Ma semaine en Français – 30

We had our monthly Spirit Day today. The theme was nature and animal and we played games outside.On Tuesday we also had our French Immersion activities.

French:
We finished working on Robin le petit écureuil des bois. We had a chance to work some grammar and writing.
We also worked on the song On dirait from Amir with Rindra our French monitor.
We practised our song for the Festival Oratoire on May 12th. The next two weeks, we will spend some time working on the song.

Social Studies:
We now completed our timelines and started researching a map to show the location for our civilization. We also started to talk about the different topics that we will be researching about.

Art:
We completed our name bug. Started next week, we will focused on ancient civilizations arts.

Below are some of the highlights of the week from a student perspective:
I liked doing the Spirit Day activities, Thurston
I liked going to the library, Stephanie
I liked doing the research for Social Studies, Laura
I liked finishing the song with Rindra, Mazen
I liked the bug art, Lydia
I liked doing relay races for gym, Sean
I liked going outside for gym, Navan
I liked practising the song for Festival Oratoire, Summer
I liked dressing up for the Spirit Day, Mika
I liked walking outside for gym, Bennett

Ma semaine en Français – 29

Welcome back after a long weekend and a short week!
We had our third French Immersion activity this week. More to come next week.

French:
We continued working on listening skills with our French monitor Rindra with the song Un homme debout.
We also worked on shared reading with Robin, le petit écureuil des bois. We did several activities to recognize the different parts of a story; we worked on adjectives, plural and feminine and we wrote a small paragraph to describe our favourite character in the story.
Next week, we will continue to do more activities based on the book.

Social Studies:
This week, we finalized our timelines. Timelines that are not completed need to be done over the weekend. We will start a new Social Studies research topic next week

Ma semaine en Français – 27

French:
This week we watched all the commercials that were created for the cereal boxes. Videos should soon be on each student’s blog.
They all did a terrific job at trying to sell their cereals.

We also worked on a new song with Rindra, our French monitor.

As a class we continue to work on the song L’oiseau et l’enfant that we will be singing at the Festival oratoire, on May 12th. More information about the time and location will be sent home in May.

Social Studies:
As we start our new unit in Social studies, Ancient civilizations, we had a look at pictures in order to describe them. Students had a chance to also work with a partner before describing an new picture on their own.
They also started to research three civilizations they would like to study in order to create the research group. In depth research will start next week.

Art:
We started to create our name bugs. We wrote our names in cursive as well as their reflection. We will colour them later and add details based on our own creativity to make them look like bugs.

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Ma semaine en Français – 26

This week we had a spirit day and an assembly in the gym. Members of the Healthy School Team presented us some skits that were modelling an appropriate conflict resolution using the HOAP process (Honesty, Ownership, Apology, Plan).
A talk was given last year to our board and if you want to learn more about it, you can listen to the speech at the following address: http://yourschools.ca/podcasts/hoap-in-conflict-resolution/

We also had a presentation about rocks and minerals from the president of the geology club of Woodstock, Marion Ecclestone and her husband Tom. Marion is Arielle’s grandma.
A big thank you to Dana, Arielle’s mom, for organizing the presentation. We had such a great time learning a little bit more about rocks and minerals.

French:
Today we finished working on the our commercials. All commercials will be presented next week to the class.

We also started to work around the song “L’oiseau et l’enfant” by doing different activities such as listening to words, drawing what the song inspires us and linking colours with words and feelings.

Science:
This week, we learned about igneous work rock and how they are formed. We also talked about the different parts of a volcano. We learned about fossils and we made one using clay and white glue.
Next week, students will have a quiz about the different types of rocks and the parts of the volcano.

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Ma semaine en Français – 25

French:
We now started to write the script for our cereal commercials. Next week students should bring some props they need to start filming their commercial.

Science:
We talked about the three types of rocks (igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic) and we made some exemplars using sand and gravel, and clay.
We also started to talk about the formation of igneous rocks in volcanoes and talked about the different parts of a volcano.

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Ma semaine en Français – 24

We had another busy week learning new things.
Now it’s time to rest over the break and come back fresh and ready to tackle the last portion of the year!

French:
All groups have now presented their dialogues in French using Futur Proche and talking about vacation plans.
We started to look at commercials, talking about audience, the elements used to target a specific audience, the music used and the slogan. After the break, we will review these elements and start our own cereal commercial based on the cereal boxes the students created.
Rindra, our French monitor, was with us again and we had the opportunity to do a new song “L’espoir est dans ton coeur” from Zachary Richard.

Science:
We continued to learn about rocks and minerals. After learning about how to classify rocks, we learned how to classify minerals based on their color, lustre, texture, streak color and hardness. Thank you to all the students who brought in some rocks and minerals to have a look at.
We also did a quick research about extraction methods for the different minerals that can be found in Ontario.

Art:
We completed our Mondrian project by tracing black lines and we worked on a collaborative art project involving circles and watercolours. Works of art will be displayed in the classroom after the break.

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Ma semaine en Français – 23

We had lots of fun this week learning about rocks and minerals!

French:
We completed our script for the dialogues about our vacations using the Futur Proche and almost all the groups had a chance to perform for the class. Groups who made videos uploaded them on their Google Drive. Check with your child if her/his group made a video so you can have a peak at what they did.

Science:
We started our new science unit about Rocks and Minerals. We started by defining what’s a rock (a mix of 2 to 5 minerals) and what’s a mineral (made of only 1 substance). Then we dug minerals in a cookie rock and we classified them. Picture of our researches are on the blog.
We also looked at real rocks to find minerals.
We talked about rock classification and what attributes are used to classify them (shape, size, color, shininess and texture). We collected rocks and classified them using 1 or more attributes.

Art:
We reviewed primary colors and have been introduced to Mondrian work of art, in particular his Compositions in red, blue and yellow.
Students created their own work of art inspired by Mondrian using animal shapes or others shapes. Art will be completed next week and pictures will be then posted.

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Ma semaine en Français – 22

For the next few weeks, Fridays will happen on Day 3 (Library Day) and students will not have an opportunity share about the week until we go back to another day of the cycle. However, you are more than welcome to ask your child what they liked about the week to engage home discussion about school.
Thank you for your understanding.

French/Health:
All the groups had a chance to present their work about bullying and cyberbullying. We had lots of creativity and good advices.

We learned about Futur Proche in French. Using different hands-on activities, we learned how to build a correct sentence using futur proche and how to conjugate the verb Aller.
We also listened to a dialogue using Futur Proche to train our listening skills.
Students are now working on a script for a short dialogue using futur proche. They are to invent their vacation projects.

Art:
We talked about northern lights, watch a short movie and an explanation of the phenomenon in French.
Next we drew northern lights on black paper using oil pastels.

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Ma semaine en Français – 21

We had lots of fun for Carnaval on Wednesday. We were lucky to have a good weather.

French/Health:
Rindra our French monitor came to our classroom to do more activities based on the French song ‘On écrit sur les murs’.

We also learned about Valentine’s Day and listened a short video about padlocks on bridges.

Our focus this week was learning about Futur Proche. Students were to find that grammatical form in a text and learn how to conjugate the verb Aller. We will continue to learn and use it more next week.

After learning about safe use of internet, students are now working on a presentation to talk about the risks and security measures to take when using internet.
To respond to different learning styles, students were to choose a way to present their research (comic, slides, play, movie, game show, scrapbook, or other choice).
Presentations to the class will take place next week.

Art:
Our art topic this week was drawing a snowman. Using construction paper and chalk, students were able to draw a skiing snowman and added personal details to the snowman and landscape.

Below are some of the highlights of the week from a student perspective:
I liked Carnaval, Lydia
I liked drawing the snowman, Arielle
I liked doing the project about netiquette, Jack
I liked the song On écrit sur les murs, Connor
I liked playing basketball for gym, Rowan
I liked making the Valentine’s bags, Mazen
I liked passing the Valentine’s cards, Laura
I liked playing dodgeball for gym, Navan
I liked making Valentine’s cards, Emelia
I liked writing the script for my project with Brenden, Thurston
I liked learning about Valentine’s Day, Beatrice

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Ma semaine en Français – 20

The week went by very fast!

French/Health:
We continued our learning about safety online. We had several discussions about how to create safe passwords, private information that is not to be shared online, what is cyberbullying and how to respond to it.
The students were also introduced to the decision-making model. They were asked to create a short skit about bullying/cyberbullying and how the victim can take action using the decision-making model.
All groups presented to the class.

Pictures and descriptions of the cereal boxes should be posted on the blogs.

Science:
Our unit about pulleys and gears is now completed. Students were asked to post a video of their elevators on their blog. Make sure you have a look at them.

Art:
Since Valentine’s Day is around the corner, students created Valentine’s bags using heart shapes to create a design.

Picture of the bag should be posted on the blogs.

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