Start Up! Your FrenchDownload this manual for core French teachers, À vos marques, prêt, partez: A must-have guide for core French teachers , produced by CASLT (Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers ) and Manitoba teachers. I’m working on a BC version of the manual, but there is a wealth of great information — in English — about teaching French.

Here are some materials from Liliana Lanfranchi’s Sept 6th workshop..‘UN, DEUX, TROIS… on y va! A fantastic start in French!’ which she presented on Sept 6th in Burnaby- Thanks so much for this excellent material Liliana! Les Questions et Les Réponses
We’ll be adding more soon.

Mlle Jarvis is a French and French-Immersion TTOC, and she uses her website whenever she fills temporary leave positions. Feel free to send her any questions about teaching French via the Wiki private messaging! Her website has links to great activities, especially for Intro to French (good for elementary or French 8) and IB French 11: http://mllejarvis.tk

Suggestions from Mlle Jarvis:

  • Create a Dropbox account. It will save your life. Instead of storing oodles of binders in my tiny apartment I store most of my unit resources in my Dropbox. It gets backed up just like the rest of my computer, and I can access the folders from any computer in the world connected to the Internet. The best part is that I don’t have to email myself documents or keep a USB key anymore. This means I have ONE version instead of SIX different versions floating around. I could go on, but trust me – it’s the best, for any teacher, and as a TTOC it means I can log in and print something on days without lesson plans left for me!
  • Secondary Core French can borrow ideas from primary immersion classrooms. For example, the songs used in French Immersion Kindergarten are perfect for immersing Core French students (in any grade!) in the language and culture of the Francophone world. Sylvia Duckworth’s YouTube page has *great* videos of songs from artists such as Alain Le Lait and Charlotte Diamond. I use these songs all the way up to grade 10, and then switch to songs by Top 40 French Artists like Coeur de Pirate, Mika, Corneille, Christophe Maé, Lisa LeBlanc for grades 11 & 12.
  • Connect with Language teachers from around the province through Twitter by joining the PSA for BC Language Teachers: BCATML (BC Association of Teachers of Modern Languages). Another way to connect is by searching hashtags such as #edchat, #langchat . You’ll often find great blogs as well as amazing mentors through Twitter. It’s been my most valuable source of professional development.
  • Check out your district resource library database, and visit the District Resource Centre in person if possible. Flipping through books, activity kits and posters will give you many ideas, and you can make appointments to consult with the District Learning Resource Teacher responsible for supporting teachers for your specific curriculum area. They can often come to your classroom to make it easy for you! It’s their job to help, support, mentor.

List translated YPS handouts on this page

French Immersion
A fun game for oral language.
My students enjoyed this game. It was good to use at the beginning of the year to get them back in the habit of speaking French but they enjoyed it so much that I will have them play again later on in the year with a different theme.

20 Questions.

  • Prepare small slips of paper with an animal (French) written on it.
  • Tell students that they have to ask “yes”or “no” questions.
  • Give some examples of questions.
  • Form groups of at least four students.
  • Give one person in the group the slip of paper and have only that person look at it.
  • The rest of the group then starts asking questions (in French).
  • When someone has guessed the answer, they raise their hand and receive a new animal.

A simple game that the students may be familiar with but that gave me a good sense of their oral language levels.


Les Questions et Les Réponses

Les Questions et Les Réponses
1) Comment t’appelles-tu?
• Je m’appelle ………..
2) Comment ça va?
• Ça va trés bien, merci.
• Comme çi, comme ça.
• Ça va mal.
3) Quel âge as-tu?
• J’ai ……….. ans.
4) Quelle est la date aujourd’hui?
• C’est lundi le 5 mars.
5) Quel temps fait-il?
• Il fait beau.
• Il fait mauvais.
6) Quelle heure est-il?
• Il est 11h30 (onze heure trente).
7) Tu aimes ………? (=Do you like ……….. ?)
• Oui, j’aime ……… .
• Non, je n’aime pas………. .
8) Tu as ………? (Do you have……..?)
• Oui, j’ai un/e ………..


SUYFrench page

Content related to the Start UP! Your French Program Successfully workshop (Liliana)

“Posters and other visual aides from Liliana’s EFSL classroom…”





Start Up Your Socials

Content related to the Start UP! Your Socials Program Successfully workshop

Handout from Start UP workshop- Holly Lloyd.

Start UP Social Studies handout.doc
Broken Squares instructions.doc
broken squares puzzles.doc

The handout is missing the social responsibility quickscales. These can be found online at the following BC Ministry website: performance standards for social responsibility

The quick scales written in child friendly language:

Version One

Version Two
Social Responsibility Gr 4 and 5.doc
Social Responsibility Gr 6 and 7.doc

Mapping Units:

Each unit has 6 lessons. With some adaptation, these lessons can stand alone, be integrated into other units or be used in sequence. World maps are only in the level 4 unit and Canada maps are only in the level 5 unit. Please remember mapping is best taught within the context of other topics in Social Studies and these are meant as a starter.

Mapping Unit.doc – grade 4 unit covers continents and oceans, symbols and legends
World Map with Atlantic centre can be found at World Map Dot Com

Activité des symboles et légendes – Lac Chien.doc – This is the Dog Lake and the See Island activities from unit 4 translated into French for any immersion teachers:) Hope someone will use it! I love the idea of us all sharing:)
Fabulous! Thanks so much for doing that! -Holly

Mapping Unit5.doc – reviews continents and oceans, symbols and legends; covers Canadian political boundaries, physical regions and distribution of natural resources

province tags.docx– Each province and their flag is located in this document. You can cut them out and paste them onto black cardstock (laminate them, I love laminating) and they can be used along side Holly’s lesson- mapping unit 5. When you are done you will have 13 province cards. They turn out great if you have a colour printer 🙂
For a sample of what they look like printed, matted, and laminated click on the link:sample_of_province_tags.jpg 🙂 KL

Mapping Unit6.doc – For grade 6 & 7
reviews continents and oceans, symbols and legends, Canadian political boundaries; covers scale and distance, longitude and latitude

Organization Skills:

Directions test.doc – This is a great version of the test that teaches students to read the directions carefully before beginning. It can also be used to teach the skill of scanning a paper quickly. For example, reading the first half of the sentence to make sure it is a direction would quickly help you see that question 13 is different.

Weekly Online Current Events Units

Currents4Kids (C4K) is a subscription-based online news site for elementary and middle school-age students that features 40 weekly news articles over the course of the school year. The articles are accompanied by online quizzes and other activities, and supplementary materials.

First Week of School

The 33pg. First Week of School booklet is revised to match the video. It is free with Ray’s compliments.
The First Week of School-9-17.pdf (Sept 2017)
‘The First Week of School‘ booklet by Ray Myrtle is the basis for the ‘Start UP! Your Class Successfully’ workshop & video.  At one time this Booklet was available through BCTF locals.

There is also an intro activity on YouTube – google raymyrtle YouTube.

Now you can watch the Start UP! Your Class workshop online for 3 months for $1. Here is a sample: Tuesday: Making a Good First Impression

Find out about workshops, videos and other info at www.startupyourclass.ca

Here are the backline masters you need to use the activities with your own class:
Lets Get Acquainted Blackline #1.docGraph The Class-Prediction Blackline#2.docclass list template.docGraph The Class Blackline#3.docDraw and Predit Draft Revison.docSeating Plan Blackline#13.docAbstract Design Blackline#11.docClass list Number #8.docStart UP! Your Class Overview 2014.doc

Here is the French version of some blackline masters-contributed by Vincent. (immersion teachers- take one share one!):
Lets Get Acquainted Blackline #1-fr.docxGraph The Class-Prediction Blackline#2 – fr.docx
Graph The Class Blackline#3 – fr.docxDraw and Predit Draft Revison – fr.docx

Revised math assessments from the Vancouver Island Net (a group of math consultants and teachers from Vancouver Island).
Note: This has not been updated for the new revised curriculum:
If you can’t attend the Start UP! Series:
You can use the number skills page in the assessments below. It’s a quick assessment of those skills expected at the grade listed: eg. beginning of Grade 4. There is a key at the end, and you can have a student mark them. Keep them on file so you be able to see evidence of progress during the year.
End of Grade 3 – Beginning of Grade 4 WNCP.pdfEnd of Grade 4 – Beginning of Grade 5 WNCP.pdfEnd of Grade 5 – Beginning of Grade 6 WNCP.pdfEnd of Grade 6 – Beginning of Grade 7 WNCP.pdf

Ann-Marie and I suggest you use the Math Basics. The Math Basics program is available from Trevor Calkins at www.poweroften.ca you can get a CD with each grade. It is a complete program that builds math confidence while reviewing concepts. I used it for about 15-20 min at the start of each math class right after lunch.

Link to the Math Home page for a lot more info on the Math Basics program (from Ann-Marie Hunter).
Link to Planning the Year Page (Yearly Planning etc).

PE Game- Eco Tag:
PE Lesson– Eco Tag.doc