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ARCHIVES: CLASSROOM NOTES: Winter 2008-2009




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Right after Thanksgiving break our younger immersion children (2 to 6 years) were busy preparing for la St Nicolas.

 

 

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Saint Nicolas cakes

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Les Frimousses baked “manalas” with their teacher originated from Alsace, where la St Nicolas is a huge holiday among families with children

 

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Les Abeilles were so surprised to find not only chocolates and candies in their sabots but also small gifts!

 

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Louis Braille Bicentennial

Louis Braille BicentennialBack from the holidays Madame Jolivet Johnson's afternoon students prepared to celebrate the 200th birthday of Louis Braille. Both classes used a book “Louis Braille, l’enfant de la nuit” from Margaret Davidson (French translation published by Folio Cadet Rouge / Gallimard ISBN: 2-07-031225-9). The students in Immersion IV illustrated the major events of Louis’ life on a poster, wrote a small sentence in braille with M&Ms thanking Braille for his contribution. We used this exercise to practice “l’imparfait” of “Etre” (to be) and review adjectives. The younger kids loved experimenting with sound bouncing back and playing being “chauve-souris” (bats).

Middle school students actually read the entire book, took notes and engaged in conversations talking about determination, living with a handicap, etc…

Louis Braille BicentennialThey wrote in braille “Joyeux Anniversaire M. Braille” on our special cake. The celebration was very meaningful especially since it was at that time Mr. Obama was being sworn in as the first bi-racial president. The older students discussed in French some common traits that both men share.

Kindergarteners Celebrate Tintin

Tintin BirthdayAfter a brief introduction in French of Tintin using 5 or 6 “BD” (for Bande Dessinee / comic book), the children started to understand that Tintin was a reporter from Belgium who traveled the world.

Tintin Birthday It was a great opportunity to practice identifying countries and continents and review vocabulary on clothing.

For fun we chose Nate as our Tintin and fixed up a stuffed animal to represent Milou. We only talked about these two characters. We played rhyming words with the sounds “ou” and “in”, reviewing numbers up to 80 and counting by 10’s using 8 packs of candles. The week long unit was very fun and another perfect example how even our youngest students can be active members of the francophone community.

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Notes From Les Papillions...

Singing and acting out carefully selected songs is crucial to our approach of second language learning. Our theme song in February "TROIS PETITS MOUTONS" was the centerpiece of our unit, and the starting point for many activities.

The papillons had a lot of fun making delicious meringue cookies with egg whites. The fact that such a viscous substance could turn into snow like fluff was definitely magical. While learning to take turns and follow the recipe, we reviewed the vocabulary for body parts, such as ( jambes) legs, (tête) head, (yeux)eyes.

Capitalizing on the content of our main theme song, Les Petits Moutons," The Papillons practiced their tracing abilities here first on the board, then on paper. We also had a lot of fun making our own sheep costumes with paper bags and cotton wool, al of the time practicing the sound ou such as in mouton, doux,et boucle.

On a la grosse tête pour carnaval!!!

In immersion 1, we've spent time on "mardi gras" and the carnival.

The children learned the origins and signification of mardi gras (fat Tuesday), and were horrified by the idea of not eating any sweets or chocolate for 40 days! They agreed they were lucky they didn't have to do so anymore and enjoyed getting dressed up and eating crêpes on mardi gras. Then we talked about the "défilé du carnaval" (carnival parade) and the children discovered that one of the traditions of the carnival in France is to have "grosses têtes" (literally big heads) in the parade.

We decided to make our own. Two groups were created and the children chose the colors of the skin, hair, eyes, nose etc… of their "grosse tête". Isn't it fun to practice your French, motor skills, team work and creativity, without noticing since you're so involved in making a fun project? Well, have a look at how they did, and what the results look like, and decide by yourself!




**note on the title: "avoir la grosse tête" is an expression in French that means being full of oneself. But we literally have a "grosse tête" in our class, made by the children!

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