I haven’t posted much this year.  Time has gotten away from me! I thought I’d share a quick idea for practicing ordinal numbers.  We had 10 minutes left in class on a Friday afternoon before a spirit assembly, so we had a paper airplane contest and wrote about the winners in order to practice the ordinal numbers we had just learned and review colors.   Luckily, I had a lot of scrap paper in different colors in my classroom.  I gave students exactly 2 minutes to fold their plane and then we all took aim at a circle I made with some string on the floor.  I then asked them to write 10 sentences about the winners and losers and their place in the contest.  I could have awarded prizes to the winners, but we didn’t have time.

“L’avion jaune clair est le premier”.

Je suis malade! Spectacle de marionnette chaussette!

French C Honors students have been practicing how to talk about being sick and what to say and do to get better!










FRENCH A Bonjour!

FRENCH A students recorded their first skits last week, practicing greetings and the alphabet along the way.








Ma Famille

We have been studying vocabulary and structures with the end goal of being able to describe the members of your family with hair/eye colors and other adjectives along with giving their age.  Students were put in groups and asked to imagine that they were all a crazy family.  Each of them came up with a character for that family and they wrote descriptions about each other.  Some decided to play the role of a family pet and so we had a dog, a cat, a parakeet, and a squirrel!



le Yéti

French C Honors students read a children’s book called le Yéti, a sort of modern-day arctic Cinderella story and remade it into a puppet show.  In some cases, the students reimagined the story in a different setting.  Here are the results of about 4 days of puppet creation, script writing, editing, and rehearsal.  Please forgive grammar mistakes when le Yéti speaks. These are inspired by the book as Monsieur le Yéti hasn’t had Middle School French and his grammar isn’t perfect….

Le Yéti by Christine Naumann-Villemin, Marianne Barcilon (illustrations)

La solitude, quel fléau ! Même un yéti peut en souffrir. Alors, quand il découvre une belle botte perdue dans la neige… chouette, chouette, chouette ! Une formidable occasion pour descendre dans la vallée et peut-être rencontrer l’âme soeur ? Ou, à défaut, l’amitié ?


Sauvez la planète!


With our Isdell Center for Global Leadership Showcase this week, I’m finally adding a link to the videos 8th grade students created last semester at the end of our unit about the environment. Public Service Announcements to motivate people to make change.



8th grade French students have been learning about how to talk about their past and tell stories using and contrasting two different past tenses, le passé composé et l’imparfait.  One of our activities was to interview an older family member or teacher about his or her childhood and then to report to the class.  Here are some examples of student writing.

Au Stade

The day before Spring Break began, 6th grade French students brought in materials to have a competition to see who could build the best French soccer stadium.  Requirements were to include a certain amount of new vocabulary from our lesson about le football and to do some research about team logos and colors.  The projects had to be completed before the bell rang, so the race was on to complete the project in the allotted 45 minutes!

La météo


Stations on a Friday morning

French A 6th graders mixed it up today in three different stations as they reviewed for Monday’s quiz together.

Station 1 had them correcting their review packet and then practicing saying large numbers with the “Egg Game”.

Station 2 asked them to practice making questions with question words by rolling dice.  Students had the option to get creative and add something extra to their sentence for bonus points.  Students wrote their questions.

Station 3 reviewed vocabulary for telling time and subjects you study along with the verb avoir.  Students played a board game as they practiced.  Students said the answer aloud.