Elementary Spanish Level 1

0.5 Credits
9 weeks

Elementary Spanish an exploratory introduction to the Spanish culture and language. Students learn the target language in a story-based framework, providing a fun and positive experience with the learning. Each lesson is taught through an engaging, authentic story that gives students an opportunity to see and hear the language in context. Students will learn foundational skills in listening and speaking in the early levels, and then will add Spanish literacy skills beginning in Level 2. The course provides audio and visual stimuli for all learning types and ample opportunity to hear, speak, read, write, and record the language. The course also provides strategically-based reviews of past learning. Each course is built on connections to an authentic culture of a specific Spanish-speaking region through the arts, celebrations, and traditions of the culture, leading students on the path to becoming global citizens.

Please view the Elementary Parents Guide for Grades K-2 with guidance on helping your student transition to online learning and thrive at VLACS.


Comparisons and Spanish Vocabulary for Calendar and Community

I can interpret the days of the week in Spanish. I can interpret the places in my community in Spanish. I can describe the traditional clothing of Pamplona, Spain in Spanish. I can describe La Fiesta del Toro in Spanish. I can categorize animals as fast or slow in Spanish.

Introductions, Counting and Spanish Vocabulary for Feelings and Activities

I can interpret introductions in Spanish. I can identify numbers from 11 to 20 in Spanish. I can interpret feelings in Spanish. I can interpret social activities in Spanish.

Spanish Vocabulary for The Beach, Bathroom, Restaurants and Chores

I can identify items at a beach in Spanish. I can interpret items in the bathroom in Spanish. I can interpret the food at a restaurant in Spanish. I can interpret the chores done around the home in Spanish.

Spanish Vocabulary for the Senses, Body Movements, and Weather

I can interpret the five senses in Spanish. I can interpret movements of the body in Spanish. I can interpret weather expressions in Spanish. I can explain Spain’s traditional music and dance in Spanish.

Major Topics and Concepts

Major Topics and Concepts:

Module One

  • Spanish culture
  • Greetings and introductions
  • Numbers 11-20
  • Plus and equals
  • The Euro
  • Feelings
  • Activities with friends

Module Two

  • Days of the Week
  • Places in the Community
  • Clothing
  • Spanish Culture – La Fiesta del Toro

Module Three

  • The beach
  • How many are there
  • Many and few
  • The bathroom
  • Washing hands, feet and face
  • I know and I don’t know
  • Lunch
  • Asking “what do you want” and saying “I want”
  • Helping and putting away
  • Clean and dirty

Module Four

  • The five senses
  • The ways I move my body
  • The weather
  • El flamenco

Course Materials

All levels of Spanish require independent reading skills. We recommend students begin Spanish sometime during grades 2 or 3, depending on their reading level. Those who are not yet reading independently can take the course, provided an adult is available to read material to the student.

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students and families are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers because, when teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

Required Materials – Please view the list of materials before registering.