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Chapter 1:

Dear Lango Families,

Welcome to Lango’s Adventure in Space! Over the next 10 weeks, students will go on a journey through the solar system with the Lango kids! They will be learning about how we use our senses to observe our surroundings and make inferences about our environment. In our weekly updates you will find information about the communicative targets for each lesson, the key vocabulary that relates to the objectives, and an exciting suggestion for at home practice with your learner.

This week in your student’s Lango class the Lango kids begin learning about the solar system and decide to travel into outer space! Students will be describing relationships between size and distance, using their sense of sight to examine their surroundings. Additionally we will be discussing what makes up a solar system, and reviewing numbers and colors.

Key Vocabulary includes:

space  

the planets  

the sun  

the earth  

close  

far  

bigger  

smaller

 

Chapter 2:

 

Dear Lango Families,

This week in your student’s Lango class the Lango kids board a rocketship and head into outer space. Our communicative target is determining how we use our sense of hearing to examine the environment. We will be describing volume and determining which sounds are loud or soft. Additionally, we will discuss the difference between safe and dangerous situations.

Key Vocabulary includes:

the rocket

 to hear loud 

louder 

loudest 

quiet

 quieter 

quietest 

noise 

safe 

dangerous 

What is that noise?

One fun suggestion for an at home activity is to play animal charades with noises. Take turns acting out an animal by making the noise they make. Encourage your student to vary the volume of the sound as they act it out (louder, softer).

Another option is to play a sound sorting game. Find images that represent various sounds, ex: (A clock ticking, a fire engine, a horn, a cricket, etc). Have your learner pick up two or three at a time and organize them from softest to loudest. In conversation discuss which noises you like to hear and which are unpleasant to hear. You may also take turns choosing an image and making that sound, then guess which image the noise represents.

Chapter 3:

Dear Lango Families,

 

This week in your student’s Lango class, the Lango kids journey through the solar system and describe their emotions as they begin to observe a new environment. Our students will be identifying emotions and recognizing how they relate to specific situations. Additionally we will examine how to use our sense of touch to classifying objects based on weight.

Key Vocabulary includes:

 to feel 

to be excited 

to be scared 

to be hungry 

to be sleepy 

heavy 

light 

How do you feel?

One fun suggestion for an at home activity is play emotion charades. Find several visual cues that relate to the emotions in the key vocabulary. You can clip images from magazines, print them off the internet or even just pull them up on a tablet. Take turns with your student secretly choosing one of the images. Act out the emotion that best relates to that image. Examples of images are a birthday party, a student sleeping at school, going to the dentist, sitting in front of a big meal, etc. For younger students, act these out as a team. Get the whole family involved and compete for who can guess the most images correctly. For advanced students working on literacy, let them harness their creativity by encouraging them to write a short story about one of the emotions. You can give them images for inspiration and have them write one sentence for each image until they have a beginning, middle and end.

Chapter 4:

Dear Lango Families,

This week in your student’s Lango class, the Lango kids get to taste delicious astronaut food! Our communication objective is to use our sense of taste to perceive differences. Students will describe food based on temperature and flavor. Additionally, students will be making inferences about how things taste based on reactions and class preferences

Key Vocabulary includes:

to taste

hot

cold

chocolate

vanilla

strawberry

flavor

How does it taste?

One fun suggestion for an at home activity is to do a blind taste test during ice cream night! Gather the family for an ice cream party. Set up a toppings bar with all of your favorites! Make this a fun game by taking turns blindfolding each other and trying to guess the flavors of what you are tasting. Additionally you can discuss preferences by asking “Do you like it?” after tasting each flavor/topping. You can even try to assemble your favorite ice cream treat while blindfolded. Practice the phrases, “it tastes like chocolate/vanilla/strawberry/etc” and “it tastes good/bad”. For more advanced learners, allow them to conduct the taste test and ask you questions. You may also target literacy by writing out your orders after the taste test. You will write out your preferences and your learner will assemble your ice cream. Then allow them to write out their preferences and you assemble their treat!

Chapter 5:

Dear Lango Families,

This week in your student’s Lango class, the Lango kids use a powerful telescope to look down on the Earth and see their homes from a far away vantage point. We will work towards locating countries on the map as we examine spatial relationships between them. Our communicative goal is to express place of origin and place of residence.

Key Vocabulary includes:

to see

to the left

to the right

below

above

the United States

China

France

Argentina

Where do we live?

One fun suggestion for an at home activity is to play Where in the World is Cosmo? Begin by examining the map together. Use technology to supplement your discussion by looking at images of various countries and their respective cultures. Time for Kids has some great resources for this. Use the prepositions in the key vocabulary list to describe where countries in relation to each other. Tell your learner that Cosmo has gone to one of the countries you discussed. Use simple language to give them hints. Ex: “It is to the right of Russia and above Japon”. Help your student find where Cosmo has gone. With advanced students, take turns and let them pick a place for Cosmo to go as well. They will use simple language to give you clues. You can also incorporate cardinal directions here. For students working on literacy, ask them to write a journal entry about where they would visit if they could go to any country in the world. Ask them to list specific things that they would like to see, do and eat there.


Chapter 6:

Dear Lango Families,

This week in your student’s Lango class, the Lango kids have a yummy feast in outer space. Our communicative target is based on using our sense of smell to understand our surroundings. Students will be classifying pleasant and unpleasant scents and reporting their food preferences.

Key vocabulary includes:

the food

to smell

sweet

stink

best

worst

smells good

smells bad

How does it smell?

One fun suggestion for an at home activity is to play Smell Sorting. Find several images of various smells, ex: (garbage, flowers, cookies, brussel sprouts, perfume, etc). Review the images together and for each one ask “How does it smell?” Sort the smells into two different piles, one stack that smells good and one stack that smells bad. Ask your learner what they think the best and worst smell is out of all the images. Have them explain why they think those scents are the best/worst.

Chapter 7:

Dear Lango Families,

This week in your student’s Lango class, the Lango kids use an enormous net to catch some asteroids! Our communicative target is to use our sense of touch to examining the environment. Students will be explaining differences in textures. Additionally we will be reviewing numerical relationships.

Key Vocabulary includes:

to touch

rock

rough

smooth

many

few

How many are there?

One fun suggestion for an at home activity is to play GUESS WHAT! Place different items in brown paper bags. Examples of items are marbles, sandpaper, cotton balls, noodles, ice cubes (use your creativity to find simple items that you already have at home that will be exciting and silly for your student to guess). Let them choose a bag and reach in. Ask them what they feel. Is it smooth or rough? Is it hot/cold? Are there many/few? Let them guess what they think is in the bag. You can extend this activity to a seek and find by giving your learner a list of things to find (something smooth, something soft, something red, etc.) They will have to go around the house, collect these items and put them in the brown bags. Then you will have to guess what is in the bag.

 

Chapter 8:

Dear Lango Families,

This week in your student’s Lango class, the Lango kids gaze out into the universe to examine the constellations. Our communicative goal is related to using our sense of sight to determine information about the environment. Students will be recognizing and describing animals. Additionally students will identify relationships between visual information including similarities and differences.

Key Vocabulary includes:

the horse

the bear

the lion

the fish

the crab

To look like/ seem like

One fun suggestion for an at home activity is to look through your family albums together and play Family Pictionary. First discuss which family members look most alike and why. Then you and your student can take turns drawing the family’s portraits. Draw one family member at at time, then take turns guessing who the drawing looks like. Discuss how you know the answer, ex: It looks like Uncle Mike because he is wearing glasses and has brown hair.

Chapter 9:

Dear Lango Families,

This week in your student’s Lango class, the Lango kids catch a ride on a comet and head back to Earth. As they journey home, they observe the conditions on the planets they speed past. Our communicative targets include describing and differentiating between weather conditions and temperatures. Additionally students will analyze and infer information about weather based on location

Key Vocabulary includes:

the weather

the rain

the fire

the ice

the storm

old

Hot

Freezing

Burning

What’s the weather like?

One fun suggestion for an at home activity is to dramatically act out the forecast. Show students images of the weather and together give the forecast to the rest of the family. You can even set up a tv set by cutting a hole in a cardboard box. Act out the weather with movements (you can also find weather appropriate clothing and show it in your forecast). Let the family guess what the forecast is by interpreting your movements, sounds and hints. For students working on literacy, ask them to journal about what their favorite season is and why? Have them discuss what the weather is like during that season, what they wear and what they like to do.


Chapter 10:

Dear Lango Families,

This is our last week in our Adventure in Space! As the Lango kids return to their classroom, they review what they have seen, felt, smelt, heard and tasted throughout their journey. Our communicative target is to determine the differences between our senses and examine when it is appropriate to use each one.

Key Vocabulary includes:

to see

to hear

to smell

to touch

to taste

Which sense do we use?

One fun suggestion for an at home activity is to play a matching race with the senses. Find images of sensory experiences, ex: (going to a concert, a apple pie fresh out of the oven, going to an art museum, etc.) and lay them face down. You can play this game several different ways. For young students, show them a simple movement, ex: (touch your ears, rub your belly, sniff, etc). Have them begin flipping over images until they find one that relates to the motion you are making. You can also write the words on index cards in the target language. Have them flip over an index card and flip over the images until they find one that matches. For students working on literacy, have them journal about various sensory experiences, ex: a fun birthday party they attended or Thanksgiving dinner. Ask them to describe what they see, hear, smell, touch and taste. You can also give them prompts with images, ex: in a rainforest, at a parade, in a toy store.