We only have 50 minutes from bell to bell. By the time we take care of attendance and other housekeeping chores, we are down to 45 minutes. We had time for two journal entries.
The first was a video prompt. We showed the students the commercial of the Headless Horseman, maybe it was the Horseless Headsman. We found it on YouTube. We took the opportunity to teach the students the suffix "-less" and give some background knowledge on American legends and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving. Many students knew the story because they had already read it in their own language. We showed the video 3 times. The first viewing gave them an overall view of the message. After the second viewing students wrote in their journals what they saw and what they heard. After the third viewing, students wrote in their journals the message they felt the video was trying to convey. After students reflected on the video, we had volunteers share out their written reflections. Next year we''ll plan for a two-day lesson to read excerpts from the legend before we show the video. This will help students who have never heard the story before.
The next activity was in reference to the American expression "Skeleton Crew". Each student had a picture of a skeleton and the definition of a skeleton crew. We discussed what "skeleton" and "crew" mean. Next, we discussed the expression and how it is used. Students gave examples of "skeleton crews" and the difficulty of being "short-handed" in their journals. We also gave opportunities for students to share out.
Students seemed to enjoy both activities and they learned tons of new words and phrases.