Editing + Meet the Teacher

The students are currently learning to use symbols when editing their work. We use standard symbols, which can be found on the image you see on this page. So far, they have learned four.

  • Delete
  • Insert punctuation
  • Make this a capital letter
  • Make this a small letter

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They are also learning to become good peer editors.

One of the strategies I use when I do this is to use different colour pencil crayons so that they can focus on one thing at a time while reviewing their work or a classmate’s work.

Red pencil: look for missing capital letters or unnecessary capital letters

Blue pencil: look for missing or unnecessary punctuation

Today (Tuesday), we will be working with a green pencil. So as to add a bit of suspense, I’ll let your child explain this last part to you in person. 🙂

Their first English writing assignment will be presented to you when you come visit us on Thursday, during our Meet the Teacher night. Their good copy may not be completed but you will at least have a chance to see what we have done so far in class.

The classroom will be open at 4:30, should you want to come earlier with your child to look around. I will do a short presentation to all parents at 5:05pm.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Annie

Grass & Other News

Yesterday, the students planted their grass seeds. Despite the excitement, I was able to snap a few pictures.

 

Before planting our seeds, we reviewed their questions and divided them into two categories: les petites questions et les grandes questions.

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We also read a book, discussed similes, brainstormed and planned our first piece of English writing.

Starting today (Friday), the students will be introducing new vocabulary to each other. Each day, three students will be able to teach their peers a new word. I will be supporting them in class at the beginning but as time goes, everyone will be able to hunt for new words on their own, at school or at home. For this round, we are focusing on adjectives that begin with the letter A. We will share our list with you once all students have a chance to present a new French word.

Have a great day!

Annie

 

 

Star Wars – La Guerre des étoiles

Division 21 students are studying Star Wars characters, as part of our French Language Arts program. To practice their spoken French, they have been divided in groups of three and are now getting ready to present an interview. One student volunteered to take on the interviewer role while the other two students will become different Star Wars characters.

To prepare for the interview, we did the following:

  • Viewing of episode IV (in French, with English subtitles)
  • Note taking – at different parts of the movie – describing the personality of the characters, giving specific examples from the story
  • Brainstorming in small groups – we used post-it notes and created large posters for future reference (see picture below)
  • Writing about their characters, from the 3rd person point of view (interviewers aren’t doing this but are in charge of writing an introduction and a conclusion to their show)
  • Learning new vocabulary – here’s the link to another Quizlet I created this weekend. La Guerre des étoiles – Quizlet

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Costumes & Interview Times

Some students mentioned wanting to make their own costumes. I found a lot of great ideas online so feel free to refer to the links below. Please note that full costumes aren’t necessary. Also, costumes must remain simple and should not require you to purchase anything.

Here are some websites I found that may come as an inspiration. On Friday, I will offer a 45 minute period for them to work on it, if needed.

Star Wars Costume Ideas

6 Popular Star Wars Costumes You Can DIY

17 Cool DIY Costumes

9 costumes de la Guerre des étoiles

Princess Leia Bun Tutorial

10 Star Wars Crafts to Help You Channel the Force

Filming the interviews will begin on Monday, Tuesday and Friday of next week. If things go as planned, we will be viewing our interviews on May 4th.

 

Fun Fact

Did you know that in French, Darth Vader is called Dark Vador? As the “th” sound doesn’t exist in French, and the “er” sound is pronounced as “é”, they needed to change the spelling of his name to ensure proper pronunciation.

 

Have a great evening,

Annie

 

 

Writing

Good evening parents,

Here are some ways you can support your child at home with his/her writing. Before Spring Break, a parent asked for some ideas and I am posting them here as I think it can benefit everyone.

  1. Read this blog post. And this one, if you’re curious.
  2. Use Kidblog. Review old posts your child has written. Pay attention to punctuation and to the use of capital letters. Read the work aloud together. Let your child tell you what doesn’t sound right.
  3. Avoid worksheets and don’t focus too much on grammar or spelling. Respecting conventions is important but ideas and organization should come first.
  4. Unless your child asks for it, avoid giving writing prompts that he/she doesn’t connect to. Writing should come from the heart. Things that make us laugh, angry, cry or curious often lead to great writing.
  5. When you ask your child to write about a specific topic, talk about it first. The writing process begins by brainstorming and planning. “Cold writes” are not for everyone.
  6. Make writing meaningful. Write letters, poems, make lists, ask your child to convince you of something by writing about it.
  7. Celebrate reading together. Read aloud. Look at what authors do. Pay attention to the words they pick. Steal their ideas. Tell your child what you notice and what you like. It you enjoy the sound of a word, say it out loud. When an author uses great metaphors or similes, talk about it. Encourage your child to select sentences he/she likes in what is being read. Reuse those sentences elsewhere by modifying them.
  8. Write a lot. Like any other skill, the more your child writes, the better he/she will become.
  9. Your child is a writer. Praise him/her for it.

-Annie

P.S. This is a great resource to have. If you purchase it, use it sparingly.

Quizlet: Vocabulary – Character Study

Good afternoon parents,

Here is a vocabulary list that may help your child in French.

Les traits de personnalité – adjectifs

We are currently studying characters from Star Wars as well as two of the Livromanie books they already read in class. This vocabulary list should help with the writing process as well as when the students are speaking with each other.

Have a great afternoon,

-Annie