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Students focus on their required lessons in Spanish by integrating music and songs as they complete their assignments. They assess the vocabulary, grammar patterns and culture associated with music and various different songs. Each student identity's the words/lyrics to the song "La Bamba."
Students, using German language skills, create "intranet" encyclopedia entries about themselves in the year 2040. The include their future accomplishments and trade entries with fellow students. They then translate the autobiographies into English prior to reading the German versions to the class.
Students do a reading in Spanish that discusses the products of the Rain Forest that are commonly used in the household. They research other products that are commonly used. This lesson is designed to be a part of a reading lesson in Spanish with the idea if making connections as stated in the Foreign Language Standards.
The question posed to the class is, "What makes a group?" The answer to that question results in a better understanding of the nature of culture. Race, location, religion, language, and group identification are explored as children pair up and consider how these traits define various regions in Europe. Two worksheets and an informational text guide them as they explore the topic of European language and religion, culminating in a reflective journal entry.
The Olmec were an ancient people native to Mexico who lived from 1000-500 BC. Young artists examine the Olmec piece Seated Figure to analyze the use of body language to communicate a tone or feeling. They then use clay or play-dough to create their own expressive sculpture. Background information and images are included.