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Posted on May 21, 2015 in Excellent Elementary

Outdoor Games for Excellent Elementary Language Classes

The Great Outdoors

If your administrators permit, enjoy the great outdoors with your classes. Students come alive in the nice weather and they can show off their time with you this year.

Silly TPR. Leader your students in fun TPR requests. Older kids can become leader-callers too. It can be a work out!

TPR (total physical response) Directions Activities. Give partners a school destination. They have to give the directions in the Target Language to their partner, and then take turns giving the directions. Choose 1 or 2 students to lead the entire class to a place at school dictating target language directions.

Nature Walk. Sketch pads in hand, students draw and label the natural flora and fauna in the TL on campus. They can then create TL sentences or even descriptive paragraphs. Great for a presentational opportunity speaking too.

Geometry Scavenger Hunt. Rulers or measuring taps, pencil and paper, and go! Whip up a list of geometric shapes on campus and students are to find and measure them. Lead a class tally of the shapes and then a bar graph of their quantities in the TL.

Me and My Shadow!  Body parts, personal descriptions, and clothing review. Each group takes some light colored butcher paper and a pencil outside to a SUNNY AREA. Students trace the shadow of a classmate on to the butcher paper. Come back inside and the students draw, label, and color the body parts, personal descriptions and the clothing. Sentences and paragraphs can be written too.

Target Culture Picnic. My students love our spring Mexican Picnic. Stage a simple Target Culture Picnic with your classes. Student volunteers bring in the food, drink, supplies, and game equipment. A great reward for hard work or a contest.

***Indoor Target Language Smoothies. This has been a hit for years. Use or create a Gouin Series on making a fruit smoothie that you will then enact on smoothie day. Student volunteers bring in ingredients or items; don’t forget blenders! Here is my Spanish Licuados Lesson.

Summer Experiences

Spanish Teachers - Take kids to Mexico City without leaving your hometown!

Immerse children in an imaginative “staycation” of language and cultural fun!

This packet includes everything you need to plan a week-long Spanish summer day camp or a 6-8 week after school enrichment class. Passport to Spanish Fun:  Mexico City Marvels has every organizer, printable, and form you need: schedules, passports, boarding passes, and a postcard.

French Teachers – be sure to check out Passport to French Fun Summer Camp and After School Enrichment Program Guide.

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