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   Lesson Plans - Foreign Languages


  • ¿Que'Ttiempo Hace Allí? (Authored by Rosalind Mathews.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students complete a chart by using Spanish to obtain weather information on cities around the world and report their findings to the class using Spanish phrases. Students may convert temperature from Celsius to Fahrenheit and locate cities on wall map if available.

  • 101 Dalmations and Counting (Authored by Mary Montcalm.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students recognize and use numbers from 1-101 in Spanish or French when heard randomly and in context other than in the classroom. Students recognize cognates and basic vocabulary related to counting and topics in the classroom.

  • Analogies in Foreign Language Classes (Authored by Joanna Lowe.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students decipher and create analogies in the target language.

  • Attractive Adjectives (Authored by Amanda Yates.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language, Language Arts (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This ESOL lesson, that is part 3 of a unit, reviews nouns and verbs, then introduces adjectives. Students learn to identify and use adjectives in sentences, identify them in listening activities, and review all three in a commercial.

  • Body Parts (Authored by Mary Montcalm.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Using Total Physical Response strategies, students learn body parts in the target language (Spanish).

  • Cognate Detectives (Authored by Marta Encarnacion.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students will learn that there are words in English and Spanish that share the same root. These words are visibly and audibly very similar and have the same meaning. Students will become detectives exploring the many cognates in Spanish and English.

  • Community Quilt (Authored by Manuel Bustamante.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson helps build communication between students, teachers, administrators, and parents. This is a wonderful lesson to promote English language learning in a culturally sensitive and respectful manner.

  • Coping with Verbs (Authored by Amanda Yates.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language, Language Arts (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This ESOL lesson that is week 2 of a unit, gives a review of nouns, introduces verbs, helps students understand how verbs function in sentences, explains verb tenses, and gives visual/verbal/written practice with verbs.

  • De Colores (Authored by Maria Gyory.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students will be able to understand how some Spanish color words change their endings and how other color words remain the same, according to the nouns that they modify.

  • Dia de San Valentin (Authored by Amanda Yates.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students listen and repeat common phrases associated with Valentine's Day and create a Valentine for someone, using the Spanish phrases they learned.

  • Digan Queso (Authored by Mary Montcalm.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students recognize and respond to commands involving family members and prepositions specifying locations

  • Do They Play Sports in Costa Rica? (Authored by Katherine Williamson.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students use target language (Spanish) newspapers found on the Internet to compare/contrast sports found in Costa Rica and the United States.

  • Domus Romana: A Roman House (Authored by Pierce Taylor.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: A home can tell a lot about the people that live there. This lesson explores the typical elements of a wealthy Roman politician or businessman’s home and the types of activities that go on there.

  • El Cuarto Loco (Authored by Mary Montcalm.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students draw a complete house plan and then tell another student about a crazy room in their house, while the other student draws the room from the description.

  • El Joki Poki (The Hokey Pokey) (Authored by Amanda Yates.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn the Spanish words for prepositions and act them out as they sing and act out the motions to the song, “El Joki Poki” (The Hokey Pokey).

  • El Menu (Authored by Amanda Yates.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students make a menu (in Spanish) and present it to the class.

  • Give a Mouse a Cookie (Authored by Amanda Yates.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students listen to story and record progression of ideas onto a chart.

  • L'heure (Authored by Amy Jones.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson teaches students how to ask and tell the time of day and to relate the times of everyday school activities in the target language of French.

  • La Casa de Sus Sueños (Authored by Rosalind Mathews.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Using appropriate technology, students create a virtual tour of a house complete with a realtor's narration in the target language.

  • La Ensalada (The Salad) (Authored by Amanda Yates.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Each student makes a salad and presents his/her salad to the class (in the target language).

  • La Mochila (The Backpack) (Authored by Amanda Yates.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language, Foreign Language (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson introduces the students to the Spanish words associated with items that they carry in their backpacks.

  • La Ropa (The Clothing) (Authored by Amanda Yates.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson introduces "clothing" vocabulary. Students listen to vocabulary, practice words by labeling clothes, and recognize the Spanish words for clothing items.

  • Las Caras (The Faces) (Authored by Amanda Yates.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn about facial expressions by creating masks and talking about masks (in target language).

  • Las Frutas (The Fruits) (Authored by Amanda Yates.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language, Foreign Language (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students should be able to recognize the Spanish words for the fruits we study, when these words are spoken or written.

  • Las Problemas (The Problems) (Authored by Amanda Yates.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students will review math vocabulary in the target language and create math problems in the target language.

  • Los Colores (The Colors) (Authored by Amanda Yates.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The students associate an English word for a color with a Spanish word for a color.

  • Los Deportes (The Sports) (Authored by Amanda Yates.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn the Spanish words for sports. Then, they make vocabulary cards and test each other's comprehension.

  • Los Opuestos (Authored by Amanda Yates.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn the words in the target language Spanish for six pairs of opposite words. Students then demonstrate their comprehension by drawing a picture to illustrate each opposite and rewriting sentences containing the Spanish opposites.

  • More Body Parts (Authored by Mary Montcalm.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Using Total Physical Response strategies, students learn additional body parts in the target language (Spanish).

  • Neat Nouns (Authored by Amanda Yates.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language, Language Arts (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This week long lesson is part 1 of a unit that teaches ESOL students about grammar. Students construct sentences using nouns, recognize nouns in listening activities, identify nouns, and present nouns from a song to the class.

  • Pétanque: A Lawn Game (Authored by Susan Johansen.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This is a fun way for students to incorporate technology and outdoor activities to learn about an age-appropriate cultural activity. Students locate information about the origins and rules of play of the game "Pétanque" on the Internet. They then apply this information about a popular French game so that they can participate, for enjoyment, in a French leisure time activity.

  • Presentaciones (Authored by Amy Jones.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This activity is a great way for the teacher and the students to get to know one another on the first day of a new class. It also enables students to communicate with others that speak another language, specifically, Spanish.

  • Reflexives Rock (Authored by Joanna Lowe.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students describe and demonstrate their daily activities from a.m. to p.m. using gestures, actions and props in this TPR lesson. They sing the reflexive verb song, “Me acuesto a las diez,” incorporating their daily activities.

  • Ser y Estar (Authored by Maria Gyory.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students know the difference between using ser and estar correctly when they are able to describe physical characteristics of animals or people, and then describe feelings or state of mind using the correct verb.

  • Sondage: J’ai horreur des broccolis! A Survey of Food Preferences: I Hate Broccoli! (Authored by Susan Johansen.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is a fun way for students to see if they are able to comprehend oral messages using learned food vocabulary in French. Students listen to each other to participate in a contrived conversation in French to determine preferences for known food items.

  • Subjunctive Rules (Authored by Joanna Lowe.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students will create a list of rules, suggestions and recommendations in the target language on -How to be successful in class.- Students will appropriately use the present subjunctive forms of a variety of verbs.

  • The Roman Calendar: The Fabric of Our Time (Authored by Pierce Taylor.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: We look at a calendar every day, but most of us do not appreciate the origins of our calendar. Students will learn about the Roman origins and the evolution of our calendar.

  • Une Salle de Classe Ideale (Authored by Nancy Podrez.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This activity gives students a chance to actively learn classroom objects in the French language using TPR strategies. Although it was created for the French class, it can be adapted to most languages.

  • Verb Sheet (Authored by Susan Battle.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Given a blank template from the instructor, students will fill out the information on the conjugation of any tense of the verbs, and then write teacher-dictated sentences using these verbs.

  • Wanted Spanish Speakers! (Authored by Jennifer Russell.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Seeking employment? Create a classified ad to introduce students to the benefits of being able to communicate in another language, and the benefits of knowing another language in ones career

  • Welcome to My Neighborhood (Authored by Amanda Yates.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: In this lesson, students review common phrases and vocabulary words in the target language (Spanish). The students construct pictures or neighborhoods, then label people and objects with the phrases and words (in Spanish).

  • Which One is Forte and Which One is Piano? (Authored by Anissa Sanz.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language, Music (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In order to know if your students know the difference between forte (loud) and piano (soft), this is a good assessment lesson to do. The students have fun and are tested on what they have learned at the same time.

  • Who's Your 'Toon? (Authored by Cherie Collins.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This activity evaluates students' understanding of the placement and agreement of descriptive adjectives in Spanish by describing their favorite cartoon character. (It can be adapted for any target language.)

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