Grade 8 students were excited to finally receive our box of cultural artifacts from northern France where we correspond with a middle school French class located in the city of Montcornet. We received a special cookie made in that region of France, which Chris Simard & Haley Lamb are displaying below. We also received detailed letters from the French students explaining in both English and French about themselves and their school days. We look forward to emailing them back and explaining our holiday traditions.
Grade 7, class 7.1B received their first Boîte Culturelle, and were SO excited to compare and contrast the French culture with their own by examining the cultural artifacts we received from our new French friends. We are excited to write back in French to them and thank them for the gifts!
Qu'est-ce que c'est? (What is it?) Can you figure out what each item from France is?
Grade 7, class 7.1A received their first Boîte Culturelle, and were SO excited to compare and contrast the French culture with their own by examining the cultural artifacts we received from our new French friends. We are excited to write back in French to them and thank them for the gifts!
Another EPAL PROJECT is getting underway for all 8 French classes at SMS this school year. It is such a wonderful way to get students excited to learn their world language! Classes this year will correspond with French peers in such cities as: Cannes, Chatou, Arras, Montcornet, Saint Etienne, and even, the French overseas department of, Ile-de-la-Réunion! This month we are busy creating our BOÎTE CULTURELLES (Culture Boxes) in which we include a small item which represents our American culture in Maine, USA. We will include letters of introduction in our boxes, and anxiously await the boxes from France with the introductions from our French ePals. Stay tuned! à la prochaine!
Nos Boîtes Culturelles pour la France! (Our Culture Boxes for France!)
We received our final Boîte Culturelle of the school year from our French friends in Montcornet, France. They have been corresponding this year with Grade 8 advanced. Here are some photos of the class opening their culture box. We sent a box to them which included some typical American things like: lifesavers, bubblegum, caramels, an LLBean boot keychain, a small stuffed animal, a toothbrush, toothpaste & floss, and twizzlers!
Here are photos of class 7B receiving a Boîte Culturelle from our ePals in Marseille, France.
We are working on our culture standard by sharing & comparing cultural aspects of our city and state with our epals' in France. They are sending us cultural information like the digital magazine you see below on one of their cities- Marseille, France. It is interesting to learn about their perspectives and share our own. Authentic language learning materials are the BEST! Bon printemps! (Happy spring!)
As is tradition in France, our ePals sent us a holiday greeting card in January. We learned how to say Happy New Year in French. Bonne Année! We also received a package with Galettes des Rois (King's Cakes) with delicious almond filling to share in their celebration of l'Epiphanie on January 6.
The month of January has brought with it a new class for my Grade 7 B day students to correspond with. We have just begun receiving and discussing hand-written letters from a middle school class in Marseille, France. As we begin our Unit 3 which focuses on descriptive words in French, we will be responding and describing ourselves to our ePals in French. We will also be putting together our 2nd Boîte Culturelle (Culture Box) to mail our ePals before February break. They will also send one to us in the next months. It is fun to discover cultural artifacts and share this way.
Les fêtes sont arrivées! With the arrival of the holiday season, we gain opportunities to compare & contrast the holidays celebrated by our EPALs in francophone countries with those we celebrate here in Maine, USA. Grade 8 advanced is making an iMovie Tour of our middle school in both languages to share with our epals. The French classes will send a tour of their middle school back to us. We are excited to compare and contrast cultures through the lens of our schools.