No prior knowledge of the Russian language or Russian alphabet required!
When students learn about Russia, they are fascinated by the Cyrillic alphabet. It looks so exotic. In this activity, you will give them a simple table of the Russian alphabet to sound out some words and translate them to English. All of the words are cognates, so they sound similar in Russian and English. There are 50 words to translate. Students have fun "decoding" the words and get a little bit of immersion into the Russian world.
I use this in my World Studies class during the chapter on Russia. In addition to teaching social studies and other subjects, I am certified to teach Russian as a foreign language. In my classes, I let the students work with a partner and see how many of the words they can translate in a certain amount of time. They really get excited about the competition.
This could also be used as a bellringer, an enrichment activity, or an extra credit opportunity, and I'm sure many other uses as well.
The file includes:
- A brief introduction
- A version of the student worksheet with accent marks added to the words
- A version of the student worksheet without the added accents
- A key that includes the English translations as well as a phonetic pronunciation of each word for the teacher's reference.