We have been very busy in French class this month! This week we are wrapping up a "Noël en France IPA" Assessment. IPA stands for an Integrated Performance Assessment. There is an interpretive listening piece, an interpretive reading piece, a presentational speaking, and writing piece. All are connected to the theme: Christmas in France. All use authentic materials so the students analyze and use French resources created by the French and for the French. As our final task we created written holiday cards for our ePals in France. Here are some samples from grades 6 & 7.
After 2 long months of anticipation, the moment arrived. The moment where we look inside the boxes arriving from France, and discover a new culture, a new way of life. Here are some photos from grades 6 & 7 today.
We discovered that the French cookies have a LOT of butter, and some are very light and not too sweet. We also noticed they have candy which seems more like real fruit flavors than ours.
Today was an exciting day in French class. We got to watch videos of our ePals opening OUR culture box in Toulouse, France. It was neat to see their expressions as they took the different items we'd included out of the box. We could hear the teacher asking them, "Qu'est-ce que c'est?" Which means, "What is it?" We also received our first hand-written letters, half in French, and half in English, from Toulouse. We are going to share our letters, have Mme. Utz help us read them, and write back.
These are the 6th and 8th grade classes we are corresponding with this semester. They are outside of their middle school in Toulouse, France. They are also in their classroom.
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.