Project LATIN (Language Advanced Through Innovative Nuances)
This program is being funded by a $10,000 grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education, and will be implemented by Springfield Township School (Burlington County) teachers Wendy Kolev, Patricia Sepessy, and Kelly Linton.
Teachers will attend a workshop that will address the concept of the study of Latin in relationship to the English language, where they will also gather ideas about how to integrate Latin into the curriculum in other subject areas.
Fourth- and fifth-grade students and teachers will create a “suitcase” for their grade level that will contain instructional tools such as pictures, flashcards, activities for students, educational games, etc. The “suitcases” will be shared by each grade level. Throughout the year, the fifth and sixth grade students will create mini-dictionaries that will include prefixes, suffixes, and word roots. These dictionaries will be shared with the fourth-grade students to introduce them to the study of Latin, which they will use during the fifth grade. During the school year, parents will meet with teachers to discuss the children’s progress, and will attend the Latin Cultural Fair to be held in the spring of 2007.
The Latin Cultural Fair will be a school-wide event that will include a variety of topics such as past culture and its relevance today, curriculum integration in other subject areas such as math and science, plays, and music. During the fair, the fifth- and sixth-grade students may portray famous early Roman people.
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