This has been a fun month in French class! Here are the topics and activities of the French classes by grade level:
Third Grade: Clothing Third grade has learned the French words for basic clothing items. They have spent the past few classes working on a mobile. First, they colored the clothing items and dresser, which they labelled with “les vêtements” (the clothing). Next, they cut everything out, punched holes and tied the clothing to the dresser with yarn; that last step required perseverance and cooperation for many of the students! The next step will be to learn the colors in French. Finally, they will label each clothing item on their mobile with the clothing item and color. For example, “le t-shirt bleu et blanc” (the blue and white t-shirt).
Fourth Grade: Quebec Sugar Shack
This trimester, Fourth graders have been learning about winter in Quebec City. They have had a ton of fun learning about the traditional foods that they might eat in a sugar shack, a rustic restaurant in a maple forest where sap is boiled down into maple syrup. For the people of Quebec, the sugaring off season (February and March) is not complete without a trip to a sugar shack! Students have learned the expressions they’d need to ask for a menu, order food and pay the check … all in French. They’ve had the opportunity to role-play being customers and servers, and loved getting the chance to speak in French and imagine eating these delicious foods. Ask your child what they would order if they had the chance to eat in a real stage shack!
Fifth Grade: Activities in a House
Fifth grade French students have learned the French words for rooms and objects typically found in a house. They’ve also learned some interesting cultural facts about French houses, such as toilet rooms and pink toilet paper! Next, they learned how to express several everyday routines, including “se réveiller, préparer le repas, dormir, etc.” (to wake up, to prepare the meal, to sleep, etc.) Last week, they put it all together in a board game which required them to say what they did and at what time … for example, “Je me love à 7h00.” (I get up at 7:00.)
Sixth Grade: Parisian Café
The sixth graders researched various Parisian tourist destinations and shared their findings with their classmates. Then they learned some of the words for drinks they might order in a Parisian café. They’ve started learning the expressions they’d use to order, as well as ask and tell if they like their drinks and why. Next, they’ll be writing scripts to perform in front of the class in which they demonstrate the process of ordering in a French café.
Seventh Grade: Class and Opinions
The seventh grade class will soon be wrapping up a unit on school. They have learned the French words for the classes they take at school, various school supplies, and how to ask and answer questions about how they like their classes / teachers and why. They are finishing up short iMovies in which they show pictures of themselves and their teachers, and recorded voice-overs about their opinions. And example might be, “J’ai le français avec Madame Cosneau. J’adore le français. Chest passionnant et la professor est super-cool!” (I have French with Ms. Cosneau. I love French. It’s interesting and the teacher is super cool!)
Eighth Grade: Paris!
While the sixth graders have gotten a taste of Parisian landmarks, the eighth graders are going more in-depth about the City of Lights. They have learned about the history of the city, its organization into “arrondissements” (districts) and the many things that make Paris one of the most-visited cities in the world. They have each selected two tourist destinations within the city to research and present to the class, either as a keynote or iMovie. They will be presenting this week, and I am very excited to see their work. I have always found Paris a magical city, and know I will be transported there while watching the students present.