In the first week of 2018, students in 4C and 4F received back a rubric on their French family trees. They were encouraged to show these rubrics to parents/guardians and have them signed. 4C and 4F then began a study of school and classroom supplies and furniture. In this unit called La Salle de Classe (The Classroom) students will be using the expression: "Il y a . . . " "Il y a" means in English: There is/are. On Wednesday and Thursday students were active in playing a French language game where they became familiar with the vocabulary we will study in this unit. Mr. Brewer encouraged students to connect new French words they are learning to the English ones they already know. This strategy is known as metacognition (thinking about thinking). It is a way for us to learn a new language by forming connections. Many of the new words students are now learning in French have cognates in English (cognates are similar sounding or related words). Thus, in French there is the word 'papier' which means 'paper' in English, 'une règle' means ' a ruler' in English. Règle is a cognate of common English words like
regulation, rule or regular in English. Students were taught how they can think of words like this so they can remember the word better. Note also that regent is another word for 'ruler'. Students are truly encouraged to make connections that work for them. In some instances making a mnemonic clue or a silly rhyme in your head can help you to recall words in a new language. In the coming days and weeks we will be creating a dictionary to show the words and doing presentations using the grammar and expressions from class.
Students have started working on our next unit, which is learning the places found inside a school. They will also be learning and practicing vocabulary associated with classroom objects and school supplies in the next few weeks.
This week we began learning about school supplies. Students will be working with the school supplies vocabulary for the month of January. They started speaking a basic sentence of "I have ___(#) of ____(school supply). For example, "J'ai cinq stylos" which is "I have 5 pens." Below is the vocabulary we will be working with.
In the final weeks of December before the vacation, all students in classes 4C and 4F took an oral test with Mr. Brewer. Students were interviewed one-on-one to establish their fluency, understanding of vocabulary, listening skills and pronunciation. Mr. Brewer marked all the tests and gave students a rubric with comments. Students were scored on the standard 1 ~ 4 scale. Parents/guardians are encouraged to look over the tests, sign the back and return them to Mr. Brewer. Students of 4C put their test rubrics into their duo tangs in Ms. Clark's class. Below you can see an exemplar of the rubric. If you have any questions in regard to the test results feel free to call or e-mail me. Some students had already gone on vacation before the end of December so they did not receive their copy of the rubric. I can e-mail them and/or they can pick them up when they return to school in January 2018:
Students received their rubrics back for their oral test this week. We went over some more holiday vocabulary and students finished their booklets on “les couleurs.” Joyeux Noël grade 4’s! —Mme Jagger
Both classes worked on their portraits this week. They also wrote 3 sentences using a model about their body parts. They incorporated their knowledge of numbers as well. Below is a sample the sentences. Students also read their sentences to the class on Thursday, December 21.
C’est mon corps. J’ai deux mains, deux yeux et une bouche. J’ai aussi vingt-huit dents et deux jambes.
Students have been learning what the parts of the body are in French. We practiced singing "Head and shoulders, knees and toes" as well as another song. Both videos are attached below. The kids are also working on drawing a self portrait and labeling their body parts. Next week they will write 3 sentences to accompany their drawing and present it to the class.
4E will present their 3 sentences on Wednesday, December 20
4B will present their 3 sentences on Thursday, December 21
Last week students completed their French quiz on the numbers from 40-69, the days of the week and the months of the year. There was a listening portion on this quiz that many students found difficult. 4E's quizzes went home last week and 4B's will go home on Monday, December 11. Please sign and return the quiz. This week we will be working on learning the parts of the body in French which will continue to the winter break!
Students received a copy of our vocabulary this week to practice for their upcoming French oral test. 4A will be starting oral tests on Monday and 4D will start on Tuesday of next week. A copy of the vocabulary is below as well as the rubric being used. I'm looking for understanding of French phrases and vocabulary, and proper accent when speaking aloud. Students also learned how to say the colours in French this week. They will be working on a booklet to reinforce this vocabulary while students are being pulled for their test. We also went over some holiday vocabulary in class to get us in the festive spirit!
French Oral Test Vocabulary
Mr. Brewer will conduct French oral tests in the month of December. Details are given in the file below. A copy of this page will be given out to students on Monday and Wednesday this week:
The Grade 4 French teachers are:
Laura Mills (4B & 4E)
Janice Jagger (4A & 4D)
Greg Brewer (4C & 4F)
Websites to practice your language skills:
French Language Games
BBC Primary Languages: French
Crickweb Interactive French Games