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Nouns Interactive Anchor Chart and Anchors Away Linky!

Since interactive notebooks are all the rage right now, why not an interactive anchor chart?

Here's my take on an interactive nouns anchor chart:

When introducing or reviewing nouns, teachers usually go through the explanation of how nouns name people, things, animals, and places. This anchor chart should be used for that.
The fun part, though, comes from the interaction the students would be encouraged to have with the chart.
Every day, or once/twice a week have students come up and attach a post-it with examples of a category of nouns under the corresponding flap. See the pictures below:

Ideally, they should always come up with new ones. They could also "fill out" the anchor chart with nouns that they find in a book you're reading in class.

You could also turn this into a game and see which team(s) can list the most items.

Let your creativity run free :D

The more the students interact with the chart, the better!

Read: Adverbs Anchor Chart - part 1/2

Read: Plural Nouns Anchor Chart 1/2

Read: Reflexive Pronouns Anchor Chart

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Today I'm linking up with Deb at Crafting Connections for her Anchors Away Monday Linky! Click on the picture below to check it out!

 Anchors Away Linky Party

Thank you!

Reflexive Pronouns Anchor Chart - Anchors Away Monday Linky and a freebie!

It's been a while since I last posted an anchor chart so here I am today with one for reflexive pronouns. I just love teaching reflexive pronouns! What about you?

 Reflexive Pronouns Anchor Chart

As you can see, I've hacked this anchor chart. I can draw, but certainly not as well as Mel (Graphics from Pond). I was lucky to win her August giveaway and I'm already putting my prize into use.

I guess students sometimes find it hard to tell when they should be using a reflexive pronoun. It's harder if they don't really know what subjects and objects are. If they do, the best explanation is to say that they should use reflexive pronouns when the subject and the object of a verb are the same. In other words, the one doing the action is also the one being "affected" by that action.

"Mary cut herself while cooking" means that "Mary cut Mary" and not anybody else. Sounds weird, but that's the best way I've found to make my students understand.

However, you know very well that this is only one of the ways reflexive pronouns are used. There is, for instance, the emphatic use.

"Mary herself prepared dinner" is not about the subject and the object being the same. "Herself" is used to emphasize that Mary was the one making the dinner. Why the emphasis? Maybe Mary is not known for being a cook.

There's also the use of reflexive pronouns with the preposition "by" to mean "alone" as in "Mary hates to go to the movies by herself".

Now, I've got two resources to help you teach reflexive pronouns and I know that those working with the Common Core have a standard just for reflexive pronouns, the 2.L.1c.

One is a Free Reflexive Pronouns Poster, similar to the anchor chart above, that you can download by clicking on the image below:

 Free Reflexive Pronouns Poster Color and B&W
click to download a FREE poster in color and B&W

The other is my Reflexive Pronouns Scoot, which actually includes 2 sets of 32 task cards. Here's what a buyer has said:

"This is great! I used the tougher ones whole group and the simpler ones for the actual game. Thanks!"

And by game, the buyer meant Scoot - one of the many ways you can use task cards.

 Reflexive Pronouns Scoot - 2 sets of 32 task cards
click on the image to check it out on TpT

Finally, I'm linking up with Deb at Crafting Connections and her Anchors Away Monday linky. Click on the image below to check it out and maybe link up as well or at least discover more anchor charts!

 Anchors Away Monday linky

But, before you go, don't forget to leave me a comment. I love to read what you guys think!

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Free French eBook and 5 French websites every French teachers should know!

Salut! Hi everyone!
If you teach French, you know how tough it can be to find resources for your classroom. Of course, I'm talking about QUALITY resources. That's why a group of great teacher-authors has decided to put together a FREE French eBook of tips and links to freebies for the back-to-school season or should I say "pour la rentrée"? Laudalina from Profs et Soeurs is the mastermind of this amazing initiative and Ms. Joanne has been so generous to host the eBook. What about me? I was honored to organize it!

READ: Check out my new For French Immersion Blog and subscribe to the For French Immersion Newsletter

But before we get to the eBook, I would also like to share 5 FREE websites you can use for extra activities when teaching French. They are presented in no specific order and I'm not affiliated with any of them. I just really think they're very useful.

Graphics by Stacey Lloyd

Here we go:


This site has a LOT of stories for kids. It's well-organized into categories, e.g. "Contes et Légendes", "Fables et poésies",  etc, and the best part is that they present the text and give you the option of listening to a narrator reading it.
Oh, and the "Comptines et Chansons", of course, are sung!

The site can be used in so many ways in the classroom.

You can:
- have students listen to the narrator while reading the text during computer time
- play the audio to use it in listening comprehension activities
- just use the text for reading comprehension activities
- have students sing along the "comptines"

 Lundi matin (source: Il était une histoire…) 5 websites every French teacher should know
Lundi Matin (source: Il était une histoire…)

Click on the image above to check out one of the "Comptines et Chansons". This one is great to practice "les jours de la semaine".


This is a section of the site that is dedicated to education. It's got videos, texts, games about many subjects, such as "Histoire" and "Sciences".

They've also got quizzes to test the level of proficiency in French. Click on the image below to check out one of the quizzes.

 Testez votre niveau en français (source: FranceTVÉducation) - 5 websites French teachers should know
French quiz (source: France TV Éducation)


They have several free online exercises you can have your students doing. They are identified with one of the six levels of the CEFR. Check out this simple quiz about "les animaux" (click on the image below).

 Les animaux en français (source: Bonjour de France) 5 websites every French teacher should know!
Les animaux en français (source: Bonjour de France)

4. BrainPOP

Next is BrainPOP. It's an amazing site with videos, quizzes and much more. It covers many subjects and it's fully animated. Click on the image below to check it out.

 BrainPOP Français (source: 5 websites every French teacher should know


Last but not least is the section of the TV5 website dedicated to "la langue française". There are a lot of resources from which to choose. They've also got sections for those who teach French and those who learn French.

My favorite section is "Les Fables de La Fontaine" with 8 fables with text and audio. Click on the image below to check them out.

 TV5Monde: Les Fables de La Fontaine (source: TV5) 5 websites every French teacher should know
Les Fables de La Fontaine (source: TV5Monde)

And now, for our FREE French Back-to-School eBook! It is packed with tips and links to freebies by 15 teacher-authors.

There are FSL and FI resources for k-12. I'm sure you'll find something you can use in your classroom!

It's available on Teachers Pay Teachers. If you've never heard of Teachers Pay Teachers, or TpT as I prefer to call it, you have no idea what you're missing out. Click on the image for a FREE copy of the eBook.

 Free French Back-to-School eBook - La rentrée
Click on the image for your FREE copy

Enter my giveaway for a chance to win $25 worth of French teaching resources!
Giveaway is over! Sorry!

I've started a new blog. The name says it all: For French Immersion Blog. Come check it out and subscribe to the For French Immersion Newsletter. Merci!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

READ at For French Immersion: 7 Pinterest boards for French teachers

READ: 10 words that English borrowed from French

Teacher-authors around the world: meet Susanna from Canada!

Here's my interview with Susanna Westby, the creator of Whimsy Workshop Teaching.

As you might have noticed, I love being able to highlight the work of those that are dear to me.
Susanna is one of them. She was probably the first person I really interacted with when I started this journey. And she was great - patient and kind.
I'm glad I "ran into" her early on as that has encouraged me to keep on doing this. If people in this virtual teaching/blogging world were as nice as her, why would I leave?
Hers was also the first set of clipart I ever used. Guess I can blame her for my clipart addiction :D

 Teacher-authors around the world: meet Susanna from Canada
click on the image to check out Susanna's blog 
1. What should we know about the place where you live?
I was born in Toronto, Canada, however I've always lived here on the west coast near Vancouver. Tourism is a huge industry here because of easy access to the mountains and ocean; this means there is always something to do outdoors, such as hiking, surfing, boating, camping or biking. The cultural attitude could be described as relaxed, culturally diverse and inclusive. The down side to living in such a popular destination is the very high cost of living! 
I live on the edge of a huge forest, and this means close contact with many forest animals. These little cuties have definitely inspired my artwork!

 Whimsy Workshop's clipart

2. I've gotten to know many Canadians, both "virtually" and in person, and they were all incredibly friendly and warm. Is it a Canadian thing?
I have heard Canadians described as "polite", so perhaps it is! I've never really thought of it! Culturally we do tend to be courteous and thoughtful of other's feelings. Also, in such a culturally diverse area it's necessary to be respectful of others in order to live harmoniously.

Susanna's two sons

3. What has changed in education since you've become a teacher?
The biggest change I've seen is the growth of technology in the classroom. When I started my masters I chose Technology as my focus, but back then it was very new and wasn't considered a serious topic. My how that has changed! Technology has made teaching so much more engaging and fun! Also, the resources now available online are amazing; when I started teaching we had to create everything ourselves, usually hand written and copied. Gathering resources was expensive and time consuming, which is why I usually resorted to creating my own. Little did I know that this skill would come in handy many years later when I joined TPT. The majority of items in my store are things I made years ago and perfected over the years; many people who know my graphics don't know that I actually sell more literacy sets than clip art!

4. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I feel that you believe strongly in the power of art in educating kids. Art is not only an end, but also a means to managing behaviour, building relationships, and anchoring learning. How important is art to you as a teacher?
I've always used art as a vehicle to engage my students and teach effectively. As I was often drawing quickly on the board during a lesson, I learned how to use images to convey my idea quickly and effectively. I also love to see students giggle at my funny characters, or ask to use my drawings to copy in their own drawing books.

I also use art in other ways at school. For example, although I teach primary, I started an art group for high-risk intermediate students during my lunch hours. I give them all canvases and paint, and while painting we talk about any difficulties they are having in their lives or just talk and laugh. My goal is not only for them to discover art as a means of expression, but to build connections with each other, and build trust in me should they ever need an adult to talk to in the future. It's been very meaningful to me, and art is the perfect way to make it all happen. 

FREE Sentence Building Kits
FREE Sentence Building Kits
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5. Have you always created and illustrated your classroom resources? Had you ever imagined you'd be sharing your creations with the world?
I've always used my own illustrations for teaching resources and children's books, but it wasn't until joining Teachers Pay Teachers that I decided to create sets of clip art for other teachers to use. It's such a joy to see other teachers using my drawings! It's been a wonderful journey and the people I've met along the way are so precious to me.

 Whimsy Workshop Teaching: Susanna
Had you seen Susanna before?

6. What is your number one tip for new teachers, bloggers, TPTers?
When people are starting any new venture, whether it be teaching, selling on TPT or blogging, my advice is always to simply be kind, be patient, and work hard. I began just for the love of it, and tried not to compare myself to anyone else. I was grateful for every sale and every compliment - and I still am!

Thank you, Susanna, for the interview! You really do follow your own tip!

Go check out Susanna's blog, "like" her Facebook page, drool over her clipart and follow her TpT store!

Thank you all for reading!