Saturday, December 10, 2011

dans ma boule à neige

Snowman poem (printable to sequence and assemble)

"La neige parfaite" par Barbara Reid (en français)
See the original links at Kids Artists Blog and Mrs. Jump's Blog.  Quality language learning is active, engaging, authentic (wait a sec isn't that all learning?), let them eat snow (ok well touch it at least, now, before writing, to engage, enrich, inspire!).
  1. A student brought a snowball in from outside.  We passed it around the circle giggling and gasping at the cold while chanting/singing a silly song.
  2. How many times around can we go before it melts?
  3. As students gasped, "cold", "frozen", those words went up on whatever was handy; "froid", "gelée", "un frisson".
  4. Students described the snow.  What kind of snow is best for snowballs?  Tobogganing?  Does snow have a sound?  A smell?  A taste?  What do you like to do in the snow ?
  5. We read "La neige parfaite" by Barbara Reid and "Snowballs" by Lois Ehlert.  What would you consider "perfect" snow?  (no snow!)  Someone brought a snow globe the next day.
  6. We drew snow globes and wrote about them.  Many students still appreciate a sentence structure to scaffold their writing.  Some of the possible vocabulary was anticipated and included with the sentence structure for easy reference.
  7. The sounds of winter audio and visual to play while you write.
Just for fun this is an inappropriate-for-children but hilarious Knick-Knack Pixar video about one snowman's life in a snow globe.

Does every student have to complete every page?  Can students add their own pages?  Could they use the same format during Les cinq au quotidien (Daily Five) in their journals tomorrow?
Dans mon aquarium . . . dans mon jardin de fée . . . dans mon terrier . . . dans l'espace

1 comment:

  1. Merci! I did this activity with my crew this week and they loved it.