Body Tracing

French B students practiced our new vocabulary for Body Parts and also reviewed vocabulary for clothing and adjective agreement by creating some new classmates today.  After consulting the rubric, students traced a partner’s body with a marker, printed out some faces to attach, and then decorated and labeled 20 body parts, 8 items of clothing, described by colors.  Here are some photos as they work.

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Vocabulary Review in French C

French C Honors students reviewed vocabulary about travel with two games: “Sur la tête” and “Noodle”.  In the first game, students compete to circle a specific vocab word.  They have to keep their marker on their head before that word is called.

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A great game for the gym or a few minutes outside!  Each student is provided with a large flashcard picture of a vocabulary word.  They then form a circle, holding their cards in front of them so all can see.  One player is given a pool noodle and goes in the middle of the circle.  They call out one of the vocabulary words being held by the other students.  They then must count to 3…1 Mississippi…2… before trying to tap the student holding that particular card with their pool noodle (you have to make rules about how hard you can hit and where, of course).  Meanwhile, the student whose vocab word was just called cannot move their feet and must call out someone else’s vocab word before being hit with the pool noodle.  If they are successful, the student in the center has to change course and look for the person holding this new vocab word (and now this player must yell out yet another vocab word before begin hit by the noodle).  When hit by the noodle, you are “it”.  Students should exchange vocab words from time to time.


Stations in French B

French B students rotated through 4 different 10 minute stations today as we reviewed for tomorrow’s Unit test.  The four stations included practice of questions and answers that will be tested orally, a chance to correct the review sheets from homework with a key, a game of Va pêcher (Go Fish) and a game of Navire de Guerre (Battleship), both focused on vocabulary.

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“Nos Livres” in French A and B

Both French A and B worked on creating books with a partner last week.  French A wrote stories about going to school, practicing the verb ALLER along with many other verbs we have learned this year, subjects to study at school, and times of day.  French B based their book on a popular children’s book called “No, David!”.  They wrote original French commands for the pictures in the book and also drew some of their own pictures.  Here is a small sample of their work.

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Qui est-ce? and Puzzle review in French B

French B met at the end of the day today. We reviewed vocabulary about table settings with a game of Qui est-ce? and then a puzzle competition before today’s quiz.  We all were inspired to take the quiz with a sweet prize for winning the game or successfully completing the puzzle!

(Each student was given an object for the table and then I  secretly wrote down the name of one student and selected another random student to begin.  The student tried to guess the name of the student I wrote by saying the French word for the object that student had.  If they correctly guessed, they won that round. )

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Mettons la table!

French B students are learning the vocabulary for place settings and reviewing how to give commands.  We had fun practicing these skills as a whole class and with a partner, creating masterpiece sculptures with plastic and paper dishware.

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24-hour clock: Quelle heure est-il?

French A students practiced using the 24-hour clock system used on French schedules.  They manipulated “French alarm clocks” that I designed. While working as a whole class and then in pairs, they worked on going back and forth between “French style” and “American style” time.

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Morocco Presentations

French C Honors students did a reading and saw a video about Morocco last week.  We also studied a song by Algerian Raï artist, Khaled.  The students were then assigned a topic to research and present about.  Topics included things like traditions, holidays, food, clothing, geography, sports, and cool places to visit.  Two students brought in their version of fruit Briouats and I made Ghoriba (sesame cookies) for all to taste.  Wouldn’t it be lovely if we could all escape to Morocco for the rest of this cold winter?

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 “Aïcha”, by Khaled

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.