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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 participate in an online video chat with students from different countries in an effort to learn more about other cultures and to practice foreign language skills. This activity includes directions for recording the sessions.
Students practice reading and writing skills in a foreign language. They write a letter in memory of victims or asking that readers remember the lessons of the Holocaust.
Young scholars investigate the concept of Haitian Creole. They first fill out a worksheet asking for prior knowledge. Then students compare and contrast the languages of English, French, and Haitian Creole. They define Creole and discuss its use in modern society.
New! How Languages Evolve
Do all languages have a common ancestor? Although no one yet knows the answer to that big question, the narrator of this short, animated video explains how linguists use migration patterns, geological features, and word clues to investigate the evolution of language families and dialects.
Students reflect on their own language learning experience and interests. They research language learning and brainstorm ideas in preparation for creating brochures on language learning technology.
Hello! Bonjour! Paivaa! Ni hao! Teach learners of all ages how to say hello in several different languages. There are project ideas for younger learners and older learners. Kids love learning a different language, even if it's just this simple greeting.
Students examine how young children are generally able to learn foreign languages more easily than adults. For this investigative lesson students divide into groups and devise a test to show whether or not this theory is true.
Students evaluate how important it can be to speak a language other than their own. They analyze the role language plays in bridging cultural differences and compare their reasons and see if the class can reach a consensus on the question of whether learning another language is important.
High schoolers practice their foreign language skills through the creation of film highlighting a visual tour through their school to be produced in the language that they are studying. The film can be sent to pen pals in another country.
Learners research characteristics of Africa such as size, number of countries, topography, and total population. They explore language diversity within Africa and discuss how language differences have led to cooperation and conflict within Africa.
Students explore language changes that may occur in a globalized world. In this language lesson, students read the linked articles about globalization and the protection of languages. Students also examine statistics and conduct further research about the preservation of languages. Students then discuss the implications for languages in a rapidly changing global world.
Que tiempo hace? Learners will conduct internet research to explore the weather of a Spanish-speaking country. Consider adding some challenging questions to the worksheet for your advanced learners.
Students debate the pros and cons of bilingualism in the United States and in the classroom. Students investigate how language reflects and influences culture, and focus on how to make language acquisition easier for students.
Engage your learners in foreign language with this word search about Mother's Day. They find the word for mother in the puzzle in 16 different languages. The languages range from Maori to Yiddish to Punjabi. There is a word bank (with the countries listed as well). Consider having each child give this to his or her mother when they are finished!
Students recognize that printed material provides information. In this Chinese language lesson, students identify Chinese characters and symbols using a set of folding cards that have pictures, characters and words. Students listen orally to In the Leaves by Huy Voun Lee.
Miley Cyrus' "Driveway" provides young lyricists with an opportunity to identify figurative language in songs. After a guided practice exercise, individuals use the provided worksheets to find examples in the song and to add images to more literal lines. They then apply what they have learned to their own lyrics. The fifth in a series of nine lessons that build on one another.
Examine figurative language through the words of Ursula K. Le Guin in her novel A Wizard of Earthsea. The fifth lesson in a series of ten, the steps listed here ask pupils to go back into the text and find a striking sentence to analyze for figurative language. They then compose a paragraph in the style of Le Guin. Samples of figurative language are provided as are sample topics for the writing portion.
Support third graders with developing their language skills using this Common Core checklist. With each standard written as an I can statement, children are given clear learning goals to work toward throughout the year.
- Display an enlarged copy of the checklist in the classroom, serving to focus learners on specific objectives during language arts lessons
- Pass out individual copies of the checklist for learners to keep with their language arts materials, allowing them to monitor their growth as the school year progresses
Lead your class through the Common Core standards for language with a checklist made up of "I Can" statements. The standards have been simplified slightly to help forth graders better understand the content, but you will most likely need to still walk them through each one.
- Hand out copies of the checklist at the beginning of the year and have individuals check off mastered skills at the end of each unit
- Post a large version or create a class version to project and use the list to guide instruction and encourage reflection
- Go through the list as a class the end of the year to show kids how much they've learned