Teach your students to identify and make statements about their local town and neighborhood with this one page .pdf of four simple, bilingual questions and responses. Students have the option to copy the model questions and responses as a note taking activity or to view on a document camera or smartboard for seat work practice with a map or images. In addition, there is a fifth question which requests a more detailed response, making this product an excellent review activity for the upper levels.
Utilize these questions and responses as a note taking activity and then allow your students to adapt them to your local region. Students have control to leave the questions as written and manipulate the context of the conversation by substituting an underlined word for their choice of vocabulary.
The conversations are written at a beginning level using short questions and responses with expressions that are mostly reactive in nature but allow the student to experience elements of a real conversation (Novice Level on the Foreign Language proficiency scale).
If you would like a comprehensive cities and towns glossary, please see my two page reference with over 150 thematic vocabulary; all related to conversations that you will have about the towns of the local area. The vocabulary has been prepared with terminology to allow the teacher flexibility in lesson preparation. Enhance the experience by pairing this activity with my places and locations images and expanded dialogue (links will be added soon).
Textbook dialogues often are connected only to the grammar of the chapter and do not have a variety of terms or flexibility with which to build and expand ideas. Textbook dialogues resemble rote memory exercises but, are not sufficient for adapting to student daily use. For this reason I developed my own thematic units and glossaries and let the students choose the vocabulary that had meaning beyond the textbook exercise.
Essential background knowledge:
- Masculine and Femenine nouns
- Definite Articles
Minor background knowledge:
- Indefinite articles
“Scaffolding" is the current terminology, however I like to refer to this educational strategy as "spiraling". The teacher provides the framework and examples of the activity and grammar and the students then reuse and recycle their prior knowledge while continually expanding with more complex structures and newer vocabulary. Students learn to take a more active role in their own learning and can be successful regardless of their skill level.
Thank you so much for returning to my store. With this product as well as all of Maestra Mapache's activities, you are receiving a multi-use product that will give you opportunity to reuse in new ways again and again.
Please see my other related resources below:
Sites and Places Bilingual Glossary
My town preposition practice worksheet 1
My town dialogue