Celebrating National French Week 2005
:::::NATIONAL FRENCH WEEK IN MN 2005 - REPORT 1:::::
STILLWATER JUNIOR H.S.. Stillwater, MN
From: Amy Saur [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wed 1/11/2006 1:35 PM
Subject: Nat'l French Week
Here is what we did at Stillwater Junior High, mainly with the French
2 students. Most ideas were borrowed from other AATF members!
Tuesday: Guess that cheese
- students brought in different types of cheeses and students were
to guess what they were from a list of options on the board.
Points awarded for extra credit/
Wednesday: French Fashion Day
- students dressed in rouge, bleu, ou blanc, or dressed "French" for
the day. We had a fashion show 5th hour where students wrote about
their outfit and the commentator read the texts while students
walked down the "runway".
Extra credit points were also awarded for creativity.
Thursday: Trivia Day
- students and teacher participated in answering French Trivia
questions ranging from culture, monuments, and politics
Friday: Chocolate mousse eating contest
- students brought in dishes of chocolate mousse which were divided
among students. There were specific rules enforced to avoid the
potential of disaster.
I hope this helps! It seemed to be a big success for levels 1 and 2.
:::::NATIONAL FRENCH WEEK IN MN 2005 - REPORT 2:::::
HILL-MURRAY SCHOOL, Maplewood, MN
From: Amy Lemme [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thu 1/12/2006 8:16 AM
Subject: National French Week at Hill-Murray
Bonjour! We celebrated National French Week again this
year at Hill-Murray School with a variety of in-class and
In our French classes:
- learned about Claude Monet and Impressionism through
lecture and powerpoint presentations
- students painted in Monet's style; the beautiful paintings
still decorate our walls!
- learned about the group Medicins Sans Frontieres and
the work they are doing in French-speaking nations worldwide
- made crepes with French I and II
- had a fete de fondue au chocolat with French III and IV
- game day - played a variety of games, like Outburst,
Mancala, Pictionary, etc.
Throughout the school:
- French Movie Night! This was a highlight for us. We hosted
a movie night on Friday night, ordering pizza and watching a
French comedy. This was open to all interested students, but
mostly our French students attended. We had about 40 kids
there and it was such fun. We're planning another one in
- French students hosted a petit dejeuner for the faculty & staff,
serving pain au chocolat, cafe, chocolat chaud, the, etc.
- trivia contest for all students to enter
- locker signs for every French-speaking student
- door signs for every teacher/staff member who speaks French
or has traveled to France
- decorated a large display case with French items and posters
- daily prayer in French and announcements about French facts
on PA system in the morning
- French music played on PA system during passing time on Friday
- cafeteria items labeled in French
We encourage you all to celebrate National French Week! It's a
great way to generate interest in French and to add some cultural
highlights to the regular class. It's a lot of work, but worth it all.
Our students always help us out so much and their excitement for
the week is so energizing!
Amy Lemme and Liz Marin
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MARSHALL MIDDLE SCH. - Duluth, MN
From: larkspurherron HERRON [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sun 1/22/2006 2:36 PM
Subject: National French Week, 2005
For National French Week, my French students at
Marshall Middle School in Duluth did the following:
a. decorated the outside of all the classroom doors with
themes such as "French in Minnesota", "French in foods/cooking",
"French in the world of dance", etc. There were 22 themes!
b. created a Gallery of Famous French, a series of posters
displaying pictures of famous French people and their
biographies and contributions to their fields of expertise.
c. contributed daily "French Facts" to the annoucements read
in every homeroom.
d. enjoyed a French breakfast with hot cocoa and croissants.
Croissants were hand-delivered to teachers in their classrooms.
e. teachers in other disciplines were asked to make a "French
connection" to their subject during that week.
These are all activities which we have repeated over the last
6 years (or is it 7 ?) since National French Week started.
reformatted from <<MnAATFNet>> electronic messages to members
for chapter website: mnaatf.org/MnNFW05.htm