Scope and Sequence for Levels 1-4

I taught level 1 for 22 years!  This year I am teaching only 2-4 for only the second time in my career!  I miss those little level 1 guys and gals! It is so much fun to give them their first taste of language study… but on the flip side, it is also so much fun to see them use their language to talk about topics like water shortage, medical issues, immigration, and ocean plastics.

Leaving the textbook behind in favor of a proficiency based curriculum was scary but it has been a process that has taught me so much.  Over the last 10 years, I have developed a scope and sequence that brings me high enrollment in levels 2, 3, and 4 and much more proficient students.  Not only that but it has brought me a lot more life-long learners and students excited to use their language outside the classroom.

Last week, I shared my scope and sequence documents and links to the materials I use in a series of posts.  I wanted to create one post that would collect them for easier reference!

Scope and Sequence Wildcat Spanish 1

Scope and Sequence Wildcat Spanish 2

Scope and Sequence Wildcat Spanish 3

Scope and Sequence Wildcat Spanish 4

What we are doing will not be a perfect fit for everyone and it may take time to bring all the pieces together… but if you’re looking for some ideas, maybe this is a place to start!


Vector Chapter 9

I’m using the reader Vector with my Spanish 3 class and we just read about Dengue Fever.  I am a huge science nerd so the whole mosquito/vector part is the big reveal for me!  I wanted to take a day to learn a little about the tropical mosquitos that cause illnesses like malaria (Anopheles) and yellow fever, dengue, chikungunya, zika (Aedes aegypti).  We talked about Culex pipiens that causes West Nile Virus, and about Aedes albopictus the Asian tiger mosquito.

As an authentic, interpretive reading, I broke the class up into groups of 5 and gave each group a stack of  Infographics for this Mosquito Activity that I printed from the Internet. On Thursday, we have “Prime Time” at school… classes start an hour later so that we can have our weekly faculty meeting.  This cuts out our homeroom and shortens each class by 6 minutes.  M-W and F I have 48 minute classes but this day, I had 42.


I gave about a 5 minute little presentation on the mosquitos.  I showed these pictures:img_9184.jpg

We described the mosquitos together, I told them some diseases they caused, and we discussed the symptoms of those diseases.  I told them they are tropical mosquitos and then we talked about the mosquitos that we see closer to home.

The next 15 minutes, they had time to read the infographics as a team.  There were so many cognates and so much familiar vocabulary (after our study of Medicina o cura in March) that they had no trouble reading them.

The last 20 minutes, the groups had to give me the infographic sheets and create their own from the information that they read.  They did GREAT work!


Mar de plástico day 2: mar-moria

B77CB3DE-1F36-4A2C-BFBF-CAD0D4A879E3Today we learned how plastics, micro plastics, and micro fibers affect sea life using the Mar-Moria game in my plastic ocean unit.  This game is available as an a’la carte  if you don’t have time for a unit but want to get students thinking about conservation of the seas!

First, students read about different sea creatures and the most common problems they face, then they played the memory game in teams!


There is a strict no English rule so they can help teammates make a match but they have to use TL all the time or lose a turn! It was so much fun! Watch them here! With 15 minutes to read and 30 to play, we got to do two rounds! They really acquired a lot of the key cognates and even acquired many of the sea creature names very quickly!

When i made this game, I was hoping it would be really engaging while helping them get tons of input and now that we have played, I can say for sure that it did!

Scope and sequence: Wildcat Spanish 4

This is the most fluid of all my classes.  In Spanish 4, I try out all my new units.  For example, this year I wrote Plastic Ocean and Viviendas del mundo and I piloted them with this group!  I also bring in current events and topics related to their lives here at school.

This particular group has only had me for two years so with them, I had NOT done some of the Spanish 3 units I normally do so they overlapped with my Spanish 3 class on several occasions.  The units in this scope and sequence are flexible.  I ask students to “choose” things they’d like to study.  If they all hate the idea of music/poetry, I will just drop that one in favor of another but for the most part it gives the illusion of having choice when I really know our path all along!

Spanish 4 scope and sequence

Scope and Sequence: Wildcat Spanish 3

By level 3, I love digging into LONG units.  Things we can study and consider and really form opinions about.  I write some of my own units and I use a lot of meatier readers to accompany them.  Although there aren’t as many “units” in my level 3 class, these fill the school year.

I am not tied to any particular order for most of these units!  I do like to do Biodiversity first since the weather is nice and they can get out in the woods but otherwise, I often let them “pick” what we study next.  Really we will study it all anyway but it is fun to give them the choice of what’s next.

Spanish 3 scope and sequence

Scope and Sequence: Wildcat Spanish 1

We left the book behind in favor of units that provide tons of input and opportunities to show what they KNOW not what we want them to practice until they know. The Somos curriculum by Martina Bex has been a life saver as I’ve transitioned to a new position and my colleague has taken the leap into CI for the first time!  This is the scope and sequence we created for our ones at SCHS!

Spanish 1 scope and sequence