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La lecture

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Ratatiner les monstres (swat a sound in French) found here. Possible K & 1 Daily five read to self, read to someone work centre.




In French immersion kindergarten classes students track their knowledge of letter NAMES, then letter SOUNDS (grade 1) and SOUND BLENDS (grade 1).  


Students select a car (printables included), and we race to get to the green light on the poster in class!


There is so much at school that easily engages girls that I look for the boy factor in everything I do to engage them too.



A folder with the same graphic is sent home explaining the challenge to parents & the difference/importance of letter sounds vs. simply letter names (although we start with letter names to build success and start from what they know)


The back of the folder gives parents the phonetic spelling of letter sounds in French.


To encourage parents new to our school (kindergarten parents especially) to get in the habit of visiting my teacher page I sent students home with black and white photocopied car choices.  If their parents visited my teacher page they could download additional "cool car choices".



Letter sounds and names that are the same in French and English are highlighted for parents as a starting point.


Letters are moved from one side of the folder to the other as they are mastered at home.


The file includes lower case and upper case letters.  We learn to print upper case first - what do you think?  Should they be taught to recognize lower case first?



Resolving the difficulty of confusing the letter names of "I" and "E" in French and "G" and "J"!








Whether or not the use of grade level word groups or families for teaching reading and spelling is pedagogically sound is something I continue to consider.  For now here they are, we use them.  They are useful for remediation.  Grades 2 and 3 are not yet in sound families or any logical groupings (which kind of seems strange but these are the district lists we have).  I have ordered the grade 1 list into a sequence and into sound groupings that make sense to me.


Does your school district suggest a list of benchmark words for reading and spelling in French Immersion?


Grade 1 list

Grade 1 flashcards

Grade 2 flashcards

Grade 3 flashcards


The coolest part is that the size of the flashcards is perfect for sliding into the library checkout envelopes that I stuck onto our 'Work With Words' kits posted below.





"À lire, à bâtir, à écrire" work with words centres for use during Daily Five.  They are time consuming to put together but only cost about $5 each in materials.  They are small enough for a student or 2 to work on independently.


Once you download and print the files perhaps a parent volunteer can make some for your classroom.


1.  iPad (printable to 11x17)

2.  clothes pins

3.  mega blocks

4.  velcro or magnetic letters (yes blue is spelt in English in the first picture, oops!)

5.  stamps (no photo yet)


Sound Blend Word lists (printable)

à lire, à bâtir, à écrire - read, build, write (printable)


  • the back of the 'à lire, à bâtir, à écrire' card has an option to put words in alphabetical order
  • the clothes pin version has 'build' first so that pins can be clipped to the top or to the edge of the container, there are 2 of each consonant in each kit, 4 of each vowel
  • for velcro version print off 2 sets of letters, one is laminated as is, one is cut up and letters are affixed to the card with velcro, less hunting for letters more spelling practice!
  • kit contents are printed onto 65 or 100 lb cardstock
  • a bag of 'extras' is also a good idea for each kit (last photo)


Do you just love the clear containers?  They're bacon containers from the dollar store.  Second hand mega blocks came from a consignment store, little lego works too.  The dry erase pens with erasers?  Dollar store.  Grade level word list 'guidelines' will be posted shortly, the lists above are the base words we use as each sound blend is introduced and are part of 2nd term assessment in grade 1.  With the envelopes on the outside of the kits teachers can quickly rotate word lists.




1.  Add photos of how to use the kit and how to store so student's keep kits organized.

2.  No lego?  No problem, unifix cubes work well too.

3.  Cookie sheet + sheet + magnetic letters = another kit.  Use old scrabble tiles with magnets, Bananagram letter tiles (I made 3 kits with 1 game) and a scrabble 'shelf'.  Inexpensive magnetic letters can be ordered from Really Good Stuff (2 of each letter in each set).












Photos were added to show students what to do and how to put supplies away:










Free (some) downloadable resources at Littératout




Teachers will appreciate the clear and explicit self-directed instructions for students.  Could this be incorporated into Daily Five?  Grade 2-4 could be fairly independent with these reading response strategies.  Click on images for direct link to files.









Améliorer ma précision


Enrichir mon vocabulaire



J'écoute la lecture - les cinq au quotidien


frenchvideoplaylists (my youtube channel under construction)


Creating a channel for your school or classroom on youtube is an easy way to build an online library of quality 'listen to reading' options for students.  Playlists can be uploaded and sorted by season, term, or subject area.  I have developed a channel for K-2 and regularly add videos or closed captioned reading and songs for 'Listen to Reading' during the Daily Five.  Try these searches to curate your own channel: 


Comptines (the captioned ones are what I intend, those uploaded by 'comptines')

Alain le lait

Matt Maxwell

Primary Success Paola



Morning Message


I am a huge huge believer in the power of having a morning message. I feel this shared writing and reading experience is a bridge between learning letter sounds and sound blends and being able able to read text. On day 1 of Kindergarten, I write "Bonjour" as my message and quickly we are writing/reading a couple of sentences every morning ("Bonjour les amis. Comment ça va?" "Bonjour mes amis. On a la bibliothèque aujourd'hui."). I will have students search for and circle letters in the message or sound blends later in the year. I've included a link to some other ideas for Morning message.


Morning message.pdf


Kindergarten Home Reading


I use a home reading program in Kindergarten that our school purchased. It contains 30 kits, each containing a book, a CD, a magnetic matching game and a parent translation sheet. The students and the parents really enjoy the program, especially as the CD does not require that the parents speak or understand French. Here's the link to the companies' website:




This is a photo of a grade 1 package which includes a written portion.  For kindergarten only the book, CD and matching game is included.  




Kindergarten Songs

 Here is a file of songs that I use in my classroom and put into a duotang on our bookshelf. It is a very well-loved book! I am continuing to add to this book throughout the year. I also send these songs in a take-home book that also contains the Manuel Phonique letter pages in a reduced size. I have gotten a lot of really great feedback from parents and students about having a take-home book as the kids feel so grown up having "homework"!


Kindergarten songs.pdf



La première année


Sounds Magnifying Glass.pdf


Daily Five Signs.pdf


All visual dictionaries.pdf



The Daily Five


The Daily Five literacy program.  Magnifying glasses with sound blends are laminated and used by students to find the sounds they know during quiet reading or around the classroom.  Such a simple idea and yet students love to search through books with these to find the sounds they know.





Home Reading Tracking Booklet


Home Reading Tracking Booklet.pdf 


By January in grade 1 I send home these home reading tracking booklets.  The inside leaf explains to parents how they are to be used and the cover is decorated by the student.  As both a parent and a teacher I know how busy the evening can get and how tough it is to remember to get that reading done every night.  I find this booklet, if nothing else, reminds parents and students to sit down and read a book en français.  My students also keep ziploc bags of 'finish me' books that we have made in class or books of songs we know (you will find these throughout the wiki by theme and on the Page titled 'Les petits livres'.  These are very simple and the students are pleased to show that they can read or sing in French.




The instructions for parents also includes a link to a text to speech website.  This is website where parents can type in a word and hear it read in French, a great way to help their child with their reading.


Text to Speech Website Link:  http://www.oddcast.com/home/demos/tts/tts_example.php?sitepal





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