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Spanish-English Cognates in the ELL Classroom: Friends or Foes?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Define the meaning of a cognate and use the concept to help Spanish-speaking ELLs connect their first language to English. Middle schoolers explore Latin roots to find cognates in both languages. They relate the Spanish and English word...
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English/Spanish Cognates: Food

For Teachers 4th - 9th
Everyone loves food! Help your English language learners pick up some vocabulary with a series of activities based around cognates and food. Pupils practice each word and focus on the words in-depth by filling out Frayer model...
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Spanish and English Cognates

For Students 8th - 9th
Discover Spanish cognates. Your learners don't even have to know what common cognates are, to be able to identify the ones used here. First, have them read the Spanish sentence provided. They then choose the correct translation from a...
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English Cognates in Various Indo-European Languages

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Studying the history, influences, and cognates of the English language, this presentation provides students in linguistics and language classes with several charts of information on cognates from languages around the world. The slideshow...
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Cognate Detectives

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders examine how some root words are the same in English and Spanish. They explore cognates in Spanish and English language.
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Mangeons a Paris!

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students explore vocabulary pertaining to food and restaurants. They read an ad for restaurants and discuss the information they expect to find. They research the Internet and locate cognates to examine the meaning in context.
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Smart Solutions: English Language Development Lessons (Theme 6)

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Smart Solutions is the theme of a unit created to meet the needs of English language earners. Through a series of lessons, scholars follow a routine—move, speak, and listen— to cover topics including stores, shops, celebrations, pets,...
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How Languages Evolve

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Do all languages have a common ancestor? Although no one yet knows the answer to that big question, the narrator of this short, animated video explains how linguists use migration patterns, geological features, and word clues to...
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Reading the French Newspaper Le Figaro

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Young scholars guess the meanings of many unfamiliar French words because of their similarity to English words. They read an article from Le Figaro or another French-language newspaper with cognates underlined to guess the meanings.
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Musical Vocabulary

For Students 5th - 7th
A large Christmas tree covered in words from around the world adorns this lesson plan. Pupils hunt through the list of Christmas words from around the world and circle the musical vocabulary words hidden among them. A fun activity that...
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Family Pictures (Cuadros de Familia)

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Designed to be spread across multiple days, this mini-unit gives learners an opportunity to develop family related vocabulary. Start by reading selected pages from "Family Pictures-Cuadros de familia" by Carmen Lomas Garza, and then...
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Intro to Psychology

For Students 9th - 12th
Here's an introduction to a 13-part course on psychology, which the narrator defines as, "the science of behavior and mental processes." In the overview to the course, the narrator traces the development of this integrated science from...
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Deportes en Espana

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders use the internet to research sports in Spain. Using the information they gather, they identify cognates and use them to guess the meanings of words they are unsure of. They use a news article to illustrate on their...
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Exploring the Brasseries of Paris

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars read and comprehend materials written for French native speakers; use cognates and contextual visual clues to derive meaning from texts that contain unfamiliar words, expressions, and structures; identify subtleties of...
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Family Pictures

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Pupils discuss family composition and traditions. After reading Family Pictures, students identify key vocabulary and cognates. Working in pairs, pupils discuss the people who compose their family and some traditions that are unique to...
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Google Translate

For Students 1st - 12th
Not sure how to translate a word, phrase, or paragraph? No worries. Simply paste in, type, or dictate your text, select the initial and desired language, and up pops your translation. Better yet, the app will read the text to you in most...
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Water and Solutions - for Dirty Laundry

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The Earth is over 70% water and so are our bodies. What makes water so special? Learn about water and its properties as it relates to solutions, dilutions, electrolytes, and molarity.
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Cosas De La Escuela (School Supplies and Subjects)

For Students K - 8th
¿Estás listo para la escuela? Check your mochila for the materials you'll need for school with an engaging Spanish video that details a variety of school supplies and their purposes. Additionally, the video describes las clases de mate,...
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Que Es?

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders use the Spanish-English dictionaries to translate familiar items into Spanish, recognize cognates and difference between word sounds in English and Spanish.
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What To Wear?

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
¿Quíen tiene la camiseta? Here's a fun, interactive activity using real pieces of clothing to teach and review new vocabulary. Get all of your young learners participating with this one!
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A Discourse on the History of Language

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Analyze and make inferences from the information used by linguists to construct the evolution of languages. They research different dating techniques to explain how scientists infer age with evidence.
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Visiting Tokyo Disneyland

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Learners plan a trip to Disneyland in Tokyo. They read the read the research website in Japanese and create a poster in katakana.
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English Lesson to Prepare for UIL Spelling and Vocabulary Contest

For Students 4th - 9th
"i before e. . ."  Spelling is easier if kids know the eight basic spelling rules  contained in this resource packet.
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Eng 312: Midsemester Exam

For Teachers Higher Ed
Using the text Language Awareness by Eschholz, Rosa and Clark, as well as previous lectures from the class, this slideshow presents students with a midterm addressing key terms and concepts. While teachers might have a hard time using...

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