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Using Student Created Artwork to Reach Beyond the Walls of the Classroom

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Bethany Powell
System:Madison City
School:Mill Creek Elementary School
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 2106
Title:
Using Student Created Artwork to Reach Beyond the Walls of the Classroom
Digital Tool/Resource:
 
Web Address – URL:
Not Applicable
Overview:

Students will create culturally inspired artwork to be displayed in a local business. For example, students learning Spanish will create unique works of art inspired by the culture of Mexico to be displayed in Mexican restaurants in their community. Students will also learn simple vocabulary and useful phrases to be able to communicate in the target language when visiting Mexican restaurants. Throughout the lesson, the students will be exposed to cognates and “borrowed words” to help them begin comparing and contrasting the target language with the English language.

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: K-8
Novice Low Proficiency Range
6) Investigate, analyze, and reflect on similarities and differences between the target and native languages.

a. Identify cognates.

b. Differentiate formal and informal forms of language.

c. Compare sound systems of the native and target languages.

Unpacked Content
Goals:
Comparisons
Modes Of Communication:
interpersonal Mode
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
K-2
Students:
  • identify cognates.
  • recognize formal and informal language.
  • begin to notice similarities and differences in the target and native languages.

3-5
  • identify cognates.
  • recognize formal and informal language.
  • begin to notice similarities and differences in target and native languages.

6-8
Students:
  • compare pronunciation of different languages.
  • differentiate formal and informal forms of language.
  • recognize cognates.
  • discuss similarities and differences between the target and native languages.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
K-2
Students know:
  • what cognates are.

3-5
Students know:
  • what cognates are.
  • how to recognize formal and informal language.

6-8
Students know:
  • proper target language pronunciation.
  • how to recognize formal and informal language.
  • various tangible products.
Skills:
K-2
Students are able to:
  • recognize and use simple cognates.
  • recognize formal and informal language.
  • use formal and informal language.

3-5
Students are able to:
  • recognize and use simple cognates.
  • recognize formal and informal language.
  • use formal and informal language.

6-8
Students are able to:
  • recognize and use simple cognates.
  • recognize formal and informal language
  • use formal and informal language.
  • use proper pronunciation.
Understanding:
K-2
Students understand that:
  • by learning another language one can better understand how the native language works.
  • other understandings will depend on theme taught.

3-5
Students understand that:
  • by learning another language one can better understand how the native language works.
  • Other understanding will depend on theme taught.

6-8
Students understand that:
  • by learning another language one can better understand how the native language works.
  • other understandings will depend on theme being taught.
World Languages
WLAN (2017)
Grade: K-8
Novice Low Proficiency Range
7) Investigate, analyze, and reflect on similarities and differences between the target and native cultures.

a. Compare gestures used to greet family, friends, and acquaintances.

b. Compare and contrast tangible products of the native and target cultures.

Examples: Food, clothing, toys, and children's stories

c. Compare simple behavior patterns in the native and target cultures.

Unpacked Content
Goals:
Comparisons
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
K-2
Students:
  • compare gestures used in the home and target cultures.
  • compare and contrast tangible products (food, clothing, etc.).
  • compare behavior patterns of the home and target cultures.

3-5
Students:
  • compare and contrast gestures used in the home and target cultures.
  • compare and contrast tangible products (food, clothing, etc.).
  • compare and contrast behavior patterns of the home and target cultures.

6-8
Students:
  • compare gestures used in the home and target cultures.
  • compare and contrast tangible products (food, clothing, etc.).
  • compare behavior patterns of the home and target cultures.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
K-2
Students know:
  • what tangible products are associated with target and native cultures.

3-5
Students know:
  • what tangible products are associated with target and native cultures.

6-8
Students know:
  • what tangible products are associated with target and native cultures.
  • what intangible products are associated with target and native cultures.
Skills:
K-2
Students are able to:
  • recognize tangible products.
  • recognize culturally appropriate behaviors.

3-5
Students are able to:
  • recognize tangible products.
  • recognize intangible products.
  • recognize cultural practices of the target and native cultures.

6-8
Students are able to:
  • recognize tangible products.
  • recognize intangible products.
  • recognize cultural practices of the target and native cultures.
  • analyze cultural perspectives of the target and native cultures.
Understanding:
K-2 Students understand:
  • custom and tradition vary within a culture, as well as between cultures.
  • by studying another culture, one can better understand and appreciate their own.
  • other understanding will depend on theme being taught.

3-5
Students understand that:
  • custom and tradition vary within a culture, as well as between cultures.
  • by studying another culture, one can better understand and appreciate their own.
  • other understanding will depend on theme being taught.

6-8
Students understand that:
  • custom and tradition vary within a culture, as well as between cultures.
  • by studying another culture, one can better understand and appreciate their own.
  • other understanding will depend on theme being taught.
World Languages
WLAN (2017)
Grade: K-8
Novice Low Proficiency Range
8) Acquire the ability to interact in the target culture beyond the classroom and set goals for life- long learning.

Examples: Foster a student-centered learning process by creating can-do statements with the help of their teachers.
Collect evidence to demonstrate achievement of goals such as self-assessment checklists, portfolios.
Perform for school or community celebrations.
Identify places in the community where the target language is used.
Listen to music and sing songs from the target culture.

Unpacked Content
Goals:
Communities
Modes Of Communication:
interperetive, presentation, interpersonal
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
K-2
Students:
  • recognize the use of the target language beyond the classroom.
  • understand that language learning is a lifetime process.

3-5
Students:
  • recognize the use of the target language beyond the classroom.
  • understand that language learning is a lifetime process.
  • set their own learning goals.

6-8
Students:
  • recognize the use of the target language beyond the classroom.
  • understand that language learning is a lifetime process.
  • set their own learning goals.
  • identify places in their community where the target language is spoken.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
K-2
Students know:
  • how to recognize cognates and borrowed words.
  • where the target language is spoken around the world.

3-5
Students know:
  • how to recognize cognates and borrowed words.
  • proficiency levels.
  • where the target language is spoken around the world.

6-8
Students know:
  • proficiency levels.
  • where the target language is spoken around the world.
  • where the target language is spoken in the community.
Skills:
K-2
Students are able to:
  • use cognates.
  • use borrowed words.
  • use background knowledge to aid comprehension.
  • use gestures and body language appropriately.
  • present information about themselves with one word or simple learned phrases.
  • sing songs in the target language.
  • label familiar words.

3-5
Students are able to:
  • use cognates.
  • use borrowed words.
  • use background knowledge to aid comprehension.
  • use gestures and body language appropriately.
  • present information about themselves with one word or simple learned phrases.
  • sing songs in the target language.
  • label familiar words.

6-8
Students are able to:
  • use cognates.
  • use borrowed words.
  • use background knowledge to aid comprehension.
  • use gestures and body language appropriately.
  • present information about themselves with one word or simple learned phrases.
  • sing songs in the target language.
  • label familiar words.
Understanding:
K-2
Students understand that:
  • the target language is used around the world every day in many different contexts.
  • the target language can help one better understand the world around them.
  • the study of world languages expands one's opportunities.
  • language is a tool to connect with the world.
  • other understandings will depend on theme being taught.

3-5
Students understand that:
  • the target language is used around the world every day in many different contexts.
  • the target language can help one better understand the world around them.
  • the study of world languages expands one's opportunities.
  • language is a tool to connect with the world.
  • other understandings will depend on theme being taught.

6-8
Students understand that:
  • the target language is used around the world every day in many different contexts.
  • the target language can help one better understand the world around them.
  • the study of world languages expands one's opportunities.
  • language is a tool to connect with the world.
  • other understandings will depend on theme being taught.
Learning Objectives:

Students can compare and contrast American food with Mexican food.

Students can recognize cognates.

Students can recognize words that have been “borrowed” from the target language (taco, quesadilla).

Students can orally communicate using simple vocabulary and useful phrases.

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Phase:
During/Explore/Explain
Activity:

The teacher will ask students what would they draw as a picture to represent Mexico. Make a list of answers. As a whole group, look at pictures of Mexican celebrations and Mexican restaurants on the internet to add to the list and to generate discussion. Talk about the different types of foods, the colors, the decorations, what people are wearing, and the music (musicians and dancing). Read books such as Build a Burrito: A Counting Book in English and Spanish by Denise Vega and Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto and Ed Martinez. Discuss cognates and borrowed words while compiling the list. Using the list that is created, the students and teacher can compare and contrast the things on the list to the things that are in the students' native culture. Next, students can draw and color a picture that represents the culture of Mexico. They can use ideas from the list that was generated by the class and images from the internet to guide their choices. The teacher will make arrangements to have artwork displayed in a local Mexican restaurant or display artwork at school for a student viewing. The artwork could be judged and prizes given for best artwork.

Assessment Strategies:

To assess the student's understanding of the objectives, determine if the student can orally compare and contrast foods using cognates and borrowed words.


Advanced Preparation:

Resources for Activity

Google Images

Build a Burrito: A Counting Book in English and Spanish by Denise Vega

Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto and Ed Martinez

Have students do communicative activities using  food vocabulary and “Yo quisiera…” (I would like). Students should then plan a future trip to a Mexican restaurant, and they could receive an incentive for ordering in Spanish.

Choose some Google images that would be appropriate for the age and level of students.

Reach out to local Mexican restaurants to see if they would be interested in displaying artwork and/or offering incentives for students that order in Spanish.

 

Variation Tips (optional):
 
Notes or Recommendations (optional):
 
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