French A

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.

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.

Coorperative work, Human Clocks: Quelle heure est-il?

French A students practiced telling time last week with small clocks and also with giant “human” clocks that they created together following a rubric with specific instructions.

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French A Lockers

Students in French A have been learning about gender, articles, and vocabulary for the classroom. This week they worked in teams of three to make giant lockers. They could put anything in their locker from our vocab list…including a teacher!

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Fall Semester 2014

I haven’t had a great deal of time to update the blog regularly this semester….busy schedule this year!  But that doesn’t mean we haven’t been having fun and learning a lot in French class so far!  Here are a few pictures…French 1 Upper Schoolers playing a vocab game where they have to grab the card I call out before the other people in their group, French B 7th graders doing some “color by number” sheets I picked up in Montréal over Fall Break, and French A 6th graders working with partners to practice the subject pronouns with a “tic tic boom” game and also working cooperatively to practice correct word order by reassembling different mixed-up sentences on their desks.

 

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French A practice skits

Mardi Gras Masks & Crêpes 2014

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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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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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