Class theme/topics discussed:

How did you pick this theme or topic?
I wanted to try new activities for conversation class.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Handouts with pictures, props.

How did students react?
They enjoyed the class.
Did they engage with each other and you?

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Please attach a copy.
Lesson 8_Sept 23

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Why or why not?
Activities are fun, which allows to get students motivated and encourage conversation.

Advanced Russian
Lesson 8
September 23, 2010

1. Story Bag Activity

Students get each a bag with five random objects in it. Objects have no relation to each other. The task is to make up a story (ORALLY!) that includes all objects.

2. Strange Inventions

Students are given pictures of Heath Robinson and Rube Goldberg’s inventions and are asked to pick up one and describe the device/ mechanism and how it functions.
Lesson 8_Sept 23

Then they have to decide on the winner in the nomination for usefulness and for creativity.

Students are asked to design their own device – draw it and explain its functions.

3. Discussion:

If you could use only one device of these three (telephone, computer, car) for the rest of your life, what would you choose? Why?

What device/ invention is the most important in your life?

How have technologies affected our lives? (for example, cell phones?)