Lee Road Students Unite For Foreign Language Lesson

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MacArthur High School seniors Alyssa Amatulli (front row left) and Hannah Kilmetis (front row right) taught Lee Road fifth-graders how to do the Tarantella. (Photo by Levittown Public Schools)

Levittown fifth-graders in Valerie Dillon’s class at Lee Road Elementary School participated in engaging cultural lessons with nine members of General Douglas MacArthur High School’s World Language Honor Society on April 5. The high school students visited Lee Road’s library and transformed into student teachers during the fifth-grader’s Foreign Language in Elementary School class.

With the guidance of World Language Honor Society adviser Nicole Dawson and Lee Road FLES teacher Kelley Kolm, the new partnership allowed the honor society members to serve as mentors and educate younger students in a fun way through five stations. The fifth graders gathered in small groups and rotated to the different tables in the library. While at the stations, students learned how to do the Tarantella (a dance from Italy), create their own clay statues inspired by Easter Island, color by number a photo of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, participate in a flag contest and create their own soccer jerseys.

“It feels good to work with the high school students because we can learn from them and they have different styles of teaching,” said fifth-grader Aidan Duffy. “I like how they make these fun ways to teach us. I think the dance is my favorite.”

-Submitted by Levittown Public Schools

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