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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Middle School Classroom Reveal


This is my third year at my current school, and my third different classroom!  I feel cautiously optimistic that this will be my last move, so I'm making the room my own. This is my Grade 7 classroom:

I asked for tables instead of desks to encourage collaboration and team work.

Since my students don't have desks, they each have a drawer in the drawer carts to hold their supplies.


Drawers in use.


The pages next to my homework board are cover sheets that list all assignments and due dates for the term. If students are absent, they can check the cover sheets to see what they missed.
 
Extra assignments are kept by subject folder in the crate. The red baskets are my hand-in baskets. Students are not allowed to hand in assignments to me directly, it all has to go into the bin.
Extra assignments crate.
  

My classroom library is organized by genre. Each different genre has a different coloured sticker on the spine so the kids can find them easily.

We brainstormed classroom jobs together as a class. Each day, there are two students responsible for each job.
  
This is behind my desk. It has my photocopies for each subject for the week.

So that's my classroom so far!  What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Make Vocabulary Notes Work for Your Students - Create a Dictionary!

I don't know about your students, but mine don't especially love taking down notes!  I don't love notes, either, but they can be a great tool for studying and review if they are set up in a user-friendly way.  

For French vocabulary review, I like to set up the notes as a French-English dictionary.  The students use a notebook and dedicate one page for each letter of the alphabet.  I like Hilroy 32-page exercise books because I can pick them up at Walmart the week before school starts for only $0.05 each! 



To jazz up the booklets, you can glue on a simple cover.




I spend the first class setting up the book with my students.  I use three columns: 
  • ENGLISH WORD  
    • I set the alphabet by English word, as it makes it easier for the students to find what they are looking for.
  • FRENCH WORD
    • I have my students include an article for all nouns to help them remember the gender of the noun.
  • WORD TYPE 
    • I ask my students to write the word type (noun, adjective, verb, etc.) to help reinforce grammar and parts of speech.


This method can be used by any student in any grade, and it is personalized to your class! Your students will have the vocabulary they are learning at their fingertips!

They are a great tool for studying, too.  It can be used alone, in pairs, or in groups for review! If a student finishes work early, he or she can take out their dictionary and cover the French column and quiz themselves.  Students can take the dictionary home on a light homework day and ask a family member to quiz them on vocabulary.  Students can quiz each other during class. The best part is they can take the dictionary with them to use the following year!

Don't want to set up notebooks?  Download and print a version you can photocopy for your students.  Click on the picture below!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Free-Create-a-Personalized-French-English-Dictionary-with-Vocabulary-Words-3320961



So what do you think?  Will you give it a try?  Do you already do something similar?  Do you have another great way to organize vocabulary?  Let me know in the comments below!




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.