Fan-n-Pick group discussion activity

I just got back from another Cooperative/Social Emotional Learning class session with tons of ideas from the brilliant minds of my colleagues. The course followed an intensive, full-day workshop with a trainer from Kagan Cooperative Learning, and it is run by the district Director of World Languages, and course credit is offered through University of…

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Literacy Night, Take 1

Our school is holding a “Literacy Night” on Friday evening. The goal of the evening is to provide fun, literacy-based enrichment activities for our students and their families. It will be running alongside our 6th Grade Orientation, which (as an Elective teacher) is my opportunity to recruit new students for my program. My challenge was…

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Communicative QAR

On my to-do list every day for the past three weeks has been to complete the next homework assignment for my Cooperative Learning/Social-Emotional Learning course. The class meets again on Saturday, so I’m running out of time to procrastinate! At the last class, we practiced several Kagan structures, including “One Stay, Two Stray” and “Inside-Outside…

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Story Elements Glove

Here is a fun idea that I learned at a ‘Stellar Strategies‘ workshop with Liz Warner several years ago here in Anchorage. It was a great workshop, and I walked away with many ready-to-use strategies for teaching vocabulary and language in general. THE STORY ELEMENTS GLOVE The Story Elements Glove was one easy-to-implement strategy that…

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Before and After

This is another activity that I use to review a story and get more repetitions. I have the students work in partners and use whiteboards to write down their answers, but you can do it however you want. First, give your students the vocabulary for “before” and “after” («antes de» and «después de» in Spanish), if…

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Emotions Analysis

This is a great activity to use in order to (1) get more reps and (2) give your students critical thinking practice. It works best as a whole-group/discussion activity as opposed to an assessment because the discussion is the most valuable component–that’s where students are honing their critical thinking skills. However, you could absolutely use…

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