Students continued to work with the school supplies vocabulary. They also learned the names of some of the rooms around the school like le gymnase and la bibliothèque (library). Students were introduced to their next project which will be creating un sac a dos (backpack) with school supplies inside it. They started writing their paragraph in class this week and will begin designing next week. Below is what is required. Students will present their backpack and paragraph to the class on the date listed below.
4B un sac a dos due: Thursday, February 1
4E un sac a dos due: Wednesday, January 31
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.
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