Observing National French Week - 2006 - in Minnesota
MnAATFNet E-Mail Reports from Minnesota Chapter French Profs
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The FIRST National French Week in Minnesota Report for 2006...
Hill-Murray School - Maplewood, MN
From: Amy Lemme [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tue 11/7/2006 11:23 AM
To: MN-Am Assoc Teachers of French [email@example.com]
Subject: La Semaine Nationale du Francais
We are celebrating National French Week a little differently this year by
focusing on Tahiti.
Monday: Learning about Tahiti - its location, culture, customs,
Tuesday: Learning about artist Paul Gauguin, who lived in Tahiti in the
later years of his life. Through a lecture and powerpoint, students learned
about Gauguin and compared him to the Impressionists, whom we studied last
year during French Week.
Wednesday: Art Day - Students will be able to create artwork in the style
of Gauguin using Cray-Pas (oil pastels).
Thursday: Mangez! Students have volunteered to bring a variety of tropical
fruits and snacks to eat, as we listen to typical Tahitian and French music.
Friday: French students serve faculty/staff "petit déjeuner" -- pains au
chocolat, cafe, chocolat chaud, etc... In the evening, we have French Film
Night, where we order pizza and show a French film to any interested
As we do every year, we had a locker poster contest, and the winning entries
were displayed on French students' lockers and teachers' rooms (who have
studied French or traveled to a French-speaking place). We also had a
middle school French trivia contest. Each morning, we read French Week
announcements on the PA, including the school prayer and Lord's Prayer in
French. Finally, during passing times on Friday, French music will be
played over the PA school-wide.
Bonne fete de la Semaine Nationale du Francais!
2nd French Week in MN 2006 report:
From: Sarah Buchanan [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thu 11/9/2006 3:53 PM
To: MN-Am Assoc Teachers of French [email@example.com]
Subject: Mn Report -La Semaine Nationale du Francais
Here's what we are doing at the
University of Minnesota, Morris:
MONDAY: Our French Club, Entre Nous, had a table in our student center and
gave out stickers with French sayings on them. The table with stickers has
stayed up all week, although students didn't "table" it after Monday. It has
been great to see people sporting stickers saying, "Je suis aime(e)" or
"J'adore le francais", etc.
TUESDAY: We took the day off, as the Entre Nous officers were involved in
helping with the election. We did, however, leave several stickers on our
table saying, "Votez!" or "J'ai vote".
WEDNESDAY: M. Aboubakary Moussa Moumouni, Humphrey Fellow, came to
UMM and gave a talk entitled, "Benin: Splendeurs et Miseres" to a very full room!
THURSDAY: Entre Nous is hosting a "Tour de Morris" tricycle race, which is
our version of the "Tour de France" bike race. We have borrowed tricycles
that support adult weights, and we have two relay teams that will race
around our circle drive!
FRIDAY/SATURDAY: Entre Nous has written up a quiz on cultural facts about
the history of French in Minnesota that will be printed in the campus and
Sarah B. Buchanan, PhD
Associate Professor of French
University of Minnesota, Morris
104 Humanities Bldg.
600 E. 4th Street
Morris, MN 56267 USA
3rd French Week in MN 2006 report:
St. Paul, MN Public Schools - l'Etoile du Nord French Immersion School
Sent: Mon 11/20/2006 4:10 PM
Subject: FW: National French Week Report
l'Etoile du Nord
French Immersion School
Celebrates National French Week
November 2-8, 2006
l'Etoile du Nord French Immersion School was proud to celebrate National
French Week from November 2-8, 2006.
Each classroom in our school chose a Francophone country to study for the week.
Represented countries included la Reunion, le Maroc, la Tunisie, le Madagascar,
le Gabon, l'Algerie, and le Mali. Thanks to the funds we received from an AATF
small grant, we were able to purchase French books on many of these countries
at grade appropriate reading levels.
As students learned about the Francophone country that their class was studying,
they demonstrated their knowledge by decorating a large poster on their classroom
door. Many posters included the name of the country, a map marked with the
country's location, a country flag, cultural information, and a variety of artifacts
specific to that country.
At the end of National French Week, our Francophone interns recognized
each door poster with an award, in categories like "Le plus informatif",
"Le plus creatif", "Le meilleur choix de materiels utilises" et "La meilleure
participation de toute la classe".
As we studied Francophone countries, teachers also taught several lessons on
world hunger from the website http://www.feedingminds.org, which provides lesson
plans and materials in French. Classes discussed how hunger issues impact the
Francophone countries they were studying. We gave all our Francophone countries
(classrooms) a chance to work together to stamp out hunger by starting locally with
a food drive for a Minnesota food shelf.
At the end of the week, our sixth grade students delivered 917 food items to
Second Harvest, where they took a tour of the facilities and shared about our
National French Week activities.
The participation and response to our National French Week celebration was
overwhelmingly positive. National French Week and our food drive were promoted
through colorful posters hung around the school. One of our teachers designed
these posters and another created a thermometer-type scale for our school
entryway to track our food collection progress. Students checked the food bins
everyday to see what had been contributed and cheered when it was announced
that we surpassed our goal of 800 items. Some family and community members
shared traditional food, clothing, and stories in classrooms. One teacher wrote,
"My class loved studying Madagascar. They're really proud of their door, and I
think they'll be drawing lemurs for the rest of the year.
English Language Arts, grades 3-6
l'Etoile du Nord French Immersion School
[ A brief article extracted from the above press release appeared in
a Twin Cities newspaper's schools column in mid-November. ]
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