This is my attempt at legitimizing a fun activity that doesn't actually help students learn language. It works well for review, as a P.A.T. option, or for a sub plan activity. Download the editable form here. Post all of the target terms from the course on the board (in the target language). (Alternatively, you could … Continue reading BINGO!
One of the most important steps to storyasking, that I neglected for a long time, is introducing the vocabulary--as in spending time introducing it, not just giving students a list. As I focus on this step of the process this year, I am already noticing gains in comprehension by students that struggled through much of … Continue reading Introducing Vocabulary
When introducing new vocabulary for a story, it is very important to establish a gesture for each term. Often, I come up with a gesture and teach it to my class. For more difficult terms or for "fun" terms, I ask students to create a gesture. This week, the second strategy was immensely successful with … Continue reading Gestures
This is a super effective note-taking strategy developed by one of my favorite universities of all time! (I grew up on a dairy farm, and Cornell--home of the top ag program in the nation--is just over an hour from our farm. My grandfather, parents, many uncles, and two of my brothers have all graduated from … Continue reading Cornell Notes
Another four-square worksheet to explore vocabulary words. This is a good worksheet to leave for emergency sub plans 🙂 !! I recommend copying it front to back so that each student explores two words (1/4 sheets), four words (1/2 sheets) or eight words (if you give them the full sheet of paper). This is another … Continue reading Four Square Vocabulary
This is a game that I learned from my sister back in college! It is super fun to play with friends and works well in the language classroom as a PAT game; just make sure that you play with students that have enough language for Round 1. First, divide the players into two teams … Continue reading Ensalada