Zone 7 students are enjoying a tropical treat today as they learn more about the beautiful island of Martinique. They have put together some lovely pineapple upside down cakes and made an information web including many interesting pieces of information about this Caribbean country.
Zone 8 students learned all about Belgium in this unit of study. From diamonds to chocolate they discovered many things that make Belgium a unique and interesting country! The highlight of this part of our units is, of course, getting to make food that originates in this part of the world. This time we had Belgian waffles with all the toppings! Yum!
Senior French students are brainstorming their way into their new units of study. Grade/Level 6 students were hard at work thinking of various hobbies and past times. They are beginning their work toward a motivational speech in French about an activity they are passionate about.
Zone 7 students will be focussing their energies on the various ways that technology impacts our day to day life. Their final product in this unit will be a critique of a movie, song or video.
Zone 8 students will be diving into their new unit that is all about them! The final project they will be working toward over the upcoming weeks is an in-depth description of themselves and their preferences.
Students in UE1, UE2 and Grade 6 presented their amazing French projects this week. Students and teachers from other classes came in to see them during a walk around and our guests voted for the “most extraordinary” invention.
Our Invention of the Year winners as selected by our guests are Mustafa Khan, Evan Beffort and Bailey Richards. Congratulations!
Senior French students worked together to bake bannock, croissants and create a fruit salad according to the areas they studied in their respective French units. Grade 6 students baked bannock after learning about Lethbridge, Alberta. Grade 7 students created a fruit salad after studying aspects of Port-au-Prince, Haiti and grade 8 students baked chocolate croissants after reading about Gréolières, France. A delicious time was enjoyed by all!
Senior French students are hard at work preparing their final unit projects for “Eureka!”; a unit that taught us about inventions and project planning. Students chose a situation that they could remedy, created an invention to solve the problem, gave their inventions original names, created logos and are able to speak about the advantages of their creation. They will take part in presentations and a gallery walk of their work in the upcoming days.
Today the grade 6, 7 and 8 students enjoyed a unique cultural experience! They baked traditional French Canadian cookies called “Langue de chat”. Chef Suzanne provided all baking directions in French and introduced students to Acadian music while they worked. As the cookies baked, students learnt about the history of the cookies, dating back to New France. Students also enjoyed a traditional herbal tea along with their langue de chat and fresh whipped cream! Bon appétit!
Welcome to the new 2014-15 TPS Classroom Pages.
The French program at Tall Pines attempts to replicate an immersion atmosphere as much as possible. Students are encouraged to speak only French with their classmates and their teacher. From the moment the students cross the ‘magic line’ into the classroom, they are expected to converse only in French. The cognitive benefits of learning a second language are well documented. Learning to communicate in another language broadens our knowledge of different cultures and diverse communities. My personal objective, as the Senior French teacher, is to create an atmosphere where students can develop confidence with spontaneous interactions in French.
When Tall Pines embraced the Aim program (Accelerative interactive method) in 1994, our students began to develop fluency, using gestures that target a highly effective kinesthetic method for the internalization of hundreds of high frequency vocabulary in French. In accordance with the Montessori principal of ‘hands are the instrument of learning’, so follows the premise of the Aim program. The gesturing model accommodates all learners; visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Not only do students ‘learn’ hundreds of new vocabulary, but actually internalize them through the use of interactive activities; plays, songs, acting, partner activities, and of course gestures.
While the Aim curriculum has been widely successful, and continues up to grade 6, the grade seven and eight students will be introduced to a new curriculum called, “On y va’. The ‘On y va’ program exceeds the expectations of the Ontario Curriculum in language, grammar and vocabulary building. The Senior students also receive the benefits of the gesturing model, which will accelerate and complement the, ‘On y v”, curriculum. This new program offers current units relevant to the 21st century. Students work together to collaborate when sharing opinions, give and receive instructions, and participate in role-playing, dramatizations, and simulations. Students will be encouraged to use critical thinking, creativity and innovation when completing each unit tasks.
Reading selections are of different forms, genres, lengths and styles. They include dialogues, song lyrics, articles, cartoons, short stories, and poems. Oral communication is essential, and students are encouraged to assist and collaborate with their classmates. Students are given the opportunity to develop their listening and speaking skills with each lesson. Writing activities serve to support and reinforce language components. Several stages of process-writing are integrated in the writing tasks. These stages include generating ideas, choosing a topic, determining the purpose for writing, writing a first draft, reviewing, proof-reading, self and peer-editing, and producing a final copy. Dictation, unit, comprehensions tests and exams (grades 7 and 8 only) will be used for evaluation of vocabulary acquisition and mastery of required grammar skills.
Long gone are the days when students concentrate only on grammar. The ability to communicate effectively is our goal, and we strive daily in our journey to create an environment where all of our students will become bilingual.