Students have been learning about French history, celebrations, traditions and culture. We are currently learning about L'Epiphanie et Les Galettes de Rois.
Students have seen some images and video related to traditional food, celebrations and customs around Epiphany, and have learned the stories associated with Epiphany ( A Francophone holiday that is widely celebrated in Canada, Europe and elsewhere).
Students have a vocabulary sheet ( please see previous blogpost)
Students did a reading comprehension exercise together. The focus was on looking at unknown vocabulary words and using word recognition skills to guess the meaning of unknown words without the use of a dictionary and /or to guess the main idea in any given sentence.
In today's ( and yesterday's class) students did the comprehension reading together . Students took turns reading out loud for practice. The point of the exercise was not to understand everything in the story but rather, to use reading comprehension strategies to try to glean main ideas and see the vocabulary words we have gone over used in context. The reading strategies that are used when approaching a more difficult piece of reading are as follows:
Instant recognition ( previously learned words)
Word order clues
Word structure Clues ( looking at prefixes and suffixes)
Word Families ( words that are related to other English, French, Spanish, etc. words)
Similarities - comparing new words to similar English/French words
Words within words - deriving words from internal clues in the words.
Review Vocabulary Word Sheet. There will be a Quiz next week on The Vocabulary and Traditions of Epiphany and King's Tart/King's Cake
801 Quiz - le mardi 1 mars
802 Quiz - le mercredi 2 mars
* Note: If you have been absent, please watch the videos as attached to previous blog posts about Galette des Rois, Tourtiere, etc. ( Youtube videos)