K-5 ELL: Opinions, My Day, and Setting the Table

Grades 2-5

Over the past couple weeks, grades two through five have begun work concerning their opinions. Specifically, we have worked on the differences between facts and opinions, different ways we can express our opinions (including « In my opinion, and I prefer »).

Slide from a Opinion Lesson Grades 2-5

Grades 2-5 Sorting Through Opinions and Facts

Once we knew the differences between facts and opinions, we started to find different ways to express them. This was the first time we had several starters, and then some practice on whiteboards and in writing.

Grades 2-5 Expressing Their Opinions Using Different Sentence Starters

Finally, we are looking for ways to make better use of our views, including combing both facts and opinions. Different grades will see different endpoints as explores opinions, but will continue for the next few weeks. I promised to keep you posted in the next blog I post.

K-1 grades

Our two other grades worked on building vocabulary. For Kindergarten we were exploring « My Day » vocabulary. Many of the concepts were introduced using this video.

Both grades 1 and K were shown this video, but Kindergarten worked on it extensively. Including a great game of charades. Students were shown flashcards of other daily activities and asked for their peers. This resulted in some hilarious fun.

Kindergarten Playing « My Day » Charades

Meanwhile, Grade 1 started to learn « Setting the Table » vocabulary. This includes such a fork, flat, spoon, knife, and various other objects you would use during a meal. We combined this with the sight word « The, » and added our new vocabulary to our vocabulary notebooks.

Students Adding « Setting the Table » Vocabulary to Their Notebooks

More sight words, and vocabulary headed grade 1 in the next few weeks. As for Kindergarten we’ll continue to work on some basic vocabulary, but also really focus on on phonics to build literacy skills.

That’s it for this addition of K-5 ELL blog. Look for the next update in two weeks!

Sounds, Nouns, and Adjectives

This week we continued working on segmenting words. Kindergarten took on their second group of sounds including – c, k, e, h, r, m, and d. We combined these with previously learned sounds to create short words such as cat.

Students Identified Sounds, practiced their hand writing, and found meaning in short consonant-vowel-consonant words

Meanwhile Grade one focused on the phonograms: Qu, ee, ck, and reviewed previously learned sounds to create new words.  Including Queen, Quilt, Quit, and Quick.

Grade one testing their knowledge of sounds, and building words with Qu

Grade 2 practiced blending sounds together and identifying words. This week we conducted several classroom treasure hunts, and also played some charades with single syllable words. Mainly identifying animals and classroom objects.

Grade 2 listening to segmented words and finding them around the classroom

Grade 3 categorizing nouns, and working on their spelling lists

Grades 3,4, and 5 continued blending sounds as well, but also started to focus on different parts of speech such as nouns and adjectives.  We played a variety of games to build our vocabularies,  differentiated  between  singular  and  plural  nouns,  and  learned  how  we  can modify  nouns  to  add  more  detail.

Discover the Continents– Australia Part 1

In the past two weeks, we ‘took a tour’ in Australia. We had ‘visited’ some famous landscapes and architectures such as the Ayers Rock, the Great Barrier Reef, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge. We touched a bit on the Aboriginal Art— dot painting, as well as typical animals in Australia. We learn through songs, music and movement, reading stories, relative videos, and making art crafts.

The Aboriginal Art—Dot Painting
We recognized our own name by dot painting.
We decorated the typical animals with dots. With a cool APP for teaching, learning and creativity—Quiver, the animals came to life: they can turn around, jump, roll in a maze, etc..
Especially we learned about Kangaroo by watching a short clip and asking questions to promote our thinking, listening and English speaking skills.
Where do kangaroos live? (Australia)
What do kangaroos eat? (Bushes, grass)
How do we call a baby kangaroo? (Little joey)
Where does a little joey stay? (Pouch, pocket)
Why does a kangaroo have a long tail? (To balance)
What do little joeys should watch out for? (Eagle, dingo)
How far can a kangaroo leap? (Leap over three cars!)
We danced to the music and acted like the animals.
With the Translanguage Pedagogy, we read a story about Wombat in English after Ms. Anne read it in French. From the story, we learned that most of the time, wombats sleep and eat!
We got to know about colors and shapes by making comparisons of flags of Australia, Aborigines, France, Belgium and China.

Back to School, Back to English!

Welcome Back to English!

The first few weeks back are always a mix of nerves and having fun for students. Many of students have used much English during their summer vacation, and so they can be a bit hesitant to begin using it again.  Thus the first week is filled with fun ways to welcome back students. We read stories, sing songs, and play games to learn about one another.

Students express themselves in a variety of ways to start the school year.

Read Alouds Help Generate Genuine Conversations Between Learners and Instructor

   Phonemic Awareness

Once we’ve settled into a groove, we begin building our English by honing in our literacy skills. Collectively the past few weeks all grades have been tackling the sounds of English in different ways. Kindergarten has started the long road of building a strong foundation of letter sounds, while grades 1 & 2 have been reviewing and practicing literacy fluency.

What Sound Did You Hear?

Grade 1 working towards independent reading in English

Letter Identification and Hand Writing Practice

Grades 3-5 have also been tacking phonemic awareness as well. They’ve been learning about the different sounds letters can make, and when they make them.  Sound exploration for these grades is important for developing stronger literacy skills, but also to strengthen pronunciation as well.

Collaboration and Competition in Grades 4&5

We’ll continue phonemic lessons throughout the year, as it helps learners of all levels. These lessons develop multiple English skills, and increase their understanding on how this difficult language works.

First Weeks–Who We Are

In the first four weeks, our learning has been focused on the transdisciplinary theme—Who We Are. For PreK 1&2 students, it is important that a caring and secure environment is created to ensure their connections to their community, and then they will start their learning journey! To have a better understanding of Who We Are, students recognized and shared their feelings and emotions, built their connections with the teacher, learned about their body parts and what they can do with their own body in different ways. Meanwhile, they have started to learn about their identities by getting to know where they are from.
We shared our feelings of our first day of school. Even being scared, we were brave to share our feelings with our new friends!
We showed our feelings visually with colors, by making our own feeling mask.
We built our connections by showing our own way of greeting to each other!
We learned about our body parts by making self portraits and music and movement.
We talked about who were in the family.
In collaboration with Anne about the whole year project—continents, we had a brief introduction to Australia, making connections with their identities—where they were from.

Semaine internationale : émission radio PFB « Expressions »

« Il pleut des chiens et des chats », voilà une expression anglaise traduite littéralement. Et en français, ça donne quoi ?

Ecoutez la nouvelle émission de radio PFB pour le découvrir, et apprendre de nouvelles expressions en français, anglais ou chinois !

Cette émission a été préparée par la classe des CE1-CE2, avec Mr Magnus , dans le cadre de la Semaine des Lycées Français du Monde #SemaineLFM 

Bonne écoute !

Dernier jour d’école de l’année scolaire 2016-2017

Ce vendredi 9 juin, c’était le dernier jour de classe (une demi-école disent les élèves de CP car la journée terminait à 11h30).

C’était donc ludique,

mais aussi studieux pour Mr Magnus et Miss Kay qui ont passé avec brio leur test de langue française préparé par les élèves de Maîtresse Sandrine. Nous les félicitons!

La matinée s’est terminée par la dernière assemblée de l’année, organisée par les Grade 4 du programme international, elle avait pour thème « Global citizen ».

Félicitations à Jules, Arthur et Sofie, les “Global Citizen” du programme français.

Bravo à Hugo et Anaïs, récompensés également lors de cette assemblée.

Et enfin, toutes nos félicitations à Tamy, Clémentine (et Louis qui n’était pas présent) qui ont reçu le prix de la citoyenneté, suite au vote des élèves réalisé dans leur classe respective.

Très bon été à tous et rdv le 17 août 2017 pour la prochaine rentrée des classes !

Learning Comes Alive « specials » les mercredi 8 et jeudi 16 mars 2017

La troisième et dernière session de Learning Comes Alive aura lieu le mercredi 8 mars dans les classes de specials, en sport, art  ou music.

Elles correspondent aux specials du jour  « Day 1 », à vérifier dans les plannings de vos enfants.

Voici le planning prévu : LCA #3 Specialist Flyer PDF-1i9kc1m

Enfin, Mr Magnus vous accueillera dans la classe d’anglais le jeudi 16 mars, voici le détail des horaires :