Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Don's miss out! HUGE SALE!

February 25 at Teachers pay Teachers - SAVE UP TO 28%! Clear off your wish list!
- Lorraine  

Saturday, February 21, 2015

la Saint-Patrick et des décorations

I know we have just finished Valentine's Day but for me it means getting ready to think about Saint Patrick's Day! (That, along with report cards)  I found this door decoration on Pinterest that is sure to spruce up any classroom.  I wanted to share it with you! Quelle belle porte!

I am also looking for help from my readers about the "poem" below.  My children learned a variation of this poem when younger (certainly not as extensive as this one though as this one is simply amazing!) but I am now looking for an equivalent of it in French.  Anyone know of one?  If so, I would really appreciate it if you would leave me a comment on my blog or a message at my TpT store.  I know that the rhyming of poems makes it impossible to be identical but the general "idea" equivalent is what I am looking for.  Merci tout le monde!  

- Lorraine

Thursday, February 19, 2015

La Boême = des crêpes extraordinaires

Now this was a lesson! 

Our languages classes were fortunate to have had the opportunity today to host "La Boême" - a French Vancouver based crêpes food truck run by Bruno and Paola!  A Classically trained French chef from France, Bruno has now opened his own food truck and has a huge following in the city of Vancouver, BC.  It is a bit of a drive out to our school from downtown Vancouver (an hour) and so we were so excited to hear that they had offered to come and serve our students today.  Not only do these wonderful chefs both speak French (perfect for my classes!) but Paola also speaks Spanish.  This was ideal since we could have all of our second languages students order their crepes in either French or Spanish.  That is EXACTLY what they did.  I must say that I was so proud of them all! 

It was such a delight to see our students do authentic French speaking with Community members - even the youngest of our students came to order.  If you have the chance to do this at your school I would highly recommend it!  

Bon Appétit! :) Lorraine

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Imagination plus!

I am always looking for ways to encourage my students to speak or write in the target language and in my classes it is of course - French. Sometimes the students are asked to write dialogues or to do "real" conversations with just "mini notes" on hand and other times they create questions about pictures, tell impromptu stories, do descriptive monologues, create "speech bubbles" about a picture, etc.  The ideas are only limited by your own imagination! 

Here are a couple of new pictures that I just had to share with you!  I hope you can find a use for them in your class.

 There are evenings when my time is overtaken with "pinning".  I just love to find amazing resources on line to help me with my lessons!

The East coast of Canada has been buried in snow recently!  I am so fortunate that I only need to be sure I always have an umbrella with me.  What is on the minds of these "bonhommes de neige" I wonder?



I am celebrating my first 100 followers at my TpT store.  Please accept this gift from me. :)  Thanks for stopping by!  Lorraine

Sunday, February 15, 2015

la musique française - Internet activity

Music changes each year and over the years we have seen an amazing amount of new talent climb the music charts. Just when you think you have heard every combination of musical notes along comes a new artist or group to stretch the boundaries and the imagination once more in the music world.  It would be impossible for the average person to keep up with the ever-changing music.  However, I decided to take a look at the top 100 songs on the music charts in France and found that many songs were NOT in French at all but were English songs heard right here in North America. -- just another example of how small our world really is! 

I'd like to share with you my updated list of musical talent that I have put together from the charts in France.  They are from various years but all have been in the top 100 at one time or another.  I like to pair this list with an internet challenge which is also available at my TpT store. I'm sure your students will like the variety of music included here!

Thanks for stopping by! :) Lorraine

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Tis the season

..... for love and friendship?  Well, the stores are filled with pinks, reds and white for decorations and there is chocolate and little gifts everywhere!  Although certainly not a stat holiday, Valentine's Day is widely celebrated. It's a nice way to add a little variety to the classroom and a great way to teach about appreciation for one another with the students.

 Here are a few of my products to help you celebrate Valentine's Day in your classroom!



I have come across a second linky party with resources for Valentine's Day.  Check it out.  I'm sure you will find something to "spice" up your lessons as February 14 approaches.  Have fun!

michelle dupuis education - Valentine's Day Linky Party

Are you also preparing for La Saint-Patrick?  If so, here are some products for la Saint-Patrick:

                                                        La Saint-Patrick - les activités

Happy Teaching everyone! -- Lorraine