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Students introduce peers to German

Justine Moss, left, leads Durgee Junior High students Sally Louka and Mandy Knittel in an exercise to learn the German vocabulary for body parts.

Justine Moss, left, leads Durgee Junior High students Sally Louka and Mandy Knittel in an exercise to learn the German vocabulary for body parts. Kelly Cary

— German 4 and 5 students from Baker High School spent several consecutive Friday afternoons in October teaching German vocabulary to students in the classrooms of teachers Frank Cutie and Wendi Hitchcock at Durgee Junior High School.

Mary Ann Seward, who teaches German at the high school, said the exercise reinforced her students’ German language skills and showed them, on a small scale, what it is like to be a teacher. They prepared their lesson plans according to different learning styles including musical, bodily-kinesthetic and logical-mathematical.

The Durgee students enjoyed learning the German words for actions, colors, shapes, clothing items and expressions from brightly colored posters that the Baker students created for their 20-minute sessions. Under Seward’s supervision, the high school students led the Durgee students in singing several classic songs in German including Frere Jacques and the ABC Song.

Kelly Cary is the school information officer for the Baldwinsville Central School District.

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