Hello and thank you for looking at Ring in the New Year with Language Around the World! A Language Lesson Designed to Develop Problem Solving, Vocabulary in Context, Inferencing & Response to Auditory Processing Questions!
There are 10 short stories that the teacher will read aloud to students one at a time. I wrote these short stories based on information about countries that I researched. The students will then be required to respond to questions about the stories. The stories can be done all together or a few in a day. For each story, a question handout page is then provided. The set contains four distinct areas to develop linguistic competence. In the first box, the student will be required to respond to questions regarding the story. The second box is designed to develop vocabulary, specifically, to define vocabulary when given a context and provide a synonym and / or antonym to target words. The third box contains a variety of problem solving questions that your student can discuss with a friend or in the small group. The fourth box was created for the student to develop inferencing skills (my personal favorite!!)
The following countries’ New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day traditions are presented:
Story 1 – Brazil
Story 2 – Spain
Story 3 – South Africa
Story 4 – China
Story 5 – Australia
Story 6 – United States
Story 7 – France
Story 8 – Italy
Story 9 – Greece
Story 10 – Ireland
I created a response sheet for the students so you can print out a few color copies and have your students record their answers on sheet. That way, you will also be able to save paper / ink.
I designed the homework / follow up sheet for the students to review what they learned with a family member. I believe that this sort of follow-up is very important for retention and recall.
I completed this lesson with my students over several days before Winter Break. I print out the packet and do not have them write on them. I learned by completing this activity with my students that they LOVED learning about other cultures and their retention of the information was evident!
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