Tuesday, September 25, 2012

la nuit, les formes, l'halloween

See geometry rubric here. Post of 3D objects can be found here.  Clear targets and learning outcomes are missing from this post, will update!

I usually refer to this unit or these materials under the heading "night creatures" and use them in October (some schools, communities may choose not to celebrate Halloween).  This unit coincides with  math topics around 2D shapes and vocabulary for grades K-2 French Immersion.

We make a lot of mini books in K and grade 1.  They don't encourage creativity BUT we are trying to fill our read-to-self boxes for Daily Five with some books we CAN read.  Students take them home to read.  They are successful early on in French Immersion with words they know.

Fall word strips of the unit

Fall visual dictionary of the unit for journal writing, Daily Five

Thanksgiving card, circles and triangles are great for beginning cutting skills in K

Here are links to 2D Word strips and visual dictionaries, 3D object word strips and visual dictionaires.

This is a shape and colour book we made in kindergarten to add to our book boxes.

Halloween Shapes Collaborative book identifying how many shapes.  Several pages, students chose 1 and we bind them together as a book to read during Read to Self (K).

Halloween shapes mini book - same halloween images with shapes are used as above, students add the number word (K)

Accordion book of shapes and Halloween items (print back to back 11x17, accordion fold, grade 1)

Le feu follet - Carving a pumpkin booklet, reviews the parts of a face, students complete the sentence.  Show this example, have students draw and build their own book.

Number booklet lift the flap.  Student arrange the numbers in their book out of order so that they know the number word and amount and aren't just reciting words.

Flaps for each page of booklet, students choose a number and draw that amount of whatever item they choose, write the sentence.

Students begin to become aware of the plural form of words, a great mini lesson topic for Daily Five Work on Writing.
1-30 book - Complete, cut apart, put in order.

This may seem like busy work but if students colour all of the pumpkins orange and count using the booklet they are practising counting by twos - something I assess for first term.

Math journal (coincides with story below - FYI adopting a spider is mentioned in the story).  Use punches, stickers, students make their own.  Subtraction or addition.

Des histoires qu'on aiment!


  1. Thank you for the wonderful resources! Can't wait to use them :)


    1. Merci! It's so nice to find a comment, glad you found this post useful Amy!

  2. I'm a new grade 5 extended french teacher and your blog is saving my life!!! You are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing all this great stuff! :-)

    1. Yes! That's what I always wanted, free stuff to give teachers the time to plan for their students AND have time for their own lives and family. Mission accomplished. If there is ever something specific you'd like to see or can't find let me know. I'm only subbing this year and have time to mess around online a bit. Shannon

  3. I'm a grade one french immersion teacher in Manitoba with 17 years experience. Thank you so much for all your help! It's inspired me to do the same. I have yet to learn how to blog and post things with a family of five! However, it will happen! I was looking to find a visual dictionary for the "base ten numbers". Would you have something similar even "les nombres avec images"? Merci pour tes heures de travail...Muriel

    1. I don't have something made, no. Sometimes the Sparkle Box website has numeracy visuals, search their site and click on "French".

    2. Is this what you're looking for? http://www.sparklebox.co.uk/2046-2050/sb2046.html#.UvGlz2SwJDE

      Or would you like the ten frame numbers just in a one page visual dictionary? That I could do . . .

  4. Merci mille fois pour toutes ces ressources!