I mentioned that we’re headed to the lab to do part of our quarter exams. We’re also prepping for a big contest. In the lab, the kids will come to me individually to tell a story based on one that we’ve told in class and do a listening test on line. Then the Russian 1 kids will take the story of “Bob” or “Bobbette” from our website, change it to be true (or false) about themselves in a word doc, then add it to a PowerPoint on our shared google docs site, and finally use it for a class presentation. This will make them take a lot of input from the site and play with it, but most of their input will be correctly spelled. I will be able to easily check and correct it, and then they will be able to present it to the class. I’m really excited about this and hope it will work as well as I want it to. I’ll have the speaking/writing taken care of, as well as listening/reading. It might not be as clear-cut as I’d like it to be, but the writing and reading will be motivated by a project that will then take them farther if they want it to do so.
Later…I LOVED the cut-and-paste exercise, especially for my level 1 kids! It worked out beautifully…they had to read the Bob/Bobbette stories in first person, figure out what needed changing, and they did it! It was really easy for me to correct, too, because I didn’t have huge chunks of misspelled stuff to re-write for them. (I don’t want the Power Points to have the wrong spelling of the basic words.) It was easy to see who understood what as well as how to give the A’s out: those were the kids who quickly made the changes in the text and then added stuff. For the next visit to the lab, we’ll be able to do the Power Points.