GRADE TWO WORLD LANGUAGE
Second grade students at Sprague participate in Spanish language classes for 100 minutes per week. The curriculum addresses each of the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages — communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and community. The instructional goals for each thematic unit integrate language, culture and content in age-appropriate ways. The focus is on what students can do with the language and languages classes are taught almost entirely in Spanish.
Performance Goals – Novice Mid
By the end of second grade, students will be able to communicate using words and phrases on topics they have studied in class. They will understand the Spanish that their teacher uses when working with memorized words and phrases and will be able to write a few words in Spanish.
Unit 1: Healthy Habits
Essential Question: What are healthy habits?
Students will meet and greet each other before inquiring about how they feel. They will talk about their day and will be able to comment on their healthy habits saying what they do and don’t do in terms of basic health habits - brushing teeth, washing hands, sleeping, drinking water, etc. They will consider foods they eat and foods that are eaten in the target culture and will identify foods that are healthy and unhealthy in terms of simple ingredients such as sugar and salt. They will compare the US food plate to the food pyramid of Spain. They will describe food and talk about the colors of the food on their plates. Finally, they will create a visual representation of their healthy habits.
Unit 2: My Community
Essential Question: What is a community?
Students will view various images and will explore the concept of community in the US and in Spain. They will explain how they are part of different communities moving from the larger perspective of the world to the perspective of home and will be able to see the perspective of community from the viewpoint of a child who lives in Spain. They will identify key members of a community and will be able to say what those individuals do and where they work. They will be able to say what they do in their community on a regular basis and will say what they do to celebrate with others in their communities.
Unit 3: The King of Butterflies
Essential Questions: What is a life cycle? Why do animals migrate?
Students will begin by seeing a video that introduces them to the migration of butterflies. They will then begin to explore the lifecycle of the butterfly. They will be transformed into different types of butterflies and will be able to introduce and describe themselves saying where they are from. They will join the Monarch butterflies on their annual migration from Canada to Mexico and will create a story that shares what they have learned about butterflies and their cycle of life.