La semaine de la Francophonie

La semaine de la Francophonie: Grade 4

We have been celebrating this special week in a variety of ways in our Grades 3 and 4 French classes:


We used the dix mots de la semaine de la Francophonie in order to play this interactive game. The purpose of the game is to come up with a fake but believable definition for these tricky French words. Points are given if your team can guess the correct definition of the word, additional points are given for each team that chooses your fake answer. We learned the meaning of a few challenging French words.

  • année-lumière
  • déjà-vu
  • lambiner
  • tic-tac
  • synchrone
  • plus-que-parfait
  • dare-dare
  • rythmer
  • avant-jour
  • hivernage

Scattergories: Grade 3

Students were paired in groups of 3 or 4 students. Each round was timed at 4 minutes. The purpose of this game is to come up with as many French words as possible over the round. The category would change after 4 minutes. A point is given for each correct answer. The rounds would cover different themes and units that we have learned this year including; the community, school, animals and a special round including all things Franco-Fête.

Grammar Jeopardy: Grade 3

On Wednesday, we played a game of French grammar Jeopardy. It was boys vs. girls with the different categories including the different verbs learned during the year as well as some questions about some of our recent units. The questions had a few different elements including some conjugation, translation and creating small sentences with the verbs.

Conversations de classe: Grades 3 and 4;

Students were given the role of either a host or a guest. The hosts would remain in the station while guests would rotate in order to visit 3 different hosts. The purpose of this activity was to have the students speak to each other in French using some of their own previously made work. Students in Grade 4 were sharing several of their favourite sentences from their upcoming Sports presentations. After two minutes, the speakers would rotate and every 4 minutes our guests would visit a new host.

Students in Grade 3 completed the same activity, but they used the sentences created with the two verbs that we have recently learned être and avoir. In order to promote a casual atmosphere, students enjoyed some orange juice and potato chips while sharing their work.

Reading Buddies: Grades 3 and 4

Students from Grades 3 and 4 were paired into small groups in order to read to each other in French. Grade 4 read parts of their French library books as well as as a few highlights from their province and territory books.  Grade 3 then had a chance to read to their older friends, they used their favourite Escalire homework books.

Song mix and match: Grade 3

We played this song lyric puzzle game using some of the music used during 8:30-8:45 drop-off. During our semaine de la Francophonie, we had French music playing on the loudspeaker each morning, we used some of these songs to complete a challenging puzzle activity. The lyrics from the songs were cut up into 10 pieces, groups were trying to listen to the song and piece together the correct order of the song. We used some songs from classic French singers from the 70’s and 80’s, Mike Brant, Charles Aznavour and Jean-Jacques Goldman. We also listened to some more current songs from artists such as; Amir, Christoph Maé and Kendji Girac.






Blogging about Blogging!

Shalom Parents,

You might have noticed a special letter in your child’s backpack today about…. BLOGFOLIOS!

We are SO very excited to launch Student Blogfolios in Grade 3 for term 3 of this school year. The blogfolio will stay with your child through their years at OJCS and grow as they add posts from all of their classes!

Below is a PDF of the letter explaining Blogfolios, along with the various options for you to choose. Please fill out the permission slip for your child’s blogfolio and return it by Wednesday, March 22nd.
(please note: there was a typo in the permission form that was sent home, but it has been corrected on the document below)

As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out!

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March Reminders

Happy Tuesday!

We have quite a few exciting events going on in the school right now! Here are some reminders for you to add to your calendar…

La célébration de la semaine de la Francophonie!
Please join us on Thursday, March 23rd at 6:30PM for a celebration!

We are asking that you and your children wear blue jeans and a white shirt!


Innovation Day – Thursday, March 30th

Please join us at 9AM in the classroom to see our amazing projects!

If you have any newspaper, flyers, or cardboard that you would like to get rid of, please send it into school this week or next week!


Dress Down Day – March 31st

Please feel free to send in items anytime throughout the rest of March! The bin is located in the school lobby outside of the chapel.

Mini March Update!

Shalom Kitah Gimmel Families!

It was so amazing to be back at school with all of the students in Grade 3 this week after February break… although… I am quite jealous of the suntans and vacation braids!

Here are two highlights from the week along with some reminders at the bottom of the blog post!

In Science we have been learning about different types of forces. While magnetic force seemed to be the class favourite before the break, it seems like electrostatic force is now the “most fun” force in class! Check out these big smiles and crazy hair!

With March, comes MARCH MADNESS!! Grade 3 was excited to see that we are launching our March Madness Book Bracket again this year! Now that we are in Grade 3, we have a bit of a twist! Instead of only having other teachers come join us as guest readers… we will also have Grade 3 students become the guest readers! Today one of our students read our March Madness Book!

Which book do you think will win? Let us know in the comments!

  • If you have any feedback from last month’s transition to a General Studies Homework folder (rather than all electronic), please send me an email! (update: new BINGO board will be given next week, as this week we are celebrating purim and all things RUACH!)
  • RUACH week is starting on MONDAY. Please see this blog post for details about each theme day!
  • We are getting ready for Innovation day! I am looking for newspapers and cardboard for this year’s project! If you have any of these items, please send them to school. Thank you!

Upcoming Events & Save the Date(s)!

February break may be starting, but I am buzzing with excitement about all of the upcoming events at school! Here is just a quick post to make sure your calendars are up to date with all of the amazing happenings here upon your return to school after Feb. Break!

March 6-10: RUACH WEEK

With Ruach Week… we have PURIM! Our OJCS Purim Carnival is back and we need your help! Please see the flyer below for more details!
(The carnival is only open to students and takes place during school hours)


March 20-24: La célébration de la semaine de la Francophonie
March 23rd at 6:30PM: Franco-fête Performance


March 30: Innovation Day

You will be invited into the classroom on the morning of Innovation Day to see your child’s project!
Please stay tuned for more details on the timing.

We hope you have a restful Family Day Weekend & February Break!

Fact vs. Opinion

This month we have been learning about the difference between facts and opinions. It’s important to learn the difference so we can become better at identifying opinions from facts when doing research online!

We started with a read aloud and workshop with our Librarian, Miss Brigitte!

Then, we spent our library period finding different non-fiction books about various topics of interest. We then started our research by looking for facts!


Some interesting facts we learned were…

  • You fit as many as 130 people in one large log house
  • Leonardo Da Vinci’s grandmother lived to be older than 85 years old
  • Helen Keller was deaf and blind
  • Harry Houdini’s father was a Rabbi
  • Most fish use their tails to swim

Some opinions we shared were…

  • Sharks are ugly
  • Maple syrup is yummy
  • Dogs are better than cats
  • It would be hard to be Helen Keller’s teacher


Do you have any fun facts or opinions that you would like to share with us? Comment below!!!

– Our February Break begins Friday with a PD day!

JDAIM in Grade 3

As you know, this week we had a workshop with our school Social Worker, Quinn. We discussed words we are learned already (diversity and inclusion), and we learned a brand new word; allyship. Being an ally means you are a friend and supporter of all people! It does not matter if they are different from us, we are supportive and inclusive! We even played a game to show that within our Grade 3 community, we have different interests and abilities!

This morning, we had a class discussion (inspired by this year’s JOIN contest) about adults understanding inclusion.
Below is the Jamboard where we shared some of our ideas!

We also listened to this fantastic story from Miss Brigitte!

Check out her other JDAIM storytime videos here!


Here is more information about the JOIN contest!
Please feel free to work on a project at home to enter in the challenge!