Students have been working hard on their Halloween project (“maison hantée") in class. They are completing their artwork on black paper, and this week they worked on writing their sentence which incorporated their knowledge of numbers and Halloween vocabulary “a la français!" 4A will have one more class next Tuesday to finish up their artwork and writing. Students will bring home their project on Tuesday to finish up and practice at home. 4A will present their maison hantée on Thursday, November 2nd. As 4D missed a class, they will have next week to work on their projects. They will bring their projects home next Wednesday to finish and practice at home. 4D will present on Monday, November 6th to their peers.
Grade 4's continued to work on their maison hantee this week. They were taught how to write their first sentence in French using a model. Grade 4's are to use the Halloween vocabulary as well as the numbers from 1- 20 to describe what is in their picture. The sentence starts:
Dans ma/mon maison hantee, je vois (fill in number) (fill in Halloween vocab), (fill in number) (fill in Halloween vocab), (fill in number) (fill in Halloween vocab) et (fill in number) (fill in Halloween vocab). Dans ma/mon maison hantee, je vois (fill in number) (fill in Halloween vocab), (fill in number) (fill in Halloween vocab), et (fill in number) (fill in Halloween vocab).
This means "In my haunted house, I see....
4B will be presenting their haunted houses and reading their paragraph in French on Monday, October 30.
Because 4E lost a class due to our author visit, they will now be presenting their haunted houses and reading their paragraphs in French on Wednesday, November 2.
This week we learned how to say the date in French and we’ll start every French class with the question:
Quelle est la date aujourd’hui? (What is the date today?)
Answer : Aujourd’hui c’est _____le __ _________, 2017.
(day) (#) (month)
We have also started learning Halloween and Autumn-related vocabulary. Students started working on a Halloween related art and writing project. They will be creating a “maison hantée" (based on the picture puzzle books) on black paper and coloured with pencil crayons. On it they will draw pictures from their vocabulary list and then write a sentence about their drawings incorporating numbers as well. When finished, they will be sharing their finished product with their peers.
Dans ma/mon maison hantée, je vois trois citrouilles, deux hiboux, cinq chats noirs, sept araignées, quatre déguisements, une sorcière et vingt bonbons!
(In my haunted house, I see three pumpkins, two owls, five black cats, seven spiders, four costumes, a witch and twenty candies!)
Grade 4's continued to practice counting to 20, Halloween and Fall vocabulary. They recorded the vocabulary in their books and began drawing their haunted house, haunted treehouse or Fall scene. This work will continue for the next two weeks in French class as well as students will learn how to write sentences to describe what is in their picture!
4B will present their pictures on: Monday, October 30
4E will present their pictures on: Tuesday, October 31
Students in 4C and 4F are working on an introductory French dialogue. They will be performing this dialogue in class. A rubric for this activity was created through student feedback. The rubric will be used to assess students on a 1 ~ 4 scale. Here is the rubric:
Grade 4's in both classes continued practicing asking how to get a drink of water or to use the washroom as well as reviewed numbers from 0-10. They also learned the numbers from 11-20 and should have all 21 numbers copied down in their French duotangs. We used two songs to practice the numbers from 1-20 and the video links are below. This week I also introduced Halloween and Fall vocabulary. Students will be using Fall or Halloween vocabulary to create a picture based on that theme. They will create a French paragraph describing what is in their picture next week. At the end of the month, Grade 4's will present their picture and read their French paragraph to the class!
Students learned the months of the year this week and we practiced with the song below. Next week we'll start saying the date in French at the beginning of every class!
In French class students have been practicing numbers from 1 ~ 31 in order to answer the question: "Quelle est la date aujourd'hui?" (What's the date today?) fluently. They have been learning expressions that they can use to introduce themselves as well. 4C and 4F will use this knowledge to do role-play in class in early October. During the role play, they will introduce themselves to a partner in French. The following conversational expressions have been practiced by students in class since early September, so 4C and 4F students should have a strong familiarity with them:
Students may study at home using the list from above. Note the English approximations of the French pronunciation in italics to help with accent. Going online and typing the expressions into Google Translate then clicking on the microphone icon may assist students in approximating true French pronunciation as well. Likewise, students can use the links provided on this blog page to help them practice and improve their French accent. Please note that French spellings and pronunciations often do not match well, particularly if one uses English phonological rules to say them. As an example, the French number sept (seven in English) is not pronounced sept. The 'p' in this word is silent. "Sept" is pronounced in French exactly like the English word 'set' as in: "That's a lovely tea set."
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