Sidewalk Chalk for New Vocabulary
I thought it might be fun for me and my students to play with sidewalk chalk this week. After all, I'm 43 and I still like playing with sidewalk chalk, so I figured high school students haven't grown out of it either.
I wasn't wrong! They really enjoyed the activity and my other classes came in commenting on the pictures they saw.
Plus, the assignment was both easy to prep and easy to run.
I put the following instructions on the board along with a list of new vocabulary words:
In small groups of your choice (up to five students), write a sentence using as many of new vocabulary words you can. You can also include other vocabulary words that we have used in Latin I and Latin II in your sentence.
Aside from being fun, the best part of this activity is the free advertising it gives your program! Other students in your school are sure to notice Latin sentences and stick figure art around campus, especially in fun chalk colors.
So, low prep, in-context vocabulary practice, repetitions from reading other students' sentences, fun with sidewalk chalk, AND free advertising? This activity is all wins!
8/18/2022 04:08:53 pm
Thanks for the fun idea! About how much time did you spend in each chunk, do you think?
8/31/2022 10:26:58 am
I think composing and writing took around 30ish minutes, so I did it paired with more practice using Blooket. Choosing one to respond to and writing a response took around 20 minutes. You could perhaps do both in the same class period but I wanted to spread them out a bit for some variety.
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