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Here's a very well organized lesson plan on learning the terminology of ballet. Learn the names of some basic positions, and how to perform them. Learn the names, which happen to be in French, of basic movements in ballet. Not only are the words introduced, but so is how to actually do the movement or pose that the term refers to. Make sure to review how to pronounce the words correctly before saying them to the class.
Create a language mosaic to reveal the linguistic diversity in your community. Pupils interview a person with a home language other than English and contribute to a bulletin board display representing the variety of languages spoken. The activity is part of the 1996 Canadian Census Results Teacher’s Kit. A link to other activities and materials is provided. Although the background information and statistics are based on Canadian census data, the concepts could be applied to any country or area
O-si-yo! Did you know that Cherokee is the only Native American language that has its own written alphabet? Pairs consult a Dikaneiski, a Cherokee word list, craft sentences using the Cherokee alphabet, and share these sentences with the class. A pronunciation guide, alphabet, and answer key are provided.
How have inventions and events changed the English language? Learners create posters showing specific words and language changes that resulted from an event, discovery, or cultural change. The class develops their vocabulary by discussing technological and scientific events and their impact on the English language.
Using the poems "First Snow" by Ted Kooser and "Eating Alone" by Yi-Young Lee (or other suggested poems by Robert Frost or Sara Teasdale), middle schoolers search for examples of figurative language. Guide your learners by discussing what poetry is. Explore tone, imagery, and metaphor in the poems selected. A detailed plan is available if you click view under "Instructional Procedures."
This may be a short and simple lesson, but it is really quite important. Help your upper graders get ready for interviews, work place communication, and life. They role-play to see and show the differences between good and bad body language. The teacher models both then has the learners discuss why each "interview" style would be effective or not. They then role-play how one should carry themselves as they take directions in the workplace.
French language scholars examine French language websites to read about the weather for Francophone capital cities. They make weather predictions and compare them with actual weather reports. They design graphs of the mean temperature data and complete problem solving activities with Celsius/Fahrenheit temperature conversions. Finally, they present their finding to the class in a presentation.
A whole class read aloud of the story "Rapunzel" leads to a variety of related activities. Learners become familiar with the author and the title of the story. They also sequence the events in the story and discover the patterns of geometric shapes used in the illustrations.