Welcome to my classroom gallery! This is a place to show off all the amazing work that my students do in the classes that I teach. Each project has a short description of what we do and why we do it, followed by specific examples. This page will always be a work in progress, as I plan to add more examples at the end of every year.
Coat of Arms & Fleur de Lis Decoration
These two projects are combined into a day of decorative madness. It is the introduction to our unit on Medieval and Renaissance France and kicks off two weeks of the ultimate display of student creativity. This is a cultural lesson, and covers ACTFL World Language Standards for Culture (2.1 and 2.2).
This is a project where students construct one (or more) rooms of a château modeled after a room (or rooms) in the châteaux they have learned about in class. The castles we cover are found in the Loire Valley in France. This is a student favorite! It also covers ACTFL World Language Standards for Culture (2.1 and 2.2).
Cave Day (“Lascaux 3”)
Another student favorite, this lesson centers on the cave of Lascaux in the Dordogne region of France. Lascaux is filled with prehistoric cave art painted by the Magdalenian people. It is a three part lesson that starts by watching a short clip about the cave by Rick Steves, followed by going into the ‘cave’ and watching an awesome French video that shows some of the paintings, and finished by having students make their own drawings in the ‘cave’. This lesson covers ACTFL World Language Standards for Communication (1.2), Culture (2.2), Connections (3.1), and Comparisons (4.2)
This is an end of the trimester lesson that is actually a French food party. Students and parents sign up to bring various French treats to class and I provide the crêpes and toppings. Everyone gets a little taste of everything, and for many students, it is their first time trying some of these foods.
This is the last project of the year for my 5th and 6th grade technology class. By this point, students have spent the year learning about how to use their computers, start coding, and use software. They put all of those skills together to build and program their own Lego robot to perform various tasks. Once they get past the basic projects, I set up bonus projects such as race and obstacle courses and students compete to be the first person to complete each course.