:

In Kindergarten we’re learning…

  • To follow directions with words like levántense (stand up), siéntense (sit down), vengan aquí (come), escuchen (listen), miren (look).

  • To greet and take leave with words like hola and adiós

  • To introduce ourselves with me llamo… (my name is)

  • And to call people by proper titles like Señor, Señora (Mrs.), Señorita (Ms.)


Soon, we’ll be learning colors and numbers one to twenty!


In First Grade we’re learning…

  • To express our feelings by saying estoy bien (I am well), estoy así así (okay), mal (bad)

  • To follow directions with words like levántate (you stand up), siéntate (you sit down), levantense (You guys stand up), siéntense (sit down), vengan aquí (come), escuchen (listen), miren (look).

  • To greet and take leave with words like hola and adios

  • To introduce ourselves with me llamo… (my name is)

  • And to call people by proper titles like Señor, Señora (Mrs.), Señorita (Ms.)


Soon, we’ll be learning school supplies and to count by tens!


In Second Grade we’re learning…

  • To express our feelings by saying estoy bien (I am well), estoy así así (okay), mal (bad)

  • To give and follow directions with words like Levanta/Baja la mano (raise/lower your hand) and Saca un lápiz (Take out a pencil).

  • To greet others using Buenos días (Good morning), Buenas tardes (Good afternoon), and Buenas Noches (Good evening).

  • To introduce ourselves and others with me llamo (my name is), Se llama (His name is), ¿Cómo te llamas? (What’s your name) and ¿Cómo se llama? (What’s his/her name)

  • And to call people by proper titles like Señor (Sr.), Señora (Mrs.), Señorita (Ms.)


Soon, we’ll be learning to ask questions about attributes of objects, counting by hundreds to 1,000, and to identify classroom objects by their size, shape, color and number!


In Third Grade we’re learning…

  • To ask others for personal information using ¿Cómo te llamas? (What’s your name), ¿Cómo se llama? (What’s his name), ¿Cómo estás? (How are you), ¿Cuál es tu teléfono? (What is your phone number), ¿Cuál es tu dirección? (What is your address)

  • To give and follow directions: Levántate (Stand up), siéntate (Sit down), ven aquí (come here), levántense (Stand up - plural), siéntense (Sit down - plural), vengan aquí (Come here - plural), escuchen (Listen - Plural), miren (Look- Plural), Dame… (give me), Toca (touch)

  • To express feelings about well-being: Estoy/Está feliz (I am/He is happy), mal (bad), muy mal (Very bad), muy bien (Very well), más o menos (More or less), regular (Okay)

  • To extend greetings and leave taking: Buenos días (good morning), buenas tardes (good afternoon), buenas noches (goodnight), hasta mañana (see you tomorrow), hasta pronto (see you soon), hasta luego (see you later), adiós (goodbye)

  • To make and respond to introductions: Se llama (His name is), me llamo (my name is)

  • To make requests: ¿Puedo ir a la oficina? (Can I go to the office), ¿Puedo escribir en….? (Can I write on the…), ¿Tienes un/una…? (Do you have a…)

  • To use proper titles with names – Señor-Sr. (Mr.), Señora-Sra. (Mrs.), Señorita-Srta. (Miss)


Soon we will be learning to use oral and written Spanish to identify and describe places and things in the school. In addition, we will participate in a classroom mostly conducted in Spanish by following directions and routines. We will also learn to communicate with classmates by asking and answering questions and giving directions in Spanish.


In Fourth Grade we’re learning…

  • To ask and answer personal questions: ¿Cómo te llamas? (What’s your name), ¿Te gusta…? (Do you like...?), ¿Cómo estás? (How are you), ¿Cómo eres tú? (What are you like)

  • To comprehend and use the calendar to express birthday: day, month, year

  • To express feelings; Estoy/Está… (I am/He is)

  • To express likes and dislikes: Me gusta/No me gusta… (I like/I don’t like…)

  • To practice greetings and leave taking:buenos días (good morning), buenas tardes (good afternoon), buenas noches (goodnight), hasta mañana (see you tomorrow), hasta pronto (see you soon), hasta luego (see you later), adiós (goodbye)

  • To give personal characteristics: soy alto/a (I am tall), bajo/a (Short), tengo/tiene pelo (I have/he has hair), largo/mediano/corto (long, medium, short), pelo rubio/ castaño/negro/rojizo (blonde, brown, black or red hair), ojos azules/cafés/negros/verdes (blue, brown, black or green eyes).


Soon we will be learning to use oral and written Spanish to describe how they feel, give information and describe simple injuries and overall health, and continue to develop awareness and understanding of cognates (words with origins in the same language).


In Fifth Grade we’re learning…

  • To write a class postcard to another 5th grade class/another grade level to introduce self and ask questions: Me llamo/Mi nombre es (My name is), Mi apellido es (My last name is), Tengo…años (I am… years old), ¿Cómo te llamas? (What’s your name), ¿Te gusta + noun? (Do you like…), ¿Cómo eres tú? (What are you like), ¿Cómo estás? (How are you)

  • To describe self and others (classmates/family members) using tengo (I have), tienes (you have), tiene (he has), soy (I am), eres (you are), es (He is).

  • The verbs tener (to have) and ser (to be), and using plural forms of ser (somos-we are, son-they are)

  • To describe self and others using alto/bajo (tall/short), gordo/delgado (fat/skinny), inteligente/tonto (intelligent/silly), bonita/guapo (cute/handsome), fuerte/débil (strong/weak), interesante/aburrido (interesting/boring), cómico/serio (funny/serious), trabajador/perezoso (hardworking/lazy), generoso (generous), simpático/antipático (nice/mean)

  • Exchange information using telephone numbers and birthdates (review numbers up to 100 and introduce numbers up to 1000):

    • ¿Cuál es tu número de teléfono? (What is you telephone number), Mi número es… (My number is)

    • ¿Cuándo es tu cumpleaños? (When is your birthday), Mi cumpleaños es el ___ de ____ (My birthday is the … of… )

  • To exchange personal information using spelling for clarification:

    • ¿Cómo se deletrea (first/last name)? Appropriate response

  • To greet others, introduce self and others (first and last names), and say where people are from:

    • Me llamo __/Mi nombre es ___ (My name is), Mi apellido es ___ (My last name is), Soy/Es de ___(I am from…)


Soon we will be learning to identify components of a community, describe places in the community and exchange information about the community by asking and answering questions. We will also compare communities in the USA and Spanish-speaking countries.

Resources and At-Home Activities

Check out my website for a collection of resources to encourage at-home exploration!

Also coming up...

At the Detroit Institute of Arts, there will be painting of sugar skulls on select dates to celebrate Day of the Dead, a Hispanic holiday celebrating our loved ones who have passed on. Find below a link to the dates and times to this FREE CULTURAL EXPERIENCE!!!

http://www.dia.org/calendar/event.aspx?id=5959&iid=7223
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