My new favorite learning experience for my 4th grade Spanish students is using the Adobe Voice app (#AdobeVoice if you're Twitter- good reads). It allows them to layer voice, photos, icons, typed words, backgrounds, themes and music to make a finished slide project. A way to make this learning rather than say groups working together and using what they already know (which is also valid) is to focus on a "Flipped Classroom" where they are given a theme and have to come up with ways to create a presentation. It could be as simple as your introducing a new topic by giving it to them and having them figure out how to introduce it in say three or four slides. You'd be surprised what they can do when in charge of(and collaborating on) a cool presentation. In fact, you can all watch it when done and it can be shared and sent home- a great way to share your classroom with families. I am planning to use this activity when I introduce Spanish Explorers to my fourth graders next week. Two to three 30-minute classes would dedicated to this project and I would give students a sense of how to use their time by the end of each class and a rubric could be used as well.
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I've used some of these games/ideas for teaching Spanish in kindergarten, and I imagine they would translate well for French.
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