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- Leisa B., Teacher
- Newark, NJ
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Ninth graders explore Spanish words and tourism in Mexico. In this Spanish language lesson, 9th graders complete vocabulary exercises and then complete an online test. Students perform skits using their Spanish vocabulary words. Students research the impact of tourism on the Mexican economy and write a two page compositions about the topic.
Learners practice assessing the names of nine farm animals (la gallina, el gallo, el pollito, la oveja, el cerdo, el gato, el perro, el caballo, la vaca) and the sounds they make in Spanish. They interact with music, games and total physical responses within this lesson.
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."
Learners read and are read various poems in their native language of Spanish. In groups or individually, they translate the poems into English and practice speaking English by reading them to the class. They answer comprehension questions for each poem to end the lesson.
Sixth graders discuss the idea of separation in today's society. In groups, they examine the laws used in the past with a focus on "separate, but equal". They review the Brown v. Board of Education case and determine if it caused or solved more problems. To end the lesson, they examine the experiences of immigrants and how their language kept them separate from the population as well.
Learners examine the experience by immigrants coming to America who are Spanish-speaking. As a class, they define "Gringo" and read poems whose authors first language is Spanish. In groups, they participate in different sections in which they must write or talk in English to share their responses.
Young scholars rehearse vocabulary used to describe body parts in Spanish. In this second language lesson, students gain exposure to words identifying body parts in the Spanish language. Activities include young scholars labeling the human figure with the correct body part, and playing a game of "Simon dice" (Simon Says).
Have your Spanish language learners compile a list of at least 20 words they currently know. After having a class discussion and having learners add words to their list, the teacher will guide them in dividing syllables. They take a Spanish word and decide where the stress marks would be. There's an easy guide provided here to help you!
Students determine the size and amount of materials needed to build a small snowball stand at their school. They use a design from Honduras that is written in Spanish. They must translate the directions and covert the measurements using a Spanish/English vocabulary transition list.
Ninth graders examine the Muslim Arab influences on Spanish history. After watching a video, they make three maps of Spain: one before the invasion of the Muslims, one during the 8th to 15th century and one map showing the country as it is today. They compare and contrast main beliefs, values and heroes on each side and discuss the cultural legacy left by the Muslims. They practice using the correct tense to show the sequence of events in Spanish.
Students are introduced to the spanish words for family members. Using the character Dora the Explorer, they define new vocabulary and practice pronouncing them. They sing a song in Spanish and compare and contrast the lives of families in Spanish speaking countries with America.
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
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.
Teach your class about foreign language through transcribing lyrics. They will transcribe the lyrics of a song in a foreign language and use the lyrics to create a cloze activity as they listen and speak the language with their classmates. They will also have the opportunity to explore various music genres and be exposed to cultural differences. Links are included.