Posted: April 19, 2020
Recommended daily activities for the week of Monday, April 20th 2020
- Reading in French (15 minutes);
- Speaking or listening in French (10 minutes);
- Frequent Words (10 minutes);
- Writing in French (10 minutes);
- Mathematics (15 minutes).
Reading: Continue to read daily in French at home, using either books at home or other sources, such as Kidsa-z.com.
Continue reading in the same fashion as last week: That is, once your child has finished reading their book, you can start asking your child to retell the story they have just read, in French if possible. The goal here is to have the student retell as much of the story (and details) as possible by simply asking them to tell you what they’ve read. Additional questions (for example: And then what happened? Who are the characters in this story?) should only be asked when necessary. Afterwards, as an optional activity, you may ask comprehension questions, such as the ones provided in the “Kidsa-z” website.
Speaking: Continue speaking in French with your child. You may continue discussing topics mentioned in last week’s notes or use this time to discuss in French (and work on) this week’s writing assignment. (See below)
*If you are not comfortable speaking in French with your child, you can instead have your child listen to a French show on TV, YouTube, or on an online streaming platform such as Netflix or Disney Jr, or watch a YouTube video of someone reading a French children’s book aloud.
Writing: For this week, I have added a “Time capsule” project as the writing assignment. This document contains many activities, so do not feel obligated to complete the entire document. Have a look through the pages: do the activities you wish to do, and skip those you would rather not do. Keep in mind that writing assignments should only take around 10 minutes per day for this week. However, you are free to work on this for more than 10 minutes per day if you choose to do so.
Frequent words: I will be posting a video on my page which presents 3 “frequent words” for this week. Please listen to it. This video will present these words in the same manner that I usually present my frequent words in class: I will present the word (and translate for parents), use it in a sentence, and then say the word by sounds and then by syllable. For this week, take a few minutes per day to practice these words with your child. You can, for example, ask your child to read the word and use it in a sentence, or you can play games with these words (like “hangman”). The goal is for your child to use and familiarize him/herself with these words. (Also, when playing games, feel free to add the other frequent words which we have practiced over the year. They’re the words we wrote in the agenda each week.)
I will also be posting this year’s list of frequent words in case parents want to use the document.
- Counting Circle (another video demonstration will be posted on the site): Count in jumps of 10, up to 100, forwards only, and starting on a number between 1 and 9. (For example: 4, 14, 24, 34, […] 84, 94.)
- Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
Note: For this part, it is best to use additions with sums (answers) that are no more than 20.
- Practice transforming additions into subtractions (ex: 8+4=12 -> 12-4=8) and vice-versa. You can practice this by simply writing down an addition and ask you child to write the matching subtraction. (They’ve practiced this a bit in class before.) Another way to practice would be to play a matching game: write down a few additions (around 5) and their matching subtractions. Have your child “match” each addition with the proper subtraction.
- Once the above strategy has been practiced, use it to solve equations. For example, you could ask “9+ ? = 15”. To find the missing number (?), your child should write down and solve the matching subtraction (15-9=?):
15-9=6 -> 9+6=15
- Tuesday and Thursday: There is a district “STEAM Team” which prepares STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) activities for the district’s teachers and students. I encourage you to go on their website ( http://stemnorth.nbed.nb.ca/home-learning-resources/page/asd-n-weekly-steam-asd-n-stiam-hebdomadaire )and see what kind of activities they have available for you. Open the document for the week of April 13th for the French Immersion students (instructions are in English), find the K-2 section, and complete the task under “Numeracy”. All other activities are extras.
That is all for this week. As always, I am available to offer feedback and to answer questions. You can contact me by e-mail at Daniel.firstname.lastname@example.org, or message me through ClassDojo.
Stay safe and have a good week!
Mr Daniel Godin