This week, I meant to include a picture or two while extolling the projects Mme Toudic’s French class have undertaken. What can I say, it was hard to cull just a few examples when there were so many interesting projects to display! The students did great work and the 6th grade dioramas were on display for the whole school to see.
“I strongly believe that project based learning in literature is the best way to keep students engaged in reading books and building up a lasting literary culture,” says Mme Toudic, “I think this activity was a great success!”
6th Graders have been reading adventure novels based on castaways stories, such as Vendredi ou la Vie Sauvage by Michel Tournier and Le Royaume de Kensuké by Michael Morpurgo. They created dioramas to present these books in a fun and creative way.
Each box includes quotes, students’ opinion about their chosen novel, six images or objects, five key words, five emotions, and a summary of a passage. They could be as creative as they wanted.
“The 7th Grade reading journals are based on the same idea. Students delve into a project that they end up owning and accomplishing for themselves, not for the teacher or a grade. They each created a journal they want to keep because they are proud of it,” Mme Toudic continued. “In the end the goal is the same: using engaging projects to ensure students love reading. I was very impressed with the quality of both the 7th graders reading journals and the 6th graders Castaway Dioramas – we clearly have very talented students at SDFAS!”
Il n’y a aucun doute. Merci à Mme Toudic pour toutes les photos et les projets stimulants!
During the journalism elective, two students, Nolwenn and Sidonie (6th grade) created a survey to find out what middle school students prefer to play during recess. Here are the results !
Durant l’elective de journalisme, Nolwenn et Sidonie (6th grade) ont réalisé une enquête sur les jeux que les élèves du collège préféreraient durant la récréation. Tous les élèves furent interrogés. De nombreux jeux furent suggérés tels quel le football (français et américain), le “foursquare”, le basket ball, le “gaga”, le hula-hoop…Les élèves avaient également la possibilité de proposer un choix. La plupart des élèves du collège aiment parler avec leurs amis pendant la récréation, dessiner ou tricoter mais finalement, c’est le football qui remporte l’unanimité. L’enquête portait également sur les jeux de société comme les échecs ou “apples to apples” qui ont été choisis par cinquante pour cent des élèves interrogés.
RECESS GAME SURVEY RESULTS
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO AT RECESS?
☐ Play Soccer = 28
☐ Play Gaga – 8
☐ Play Football = 22
☐ Hula Hoop – 1
☐ Play Foursquare = 9
☐ Other: 57
☐ Play Basketball = 9
If we had some non-sports games such as chess, Jenga, etc., would you play them?
Yes ☐ = 35
No ☐ = 35
Ping Pong = 3
Chalk for drawing on the blacktop near new tables = 1
Life = 1
Clue = 3
Chess = 7
Risk = 2
Checkers = 1
Human Chess = 1
Monopoly = 1
Coloring books = 1
Cards = 7
Foosball = 1
Impossible = 7 (videogames, pool, zipline…)
Twister = 1
Apples to Apples = 1
Hopscotch = 1
A suggestion from Erin Wallen: more footballs please – we had one and it got lost somehow, even though it was checked in and out from me. When someone brings one from home, the game is popular.
In March, students in 6th grade have created very beautiful poem booklets. Some of the poems have been displayed during the “Printemps des Poètes” (Spring of poets) event.
Read in the attachment some of the productions, under the direction of Aline Bunod.
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During Elective (journalism), students write or film short reports about what they like. Here’s is a fun video of Juliette Nicoli (6th grade) that presents Saint Patrick’s day[wpvideo ub9Xj8KW].
Here are a few photographs of the poems which were displayed at SDFAS on Tuesday and Wednesday. The students wrote beautiful texts. From 1st grade to 8th grade, everyone really enjoyed that particular moment dedicated to poetry and personal creation.
During Elective (journalism), students write short reports about what they like. This is the text written by Killian (7th grade) about Falconry.
Avez- vous jamais pensé que ce serait intéressant de chasser avec un oiseau ? Il y a une petite communauté de gens qui communiquent entre eux et parlent de leurs pratiques. Cette communauté pratique un passe-temps appelé fauconnerie, un sport à l’échelle nationale où les gens piègent, entraînent leur oiseaux et chassent avec eux. Ce sport a été transmis depuis l’époque médiévale. Au cours de cette longue période de fauconnerie, certaines méthodes d’enseignement ont changé. Mais la plupart des choses sont restées les mêmes. Cet art devient de plus en plus pratiqué.
La fauconnerie peut être pratiquée avec plusieurs types d’oiseaux. Un apprenti-fauconnier pourrait trouver plus facile de pratiquer avec des oiseaux tels que la crécerelle ou le faucon à queue rouge.
Après deux ans d’apprentissage, vous devenez fauconnier à part entière et vous pouvez avoir trois oiseaux à la fois. Habituellement, c’est un épervier de tonnelier, un gerfaut , ou un Merlin.
Après cinq ans, vous pouvez obtenir cinq oiseaux à la fois. Le maître-fauconnier chasse avec des oiseaux comme le faucons pélerin, l’aigle Harris, et les palombes sibériennes.
Open to all the students from 1st to 8th graders, “Spring for Poetry” is an annual event held in many schools and cultural centers in France and all around the world in the Spring. Each year in France, many schools celebrate poetry by organizing several workshops that engage students : a poetry contest, a poem as a gift (a student offers a poem s/he has written to another student), a Poetry writer’s workshop. This year, the 18th “Spring for Poetry” will take place at SDFAS from March 7th to March 20th. During this event, SDFAS students will have the opportunity to read the poems of Apollinaire, Supervielle, Cendrars, Saint John Perse, Eluard, Breton, Aragon, Michaux, Ponge, Prévert, Queneau, and Char, to mention just a few. Poetry will provide students with a beautiful medium to share their emotions.
Each year, the Mission Laïque organizes a French short story contest. It is a great opportunity for students of this school network to compete and to test their writing skills. Here is the short story that was selected for the Mission Laïque Contest. Antoine Massip wrote a beautiful novel which takes place in the Wild West. Inspired by the American culture, Antoine wrote an original story. Let’s hope he wins! In any case, making our students write a long text and develop their own creativity is a beautiful project.Antoine Massip-SDFAS-Nouvelle MLF
The National French Contest sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French took place last week at the school. The 6th and 7th graders were very happy to participate in this competition to assess their French speaking skills. Competing with other Americans learners of French is a great opportunity to acknowledge the strength of a great bilingual environment. Aline Bunod and Emmanuel Samé are expecting a lot of winners!