Each pair gets a "school supply shopping list" with the articles removed from the listed items. (This is also the first time they see the words for school subjects, so they get to guess which section of the list is for which class, based on cognates and the items listed in that section.) Most importantly, they get a bag of brightly colored indefinite articles with Poster Velcro (perfect because it's way thinner than normal Velcro) stuck to the back. The partners work together to choose the right indefinite article for each word and stick on to complete the "shopping list". While they are working, I hear so many great conversations between partners who are negotiating their understanding, and the Velcro makes it easy to switch out the words once they work their way to the right answer.
|a class set after students have completed the activity|
(And yes, it took forever to make the activity sets... but it was totally worth it to see the powerful learning that took place!)