March 9, 2017
My Spanish 1s are culminating a unit talking about food, healthy and unhealthy food and activity options. For a final project before their Common Assessment (which serves as the Post-Test in a Pre/Post-Test), they are to create a poster talking about what you should/shouldn’t eat and what kinds of things you should do to stay healthy. It turns out I have some very artistic students in my classes who turn out some amazing final products!
But I’m getting ahead of myself. The idea is laid out as part of our textbook that we use, Realidades. (This is one of the few things I actually use textbook materials for!) In the Guided Practice side of the workbook, a template is laid out for students to start their brainstorming using the following sentence starters
- Debes comer… [You should eat…]
- No debes comer mucho(a)… [You shouldn’t eat a lot of…]
- Debes beber… [You should drink…]
- No debes beber mucho(a)… [You shouldn’t drink a lot of…]
- Debes… [You should…]
Students make sure that the sentences are grammatically correct, lay out a rough draft on a piece of lined paper, and then–once approved by me–they may start on their final draft on a special piece of paper that I give them to make their poster. I include samples from previous years’ students so they can get an idea of how they can lay it out, what they can include, and ideas for how to include pictures even if they’re not super artistic (I tell them they can cut out pictures from magazines or use clipart found online). Their poster must be colored and I show them this rubric so they know what I’m expecting them to do.
As you can see, the results are awesome! I am constantly amazed with the hidden talents of my students! They are so creative and really get into it!
What are some of your favorite projects to do with your kids? I’d love to hear about them below!