March. 20, 2020
Hello Students and Families!
I hope you are all doing well in this difficult time. Please keep checking my teacher page for updates and feel free to email me with any questions! If you log in to d2L, you will notice you have access to a Music and French page for this year if you are in my classes. I will be adding to them after spring break, but feel free to explore the resources on the French page.
Here are some other resources, suggestions and videos that you can use at home.
After Spring Break we will be supporting learning at home. When I know more information about how this will be done I will let you know. Make sure you take some time to rest and relax over the next week!
Have an amazing break! Stay healthy and safe! Remember that music can be helpful in difficult times and try to find a song that makes you feel good! I miss you and look forward to talking soon!
P.s. I am working on a little greeting for you on my twitter page, so check it out in the next few days: https://twitter.com/mrsbarrcjm
March. 6, 2020
Grade 1- We have been learning more & more about how to introduce ourselves. We can now say our names, ages, and our likes & dislikes.
Grade 2-We finished learning about prepositions and started to review some of the things we have already learned this year.
Grade 3- We started to learn the names of some animals in French and sorted them into 3 groups: Les animaux de compagnie (pets), Les animaux de ferme (farm animals), et les animaux sauvages (wild animals). We also looked through several resources and recorded at least 3 new things that we learned from them.
Grade 4- We are continuing our work on our “selfie” projects. This week, we focused on ensuring that we use phrases that we learned as a class rather than relying on translating tools, when possible. For example, instead of writing “Mon nom est…” in French, to introduce ourselves, we should be writing “Je m’appelle..”
Grade 5- This week, we are finishing off filming for our Fashion shows! We are excited to share these during student led conferences in a couple of weeks.
Kindergarten- This week, we learned two new songs! The first was a song about a mouse, a cat, and a dog. We talked about how we would probably sing the verse about the mouse quietly because mice are quiet, and the verse about the dog would be louder because they make a lot of noise. We also sang a song about germs and how to keep ourselves healthy by washing our hands, not sharing drinks, and covering our mouths when we cough or sneeze. We were able to use wood blocks to play the rhythm while singing the song.
Grades 1, 2 & 3- Several grade one and two classes are preparing some songs and dances for their upcoming celebration of learning next week. The other classes have been working on a “sound carpet,” where we assigned an instrument (with instructions such as how loud or fast to play) to frequently used words in the stories. We are focused on exploring how elements of music can allow us to express feelings or share a message.
February 21, 2020
Grade 1- This week, we continued to work on learning the names of Family members in French. We drew pictures of our families and then had to present them, saying the French words out loud. We also started to learn how to introduce ourselves and others.
Grade 2- We learned some Valentine’s day vocabulary in French and made French valentines. We also started to learn about prepositions in French and how to use them in sentences. For example, to answer the question “Ou est le chat?” (Where is the cat?), you could say “Le chat est…Sous (underneath); Sur (on top of); Dans (inside), etc. Students then played a game to reinforce their knowledge.
Grade 3- Grade 3 students have been learning about French Canadian culture by researching the “Carnaval de Quebec.” They answered questions about the history of the carnival, and why it is important for Francophones.
Grade 4- Grade 4s continued to learn ways to describe themselves and each other, including likes & dislikes. They also learned some Valentine’s vocabulary and made cards. We have started co-creating a rubric for their upcoming “selfie” projects- they will be taking a photo of themselves and then describing themselves in French.
Grade 5- The Grade 5 students continued to work on their “Fashion show” scripts. We are excited to film and share next week! Please make sure you bring the appropriate clothing for filming on Monday.
Kindergarten- Last week, we learned a valentine’s song (a tisket, a tasket) and talked about how rhythm is different from the beat of a song. This week, we started to talk about a “sound carpet”- different sounds that we attach to specific words in a book or script. We are working on a sound carpet for the book “The Little Hummingbird.”
Grades 1 & 2- Last week, we learned some valentine’s songs like “I like you” and “Tony Chestnut.” We sang together and did the dances and actions to go with each one. We’ve started talking about expression as an element of music (it includes dynamics, tempo, timbre, etc). We will use this understanding going forward to create a sound carpet for the book, “The Little Hummingbird.”
Grade 3- Last week, we did some “music math” using notes and rests to solve equations. This week, we have started our conceptual work on the question, “How do elements of music allow us to express feelings or share a message?” In order to answer this question, we are first exploring multiple elements of music individually. The element we have started this week is expression (including dynamics, tempo, timbre, articulation, etc). We started using a 7 step vocabulary activity to learn about expression, and we will continue this work by creating a sound carpet for the book, “The Little Hummingbird.”
February 7, 2020
Grade 1- This week, the grade ones started learning how to say family members in French. We started working on a picture of our families and are working on being able to verbally name them in French.
Grade 2- This week, we continued learning about seasonal activities and created a visual journal page showing us doing one of these activities.
Grade 3-This week, the grade 3s learned how to explain what we and others like and dislike, as well as how to ask if someone likes something or not. We spent some time asking each other questions and organizing our information.
Grade 4- This week, we continued our work on describing ourselves and others in French. We learned how to conjugate the verb “aimer” to explain what we or others like and dislike. We spent some time asking each other questions and organizing our information.
Grade 5- Ms. Gill’s class was away for a field trip all week. Ms. Moir’s class began work on their Fashion show. Students will each have a chance to “model” and be the announcer for another student. They are working on their clothing vocabulary as well as speaking in complete sentences and using expression when speaking in French.
Kindergarten- this week, we listened to a song about fairies and giants! We assigned a special movement for each character and did that movement while listening to a story song in order to identify when the music changes. We noticed that the music changed in a pattern- fairy, giant, fairy, giant.
Grades 1 & 2 - This week, we continued learning about form, using manipulatives to represent different parts of a song. During section “A,” students held up one manipulative, and then switched it out when they thought the section changed. We also learned a couple of new songs- one was a song relating to black history month, and the other was a song with a new instrument sound.
Grade 3- Grade threes continued working on learning Form by identifying the different parts of a song, learning a rhythm that corresponds to each part, and also choreographing a different dance move for each section. We also learned a folk song with a clapping pattern to expand our understanding of form.
January 30, 2020
Grade 1- This week, we returned to our practice of saying the date and weather together. We have been practicing asking about feelings and responses.
Grade 2- This week, we had a quiz to test our understanding of French numbers and math vocabulary. We also started to learn about Seasonal Activities (activities that are done during certain seasons such as skiing, gardening, and swimming)
Grade 3- This week, we continued our learning about seasonal activities and clothing, and started a journal page where students will label their clothing, and write about the activity in a complete French sentence!
Grade 4- We have been working on personality traits this week, and learning the verb “etre” (to be). We have now learned 2 verb conjugations (etre and avoir- to have) that will be useful in writing descriptive sentences about people.
Grade 5- We continued working on Seasonal Activities and Seasonal clothing. We also started co-creating a rubric for a fashion show that we will be working on over the next several weeks.
Kindergarten- this week, we finished off vocal explorations by creating art using pipecleaners, crayons and paper, in order to display the ways in which we can manipulate our voices.
Grade 1 & 2- We started to explore form this week, using the song “Happy” by Pharrell. We learned about how songs often have an introduction and then listened carefully for each different section of the song. For each section, we named it (“A” for the first, “B” for the second, etc.) and assigned a specific dance move to help us remember. We will be continuing to learn about form and the associated vocabulary going forward.
Grade 3- We started to explore form this week, using a few pop songs as examples. We listened to “Happy” by Pharrell and “Hello” by Adele. We talked about how to identify the subtle changes in music from section to section. For each section, we named it (“A” for the first, “B” for the second, etc.) and talked about vocabulary such as verses, chorus, and bridge. We will be continuing to learn about form and the associated vocabulary going forward.
_________________________________________________________________________________________________January 24, 2020
Here are some things we have been working on over the last few weeks during French.
Grade 1- Last week, we learned about different body parts by singing "head & shoulders" in French. We also played "Simon dit" (Simon says) to practice the names of different body parts. This week, we started to learn about feelings and how to ask how someone is feeling "Comment ca va?" We will continue to learn this over the next week.
Grade 2- Last week, we learned how to ask how someone is feeling "Comment ca va?" and to respond appropriately ("Ca va bien, ca va mal, comme ci comme ca, etc). Students wrote down the possible answers in a chart and then interviewed their classmates in French, recording their answers. This week, we reviewed numbers to 31 in French and started to compose number sentences in French as well. Next week, students will have a quick quiz to see what they remember.
Grade 3- We started to learn about seasonal activities such as jumping in puddles in spring and skiing in the winter. We learned the terms in French, taking time to talk about correct pronunciation of French words, including the rule for pronouncing an "s" at the end of a word- if the next word begins with a consonant, the "s" is silent, but if it begins with a vowel, you pronounce the "s" (for example, "nous allons"). We played charades in order to reinforce our knowledge, and have started to learn about seasonal clothing as well.
Grade 4- We have been learning about different characteristics of people. Last week, we focused on physical characteristics such as height, hair and eye colour, and different body parts. This week, we started learning about personality traits such as honest, kind, etc. We will be using this knowledge of how to describe people in future projects.
Grade 5- We have been talking about prepositions in French and how to use them in sentences. For example, to answer the question “Ou est le chat?” (Where is the cat?), you could say “Le chat est…Sous (underneath); Sur (on top of); Dans (inside), etc. Students then played a game to reinforce their knowledge. We also started to learn and review what we know about seasonal activities such as jumping in puddles in spring and skiing in the winter.
Kindergarten- We have been doing "vocal explorations" over the past couple of weeks, meaning that students draw or create a line (wavy, curved, straight, dotted, etc.) and try to follow the way the line moves with their voice. Next week, we will be turning these into an art piece.
Grade 1 & 2- Over the last couple weeks, we have been focusing on identifying the direction of a melody (whether the notes are going up, down, or staying the same). We have also been working on showing an understanding of the values of notes and rests. To do this, we played a game in which students acted as the notes, and had to place themselves on the appropriate "x" marked on the floor in order for their group to show a given rhythm. Next, students composed and practiced a 4 beat rhythm on their own. We also talked about the upcoming Lunar New Year and sang related songs.
Grade 3- We have been working on showing an understanding of the values of notes and rests. To do this, we played a game in which students acted as the notes, and had to place themselves on the appropriate "x" marked on the floor in order for their group to show a given rhythm. Next, students composed and practiced a 4 beat rhythm on their own. We also talked about the upcoming Lunar New Year and sang related songs.
January. 10, 2020
Grade 1 & 2- These classes learned about school vocabulary, including classroom supplies, people in the school and different areas of the school.
Grade 3- We have been talking about prepositions in French and how to use them in sentences. For example, to answer the question “Ou est le chat?” (Where is the cat?), you could say “Le chat est…Sous (underneath); Sur (on top of); Dans (inside), etc. Students then played a game to reinforce their knowledge.
Grade 4- Grade 4 students practiced their conversational French and introducing themselves. Later in the year, they will be working on a project that will require them to give a full introduction of themselves, including their families, likes & dislikes, and physical appearance.
Grade 5- Students continued to present their "maisons," and will finish up next week. We also learned about some holiday vocabulary including New Years' Eve.
Kindergarten- This week, we played an echo singing game, where students repeat a phrase after me. We also sang "Put the beat in your feet," and danced around while keeping the beat with our feet, hands, and then by tapping on our heads and using instruments like drums and tambourines!
Grade 1- This week, Grade ones learned the song "Elevator" and talked about how we know when the melody is going up, down, or staying on the same note. We also learned "Rainbow colour" and used shakers to keep the beat.
Grade 2- This week, Grade twos learned the song "Apples, Peaches, Pears and Plums" and talked about how we can see on the music staff when the melody is going up, down, or staying the same. We also learned "Rainbow colour" and used xylophones to keep the beat.
Grade 3- This week, Grade three classes played a game called "Extra beat, take a seat." In this game, students played a 4 beat rhythm using sticks. I gave them a certain number of times to play and if they kept going, they were "out." The only way to get them back in is for the remaining students to play without going over. This was a great way to learn how to repeat a rhythm a certain number of times, and these classes were quite competitive! We also learned "Rainbow colour" and used xylophones to keep the beat.
December. 19, 2019
Grades 1 & 2- These classes worked on Winter Vocabulary this week, learning French carols and words such as "bonhomme de neige" (snowman) and cloches (bells).
Grade 3- We finally finished recording our "Maisons" projects. Many of these are recorded on Iris if you would like to see your child's work. Students that were finished had the opportunity to explore "duolingo," which is a helpful and engaging language learning website.
Grade 4- We reviewed what we know about classroom materials and the verb "avoir" (have) and practiced this using "battleship." Students had a chart with school supplies on one side and verb conjugations on the other (all in French, of course). They each had to mark out their "ships" and then ask about their partner's ships. For example, a student might say... "Tu as... un crayon" (you have... a pencil) and if part of their partner's boat was there, they would say "hit." The student who "sank" their partner's boats first was the winner.
Grade 5- Grade 5s completed their "Maisons" this week and started presenting. We will continue these presentations after winter break.
The whole school enjoyed some music fun during caroling this week- once in the morning and once in the afternoon to ensure that all kindergarten classes had a chance to join the fun!
Kindergarten- This week, Ms. Lobel's class continued to practice for their Celebration of Learning, while Ms. Dang's class did some seasonal songs like "Rock around the Christmas Tree." We also did a "body scale" for the song "Snowman Joe" where we touched our feet for the lowest note (do) and moved our way up to the highest note on the top of our heads!
Grades 1, 2, 3- All of these classes continued their work on Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker." This week, we talked about listening logs and listening maps and what we can hear in the music (including instruments, tempo, dynamics, etc). Check out this cool listening map with snowmen riding sleds! Line Riders
Have a fantastic winter break and a Happy New Year! I can't wait to see you all again in January!
December. 13, 2019
Grades 1 & 2- This week, the grade ones started learning about "les formes" (shapes) in French. They created a shape monster and shared them with me, telling me how many of each shape they used. The grade twos also worked on these and did a self-assessment, considering what they found most enjoyable in French and what they want to work on for the next term.
Grade 3- Grade 3 students finished their "Maisons" and recorded themselves explaining (or presented directly to me) the different parts of their house, and the furnishings inside. Many of these videos can be found on Iris if you would like to see your child's project.
Grade 4- Grade 4 students only had one class this week due to rocks & rings, but they learned about classroom materials such as pencils, clocks, whiteboards, etc. We also started talking about verb conjugation using the verb "avoir" (have) and will continue to work on this in the coming weeks.
Grade 5- Grade 5s only had one class this week, but continued to work on their "Maisons". This project is similar to the Grade 3 project, but the expectations and rubric are slightly different for the Grade 5 students. For example, they are expected to present in complete French sentences (with prompts available), whereas the Grade 3 students are allowed to use some English in their presentations.
Kindergarten- This week, Ms. Lobel's class continued to practice two special songs with the Grade ones for their celebration of learning next week! Ms. Dang's class learned a song to go with the story of the Gingerbread man. We also sang a song to practice the days of the week, and did an action song called "Teddy Bear."
Grades 1, 2, 3- All 3 grades completed a self-assessment in music, telling me what they enjoy most and what is difficult for them. These answers will help inform our next steps in music. Some classes finished up the Carnival of the Animals, and other classes began a study of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker," which we will continue next week. We heard the story of the nutcracker and talked about how ballets tell a story using only music and movement. We also identified some instruments that we heard in the music.
December. 5, 2019
Grades 1 & 2- This week, the grade ones started to learn their numbers in French up to 31! We noticed that the highest number of days in a month is 31, so it is helpful when we are saying the date to know these numbers. The grade twos learned these numbers last year, but we reviewed them and played addition card games to refresh our memory and practice saying French numbers. The grade twos also started their "Monstres de formes" (shape monsters) to learn shapes in French. Grade one students will begin this next week.
Grade 3- Grade 3 students worked hard on creating, labelling, and practicing presenting their "Maisons" (houses). They will present these next week.
Grade 4- Grade 4 students finally finished editing their "L'école" videos using iMovie.
Grade 5- Grade 5 students began work on their "Maisons." These are similar to the project that the grade 3s presented, but a higher level of French is expected in their writing and speaking.
Kindergarten- This week, Ms. Lobel's class started learning a special song with the Grade ones for their celebration of learning at the end of the month! Ms. Dang's class sang and played along with a "shape song." We each got a different shaped instrument (for example, some of us played the drum (a circle) and others played a wooden block (rectangle) or a triangle). We had to listen to the song and play our instrument only when the matching shape was called!
Grades 1, 2, 3- All three grades worked on a music listening activity about a composition by Camille Saint-Saens called "Carnival of the Animals." We are using what we know about music (dynamics, tempo, timbre, etc) to figure out which animal is being represented by the music!
November. 25, 2019
Grade 1 & 2- Grade ones and twos learned about greetings and leave taking in French and are starting to work on learning numbers in French. The grades ones are learning numbers 0-31, and the grade twos are reviewing these and using mathematical language such as plus, moins, et égale (plus, minus, and equals) to do math in French!
Grade 3-Grade 3s learned vocabulary related to "la Maison." Over the next week, they will be working on creating, labelling, and presenting a house in French.
Grade 4- Grade 4s continued to work on filming and editing their "L'école" videos. They will be sharing these next week.
Grade 5- Grade 5s learned numbers up to 1 000, and are beginning to learn vocabulary related to "la Maison." Over the next week, they will be working on creating, labelling, and presenting a house in French.
Kindergarten- We finished up with our animals on the farm after sharing a "Barnyard Dance" (This is a great book by Sandra Boynton!). This week, we sang "Dr. Knickerbocker" and took turns being the leader. Ms. Lobel's class is also practicing a song for their celebration of learning in December.
Grade 1 & 2 - Last week, we went "on a bear hunt" and added sound effects with instruments, as well as playing a new game called "Doggie Doggie" where students had to listen to figure out who was singing based on the timbre of their voice. This week, we learned a new song and dance (Ickle Ockle) and talked about rhyming words. We also started a music listening activity about a composition by Camille Saint-Saens called "Carnival of the Animals." We are using what we know about music (dynamics, tempo, timbre, etc) to figure out which animal is being represented by the music!
Grade 3- We read a book called "The doorbell rang" about two kids who have been given 12 cookies between them- but the doorbell keeps ringing and they keep having to share their cookies! We sang a song that goes with the book, and played two different instrument parts. Finally, we played a game with "Rhythm cookies" which were on the floor. Students had to pick them up and if their cookie matched the one Mrs. Barr said, they got a turn to use the instruments.
November. 15, 2019
Grade 1 & 2- Students have been learning about how to say the weather in French. We practiced our new vocabulary together, and then students created illustrations to match their French sentences and presented their chosen weather orally in French.
Grade 3- We learned how to count to 30 in French, and played a game to reinforce our knowledge. We are also starting to brainstorm types of homes, Furniture, etc. for our next unit on homes (Ma Maison).
Grade 4- The grade 4 classes have been learning about "La Salle De Classe" and "L'école" (classroom and school) and are working on a video tour of their school, given in French.
Grade 5- This week, the grade 5 students continued to practice telling time in French. Next week, we will finish up with this unit and move on to learning large numbers (up to 1 000!) in French.
Kindergarten- We continued to learn about barnyard animals, and sing related songs while playing instruments. This week, we welcomed the horse to our farm! Students played the spoons (a traditional Métis instrument for Métis week) while we sang "Old MacDonald."
Grade 1- This week, the Grade ones sang "The Bear Went Over the Mountain" and focused on adding cumulative actions. For example, during the first verse, students raise one foot, and during the second verse, students raise the same foot and then the other, and so on.
Grade 2- Grade 2 students connected their Prairie community learning to the song "I've been working on the railroad" and made suggestions for instruments to add sound effects. See my twitter for a demonstration. We also learned about whole notes and half notes and the corresponding rests.
Grade 3- This week, Grade 3 students composed, practiced and performed their own piece for the class!
November. 8, 2019
Over the last couple of weeks, here is what we have been working on.
We all spent the last week of October learning French vocabulary associated with Halloween. This included singing Halloween songs and playing games.
Grade 1 & 2- This past week, we have been continuing to learn about Seasons and months of the year in French.
Grade 3 & 4- This past week, we have been continuing to learn about and practice conversational French, specifically introductions, greetings, feelings, and leave-taking.
Grade 5- This week, we have been learning about how to tell time in French, including reading a clock, as well as listening to a time and applying it to a clock.
Kindergarten- We spent the last week of October singing songs about Pumpkins. The highlight was our "pass the pumpkin" game (see my twitter account for a video). Students took turns playing instruments. This week, we have continued to learn about Barn yard animals and sing songs associated with them such as "Hickory Dickory Dock" and "Mary had a little lamb."
Grade 1- We spent the last week of October singing songs about Pumpkins. The highlight was our "pass the pumpkin" game (see my twitter account for a video). Students took turns playing instruments.This week, we talked about environmental sounds, read books about listening on a walk and identified unknown noises. We also took a walk around the school to create a "listening map" of sounds in the school.
Grade 2- We spent the last week of October singing and dancing to Halloween songs. See twitter for a video of Grade 2 students creating their own movement to Camille Saint-Saens' "Danse Macabre." This week, we learned about how notes go up and down on the staff, and reviewed what words like tempo and dynamics mean, and how they are used to create effects in music.
Grade 3- We spent the last week of October focusing on Halloween poems and songs. Like the Grade 2s, we created our own movements to Camille Saint-Saens' "Danse Macabre." We also assigned rhythm to ingredients in witches' brew. See my twitter account for some spooky examples. This week, we composed our own rhythms and played them on our instruments of choice. We will continue this next week. We also sang a song about remembrance day and identified where the song shifted from a major to a minor key.
Have a great long weekend!
October. 25, 2019
I am Mrs. Barr, and I am currently teaching TLC French and Music to K-3 classes at CJM. Please follow along for updates about both subjects! I will also try to tweet about our activities- please feel free to follow me on twitter (@MrsBarrCJM).
Je m'appelle Madame Barr (My name is Mrs. Barr). I will be posting what we have been working on this week in French using our blog. There are also additional resources and practice activities on d2L if you are interested!
Grade 1 & 2- This week, we have been learning about the months of the year (les mois de l'année), and we also started to talk about which months belong in each season. Students shared their own "mois de l'anniversaire" (birthday month).
Grade 3 & 4- This week, we learned about expressions, including greetings and leave-taking (saying goodbye). Students practiced the pronunciation and responded to questions about how they are feeling (Comment ca va?) in French. This activity also included a bit of math, and asked students to write a number sentence in French!
Grade 5- These students have been reviewing a lot of French vocabulary and concepts (such as alphabet, colours, shapes, expressions, weather, etc) and had a review quiz this week to see what they remember from previous years and what we still need to review!
Next week, all classes will be focused on Halloween vocabulary!
Kindergarten- Over the last few weeks, we have been learning about animals on the farm and using instruments to represent the noises that the animals make. We have also been singing songs and dancing to songs such as "Old MacDonald" and other songs associated with each animal, like "Mary had a little lamb." This group has also been playing listening games to practice following instructions.
Grades 1-3 (This week) - This week during music, we have been focused on how Music can impact our well-being. We listened to many different instruments in major and minor keys and discussed how each sound made our bodies feel, along with the emotions we experienced with each. We learned about 3 "healthy sounds" found in nature- water, wind, and bird songs.
Grade 1- The grade ones have been learning about how human voices have different tonal qualities (for example, a man would sound different from a small child) and about how music may move to a steady beat.
Grade 2- The grade twos have been focused on rhythm patterns and how these are made up of the beat and divisions of the beat. We have also been practicing how to read and write these rhythms.
Grade 3- The grade threes have been working on performing rhythmic patterns and assigning values to sounds and silences using vocabulary like "ta, ti-ti" as well as eighth notes and quarter notes.
Have a great weekend. Check back in soon for more updates!