Thursday 12 June 2014

Cross District Pen-Pals (FSL)

My grade 11 FSL class is mostly boys (very hands on and high energy boys).  Last year, with the same group of students, I realized that textbook/workbook work did not work for them.  This year, one of the things I have been doing with them is activities with other local classes.

For example, there is a section in their textbook about body parts and another section about how to give commands.  I taught the students some commands and the body parts, and then told them to come up with 10 command instructions using said body parts.  For example, " draw a large head with 7 eyes"... "add a pig's nose" etc...  I then told the students to draw their instructions.....

Next, we sent the written instructions to Kathryn Stel's grade 10/11 class at Princess Margaret.  She handed out the instructions, and had the kids follow them....drawing their "monsters".

She then mailed them back to me and I gave the kids their original drawings, plus the Maggie students' drawings.  They compared how alike they were based on how good their instructions were.... I even gave a  little cookie prize to the most similar.

The kids loved the activity because they got to learn the vocab by doing something fun, and by engaging with another class.  They bugged me about the assignment for 2 weeks-right up until they got the replies because they were so excited!

Post courtesy of Lindsay Anderson


  1. LIndsay, I love this activity. A very practical use of their language skills. Awesome job!

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