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Elementary Lessons

I blogged at the beginning of the school year about having HS students teach elementary Spanish and wanted to reflect on how the lessons this year went. 


  • Spanish IV planed and taught all lessons, with my guidance and support
  • They taught 30 minute lessons in groups of 2 or 3 high school students 
    • 2nd & 3rd grade - 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month
    • 4th & 5th grade - 3rd Wednesday of the month (due to scheduling)
  • Students had class time to plan and all classes generally covered the same basic topics each week, with variation based on age. This way everyone could plan together and there was more accountability to make sure that all groups were prepared to teach. 


Lesson Planning

In the past we tried to cover way too much content and vocabulary in a single class period. For example our topic may have been "food" and we gave them a huge list of Spanish food vocabulary words, and then did some kind of little exercise to practice these words out of context. Could they communicate? NO. Were they retaining it? NO. 

one on one buddy time

So as with my classes this year I tried to teach the high schoolers how to incorporate more comprehensible input methods, using just a couple target structures in the elementary lessons. I think it went much better and the elementary students were actually starting to communicate! Since I wanted the high schoolers to succeed, I provided them tried and true resources from experienced teachers (*Martina Bex). I had to remember that these were HIGH SCHOOL students with no formal teaching training, so they need guidance as to how to facilitate a successful lesson. Also, these particular classes LOVES songs, so many week's lesson was centered around a song. Below are some of the resources that we used. 


Lesson Topics & Resources


I can say how old I am
I can say my birthday
I can talk about Christmas 
I can talk about Valentine's Day

Kindergarten Style Reading with Spanish class library books
cabeza, hombro, rodilla y pie
Have you tried a program like this? How did it work?

3 comments

  1. I do a similar project. Spanish 3 students teach our preschoolers for their Spanish Month and Spanish 4 has gone into several different class levels over my 5 years. I usually model the first couple of lessons so they can see what to do and then they come up with their own lesson plans.

    A favorite song for the young kids is Los Animales - Sing with Senor on youtube. It's fast pace, exciting and fun.

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  2. I do a similar project. Spanish 3 students teach our preschoolers for their Spanish Month and Spanish 4 has gone into several different class levels over my 5 years. I usually model the first couple of lessons so they can see what to do and then they come up with their own lesson plans.

    A favorite song for the young kids is Los Animales - Sing with Senor on youtube. It's fast pace, exciting and fun.

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  3. This is wonderful! I teach Dual Language 2nd grade in Tacoma WA. I taught high school Espanol Immersion for 25 years! My Spanish 4 kids went to our local grades schools once a week to teach...such fond memories and great plans using TPRS. Good luck! Senora Veach

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