ALEX Learning Activity

  

Real Estate Group Presentation - Phase 1

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Laura Buder
System:Vestavia Hills City
School:Vestavia Hills High School
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 2002
Title:
Real Estate Group Presentation - Phase 1
Digital Tool/Resource:
Immobilien Scout (German example)
Web Address – URL:
Overview:

Students will choose a real estate property for rent or sale in a target language-speaking city to research. After choosing a property, students will record information that they can understand from the website, such as price, size, number of rooms, year of construction, date of availability, location, and special features. Students will be using the interpretive mode of communication, as well as strengthening their understanding of products and practices of the culture.

This activity was created as a result of the World Languages COS Resource Development Summit.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
World Languages
WLAN (2017)
Grade: 7-12
Level I
2) Interpret what is heard, read, or viewed on familiar topics using the present tense.

a. Identify main characters, themes, and ideas from narrative text.

b. Recognize words, phrases and simple sentences in an informational text.

c. Interpret visual and auditory cues.

Unpacked Content
Goals:
Communication
Modes Of Communication:
Interpretive Mode
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Novice Mid Level
Students:
  • understand a few courtesy phrases when spoken.
  • recognize and sometimes understand basic information in words and phrases that they have memorized. recognize and sometimes understand words and phrases that they have learned for specific purposes. recognize words, phrases, and characters with the help of visuals. recognize words, phrases, and characters when they associate them with things they already know.

Novice High Level
Students:
  • sometimes understand written and oral simple questions or statements on familiar topics.
  • understand simple written and oral information when presented with pictures and graphs. sometimes understand the main topic of conversations that they overhear. sometimes understand the main idea of published materials. understand simple everyday notices in public places on topics that are familiar to them.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • how to recognize the difference between a question and a statement.
  • how to identify who is speaking.
  • how to identify who is being spoken to.
  • how to recognize the topic being discussed.
  • how to rely on pictures, graphs, or charts to aid in comprehension.
Skills:
Students are able to:
Novice Mid Level
  • identify the key idea presented by a speaker or published work on a familiar topic.
  • differentiate between questions and statements.
  • gather basic information from graphs, charts and pictures.
  • rely on background knowledge to aid in comprehension of difficult or new words.
  • recognize characters and punctuation marks that are unique to the target language.
Novice High Level students are able to:
  • identify the key idea presented by a speaker or published work on a familiar topic.
  • differentiate between questions and statements.
  • gather basic information from graphs, charts and pictures.
  • rely on background knowledge to aid in comprehension of difficult or new words.
  • recognize characters and punctuation marks that are unique to the target language.
  • locate places on a map.
  • identify purpose of a brochure/advertisement.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
Novice Mid Level
  • effective communication requires knowing how when and why to say what to whom.
  • the purpose of language study is to communicate so one can understand others and be understood.
  • other understandings will depend on the theme being taught.
Students understand that:
Novice High Level
  • effective communication requires knowing how when and why to say what to whom.
  • the purpose of language study is to communicate so one can understand others and be understood.
  • other understandings will depend on the theme being taught.
World Languages
WLAN (2017)
Grade: 7-12
Level I
5) Identify products of the target cultures.

a. Recognize arts, crafts or graphic representations of the target culture.

b. Identify the cultural elements found in music and short video clips.

c. Listen to, read, and identify the products from the target culture.

Unpacked Content
Goals:
Culture
Modes Of Communication:
presentational
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • identify tangible products unique to the target culture.
  • list key cultural products such as paintings, songs, and dances.
  • recognize cultural products referenced in audio and written the target language recources.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • the tangible products that are important to their life and culture.
  • the tangible products that are important to the target language life and culture.
Skills:
Students are able to:
Novice Mid Level
  • list common target language cultural products such as paintings, songs, and foods.
  • watch video clips or music videos and identify cultural products.
  • describe basic craft products from target language countries.
Novice High Level
Students are able to:
  • list common target language cultural products such as paintings, songs, and foods.
  • watch video clips or music videos and identify cultural products.
  • describe basic craft products from target language countries.
  • investigate the relationship between cultural products and perspectives.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • an ability to communicate in another language fosters a better.
  • understanding of my own language and culture.
  • custom and tradition vary within a culture, as well as between cultures.
  • other understandings will vary according to theme being taught.
World Languages
WLAN (2017)
Grade: 7-12
Level I
6) Connect with other disciplines while using the target language.

a. Use math skills to convert English measurements to metric system and to convert currencies.

b. Locate cities, states, and countries where the target language is spoken.

c. Describe weather in different locations around the world.

Unpacked Content
Goals:
Connections
Modes Of Communication:
interpretive
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • identify the target language speaking countries and capitals on a map.
  • use exchange rates to calculate prices within the target language culture.
  • identify geographical influences on weather patterns in the target language countries.
  • use the metric system to identify measurements within tht the target language culture.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • the importance the metric system plays in measurements throughout the world.
  • that weather patterns are dependant on geographical locations.
  • currency changes from country to country and exchange rates are variable
  • where the target language is spoken.
Skills:
Students are able to:
Novice Mid Level
  • use map skills to identify countries and geographical features around the world.
  • identify resources needed to calculate exchange rates and measurments.
Novice High Level
Students are able to:
  • use map skills to identify countries and geographical features around the world.
  • identify resources needed to calculate exchange rates and measurments.
  • investigate other disciplines using the target language language.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • proficiency in a foreign language is a vehicle to gaining knowledge that can only be acquired through that language and its culture.
  • world language learning offers opportunities to uncover big ideas in and about other disciplines.
  • strategies used to acquire a language are transferable to other areas of learning throughout life.
  • a second language facilitates the acquisition of information about the world outside our experiences.
Learning Objectives:

*Students can read and interpret words, phrases, and simple sentences in an informational text about housing, such as online advertisements for a house or apartment.

*Students can interpret visual and auditory cues to navigate a website about housing.

*Students can locate target culture cities where properties are located.

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Phase:
Before/Engage
Activity:

Real Estate Webquest

*The students will work in a group of 3 or 4 students. They will first go the target-language real estate website and choose a furnished real estate property for rent or sale in a target language speaking city. The teacher may choose to provide a list of preselected furnished properties for students to choose from or give the students time to find one themselves.

*After choosing a property, students will then complete a graphic organizer recording information that they can understand from the website, such as price, size, number of rooms, year of construction, date of availability, location, and special features.

*Students will also view pictures of the various rooms and areas in the apartment or house and each group member will select a room to describe. Students will write out simple sentences describing the room, its size and style, and at least 4 furniture items.

Assessment Strategies:

*Informally assess if the students are able to identify the required information about their property in the target language, using context clues, inference, and prior learned vocabulary by checking for completion of the graphic organizer.  

*Informally assess if the students are able to write simple descriptive sentences about the room by checking for completion of the sentences.


Advanced Preparation:

Teachers should:

*view all 3 phases of this lesson. Phase 2, Phase 3  

*familiarize themselves with the real estate website they choose to use.

*pick out several furnished apartments, condos, or houses that the students can choose from, copy the links to each and also print the page to a PDF in case the property is sold or rented.

*choose optimal student groups.

*create the research graphic organizer for students to fill in with information about their property.

*print or post the directions and links for students to use.

Variation Tips (optional):

*Teachers without access to student devices for the webquest may choose to simply print out PDFs of a variety of properties for sale or rent for students to “shop” around.

Notes or Recommendations (optional):
 
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