Questions for home practice: Family and Weather

Hello! Hopefully your child has begun to speak some French at home! The goal of learning a language is to communicate with others and a great place to start is in the security of the home. Students are learning how to ask if someone they are speaking with has a brother or sister and how to make a comment on the weather in conversation.

Please engage in dialogue with your child along similar topics as much as possible. The questions we are using in class are:

Est-ce que tu as un frère?

Oui, j’ai un frère.

Non, je n’ai pas de frère.

Est-ce que tu as une sœur?

Oui, j’ai une sœur.

Non, je n’ai pas de sœur.

Est-ce qu’il fait froid aujourd’hui?

Oui, il fait froid!

Est-ce qu’il fait chaud aujourd’hui?

Non, il ne fait pas chaud aujourd’hui!

This is a great way to spend some fun moments together and even at times to add some humour by asking fun or silly questions.  Students love to take on the role of coach if they have support, so use this blog post to allow your child to coach you if needed. Please include the regular routine of saying hello, introducing oneself and asking how someone is in your daily french practice. Structured practice helps build the fluency required for natural interaction in another language!




Bienvenue Daisy et Lilly!

As the new year began students were excited to meet our new class pets. Two baby bunnies: one Netherland Dwarf and one Holland Lop. It will be fun to care for them and to watch them grow as the year goes on.

A reminder to ask your child to use the French that she or he is learning when at home with you or a sibling. Even one or two small sentences each day will make a big difference. Using French outside the classroom is the goal! When there is a choice to be made or a description/comparison to be made, that is a great place to switch to French.

Est-ce que tu veux …. (Do you want) manger une pomme ou une banane? (to eat an apple or a banana?)

Est-ce que tu veux… aller mainetnant ou cet après-medi? Do you want to go now or this afternoon?

Aim for a few questions per day and see how easy it is to add French into your day!

Please visit the Social Studies page of the site for updates on the new Social Studies units we are starting this week.

Students are learning to sing Frosty Le Bonhomme. Have your child sing it to you or with you … a great opportunity to speak French during the Christmas season! The Greenscreen video project turned out great. Ask your child to say it and to explain the project. Did they say “Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année” to you this evening when they saw you! If not, surprise them and say it to them! (And if you would like your child’s Greenscreen project posted as an example on the blog please let me know. Both parents would need to show interest.)

This version of Frosty was translated by a FSL teacher in order to practice familiar verbs and to learn sentence structure. Here is the first verse and chorus.

Frosty le bonhomme,

le gentil bonhomme de neige.

Il aime chanter et

il aime danser

avec tous les petits enfants.


Thumpity, thump, thump (x2)

Frosty aime courir.

Thumpity, thump, thump (x2)

Il me fait sourire!

Class Pets: Update

Sadly we say ‘Goodbye” to Thumper and Bisquit. They did not adjust to the classroom environment as well as I and the previous owners had hoped and we think that they will be happiest to return to a home setting.

Mme Vlaming is adopting two baby bunnies who will be both Mme Vlaming’s family pets and class pets. The first, Daisy, is a Netherland Dwarf. The second will be a Holland Lop. They will start visit the class as soon as they are ready.

Homework: week of Dec 9 – 15 Please practice daily for our Christmas video project!

  • all students will record a short conversation with a partner in front of a Christmas background of their choice (using an ipad and a Green Screen app).  Students can choose to ask 2, 3 , 4 or more questions but all questions and answers must relate to the Christmas theme and be relevant i.e. a question someone might actually ask to someone they talk with during the Christmas season. Please help your child by playing the role of the second person in the dialogue!
  • partners will practice dramatic skills by taking on a role and using a voice that matches while speaking their lines. This adds a lot of fun to the project and makes each unique!

The script is a variation of the following questions and answers:

Introductions and asking them how they are:

Bonjour, Bonjour

Je m’appelle __________. Comment t’appelle tu?

Je m’appelle ___________.

Comment ça va?

Ça va bien. (mal, comme-ci, comme-ça)  Comment ça va?

Ça va bien. (mal, comme-ci, comme-ça)

Qustion #1

Combien de jour est-ce qu’il y a avant Noël?

Il y a _____ jours. (count down… they will respond accordingly)

Question #2

Quand est-ce que tu va décorer pour Noël?

Je vais décorer pour Noël cette fin de semaine.

Question #3, #4 etc.

Pairs can choose to extend the conversation by asking more questions! Ideas include: What is your favourite song (or food, decoration), or to ask about a family tradition etc.

The ending we will practice this week:

Joyeux Noël et Bonne Annéé.

Joyeux Noël et Bonne Annéé.

Website is the new place to go for homework. Weekly homework will include a variety of engaging digital resources, such as: songs, Quizlet sets, reading and conversation practice and more. Please follow my blog to get the new posts sent to your email. Please return homework duotang for school use.

Grade 2 is learning the vocabulary for the story, “Le Chat et La Lune” using Quizlet flashcards, a learn activity and a match game. Remember to do the flashcards twice or more per day and pay attention to the spelling and pronunciation as you do. (Remember, usernames and passwords are in your child’s agenda.)

  1.“>Quizlet Flashcards
  2.“>Quizlet activity “Learn”
  3.“>Quizlet game “Match”

Grade 3 – 5 Homework.

Students in Grade 3-5 are learning the vocabulary for the story,  “Les Trois Petits Cochons” by studying Quizlet flashcards, a learn activity and a matching game. Remember to do the flashcards twice or more per day and pay attention to the spelling and pronunciation as you do. (Remember, usernames and passwords are in your child’s agenda.)

  1.“>Quizlet Flashcards: Les Trois Petits Cochons
  2.“>Quizlet activity “Learn”
  3.“>Quizlet game “Match”

Coding with Ozobots: A trip around the neighbourhood (Grade 2) or across Canada (Grade 3-5)

Grade 2 – are designing a map of a neighbourhood and creating code that directs Ozobots as they travel from place to place. Grade 2 also mapped the borders of Canada with Lego.

Grade 3-5 are  working collaboratively coding a route across Canada. Students each draw a Canadian Province or Territory on paper. They  then create code that directs an Ozobot to travel to the capital city and places of special interest before moving on to the western provincial border. In this way Ozobots will travel across Canada and students will grow in their appreciation of the shape, location  and features of Canadian Provinces and Territories and capitals.

Students are really enjoying this activity. Ask your child to explain how to direct an Ozobot with code and create some code to try out in class this week! Take a look at an example from class by clicking the link below:

Ozobot Tornado