I have started my house unit with level 1. Another benefit that I have found with dropping the textbook is that I feel like I can integrate previous activities and units more. With the house unit, I wanted to integrate describing what they were seeing in a house with activities that they did in each room. One interesting conversation that we had as a result of this topic is to hear how many of my students can cook! Since they are in 9th grade (and I never cooked that young!), it was fun to discuss what my students could or could not cook. Here are some of the activities that we have used throughout this unit:
- On Friday, we did stations. For the reading activity, I used this article. (Remember to use Print Friendly to get rid of all of the extra material! I also deleted a few paragraphs that they didn’t need.) For the listening activity, I did the simplified version of this site. When I send it to students, I make sure to download it, so they don’t see the transcript.
- After that, this week, my students are putting together a short small group presentation on their house. My speaking activities are both based on ideas from Laura Sexton: her small group presentation and puedos. I put both here. The first page has some can do speaking statements and the presentation with the rubric is one the second page. To prepare, they also did a Flipgrid about different rooms in their house as well.
- I was trying to find a good “house tour” video for my level 1. They were all a little too detailed (15 minutes!) or the person spoke too fast. Then, I stumbled upon this video of a house tour of a Barbie house, so I made this EdPuzzle.
- Edited to add! I forgot to include my study guide for the interpretive reading assessment. While I don’t like to add my actual quiz, my quiz is very similar to this study guide. And here is the PDF: airbnb_es-2_Dormitorios_2_Duchas_Apartamento
Let me know your favorite resources/ideas for working with the house!