Author:
Lee Ann Holmes
Subject:
World Languages
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Level:
High School
Grade:
9, 10, 11, 12
Tags:
License:
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
Language:
English

World Languages: Race Around Town

Overview

Students design a town and accompanying map in the target language. Then, they’ve got to maneuver their Sphero around town to complete a scavenger hunt challenge in the target language!

Written By: Chloe Peralta

World Languages: <Race Around Town>

 

Project Description

Name of ProjectWorld Languages: <Race Around Town>
Subject AreaWorld Language
Targeted StandardsNL.CLL.2.4, NL.CLL.3.3, NL.COD.3.3NM.CLL.2.1, NM.COD.4.1, NM.CMT.2.1NH.COD.1.3, NH.CMT.1.2 IL.CLL.1.2, IM.CLL.1.3
Driving Question / Problem / ActivatorCan you and your partner get your Sphero around town using your knowledge of the target language?
Project SummaryStudents design a town and accompanying map in the target language. Then, they’ve got to maneuver their Sphero around town to complete a scavenger hunt challenge in the target language!
Estimated Time3-4 days
Materials / Resources (including link to slideshow if available)Bulletin Board paper (white is ideal)RulersColored Pencils and/or markersTarget Vocabulary words and structuresStudent Computers (https://edu.sphero.com/) Sphero Sprk Plus or Bolt (1 for every 2 students is ideal)Large Space to spread out with Sphero robots (Gym, parking lot, cafeteria)
Tagsspanish, french, german, world, language, technology, STEM, STEAM, scavenger, hunt, global, awareness, culture, communication, direction, town

Project Outline 

AskCan you create a tough scavenger hunt for your classmates in the target language? Can you maneuver your robot through a series of scavenger hunt tasks the fastest?
ImagineWhat will your town look like? What kinds of directions do you expect to hear in your scavenger hunt? How can you complete your tasks in the quickest time possible?
PlanWith your partner, create a map of your town. Read the scavenger hunt commands, and plan your path of completion.
CreateWork together to implement the route you’ve planned for your Sphero. Record your final time.
ImproveFine-tune the program to get your robot to follow the path as efficiently as possible. Time your robot’s final journey to see just how quickly it’s done!
Closure / Student ReflectionsHow quickly was your Sphero able to complete it’s trip? How does this compare to your classmates’ Spheros?  How can this lesson help you in real life?
Possible Modifications / Extensions
  1. Have students swap maps and try to map out their Sphero’s path in a different town.
  2. Have students create their own series of commands as a class.
  3. Have students create personalized commands with a partner and swap with other groups.

Evaluation (Pre/Post)  

Pretest Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdN0aaYzHr5bcthgQBu58RLbyIc5EDeEqyKo32Pxx_HWu3OXw/viewform?usp=sf_link 

Post-test Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScSApr60NQ7nTOXsl0OFTgs3on-4ECZdr49HRuJ6HK3nlaZHA/viewform?usp=sf_link 

Additional Resources / Help for teaching this lesson

Target Vocabulary & Structures

Scavenger Hunt

Suggested Timeline

Teacher Comments of what worked / did not work well