Sra. Torres-Arranaga

Welcome to Elementary Spanish!

Learning a foreign language, especially at a young age, opens many doors for students, and I am excited to work with your child. We study basic Spanish vocabulary, grammar, and conversational skills using songs, books, repetition, movement and, in the older grades, a Spanish book and/or workbook. Additionally, students learn more about the cultures of various Spanish and Hispanic regions. Kindergarten and First Grade learn through songs, classroom activities, and stories, while second and though fifth grade will use the following textbooks:

  • Second Grade: System A Workbook, ¡Viva el Español!
  • Third Grade: System B Workbook, ¡Viva el Español!
  • Fourth and Fifth Grade: ¡Hola! Textbook and Workbook, ¡Viva el Español!

Spanish Goals

Some of the topics covered in the Elementary grades include:

  • food
  • family
  • community
  • calendar (days, months, #s 1-31)
  • holidays
  • prayers: Glory Be, Our Father, Hail Mary
  • weather
  • and many more!


Students in Spanish class incorporate the school SLEs in many ways:

  • Catholic Values: We demonstrate reverence by praying in Spanish and learning prayers in Spanish
  • Lifelong Learning: We apply K-5 academic skills into Spanish and practice them daily.
  • Self-Awareness: We work in small groups, perform in skits, and work on creative projects
  • Responsible Citizenship: We promote social justice by learning about other countries and understanding their traditions without making judgments.

Cross-Curricular Integration

Spanish is applicable in so many other academic areas! A few examples of cross-curricular integration are:

  • ELA: parts of speech, sentence formation, MLA typing skills
  • Math: number knowledge, basic operations, telling time
  • Music: daily singing, Christmas program songs in Spanish
  • Religion: Spanish prayers, bilingual all school Mass
  • Art: many different art projects throughout the year, cultural week


Students in Spanish class use a shared Google Classroom for K-5 resources. Students take online assessments and use apps such as Quizlet for studying vocabulary. Additionally, students in K-5 have access to iPads to use for creative projects. 

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