Students in 4C and 4F received back their rubrics for the introductory conversation. The results from this initial conversation were by in large very good. Students have gained fluency and much self-confidence in their ability to introduce themselves. They now know the following phrases:
Comment ça va? (How are you?)
Quel est la date aujourd’hui? (What’s today’s date?)
Quel âge as-tu? (How old are you?)
Comment t’appelles-tu? (What’s your name?)
We are now asking a different question: Quel temps-fait-il? (How is the weather?). We have studied a number of responses as well. We have been using the following site to study this: www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/french/french.htm
Students can find useful games and learning activities at this site. Lessons about how to tell the weather can be found at Section 28. The Weather: www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/french/sect28/index.htm
Grade 4's continued to work with the calendar this week. We practiced the months of the year and learned the days of the week. The days of the week link is below.
Both classes will be having a quiz on the numbers from 40-69, the days of the week and the months of the year. Tests dates are also below.
4E - Monday, December 4
4B - Tuesday, December 5
4E unfortunately lost another French class this week so only wrote their numbers quiz. Quizzes for both 4B and 4E have been sent home to be signed and returned to school. 4B began learning the months of the year. One thing to remember about the French months is they are written with a lowercase letter. There is a link below to help them practice the months at home. 4E will start learning the months of the year on Monday.
In common with the other French classes 4C and 4F are also learning to say the alphabet in French. In class we practiced how to say, "Je m'appelle ____" then students spelled their names in French. Our other area of study recently has been family/kinship terms in French. Students learned that when talking about a female family member they should use ma/ta (my/your) and when speaking about a male they use mon/ton (my/your). It was briefly explained that one can use 'mes' (my plural) to describe more than one person, though the majority of practice in class has focused on the essential difference between masculine and feminine nouns. This is an essential feature of French grammar that is largely lacking in English. Students were made aware that 'mon' must be used in conjunction with a masculine noun and 'ma' must be used in conjunction with a feminine noun. All students have performed an introductory French skit in front of the class. Mr. Brewer is working on marking these skits in advance of the forthcoming parent/teacher conferences and they should be coming back shortly to students.
Students have presented their "maison hantée" projects and did a great job! The projects have been returned with their marked rubric. We learned the French alphabet and have been practicing in class. Students enjoyed singing our alphabet song, which I’ve attached below to practice at home. Next, we will start learning weather and temperature vocabulary so we can also give daily forecasts to go along with the date!
For the last couple of months we have been learning and practicing vocabulary associated with greetings, numbers to 31, and the date (days of the week and months of the year). Students will be writing a short quiz to demonstrate their understanding of this vocabulary. We will have a review class next week and then students will write their quiz in their next class. 4D will write their quiz next Wednesday, November 15th, and 4A will write their quiz on Monday, November 20th. Students are not expected to memorize spellings of French words, but should be able to recognize and translate vocabulary (example: dix-huit is 18).
Students continued to practice the alphabet and the numbers this week. Both classes will have a class on the numbers from 1-39 next week. They do not need to know how to spell any of the other numbers but do need to know what they are in French.
4B's quiz is Monday, November 13.
4E's quiz is Tuesday, November 14.
To help practice, we listened to some songs on youtube, the links are below as well as played number bingo.
4B presented their maison hantee project to the class on Monday. All students have received their rubric back and it was sent home to be signed and returned. 4B also started learning how to say the alphabet en francis. They practiced spelling some common words using the French pronunciation of each letter.
4E presented their maison hantee project to the class on Thursday. They will receive their rubric on Tuesday, November 7. Please ensure you initial the rubric and return it to school once you've seen it.
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