Thursday, February 11, 2021 was the 100 day of school. The first graders organized a very special moment for that event. Since the beginning of the school year and every morning, the children count each day of school till 100. They use color sticks in class to represent ones, tenths and hundreds. A routine the children love and an occasion to plan a beautiful event for the 100 days. This year, the first graders realized 100 math challenges, made collections of 100 objects and decorated tee shirts for this occasion.
Claire Selva – Elisabeth Perdereau – Birka Nielsen
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Bonjour Sci-Chat Educators,
Thank you again for participating in Sci-Chat! It was amazing to see so many children from different schools come together in the Francophone community. Alliance Française de San Diego, Salk Institute, and the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States appreciate your efforts in sharing this experience with your students.
We are scheduling to do the Sci-Chat again in the future on a quarterly or biannual basis with details coming soon.
We appreciate your time and efforts in closing the distance to keep our Francophone community connected.
Have a wonderful rest of the week.
Alliance Française San Diego, Executive Director
Here are the 5th graders attending the event:
In 4th grade, the students have learned about forces of nature that affect the surface of the Earth through erosion, weathering, and deposition. These forces (wind, water, gravity, ice) can create landforms over time. Bryce Canyon, in Utah, is one of those landforms. The students were able to talk live to a National Park Ranger from Bryce Canyon to learn how its infamous Hoodoos were created and how the land was originally a humid lake environment. They also were treated to a mini geology lesson with an experiment with Bryce Canyon in the background covered in snow.
After evaluating 1st grade students at the beginning of the school year in order to better meet their needs (diagnostic evaluation), January, the middle of the year, is the time when teachers check whether the basic learning has gone well. In a very natural way that is not disruptive for the children’s routine, teachers assess their students according to standards proposed by the French National Education.
The goal is not to grade the students but to understand where they are in their learnings, what concepts should be reinforced and those on which we can build. Also, It is an opportunity for students to self evaluate and see their progress.
Work in mathematics begins as early as possible by acquiring solid foundations from an early age. Automaticity and meaning are essential in ensuring good progress with future concepts. In 1st grade, this approach is supported by manipulation work using individual equipment. Counting, grouping, calculating, estimating etc., takes on meaning for each child who, with the help of this physical referent, goes from concrete to abstract.
Despite the complicated conditions for everyone, teachers are still able to offer coding and robotics sessions in the classes. With the technical support of our remote STEAM coordinator, the teacher in charge of the class offers various activities allowing students to revise or reinforce concepts seen in language or mathematics. At the same time, they approach the specific logic of coding.
4th graders have learned about a popular Mexican folk art called Alebrijes, which originate from the dreams of a man named Pedro Linares in the early 1900s. He used these animal-like creatures to create a new type of art out of cardboard to sell. His creatures were not very popular with the general public until another man named Manuel Jimenez came along. He made them more colorful and a little less scary while also changing the material to carved wood.
The students have read an article, watched a video, and seen photo examples of Alebrijes in English (along with some Spanish!). They designed and created their own. They drew their Alebrije and wrote descriptive sentences about it in English. The next step was to create one in 3D that represents their drawing and writing. And the final step was to present their 3D Alebrije to their classmates using their French oral language skills.
Cathleen Anderson & Sylvia Aka
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As we commemorate the 102nd anniversary of the end of World War I in France, 4th and 5th grade students were informed by teachers of the opening of a new memorial in Washington DC.
The duty to remember must not exclude anyone….
The beginning of the year is a great opportunity to reflect and learn more about yourself. The 4th Grade students were able to do just that by writing a poem describing who they are and what goes on around them- both inside and outside. The students started with a handwritten copy of their poem, then typed their own Google Document, practiced reading their poem to others to improve their intonation and speaking skills, and lastly, they recorded themselves reciting their poem on a site called Flipgrid. Students are able to listen to each other and find commonalities and as well as learn about how different and special we all are.
After expressing their dreams and hopes which enabled them to write the rules of the classroom, the students continued to work on the organization of the beginning of the year.
All classes organized delegate elections with very strict protocol on voting procedures: candidates, ballots, voting booth, and announcement of results.
This important event in the life of the class makes it possible to work on civic education but also on language and certain cultural aspects discussed with the children.
Below, some photos of the CE1A and CPA classes.