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Friday, 29 June 2018

Task Cards- basic present tense

Let's get them Speaking or Writing

This activity is a short writing or speaking task. 
You can ask them do do one two or three sentences. ( I give them 3 cards)
You can ask them to write a whole story. 

Made using Flaticon icons (from my various previous units on food, sports and celebrations, remember to make folders of those it is a lot quicker to produce materials then) and Canva with a grid template.

This one was a review of present tense, some cards have a (?) symbol I am thinking of adding a (-) to ask them to use negative too.

Writing a story is difficult but at the end of the year some of my kids could do it with a good bit of filler. 


Thursday, 28 June 2018

7th Grade Spanish- Celebraciones y Festejos- Board game

In the early stages of teaching the student vocabulary there are lots of games we can play. 
Centering the student on giving them independence with the words and memorization of the words is important. This board game worked really well. I made two sides ( another two level game such as the domino game although this one does not involve scissors ! ) the first side just to practice the day or the date for the festival, short answer response, the other side to practice what the student do that day so they need to say the day and one or two activities they do that day. By laminating the two together I save space and can reuse them. 

I used Canva to make the board game and Flaticon to find the various celebrations.

Next year I'll be teaching French celebrations so I will be creating a new one of those for the French class as they too enjoy board games.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Teaching comparisons- the wheel of comparing

Teaching comparisons and getting it to stick

This year was all about creative activities for the class and with this one I scored big points.
The students got their hands full with making the wheels and also they were staying in the TL doing some much needed writing.
We learn comparisons with clothing in Spanish and with vacation in French so today I'm showing your the Spanish example, which is basically a blank example.

After constructing the wheel, the students have to fill it in with vocabulary from the lesson.

As homework you could give them a task to write a list of adjectives and clothing linked to the topics. 
So the wheel is constructed with three parts: 
-the smaller wheel does not get filled in it has the comparing symbols (+-=)
-the medium wheel is the adjectives in the masculine form better again if they put the irregular ones! ( the students have to write the adjectives on the outside)

-the big wheel is for the clothing and for differentiation purposes they can put the demonstratives or article or not (again the student write on the outside)

The great thing to teach comparisons is you can do it with a lot of topics and I try to get the kids to understand that it is not because we learn to use them with clothing that they should stop there so they also write examples with food and transports for example. 
I also use a table with an example at the top and they have to spin their wheel as often as needed to get various examples of comparisons to fill in the table. 

The table helps dramatically those with short attention span. With additional arrows linking demonstrative and adjectives or noun and verb, students have been more consistent too. 

Finished product: