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Learning a second language? Crayola® Markers add a FLASH (of color) to your bilingual cards.

  • Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Grade 4
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. People all over the world do the same things that you do every day. They use different words to describe these activities. If you’re learning another language, here is a colorful way to build your vocabulary with word games.
    2. Cut rectangular cards from file folders with Crayola Scissors. On each card, draw objects that you use or see every day with Crayola Washable Markers. Glue two cards back-to-back with a Crayola Glue Stick to make a two-sided picture card.
    3. Cut out smaller cards. Write the word for each picture in your language on one side of each card. Look up how to spell the same word in your second language and write it on the other side of the smaller card. Decorate the edges of your cards with lively borders.
    4. Invent your own ways to use these vocabulary study tools. To make a game, you could punch two holes in each two-sided card. Punch one hole in a corner of each of the word cards. Thread string through matching word and picture cards. Tie them together.
    5. Check your vocabulary! Add new cards as you learn new words.
  • Standards

    LA: Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate conversational, general academic, and domain specific words and phrases, including those that signal spatial and temporal relationships.

    LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

    LA: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

    VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: Italian Picture Word Book (Dover Children's Language Activity Books) by Hayward Cirker; Russian Picture Word Book: Learn Over 500 Commonly Used Russian Words Through Pictures (Dover Children's Language Activity Books) by Svetlana Rogers; Hippocrene Children's Illustrated Chinese (Mandarin) Dictionary: English-Chinese/Chinese-English published by Hippocrene Books.

    Encourage students to work in small groups when preparing their word cards. When completed, merge 2 groups and their cards. Challenge students to play a flash card game to learn the everyday terms and new vocabulary in the foreign language of choice. Consider having students work as a whole class prior to the game to compose rules for the game.

    Adjust the flash card game to focus on verbs, adjectives, phrases, and other parts of speech, in either the home language or the foreign language under study.


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