Language Resident Name: Aleksandra Bystrova
Class theme/topics discussed: Nature
Goal of the class:
- Students can use the Accusative Case to explain feelings (I hear, I see, I touch)
- Students can describe different landscapes
- Students can talk about natural disasters in Russia
- Students can list lessons of nature
How did you structure the class?
- Warm-up. Fill the form (10 mins)
This assignment should be done outside. Students are given a form with a chart: I see, I hear, I feel, I touch. They have to write a list of things in the correct case.
2.Activity 1. Your Perfect Landscape (10 min)
I show the students three typical landscapes in Russian and ask them to choose a landscape in which they would like to live. They should describe the reasons for their choice.
3.Activity 2. The most beautiful place in Russia (10 min)
I ask students to choose the most beautiful natural place in Russia and present it to the whole class, showing it on a map and describing why they chose it.
4.Activity 3. Nanna Heitman As Frozen Land Burns (10 min)
I show the students Nanna Heitman’s photo project about fires in Siberia and ask them to describe the photos. What do you see? Where do you think this is? How are people dealing with it?
Then, I provide students with the background of the problem and ask additional questions. Why do forest fires start? Are there forest fires in your area? What are the negative consequences of fires?
5.Activity 4: Монеточка — гори гори гори
6. Wrap-up. Lessons from Nature (10 min)
Think about the five lessons nature teaches us. What can we learn from nature? For example: Nature knows what is good for her
What worked well in this class? What did not work?
The class went well. Several of my students are very interested in nature, so it was especially helpful for them to learn new words related to nature and issues. The activity with the form helps a lot to practice the accusative case and also sets the students up for work because of the change of scenery.
How could this class be improved/ modified?
I recommend doing this class outside if possible. Then hands-on activities can be added.