How are we already in third trimester?? After a slow start to the year, with construction delays and hurricane days, we’re now flying through the year with an eye on springtime! There’s still a lot to do and learn, though. Here is what we’re up to in each grade level:
We are finishing our study of clothing and color vocabulary by assembling mobiles which represent various clothing items. We will soon label each item with the type of clothing and the colors (e.g. un t-shirt bleu et blanc). This activity serves as an introduction to adjective agreement, a grammar concept that can seem foreign (no pun intended!) to English-speakers. In many languages, nouns have gender, and the adjectives describing them often change their spelling according to the number and gender of what they are describing. At this stage, students are provided structure to help them choose the correct spelling, without having to understand all the grammar behind it; that will come in later years.
As we continue on in third trimester, third graders will learn about the famous Tour de France bike race, shapes, supermarket foods, units of measure and prices.
Fourth grade has travelled south for our cultural focus, and we’re now having “Springtime in Louisiana”. We learned about the Acadian people, who were of French origin living in Canada, and were expelled by the English in 1755. Many of them settled in Louisiana, contributing to the rich French culture that still exists there today.
This trimester, we are learning about farm animals (the Acadians were farmers), and professions. We will also learn about the places in a city, and specifically the beautiful city of La Nouvelle Orléans (New Orleans).
In Fifth Grade, we focus on the French-Speaking world beyond France and Quebec. In third trimester, we imagine that we are exchange students in French Polynesia. We learn the school supplies and review colors and how to use them in context (see third grade, above). Travelers sometimes have to visit the doctor, so we will also learn body parts and how to talk about where you have pain. Finally, because of Polynesia’s rich maritime culture, we will learn about some of the sea creatures that can be found off the shore. What a perfect way to get excited about summer in the Lowcountry!
In Sixth Grade, our cultural focus takes us back to France. In third trimester, we travel to the Loire Valley, and the city of Angers. (A place close to my heart, as I lived there and it is my husband’s hometown). We’ve learned about the many forms of public transportation, and will soon learn about the many activities one can do when traveling. We will also discover the castles and other sights of this beautiful area in France.
The seventh graders are nearing the half-way mark in their study of French I, which will continue in eighth grade. We are currently in the Vive l’École (Hooray for School!) unit. We’ve covered vocabulary related to school classes, supplies, etc., how to talk about classes you like or don’t, and why. We’ve learned to tell time in French, and will soon wrap up the unit with an iMovie project. We’ll finish the year with the family unit, in which we learn the vocabulary for explaining family relationships (mother, father, etc.), how to describe someone’s physical and personality traits, and how to express possession (my, your, etc.) This unit culminates in a family tree project.
We will soon be finishing our unit entitled Sports et Passe-Temps (Sports and Pastimes). In this unit, we learned lots of activities we can do in our free time, and how to talk about when we do them, how often, and in which weather conditions. We still have a couple mini units to go … one cultural (all about Paris!) and one about grammar (VERBS!)
It’s been an awesome two years with this group of students. We laugh together every day, and they all work so hard and have made amazing progress in French. I will miss them terribly when they move on to high school!