Human Clocks

French A students were given 10 minutes to create a clock with certain labeling requirements (things like et demie, et quart, moins le quart). Then we worked in pairs to practice telling time using our hands…and feet…and heads…as the clock hands.  I called out certain times, for example “Il est cinq heures moins le quart” and students had to work together to show the correct times before I said Tic Tic Boom.  They earned a point for their team if they had the correct time displayed.  Another day, we will learn about the 24 hour clock, add those numbers, and practice how to “calculate” the time in the 12-hour clock.

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La publicité

French C Honors students have been working in small groups over the past few days to imagine a product that doesn’t exist and then create the commercial that markets their new product.  They were given a rubric with certain requirements, like using direct and indirect object pronouns, reflexive verbs, and commands. Here are the results of their work. I think they did a great job, particularly because I did not help them edit their scripts or plan their performance.


FRENCH B is back at work!

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FRENCH B students are engaged in reviewing new vocabulary words about “La Maison” in preparation for our game of “Face Off”!

Mon casier — Locker Projects in French A

French A students have been learning about discussing the objects in a classroom, where the objects are located, and what things they have in their lockers.  They designed an imaginary locker and its contents to practice their vocabulary.

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Sprench, Round 3: Pétanque

Spanish C and French C Honors braved the cold for a friendly game of pétanque, the French version of bocci ball. In a previous lesson, French students learned the rules of the game and Spanish students did an activity comparing pétanque with the Colombian game of tejo. Despite the weather, the day was a success!

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Sport Ilustrated Photo Shoot Project in French C

French C had some fun with Photoshop as they practiced their Sports vocabulary, adjectives, and verbs.  One student featured, with hilarious results, one of his classmates as the “famous athlete” in his photo shoot and another student focused on a variety of Middle School teachers to create some unexpected athletes.  They all did an excellent job on this project.

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Partner Bingo Vocab Practice

Students are given an empty Bingo board to fill in using vocabulary from our new list. They then compete against a partner to get a BINGO! first by taking turns “calling” the vocabulary for their partner who cannot see what is written on their partner’s board.  It is sort of like backwards “Battleship”.

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Vocab Puzzles in French C

The French C class made Jigsaw-type puzzles using new vocabulary terms. Each side of their puzzle pieces had a French word or an English word that matched the corresponding side on the puzzle piece next to it.  The drew a picture on the back. We then cut out the puzzles and traded to see who could put their new puzzle together the fastest.  We tried taping them together to see the picture on the back afterwards.  Here are the boys working to put the puzzles back together.

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SPRENCH, round 2!

Screen Shot 2013-11-01 at 12.25.36 PM Screen Shot 2013-11-01 at 12.25.30 PMToday the Honors Spanish and French students joined up for our 2nd round of “Sprench” class. Today we all stayed in the same location to do a cultural trivia game. The classes divided into small groups with a mix of both languages. We went through 50 questions referencing cultures from both languages. It was a great activity for a rainy day and tiredness that comes the day after Halloween.

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Pictionary in reverse

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French C students reviewed sports vocabulary today with a game of Pictionary in reverse…one draws a vocab word and the others must write the word in French on their board before the buzzer goes off.