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les Boules

French A classes ended a great year with individual presentations about summer vacation plans.  We then watched the ultimate French summer vacation movie: La Gloire de mon père, and finally practiced the classic game of BOULES or PÉTANQUE, as featured in the movie.

Bonnes vacances d’été!  I hope you all have fun and make memories, just like Marcel!

 

Jenga Exam Review

French B students reviewed vocabulary for our final exam today while playing Jenga.  Each Jenga block has a French number corresponding to a question they must answer to score a point.  Teams could win in two ways: by getting the most points in a round or when the other team toppled the game.

Rehearsal time!

French C Honors 8th graders rehearse for tomorrow’s health and sickness puppet show.  Our sock puppets are nutty nurses, crazy doctors, concerned parents, and French speaking children with broken limbs…among other issues….stay tuned for the shows!

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Licorne!

French A students reviewed the alphabet and the vocabulary for greetings with a match of “LICORNE!”.  Students compete to be the first to circle the correct word or letter/accent (as announced by the teacher or leader with the word in English, a clue, a picture, the letter pronounced in French etc.), always starting with their crayon in unicorn position and with the other hand behind the back.  Rules include “pas de violence” and “pas de disputes”, but sometimes things get just a little crazy.  The winner has the most correctly circled words in their crayon color at the end of the game.

LES GRILLES

We have spent some time over the course of several class periods working through a speaking challenge I’m calling GRIDS/LES GRILLES.  It has been a lot of fun and it has been an effective method to encourage students to use circumlocution if they don’t know a certain word.

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Students were given a grid with 9 squares, a set of crayons, and a folder to hide their paper.  I then described to them in detail what should go in each box of their grid, using various prepositions of location and adjectives to describe each item.

After modeling this example for the students where they had a blank grid and I had a completed grid (with the same picture in the center), I put them in partners and gave each partner one complete grid and one empty grid.  The empty grids had the same picture in the center as their partner’s completed grid.  They had to work through each grid together SPEAKING ONLY FRENCH.

As their homework assignment, I then asked each student to create a new set using vocabulary we have learned over the past two year.  They were to email me their work.  I then matched them into sets of two so that we could accomplish two each day with a partner.  I think the students enjoyed the creativity and looked forward to the day we did their grids.  It definitely got them back into the swing of French and served as a great vocab review too.

 

 

 

French A skits round 2

French A students begin to get more comfortable with our first lesson.  Here are some practice skits from class last week showing their progress.

Alphabet Stations

French A (6th graders) practice the alphabet by rotating through various stations. In some stations they have to “write” the letter/accent they hear by drawing in rice or using wickie sticks, popsicle sticks, or play dough. At other stations they have to write it before their partner or find the correct card among many first.

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Practicing spelling together

French A students (6th grade) are practicing the French alphabet. Each student has a different master sheet with French names and they are helping each other practice spelling and understanding French letters.

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First skits in French A

The first “real” day of class for French A (6th grade).  We had had a few short classes of 15 minutes already and today we are putting in practice some of our French greetings.

And We’re Off! Getting started with some Word Tennis review.

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