A German experience
The topic was German Friday, May 31, for Loveland Intermediate School (LIS) fifth graders in Leslie Papa’s class; the teachers were from Loveland High School (LHS) and were instructing under the direction of LHS German Teacher Richard Ernst.
“Herr Ernst and I decided to get the classes together to challenge his fourth year students and to expand the curiosity of my fifth graders,” explained Papa. “Herr Ernst's German 4 class traveled to LIS to spend the morning with my fifth graders. The high school students planned the event. They came up with ideas how to teach to the younger crowd.”
The challenge for the high school students was how to teach German to fifth graders. The students decided to use stations for the lessons and got to pick a topic to teach in pairs. LIS students learned color words, naming family members, German culture, animal words, food words and language used during daily activities such as sports and instruments.
“My fifth graders were amazed,” said Papa. “Many want to take German in high school. Others just enjoyed saying words that were new to them. I asked them all to go home and share something new with someone at home. The whole day was a huge success enjoyed by all!”
Photo caption (L to R): LIS fifth graders Aaron George, Kyle Tillery, Tony Sato and Benjamin Wenger learn German color words by playing Twister.