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Monday, 10 July 2017

Free French Projects for Grade 6-8 Core French (Fits New BC Curriculum)

I'm excited to share two free Core French projects that align with the new BC Curriculum for Grade 6-8!

Francophone Communities Across Canada Project


The first fits in with Grade 6 and Grade 7.  It is a Francophone Communities Across Canada Research Project.  

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREE-Francophone-Communities-Across-Canada-Project-Completely-Editable-3248067

Grade 6 BC Curriculum Connections:

Big Idea
  • Learning about Francophone communities helps us develop cultural awareness.
Content
Students are expected to know the following:

Grade 7 BC Curriculum Connections:

Big Idea
  • Deepening our knowledge of Francophone communities helps us develop cultural awareness.

Content
Students are expected to know the following:

  • Information about Francophone and Francophone Métis communities across Canada  
  • Francophone people live on First Peoples territories across Canada
Curricular Competencies
Students are expected to be able to do the following:
  • Identify, share, and compare information about Francophone and Francophone Métis communities in Canada
  • Identify cultural aspects of Francophone communities

Francophone Country Project

The second project fits with Grade 7 and Grade 8.  It is a Francophone Country Research Project.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREE-Francophone-Country-Project-Completely-Editable-3248133

Grade 7 BC Curriculum Connections:

Big Idea
  • Deepening our knowledge of Francophone communities helps us develop cultural awareness.
Content
Students are expected to know the following:
  • Where French is spoken around the world
Curricular Competencies
Students are expected to be able to do the following:
  • Identify cultural aspects of Francophone communities 
  •  Demonstrate basic awareness that there are Francophone communities around the world

Grade 8 BC Curriculum Connections:

Big Idea
  • Acquiring a new language and learning about another culture deepen our understanding of our own language and culture
Content
Students are expected to know the following:
  • There are many Francophone communities around the world
  • Information about Francophone communities around the world 
  • Cultural aspects of Francophone communities, practices, and traditions  
Curricular Competencies
Students are expected to be able to do the following:


Both projects include a project outline/criteria page, marking rubric, and pages to help students keep track of sources and topics as they take notes.  And, both projects are completely editable!  

What do you think?  Have you done something similar? Let me know in the comments below.



Sunday, 9 July 2017

French Vocabulary Activities Bundle #2 - Food, Community, School, Body, Hobbies

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/French-Vocab-Activity-BUNDLE-2-Community-Food-School-Hobbies-and-Body-3247616

My newest French bundle is ready to download!  This bundle includes 64 pages of vocabulary lists, puzzles, activities, and quizzes.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/French-Vocab-Activity-BUNDLE-2-Community-Food-School-Hobbies-and-Body-3247616
You'll get 5 of my Vocabulary Activity Packs - Community, Food, Body, School, and Hobbies

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/French-Vocab-Activity-BUNDLE-2-Community-Food-School-Hobbies-and-Body-3247616
Comprehensive vocabulary lists for each topic, with bright, colourful graphics

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/French-Vocab-Activity-BUNDLE-2-Community-Food-School-Hobbies-and-Body-3247616
Students will have fun creating their own flash cards. This will help them to create connections that make sense to them to learn the vocabulary much faster!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/French-Vocab-Activity-BUNDLE-2-Community-Food-School-Hobbies-and-Body-3247616
Crossword puzzles with clues in English, and French words in the puzzles!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/French-Vocab-Activity-BUNDLE-2-Community-Food-School-Hobbies-and-Body-3247616
Fun, colourful fill-in-the-blank puzzles to help scaffold learning for beginner French students.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/French-Vocab-Activity-BUNDLE-2-Community-Food-School-Hobbies-and-Body-3247616
Vocabulary matching quizzes for each thematic topic, with answer keys provided!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/French-Vocab-Activity-BUNDLE-2-Community-Food-School-Hobbies-and-Body-3247616
Scrambled word puzzles and matching word puzzles add an extra challenge for your more advanced students!

What do you think?  What themes or topics would you like to see in the future? Let me know in the comments below.




Monday, 3 July 2017

New Clip Art: Hobbies!

I've created a new clip art set all about hobbies!  In the set, I've included:


  • fishing
  • playing cards
  • reading
  • gardening
  • odd jobs
  • shopping
  • sewing
  • cooking
  • hiking
  • playing on a computer

Click on the picture to see how you can download the images.


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Hobbies-Kids-Clip-Art-Set-20-images-for-personal-or-commercial-use-3194514


What do you think?  What other hobbies would you like to see?  Let me know in the comments below!

Friday, 30 June 2017

One Teacher's Italian Adventures!

This past Spring Break, I was fortunate enough to travel to Italy with my friend, Megan.  We booked a Contiki tour and spent 11 days in Italy, seeing Rome, Vatican City, Verona, Florence, San Gimignano, Pisa, Venice, Naples, and Pompeii.  It was an amazing trip!

Here are some photos.

The Spanish Steps in Rome

The Pantheon in Rome. We were wandering through the narrow Roman streets looking for the Pantheon, and turned a corner which opened up into this square. It was amazing and certainly took my breath away!

Inside the Pantheon, looking up at the opening in the roof.

Trevi Fountain in Rome

Me at the Trevi Fountain :)

St. Peter's Basillica in Vatican City

Looking down on the ruins of the Roman Forum with the Colosseum in the background

Roman Forum

The Colosseum in Rome

Michelangelo's David in Florence. This took my breath away! I could have stood in that gallery all day just admiring the artistry. The vein details in the hands are especially awesome, and I had to keep reminding myself that it is made of marble!

Florence!

San Gimignano in Tuscany

Tuscany

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Juliet statue in Verona. They say if you touch her right breast, you'll be lucky in love. I had to give it a try!

Juliet's balcony in Verona.

Venice!
 
The birds over St. Mark's Square in Venice

Venetian canal

The ruins of Pompeii

Pompeii

Pompeii's Forum, with Mt. Vesuvius in the distance

The Bay of Naples with the Isle of Capri in the distance
 It was an amazing trip and now I want to explore the region more! I'm hoping to get a chance to travel more in the south of Italy, and along the Eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea in Montenegro, Albania, and, especially, Croatia.

Have you been to any of those places?  Is there anything I can't miss? Let me know in the comments below. 

New Beginner French Resources - Hobbies and Food!

Today, I'd like to share two new Beginner French resources with you.

1. Les Passe-Temps Unit

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Les-Passe-Temps-Unit-Beginner-French-Hobbies-Unit-for-Grades-4-7-3166680

This unit is all about hobbies!  It includes vocabulary lists, vocabulary puzzles and games, verb conjugation notes for pouvoir (to be able to) and vouloir (to want to), speaking and listening activities, reading and writing activities, and a section to talk about frequency (time)!  It's perfect for Grades 4-7!



https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Les-Passe-Temps-Unit-Beginner-French-Hobbies-Unit-for-Grades-4-7-3166680


2. La Nourriture Unit

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/La-Nourriture-BEGINNER-FRENCH-Food-Themed-Unit-Grade-4-7-3231270


One of my best-sellers is a food-themed unit for Grades 7-10, and one of my most frequent requests was for a simpler version for beginners.  This is my solution!  It includes a huge vocabulary list with 50 basic food words! Where my Gr. 7-10 Unit focuses on fast food items (to appeal to teenagers), the beginner unit is full of fruits, vegetables, meats, and other staple vocabulary terms.  

The unit also includes vocabulary games and puzzles, presentations, a grocery flyer reading activity, verb notes for the verbs manger (to eat) and boire (to drink), an interview activity, and a survey!



https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/La-Nourriture-BEGINNER-FRENCH-Food-Themed-Unit-Grade-4-7-3231270


What do you think?  Do you have suggestions for other themes you'd like to see in my store?  Let me know in the comments below.


Thursday, 1 June 2017

Concrete Poetry - Where Poetry Meets Art


Concrete poetry (or shape poetry) is a type of poetry where the words are arranged in a particular shape that matches the meaning or theme of the poem.  

My middle school students had a lot of fun writing concrete poems as a part of our poetry unit, and they came out so beautifully!  The students were allowed to write their poems on any theme they chose, but I asked them to decorate the page to fit their theme.

Here are some student examples:






Do you teach concrete poetry in your class?  Let me know about your experience with this genre in the comments below.