We are learning about FAMILY in French! We worked around the book “La Chasse a l’Ours” from Michael Rosen. The characters are…
le papa (father), le bebe (baby), la grande soeur (big sister), la petite soeur (little sister), le frere (brother).
First we read the book, using a short song as a refrain for each page:
“Nous allons a la chasse a l’ours, nous allons a la chasse a l’ours.
Ca va bien ! Nous n’avons peur de rien!”
Click on the cover of the book to hear and see the children sing.
Then everybody had to decide who they wanted to be… bebe, petite ou grande soeur, frere, ou… le chien! (the dog). I (Madame Winter) was “Le Papa”! We used the outdoor classroom to act out the story. On the pictures you can see the children before the play – it was unfortunately too complicated to be both photographer and “papa” in the story…
The next day, we listened to the story again.
(By clicking on the picture below you will hear the story told by French children.)
Then a puzzle gave us one more chance to practice the names.
Second Graders are learning the names of body parts in French. They put their vocabulary into catchy songs they created and recorded with Keezy. Keezy is a slick app for creating your own songs: learn more here.
The girls were 1,000% engaged in this very funny activity! They first recorded their own voice singing “move your + a name of a body part” in French and then created their song with the sounds that come with the App.
1st and 2nd graders played discovered the Kahoot App during French class and I am sure some parents heard of it because they looooooved it! They keep asking me when will be the next time they will play Kahoot.
Kahoot is a fun learning game made from a series of multiple choice questions that I designed for the girls. The App is very colorful and allow the students to share their results in real time. It was lot of fun for the girls and a good way for me to asset what they learned and remembered from these past few weeks.
We used Ed Emberley’s book “va t’en, gros monstre vert” to make our own monsters…These monsters are green and ugly, they have a big mouth (la bouche), two yellow eyes (les yeux ), a long nose (le nez), but they do NOT scare the Stone Ridge children!
First the preKindergarteners listened to the story. Then then watched a short video retelling the same story (click on the picture to see the video clip).
During the following class, they listened to the story again, then drew their own monster on the Interactive Board. Of course, they also had to erase this monster, part by part: “va t’en, groz nez! Va t’en, bouche rouge!”
Finally, the next day, they built their monster using construction paper:
Marissa and Yui (2M) prepared a little surprise for me today! They performed a little play that they designed by putting together all the pieces of “social French” they have learned so far. Thank you Marissa and Yui! Your French is so good! – Mr. Bruyas
Mardi Gras means “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the Lenten season. Traditionally, in France, crépes are eaten at this time: it is a type of very thin pancake, served with a variety of fillings.
The preK and K ate their crepe with sugar and lemon juice. Delicious!
Popular practices on Mardi Gras include wearing masks and costumes. The children thus made masks (PreK) or hats (K).
First graders explored animals names this past few days through songs, games and mimic. Learning animals names was also a good way to discover how the letters “sound” in French. Listen to our animals ABC, it sounds great!
The Kindergarten spent some time on the book “Le chien qui voulait etre chat”, by Philippe Corentin… When they knew the story well enough, they made their own ebook! I used the pictures of the book and the children spoke one after the other to re-tell the story on the IPad application “Puppet edu”.
While one group was working with me on the Ipad, the other group was making their own paper booklet, drawing all the animals they learned these past weeks: le papillon, la souris, le chat, le chien, le cochon…