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LaSalle First Grade Arabic Lesson

This Arabic lesson for first graders, developed by Wael Fawzy at LaSalle II Magnet School in collaboration with Qatar Foundation International, includes six units packed with interactive activities to help students quickly grasp everyday vocabulary.

Unit One is titled Things in My Backpack and Classroom and spans seventeen days, by the end of which students should be able to ask for common objects around the classroom. Unit Two, Calendar, teaches students the numbers in Arabic and has them use month and date words in conversation. The unit also features cards that let students color in the names of the months and days. Unit Three, Pets and Animals, focuses on animal vocabulary and has students express their pet preferences in Arabic. The conclusion of the unit has students perform an Arabic animal song.

Unit Four, Describing Family and Friends, teaches students adjectives to describe people in their community and how to comparatively describe their physical characteristics. Unit Five, Weather and Seasons, teaches students how to describe the weather and express their likes and dislikes. The unit also features review songs for the months, colors, and numbers. Unit Six, Our Bodies, covers basic anatomical vocabulary and ends with a song that displays what students have learned.

All the units include vocabulary lists, interactive activities, and student pre-assessments. The unit aims to have students speak. read, and  listen in the novice-low range and focuses on introducing them to the cultural aspects of the Arabic language as well.

This curriculum was made possible through support and funding from Qatar Foundation International, LLC (QFI). A not-for-profit organization, QFI is a U.S.-based member of Qatar Foundation and is focused on grant-giving and programmatic activities that promote education as a force that facilitates collaboration across geographical, social and cultural boundaries. To learn more about QFI, please visit: www.qfi.org.

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