Celebrating the Olympics

Every four years, our country celebrates the Winter Olympics like mad. It’s a little tougher, given the time zone difference, but it’s one that will be exciting, anyway. I’ve been trying to figure out a way to get the kids involved, while still learning in French. And so, three-way task: reading comprehension, writing, and presenting.

The students will be researching a sport specific to the Olympics from Olympique.ca, which is the official Canadian Olympics website. It looks incredibly snazzy, and what I like most about it is that all of the information is there when you click on the sport. We’ve spent the last week perusing the article for the biathlon to familiarize them with the concept of what they need to do, and filling out this graphic organizer form while we go along. We’ve been learning how to look at the article, what words to find and how to find les mots amis (click here to re-visit that post). They will fill out the graphic organizer, so that they can then come up with a small presentation on their sport and share the information that they learned with the class. By clicking on the links, you will be able to find the examples of what we’ve done in class so far (this, particularly, from the 7/8 class). If you’d like to use it for your own use in your classroom, feel free. 🙂

I’m really excited about integrating the Olympics into our unit, if you can’t tell. The reason, of course, is that we’ll be able to watch live at times, during class. I’m hoping to integrate some radio programs and live television (in French, of course) that we can live stream from CBC.ca. As it stands, they have really great French videos that are ready to be consumed by us, so that we can practice our listening skills. It’s also a really good way to integrate technology into our classroom in a different and more interesting way.

February is going to be a great and full month for us in the intermediate end. The kids are psyched, and so am I. Getting them excited about something that we are learning is not always an easy feat when learning a second language, but this has managed to do it for most students, and that is certainly a victory.

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