I did a simple presentation about the Mexican Day of the Dead and explained the origins of the celebration using the ppt. Afterwards; I split the class into 4 groups and had them figure out the significance of every different article used on the altar (word doc). They were first asked to circle cognates and then had to figure out the English and report back to the class.From the pdf file I used to comparisons handout (Halloween vs D.D) and had them jot down new information as I delivered the presentation at first; and then when their peers reported back on their assigned altar articles.
I've used this activity to showcase my hometown of Quebec City using Google Street View. Works really well when you have a good high speed connection, certainly got my students thinking outside of France for a change!
Most students will find revision boring - this is mainly because they think staring at the page will do!!! Unfortunately, as much as I stare at the kettle, the cup of tea does not just magically materialise in my hands!!<br />
I find this strategy is useful for an active and creative approach to homework. Please model with students by challenging them to memorise a sentence, make it longer and longer each lesson... they get seriously involved!!!! Examples in French and Spanish but concept is applicable to any language.
Fruit Bingo. Great for practicing listening skills or for practicing fruit vocabulary in any language. This set includes 30 color bingo game boards and a teacher’s master board. Whole class activity or small groups - students practice listening skills and reviewing vocab. Perfect for a group of fast finishers or for a substitute lesson.
Brainwreck is a way to practice vocabulary in an exciting and dynamic way! Just add vocabulary from your current unit, print the game, and you’re ready to play. Brainwreck really gets students to remember the vocabulary - it requires students to use kinesthetic, visual, written, verbal, and non-linguistic representations to describe their vocabulary words, and by the end of the game, your students will know their vocab backwards and forwards!<br />
How can I use it?:<br />
-as a fun review for students who have seen the content before<br />
-at the end of a lesson to have learners practice with new vocabulary<br />
-as a learning station or learning center<br />
Who is it for?:<br />
-Students in Grades K-12 <br />
-World Language students <br />
-ESL, ELL, ELD students<br />
-English and Language Arts students studying vocabulary<br />
At the end of the game, students will be able to:<br />
-identify and use vocabulary from their current unit of study<br />
-4 pages of content<br />
-detailed instructions and ideas for use<br />
-number dice<br />
-colorful gameboard<br />
Following the popularity of Blockbusters resources, here is the template I use in my lessons.<br />
Add the first letters of words in a phrase, images or words to the ‘Add text, initials or picture here’ on the yellow hexagons.<br />
In teams (red and blue), pupils aim to make a continuous line of their colour horizontally. This can be as long or as short as they want, as long as it’s continuous. The other team will aim to block them.<br />
When they have chosen a yellow hexagon and have answered correctly, click on that hexagon (on your computer). Then click on the relevant team colour to make it change to either blue or red.<br />
Instructions are in the notes section of the PowerPoint.