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Mon dictionnaire personnel

Every day, my students in the Grade 5/6 class, and my students in the Grade 4 class, and I do something we call “Comment ça va ?” This is what I do when I’m setting up my computer to the smart board, so that we don’t have any down time from when I walk in, we’re practicing conversation, and, as an added bonus, I get a pretty good pulse on what’s going on in their lives that day. It’s a way to connect with them, and for many of my students, it’s the part that they look most forward to in our 30 minute lesson. After they’ve said “Bien,” or “Mal,” or “Comme ci, comme ça,” depending on how they are feeling, they will then either say what’s going on in French, or if they can’t say the full thing in French, they will tell me in English, and then we will repeat what they said in French. I began noticing that they were asking me a lot of the same words over and over, like birthday, or weekend.

So, we’ve decided to be proactive about it. Continue reading Mon dictionnaire personnel

Qui suis-je?

http://en.akinator.com (Photo credit: mazita.)

After spending a whole day playing with my classes on Akinator, I need to share it. We had such a great time, and it was an amazing way to practice our French skills.

For the past month, my students and I have been learning various ways to describe our friends. It’s been fantastic, but I wanted a way that we could get together to actually put them into practice, while reading and speaking. We played “Qui suis-je?” together a few times, and the students had fun doing it, but it could only be played for so many rounds together. That’s when I found Akinator.

Akinator, called “the Web Genius”, is a website where a genie asks various questions to try to guess the person that you are thinking of. I’d say that as long as you answer the questions truthfully, he manages to guess it every time. The only time that we ran into problems was when we weren’t quite sure enough of the answer so we guessed – and then although he tried to recover, he couldn’t always figure out who we were referring to. We did it as a class, which was a lot of fun. They have this website in multiple languages, but to practice for Core French, we used the French site. We had a great time doing it, and the whole class participated with a lot of enthusiasm.

I highly suggest using it to integrate technology and reading into your Core French curriculum. It enabled us to practice the various vocabulary that we had been learning about for the past month in a very practical way, because you had to know how to read the question properly to be able to answer it. Even if it’s just to use as a practice for students, it’s well worth it. They’re always amazed by the outcome, and love to try and trip him up (which doesn’t happen easily, trust me).

And hey! They also have an app for iPhones and iPods, which is always a fun activity to have on there. Watch people in amazement as they try to confuse him.

La guerre des tuques


Attention, attention! La guerre est pris dans notre salle de classe!

Today, we began our first novel study – La guerre des tuques. One of the most classic holiday films (bar none!), I’ve been looking for an amazing French novel to get my students psyched about reading in French for a reason other than the fact that I bribe them. So far so good. I’ve even set up a bulletin board that we will be adding to throughout the next two weeks while we study the book. We’ll also be soon a compare and contrast between the book and the movie, and learning how to make a resume. The next two weeks is all La guerre des tuques all the time!

Stand Up To Bullying

We made some gorgeous anti-bullying posters in honor of Anti-Bullying Week at our school. The students worked incredibly hard on these posters, that we made after being inspired by a book we read together in class called La Clé à molette by Elise Gravel. The book was wonderful, and we were able to make so many connections while we read it. I modeled how to make an advertisement poster using the book. We used the book’s colorful items (example: singing pajamas, and a screaming machine, coupled with wonderful illustrations) to learn the steps it took to create a successful poster. The students were then put into their reading/writing groups and worked together to transfer this knowledge to campaigning against bullying, which we had spent the prior week learning all about. The students loved it, and I think that much is apparent when you look at their wonderful posters. They were passionate about the project. They understood the importance of their stance against bullying.

Finally, the entire class worked together to create this bulletin board. Talk about working like a team! Wonderful, non?