Parts of the Body, English Template Novice Low
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Parts of the Body
In this activity, students will review and practice naming their body parts in (target language). They will also use the vocabulary they already know to give clues to their classmates to describe a body part. Students will practice asking and answering questions relating to the body and come up with solutions for illnesses.
body, doctor, patient, medicine
NCSSFL-ACTFL World Readiness Standards:
- Standard 1.1 Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
- Standard 1.2 Students understand and interpret spoken and written (target language) on a variety of topics.
- Standard 1.3 Students present information, concepts, and ideas in (target language) to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.
Idaho State World Language Standards:
- COMM 1.1 - Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions
- COMM 2.1 - Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
- COMM 3.1 - Present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media in the target language.
- CONN 1.2 - Relate information studied in other subjects to the target language and culture.
NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:
- I can identify and describe parts of the body.
- I can listen and understand commands.
- I can use clues to help others understand.
1. Begin by opening the Google Slideshow and introduce the Can-Do statements.
2. Start with the Head's Up cards in a deck, facing towards the middle of the table.
“Start with the Head's Up cards in a deck, facing towards the middle of the table.”
3. The students are going to play in a big group. One student will choose a card from the deck without looking. The student will put the card on their forehead so that the rest of the group can see.
"The students are going to play in a big group. One student is going to choose a card from the deck without looking. The student is going to put a card on their forehead so that the rest of the group can see.”
4. The rest of the group will give hints to the person who has the card on their forehead in only the target language without pointing or showing what part of the body it is.
“The rest of the group is going to give hints to the person who has the card on their forehead. You all will give the hints in the target language only and can't point to the part of the body it is. They can't show the part of the body, they can only give hints.”
5. All of the students will start with 10 points for the game.
“All of the students will start with 10 points for the game.”
6. If a students uses English, they lose a point.
“If a student uses English, they lose a point.”
7. If a student doesn't know what hint to give to the person guessing, they can pass their turn (maximum of 2 times) but they will lose a point for every time they pass
“If a student doesn't know a hint to give to the person guessing, they can pass their turn (maximum of 2 times) but they will lose a point for every time they pass.”
8. If the student who is guessing can't name the body part after everyone has given a hint and they don't have more hints, the student guessing can ask what the body part is. However, they will lose a point.
“If the student who is guessing can't name the body part after everyone has given a hint and they don't have more hints, the student guessing can ask what the body part is. However, they will lose a point.”
1. The students will be divided evenly into two groups. The doctors and the patients.
“You all will be divided evenly into two groups. The doctors and the patients.”
2. The patients will be given the Patient cards and the doctors the Doctor cards.
“The patients will be given the “Patient” cards and the doctors the “Doctor” cards.”
3. The doctors will use the guidelines in the card to ask and provide solutions for the patients. They will also use verbs to describe the solution.
“The doctors will use the guidelines in the card to ask and provide solutions for the patients. They will also use verbs to describe the solution.”
4. The patients will use the information from the cards to tell the doctor their problems, they will conjugate the verb to form a sentence. Additionally, the patients will use their adverbs to describe their symptoms.
“The patients will use the information from the cards to tell the doctor their problems, they will conjugate the verb to form a sentence. Additionally, the patients will use their adverbs to describe their symptoms.”
5. When they are finished, the students will switch sides. They should also use a different “Patient" card.
“When they are finished, the students will switch sides. They should also use a different “Patient” card.”
Extra Activity (if time permits)
1. Students will form a circle.
2. Students will follow "Simon"'s instructions. The students will start at the same time and will be eliminated from the circle if they do not follow Simon's instructions.
3. NOTE: Include some commands that don't say Simon says in order to throw off some participants.
Simon (doesn’t) say:
Touch your head
Lift your arms
Touch your heart
Touch your throat
Touch your ear
Lift your hand
Move your finger
Touch your back
Touch your stomach
Touch your foot
Touch your leg
Touch your knee
Touch your hair
Touch your nose
Touch your lips
Close your eyes
Open your mouth
Ask the following questions to finish the lab:
1. Have you broken a bone?
2. Do you have a talent, like tongue-twisting, or are you double-jointed?
End of lab:
• Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate their confidence.
(Use thumbs up/thumbs down or download our student cards.)
• Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
• Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future labs!
Relevant NCSSFL-ACTFL World Readiness Standards:
- I can identify and describe parts of the body.
- I can listen and understand commands.
- I can use clues to help others understand