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French is Fun – Fin (The End/Last Lesson)
BSCS Students- I have had so much fun with you in our French classes! Merci for making it such a great experience for me, and I’m so glad you also had fun learning French!!
What Did We Learn?
Every week, we learned a bit of culture and a bit of language, and always sang a song or two! All sections went over basic vocabulary, like the French alphabet, numbers 1-20, and greetings.
The K-2 class focused on “Mon Alphabet” – their alphabet book. They also got a mini-lesson based on what the theme was that week. (Click here if you want to finish your alphabet book at home!)
The 3rd-5th and the Middle School classes learned a whole lot of French and culture, including:
Greetings, Paris, Sports, Family, a Student’s Life in France, Other French-speaking Countries, French Food, Animals, School Vocabulary, Clothes, Colors, Art, and more.
Here are some of our favorite songs from a website resource used in many classes:
And other games and activities (a great site to explore for language-learning fun).
I hope you keep having fun learning French. Explore this site for more resources. À bientôt!
La Météo – The Weather
Did you know that they use Celsius (the metric system) instead of Fahrenheit with the weather in France?
To convert ºC to ºF, use this formula: C x 1.8 = 32 = F
For example, 0º C = 32º F or 15º C = 59º F
Le Temps – The Weather
Quel temps fait-il? “What’s the weather like?” or “How’s the weather?”
–Il fait du soleil. = “It’s sunny.”
-Il fait beau. = “It’s nice out.”
-Il fait chaud. = “It’s hot.”
-Il pleut. = “It’s raining”
-Il fait mauvais. = “It’s yucky out.”
–Il fait du vent. = “It’s windy.”
–Il fait frais. = “It’s cool.”
-Il fait froid. = “It’s cold.”
–Il y a des nuages. = “It’s cloudy.” (literally- there are clouds)
-Il neige. = It’s snowing.
Les Saisons (seasons) (“in” + season)
l’hiver (m) en hiver (Winter)
l’été (m) en été (Summer)
l’automne (m) en automne (Fall)
le printemps (m) au printemps (Spring)
“It’s the Fall” = C’est l’automne / “In the Fall” = en automne
Le Temps – Get yourself acquainted with the weather vocabulary. After you hear the vocabulary, you click on the correct word to answer the question.
Quel temps fait-il? – You will write in the answers.
Cherche les mots – A weather-related wordsearch.
Jeu de memoire – Memory game
Les Mots Rapides – You have to type in the weather expression you hear before the bowling ball drops.
Est-ce qu’il fait chaud? – There will be a weather scenario depicted. You get to roll the scrolls to choose the 2 parts of the correct answer ( oui ou non ) and then the correct weather scenario.
Est-ce qu’il fait froid? – You get to be the Weather DJ! Pick from the records you to choose the correct weather scenario.
La météo en France – Fill in the weather for France with the help of the weather-woman.
Attrape les mots – In this game, you have to aim for the correct words, and move by using the left and right arrows. You must fill the words in in order!
Chat-man – A game very similar to Pacman. You go for the big red circles, and have to answer questions. I’m not sure if the 3rd level questions have any reason behind them. Good luck!
Weather picture practice – You’ll need to know “Le ciel est couvert” / “The sky is covered” & “Il fait du brouillard” / “It’s foggy” & “Le temps est nuageux” / “It’s cloudy”.
Aimer – How to Express Like/Dislike
Est-ce que tu aimes…? (Do you like…?)
Oui, j’aime ___________ (Yes, I like___________)
Non, je n’aime pas___________ (No, I don’t like___________)
J’aime jouer aux dames.
1. Like and don’t like
I like playing checkers.
Qu ‘est -ce que tu aimes faire?
2. What do you like doing?
What do you like doing?
Sports using the verb “jouer”
le foot(ball)– soccer jouer au football
le football américain– football jouer au football américain
le hockey– hockey jouer au hockey
le volley(ball)– volleyball jouer au volleyball
le basket(ball)– basketball jouer au basketball
le baseball– baseball jouer au baseball
le golf– golf jouer au golf
Sports using “faire”
le vélo- biking faire du vélo
l’équitation (f)- horse-back riding faire de l’équitation
le ski- skiing faire du ski
le ski nautique- water skiing faire du ski nautique
la natation*- swimming faire de la natation
(*nager (verb)= to swim))
la planche à voile – wind-surfing faire de la planche à voile
une promenade – a walk faire une promenade
le chat – cat
le chien – dog
le canard – duck
le lapin – rabbit
la grenouille – frog
la serpente – snake
la vache – cow la vache dit <<meuh>>
le cheval – horse
le dauphin – dolphin
le coq – rooster le coq dit <<cocorico cocorico>>
We’re going to learn some French language and some French culture today. We’ll learn how to express what you like to do, through looking at some French fine art. There are many famous French painters!
Here are some of the artists we will be looking at:
Van Gogh (Dutch in origin, became famous as a painter in France)
In many places besides France people speak French! I wanted to share a bit about one of the French-speaking countries in Africa (learn more about all of them here), because of a fun custom there (scroll down to find out!).
In Senegal, greetings are a very important part of their culture. A greeting in Senegal is unlike one in America, where you may have a short salutation (Hello/How are you?) without much response given or expected. In Senegal, greetings can take up to 15 minutes (and sometimes even longer!). That is because they not only say hello and how-are-you, but, they also ask about your family and how they are as well, and they really want to hear your response.
–Video on greetings in Senegal
“Marianne a la salle des professeurs”
There are many countries in Africa where the official language is French, along with other dialects. There are hundreds (even thousands!) of different dialects all over the HUGE continent. It’s fun to learn about other languages and cultures, n’est-ce pas?
Les Vêtements et La Mode
(Clothes and Fashion)
Maybe, like Ms. Amanda, you don’t really care a whole lot about keeping up with the latest fashion fads, but you do have to choose what clothes to wear! 🙂
The French people are rather fashionable- they are well known for their fashion and in fact, la mode, (French for fashion), is used in English…have you heard “apple pie à la mode”? It means apple pie with ice cream, which is “in style”.
Learn more and play games here
A “boubou” is a flowing robe worn in Western (and Northern) Africa. It is more commonly worn among men, but in Senegal and a few other countries in Africa, women wear them. This may be called a “m’boubou”.
Have you ever worn anything as a tradition or that represents your family’s culture?
Have a great two weeks off! If you are inspired to continue “French is Fun” at home, check out some of the links on this page or elsewhere on the internet (check out this resources page for a starting point!).
Bonnes Vacances…On se voit en deux semaines!
Have a great vacation…We’ll see each other in two weeks!