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French Interactive Christmas activities, a selection of French Christmas videos and a freebie!

I loved creating the French Interactive Halloween activities so much AND I've got such nice feedback about it that here I am to show you the Christmas version of the lapbook.

I've once again created interactive activities that can be assembled as a lapbook or used in interactive notebooks ("cahiers interactifs" or "leçons à manipuler".)

The foldables® and mini-books are engaging activities that will get your students really involved with their learning. The lapbook will also be a nice keepsake for families and will enable parents to help their children study at home while having fun.

Graphics by Whimsy Workshop Teaching
Let's take a closer look!

Emergent Reader Foldable Mini-books: there are two mini-books in different versions.
The same sentence is used for repetitive practice.
One of the mini-books has the following sentence: "C'est Noël! Je vois…". Then, each page displays a different image. It comes in three versions: to be read and colored, with a blank to be filled (cloze activity), and with a drawing to be made (reading comprehension).
The other mini-book has the following sentence: "C'est Noël! Je veux donner…". The idea is for students to fill in the blanks with the gifts they want to give and the people to whom they want to give the presents. For example, "Je veux donner un livre à ma soeur." Next, they draw their presents "inside" the gift boxes.
The teacher would have to select which version would be most appropriate for the group of students or the teacher could even use the different versions to differentiate the activity.

 French Christmas Interactive Activities for Notebooks or Lapbooks

I've included instructions with pictures of how to fold the mini-books. If you're visual like me, you might also want to click and check out a simple and clear Slideshare tutorial on how to fold a mini-book on Youtube.

Mon histoire de Noël Flip Book
This is a flip book with Christmas scenes. Students should be encouraged to write their own original Christmas stories ("Mon histoire de Noël"). They can change the order of the scenes, draw characters over the backgrounds and write the text to describe the pictures. This is a self-differentiated task because students will write more or less according to their proficiency in the language.

 French Christmas Interactive Flip Book

Santa Claus and Elf Facts Sorting Activity
There are eight simple sentences with facts about Santa Claus / le Père Noël and elves, e.g. "son manteau est rouge" or "il a des oreilles pointues". Students have to cut out all the pieces on the page. Sort the flaps containing the information and glue them around the correct image. Instructions of how to cut and glue are included in the resource.

 French Christmas Interactive Sorting Activity for Lapbooks

Santa's Gift Bags Pocket Sorting Activity - Les Articles Définis
I've also included another sorting activity - this one focusing on definite articles (le, la, les).
After creating "pockets" (the resource comes with instructions on how to do them), students must insert the gifts into the appropriate Santa's bags.

 French Christmas Interactive Pocket Sorting Activity


The activities can be done in one day or spread throughout a week. It's really up to the teacher. The foldable mini-books and flaps can be glued to notebooks OR they can assembled to create a lapbook.

Lapbooks are an incredibly hands-on way to let the student take charge of their own learning. They are involved with all aspects of creating the lapbook so they feel really connected to what they're practicing/learning. Lapbooks also serve to let the student review vocabulary/concepts by themselves at home. Parents can easily refer to them to have their kids practice more at home. And the best thing is that kids won't even notice how much they're "working" because they'll be entertained by the creative aspect of lapbooking.

In order to create lapbooks, you'll need a file folder for each student.
Here's a Slideshare tutorial on how to turn a file folder into a lapbook.

The completed Christmas lap book should end up looking like this:

 French Christmas Lapbook

Click on any of the images above to check it out on TpT or on the pictures below for more Christmas resources!

French Christmas Scrambled Sentences: phrases mêlées NOËL      French Christmas Word Wall, Graphic Organizers, and Writing Templates - français

 French Christmas Interactive Acitivites for Notebooks or Lapbooks

FREE French Christmas Gift
FREE Christmas Gift for you!

And to help you with the Christmas activities, I've made a selection of Christmas videos in French.

I recommend using the links below the videos to show them in your classroom. Those are SafeShare links. SafeShare is a way to avoid having distracting and/or inappropriate content around the video itself. (I'm not being paid to say that. This is really a way to protect kids from seeing what they're not supposed to be seeing).

Check it out:

SafeShare link: Youpi ! C'est Noel !

This video is 12 minutes long and it's super cute. I also like that they mention Hannukah in the beginning and briefly explain that not everybody celebrates Chritmas. The video has LOTS of Christmas vocabulary. 

SafeShare link: Mon beau sapin

This song is a quite traditional "comptine" and there are many versions on the internet. This one displays the lyrics so it's easier for students to sing along. If you don't like this version, check out the next video, also with subtitles.

SafeShare link: Chanson de Noël : Mon beau sapin

SafeShare link: Didou - Dessine moi un sapin de Noël

And finally, here's my Christmas treat for you: FREE French Christmas Vocabulary Puzzles (click on the link or on the picture to download the file from Dropbox).

Free French Christmas Puzzles

This freebie has been made with fonts by KG Fonts and graphics from Crayonbox Learning.

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A Thanksgiving FREEBIE for you!

Hey everyone!

This is just a quick post to show you this Thanksgiving Math FREEBIE I have on TpT. Not only is it cute (who doesn't love Pink Cat Studio's clipart?), but it will also make your students practice comparing two 2-digit numbers,  adding and subtracting, and deciding if the results of the addition/subtraction equations are odd or even numbers.

Click on the image below to download it from TpT!

 FREE Thanksgiving Math for 1st-2nd grade

Have a wonderful day!


Teaching across the USA (interview & linky) - Heather from Virginia

The number one reason for me to have a blog is the chance to connect with teachers all over the world. I love getting to know people who feel strongly about education as much as I do.

I have this series of interviews with teacher-authors around the world, but I've also been meaning to start another series to spotlight my American friends. So here I am today!

I love the USA! Don't get me wrong - I love other countries as much, but I haven't been anywhere as often as I've been to the US.

One of my goals is to create a way for American teacher-bloggers to get to know one another.

This is how it goes: every month, I'll be interviewing an American teacher who teaches in one of the 50 American states. (I really want to cover ALL 50 states!) I'll also be hosting a linky party for American teachers to connect. The linky button is at the end of the post and there will be a different prompt every month on the 4th. The linky will be open for a week.

My first guest is Heather Meek from Virginia. She's the mastermind behind The Meek Moose. If you've never read her posts, you're totally missing out. She's also a great virtual-hopefully-some-day-to-be-real-life friend!

Clipart: Stacey Lloyd and Sonya DeHart Design

1. I know you were born in Alaska. How long have you been living and teaching in Virginia?

Yes, I was born in Alaska and lived there until I was 15. Then I moved to Tennessee, then New York, and now Virginia. I moved to Virginia in 2000, and started teaching that year as well. I had a year break in that time, so this is my 13th year in the classroom.

2. What's the best thing and the most challenging one about living/teaching there?

The best thing about Virginia, for me, is the changing of the seasons and the mild winter. Therefore I rarely get too hot, or too cold, and time goes by relatively quick because I can see it in the passing of the seasons. Right now, for instance, the fall leaves are unbelievable! As far as challenging, I don’t know that we have anything more or less challenging than any other state. I think we all share the plight of standardized testing and how this impacts not only our ability to teach best practice, but also how children ultimately view learning.

3. How long have you had your "The Meek Moose" blog and how did it get started?

The Meek Moose

I started my blog in the Spring of 2012. It initially began as just a way for me to write about what I was teaching and how I felt about teaching. I wasn’t ever expecting an audience, actually. Like, I figured my Mom might read it. And then, as it turned out, she doesn’t. So I was definitely thinking it was just for me. However, I ended up conversing with a handful of people that said they enjoyed reading what I wrote, and I ended up shifting my focus on not only dissecting my own teaching for reflection, but sharing ideas with other teachers.

Erin (left) and Heather (right) - two 2nd grade teachers

4. Does your city/state influence the creation of your teaching/clipart resources?

Absolutely. I started making clip art and teaching resources with my sister because I needed them in my teaching. The first two things she made for me were the Famous Americans and the White Tailed Deer sets. Some of the Famous Americans we are meant to teach in Virginia for second grade are difficult to find resources on, and the white-tailed deer lifecycle is a new standard, and we weren’t given much to work with through the state.

Making clip art and teacher resources take a lot of time. I’m a single mom of three, so my time is limited. Everything my sister and I work on begin as things I need or want to use with my students. I teach a diverse population, and wanted to have clip art images that represented them. Our Meek Moose Kid packs were born from that idea. I wanted my students to be able to see themselves in the art. Which is another reason we also always include the line art- so kids can color the images anyway they see fit to represent themselves.

5. If you had to move to any other state, where would you go? Why?

Hmmm. I don’t know. Sometimes I get really interested in the idea of moving to New England, because it seems so beautiful up there. But then I remember that it snows a lot there. I have heard that Ohio and Pennsylvania have very happy teachers. But who knows if that’s a case of thinking the grass is always greener? Right now I’m happy where I am.

Heather and her youngest son

Thank you so much, Heather, for being my first guest on this new series of interviews! You rock!
You can connect with Heather on InstagramFB, Pinterest, Twitter, and G+.

If you're a teacher in the US, come link up by using the image below. Just fill in the blanks with your name, where you teach (city or state), blog about any aspect of teaching where you teach, and add your post url to the linky. Then, and this is really important, stop by the two blogs before yours to read and comment.

Thank you for reading and linking up!

P.S. This is my first linky. If there's anything that doesn't quite work, please let me know :)