May 9, 2012 by Kara
Today was a day that I saw great progress with the students so I will share this lesson plan.
The goal was I can describe school lunches. I gave them copies of the monthly school cafeteria menu which has breakfast and lunch, but we only focused on lunch for today. I was glad to see they were interested in talking about lunch.
Next I described a menu for a day in the target language focusing on reusing “on Tuesday”,” “For lunch,” “there is” and “and/or/with/of.” They guessed which date I was describing. You can use dry erase boards if you want.
Next they were in small groups with a bucket of Jenga blocks with numbers 1-31. You could use any set of numbers. Each student took a turn. They drew a number, looked at the menu for that date, and described as much as they could in the target language. If they drew a non-school day, they just drew again. I gave them key phrases like “For lunch” to help them make beautiful sentences. I was happy to have them ask me how to say what they needed but didn’t know. We talked about simplifying (say “chicken sandwich” instead of “breaded chicken patty”).
Afterwards, I gave them a practice assessment where they could use notes. They were very confident and eager to add more details like “there is always pizza on Tuesdays” and “there is salad and rolls every day.” Finally they were expressing what they really wanted to say. That’s what we want them to do!