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Back to School FL Activities

Back to School FL Activities

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Fellow FL teachers, What are your favorite back-to-school activities? What kind of get-to-know you activities do your students enjoy the most? Do you use learning styles inventories or interest inventories for your students? In preparation for school(I start in about 2 weeks), I thought this might be a good time to start brainstorming. Even if you are still in the middle of your vacation, please take a few minutes to help the rest of us out! Also, check out this great learning styles inventory created by Foreign Language House. http://foreignlanguagehouse.com/2010/07/learning-style-inventory-get-to-... Saludos, Elvira

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Emily Rogers's picture

Bonjour! I'm thinking of having each of my advanced French students make a Powerpoint with pictures and commentary in French on activities they did over the summer. Those who have digital pictures from their summer activities could use 6-7 with a sentence or two underneath in French describing each picture to present to the class the 2nd week of school. Those who don't have pictures could use online clip-art.

Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.'s picture
Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.
2nd-6th Gifted/Talented Teacher

[quote]Bonjour! I'm thinking of having each of my advanced French students make a Powerpoint with pictures and commentary in French on activities they did over the summer. Those who have digital pictures from their summer activities could use 6-7 with a sentence or two underneath in French describing each picture to present to the class the 2nd week of school. Those who don't have pictures could use online clip-art.[/quote]

Emily,

I love how your project idea puts language in context. For your less advanced learners you could also use animoto.com to create slide shows. The thing with this site is that you have a limit in how many characters you can include on your slides, which makes it ideal for beginning learners. Thanks for sharing!

Elvira

Jerome Lee's picture

Elvira I am interested in that grid. How does it look? How long does it take to complete? Do the students get bored after 5-8 minutes?

Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.'s picture
Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.
2nd-6th Gifted/Talented Teacher

[quote]Elvira I am interested in that grid. How does it look? How long does it take to complete? Do the students get bored after 5-8 minutes?[/quote]

Hi Jerome,

I keep my grid simple so my students do not get bored. Plus I give them no more than 10 minutes to complete it. Basically, I have modified a template I found online and inserted my own statements. I included statements like these:

1. I have eaten at a Mexican restaurant (NOT Taco Bell!)
2. I can name 3 animals in Spanish.
3. I can name one interesting fact about Argentina.
4. I can sing a song in Spanish.

One cool thing about my grid is that students get a certain number of points for each statement. The harder the statement is to complete, the more points, students get. If you would like me to send you a copy of it, you can send me your email in a direct message.

I hope this helps,

Elvira

Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.'s picture
Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.
2nd-6th Gifted/Talented Teacher

[quote]Elvira, I would also be interested in having a copy of this grid.[/quote]

Bonnie,

Sure- just send me your email in a direct message and I'll send it to you. For anyone else interested in it, go ahead and do the same.

Saludos,

Elvira

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Suzanne Williams
Technology Specialist at South Mckeel Academy in Central Florida

Good Day, I teach technology to grades k-4, and last year I showed my students this short video about 21st century learners for a first day activity:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7KMM387HNQk

All my classes loved it and watched it over and over again through out the year. We also had some great discussions about going "above and beyond." If you watch it and have any post-viewing activity ideas, please share.

One activity idea i had (got from Tammy Worcester) was to have students post words and phrases that describe a 21st century learner on a Google Form. I would have the spreadsheet open on the Smartboard as they entered their data, so they could see their ideas in real time. Then I would copy and paste their ideas into a Wordle.

Don Doehla, MA, NBCT's picture
Don Doehla, MA, NBCT
Co-Director Berkeley WL Project at UC Berkeley Language Center
Facilitator 2014

Hello Suzanne,

I have used this same video, Above and Beyond, from FableVision in Boston, many times, especially in teacher workshops I have presented on Project-based learning. It is a great way to help introduce the value of collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication skills for a 21st Century classroom! Thanks for sharing. Who else has some great ideas to share for the opening of school this year? Does anyone have a great video about World Languages in particular? What do you have the students do with the activity? How can we leverage this type of input to set the stage for the year? I would love to hear your ideas!

Best wishes,

Don

Catherine Ousselin's picture
Catherine Ousselin
High School French teacher, Technology Coach, Social Media Manager for the AATF

Would you consider replacing/enhancing the PowerPoint platform with a Web 2.0 Digital Storytelling Tool or App? Your students could share their summer stories through a wide variety of media and you would help develop their Digital competences through languages. World Language teachers are in the forefront of integrating technology with a purpose. Bonne chance!
http://catherine-ousselin.org/presentation.htm
http://catherine-ousselin.org/apps.html#storytelling

Lynn Chiodo's picture
Lynn Chiodo
High school French & Spanish teacher 9-12 from florida

Catherine,
Your links are invaluable ! This was exactly what I have been looking for,
Merci, mille fois!!!!!
Lynn

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