Initial Reflection and Brainstorming.
Students will reflect on their personal experiences and how their activity choices and culture have been shaped or affected by weather. They will share with the work group and will also share what they think they already know about student activities in France. They will hypothesize about how they think these might be shaped or limited by the local weather.
Learning about our partner school
Students will view the College St-Blaise web site in pairs and complete a data\activity sheet documenting their understanding and reaction to the pictures and information on the web site. The data\activity sheet will require them to identify and record vocabulary that is new and unclear, in addition to their reactions and thoughts on similarities and differences between the French school and their own. Copies of the sheet will be turned in to the teacher for review and later returned to become part of the project journal.
Vocabulary for understanding partners- formative assessment
After participating in practice activities and vocabulary review games, students will pass a written vocabulary quiz on the vocabulary generated from student activity sheets in task 2.
Students will review, discuss and edit the questionnaire prepared by the teacher. The questionnaire will be in English for the partner school English language students to answer.
Students will use Google doc for the questionnaire.
Compiling a vocabulary list
Students and teacher will compile a list of weather and activity related expressions is the target language that they believe would be helpful for the exchange. They will ask the partner class for feedback on the expressions to find out if the expressions are really ones that native speakers use before memorizing or using them.
Schedule of responsibilities
Students will create a schedule of responsibilities for the exchange (securing data, selecting information, inputting data to the shared documents, etc.)
Schedule will be created on a Google doc that is shared with teacher and class members.
Using feedback from partner school
A time will be set aside during class each day to review and process feedback received from our partner school. Students keep an individual project diary and will discuss the new data in the target language with classmates.
Creation of a vocabulary bank from exchange including unfamiliar vocabulary or vocabulary that differs from what they learned in their text books.
Discuss and evaluate
At the end of the monthly exchange, students will discuss and evaluate what they have learned from the exchange and how their pre-exchange ideas have been confirmed or changed. Based on their new knowledge and understanding, students will brainstorm ideas for messages for the poster portion of the project.
With help from Big Lab staff and facilities, students will create posters to be shared with partner school and at our all school culture night event.