This week the students worked on many things, such as reading our second book, learning some new questions and verbs, but also, the art of refinement. All students received the rubrics they created for their first project with a grade and comments about what they did well and what they could do to improve. The students were given the opportunity to polish their work for the chance of getting a better grade. I believe that learning a language never ends, there is always something new to learn or ways to improve. Even our first language is a journey of lifelong learning. I want the students to development a mindset that through handwork, they can continue to refine and learn French, but also, that their grades are also a work in progress.
For the sac à dos project, I told the students that they can think of a rubric and the grades 1-4 as a hamburger. You should ask your child to explain the difference between a 2, 3 and 4 using this analogy. Collaboratively, we wrote a paragraph in class and this was the modeled paragraph. The students were shown how to make it a 3 and a 4. The modeled paragraph was left on the board while the students worked on their individual projects. The students know the importance of taking risks when learning a language, and the way to get a 4 was to push themselves to write a sentence that wasn't modeled and was original to them.
Our second book of the year is called Panique à l'école. Ask your child what this book is about and what they have been learning from it! We contextualized and made connections to their lives, made predictions based off of photos from the book, read the book once and answered comprehension questions, then read the book a second time looking for words that have the sound "t" in them. For an example of the phonetic step, ask your child how to pronounce Thomas in French.
We continued to build our French vocabulary talking about the things we habitually do in the morning and at school. We will add to this by talking about what we do after school and in the evening. The students learned about the 4 seasons in the year and were able to discuss which season is their favorite and why.
Next week we will continue to talk about what we normally do each day and build up to read our third book called Pauvre Michel- about a boy who has a bad day by waking up late and forgetting a bunch of things.