M. Patriquin's Grade 5 MFI class website

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M Patriquin's email is: michael.patriquin@ocdsb.ca

(for transportation messages [i.e. my son/daughter will walk home today] 
please call the office (613-728-4607) or write a note in the agenda)
Homework agenda
Please click on a date / assignment for more information. 
Remember, students are always responsible for keeping their agenda up to date!



Section de Français


April 18
The class began their poetry quiz and worked very hard on it. We also played the second day of a multi-subject Jeopardy game.  Here are the final scores!

March 26
We are continuing our second week of poetry studies.  We have already done A-B-A-B rhyming scheme poems, and diamante.  An example from the class: 
un chien
doux et agile
jouer, courir, et sentir
Chien, ton meilleur ami
un mignon animal

Today we looked at Acrostic poems, and began with a simple version

class example: 

and then went for a more complex version. 

March 8
We looked at surrealist pictures to practice our oral communication skills among table partners. 

March 6
We read a passage in French for reading comprehension and had a debate in class about the merits of zoos. 

We also looked at pictures under the microscope to stretch our descriptive vocabulary.  Here are some samples: 
(from http://www.lifebuzz.com/microscope/)

 (Ask your child for the answers!)

February 27
The class has finished their Olympic presentations!  We all chose 4 countries participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics and researched the country and their national sport. The students then selected one country and explained an interesting sport or game, and showed how they could modify this game so we could play it at Hilson. 

Here are the audio files from the oral presentations, please listen and sign and return the rubric to school .

Mon pays Olympique

February 20
We began sketching 2D and 3D shapes on paper and discussing perspective vs. measured lines. 

February 13 and 14
We are planning a BIG FUN (and messy) project called the Rube Goldberg machine. We discussed different types of energy and came up with 10 types. 

February 7
We started a new routine today, the "Travail du matin" which will get students going in the morning when they come into class. 

We also created a "ligne du temps" for grammar in French. 

And we began to work on cross-hatching and shading in art today. 

January 2018
Our work on human body systems was excellent!  The students chose a system, researched using age- and language-appropriate resources and created giant posters that presented vital organs and also connections between different systems. We did an "open-poster" quiz where students could use resources to back up their answers. 

January 10
We had a really interesting presentation by TREC about renewable energy, especially focused on wind. We tested wind turbines and recorded data, using "blade size" and "number of blades" as our variables.

We also had our second 
"gross and bizarre human body fact" tournament!  The students are beginning to see what is popular when talking about the human body - all the gross stuff!

January 9
Our first "gross and bizarre human body fact" tournament!

January 8
Welcome back students!  We are beginning our study on the human body. Students have to find a bizarre fact about the human body every day (there are plenty of good sites available online, as well as books on the human body, Guinness book of World Records, etc...).  We will have a competition every day to determine the weirdest / grossest fact!

Also, students should continue to have their parent sign their agenda, and to confirm that they are reading 15 minutes at home in French. 

December 18-22
The class worked very hard this week with their election. They presented their party platforms to 9 classes (in both English and French) and learned about the voting process. 

They explained and clarified their ideas to voters, assisted with elections, counted ballots and verified spoiled ballots.  There was a lot of hands-on learning going on!

Here are the final results: 

The Parti Naturel will form the government, and the Parti i.i.s. will form the official opposition.  We discussed how a minority government would have to make deals with other parties to get bills passed, and how we think certain ideas were more popular (animals and toilet paper!!!) with the Junior students. 

Congratulations to all the students for a big effort throughout this simulation!

December 15
The students have been preparing for our "all-party" debate and it went off very well today!

We had 5 debates on topics of importance to Grade 5 students. Every student participated - please click to listen to the debate.  Even if you do not speak French you can listen for fluency, pauses and hesitancy in your son/daughter's voice.  Your student can win 10 Jeton-dollars if you listen to a debate and write a small note in their agenda!

Please click on the debate to listen. Initials in brackets are the speakers in order.  The debates go
a) point
b) rebuttal
c) counter-point

December 8
We created "linescapes" and experimented with colour shading.

 We also taught 4 new gym games to Ms. Ma's class, and the students played cribbage with Ms. Lee during math time. 

New water fountain beside our class!

December 6
Day 3 of student experiments - as Ms. Lee said, "the class smells like science!".  Great experiments and observations from the students. 
Today's devoirs to let students earn jetons for their political parties:

We also discussed the role of various government officials.


December 5
Day 2 of student science experiments!  The students are presenting their physical or chemical change experiments to the class and showing off how their "mistakes" can be learning opportunities. 

November 29
We worked on logos today and students are beginning to come up with important issues for their party platform.

November 28
The students chose their political party name and colour, as well as their role.

They will earn budget $ by completing small homework assignments (tonight is creating 4 logos) and having a parent signature and 15 minutes of French reading per evening. 

November 27
We investigated bandes dessinées and their influence on French culture. This week we will be reading Astérix every day and looking for literary devices (repetition, modern references) in the words and drawing panels. 

We have also begun our political party simulation, and students have to earn a budget through their agenda and small homework pieces.
(here is a sample of what the agenda should look like for a standard week) 

Students have to choose their role for their political party - please click here for descriptions of the roles

November 23
Students can work on their science experiment over the weekend.  They will present to the class on Dec 4/5.  They have to do one experiment 5 times - once with the standard measurements / ingredients, and then 4 times where they will change up their measures. 
Experiment #1 - making slime with glue and water from a recipe / website
Experiment #2 - using 1/2 the amount of glue
Experiment #3 - using 2x the amount of glue
Experiment #4 - using 1/2 the amount of water
Experiment #5 - using 2x the amount of water. 

November 21
We had two guests from JA (Junior Achievement) who presented the "Be Entrepreneurial" program to the class.  Please ask your son/daughter about what they learned today!

November 20
The French homework for this week is researching a variety of science experiments, notably physical and chemical changes. 

Students can google search "science experiments for kids" or "chemical change experiments" and write down 4 or 5 of their favourite. On Wednesday we will talk about what they will need to do to prepare to present their experiment to the class. 

November 16-17
We read a fun book by Elise Gravel called "Adopte un glurb". 

The students really enjoyed it, although the City of Ottawa has proposed a Glurb ban. Sides were chosen and descriptive sentences were written to convince me to either uphold the ban or remove it.  The "Ban the Glurbs" team won by a single point!

We also decorated our door with our "common French errors" memes, which have proven very popular with not only our class but with students walking down the hallway!

Finally we read the third story in our Petit Nicolas compilation called "Djodjo", about an English exchange student in the class of French schoolboys. The class seem to enjoy these silly read-alouds a lot, and they learn new slang words.

November 14
We discussed the emotions attached to colours and looked up various national and provincial political party logos. The students are going to create their own political parties on Wednesday, and they have to create 4 logos with their chosen colour by then. 

week of November 6-10
Dictée #6 was the last of the dictées (for now), and we are doing a different project this week. 

This week we are discussing common errors in spoken French, and the students get to create some fun media to reduce the usage of these errors.  Please click here for the week's assignment, due Wednesday November 15.



L’expression correct

Pourquoi c’est drole



Je suis fini!

J’ai fini

Ca veut dire que tu est mort(e)


Ça regarde

Ça a l’air

It sees with it’s eyeballs


Je j’aime


I I love (I me love)


J’ai allé

Je suis allé(e)

I have a thing called “allé”



Moi est toi

Moi ET toi

I am you


Je suis 10 ans

J’ai 10 ans

I am stuck being 10 forever!



Je suis faim

J’ai faim

I am hungry forever no matter what


je sais cette dame

Je connais cette dame

I understand that lady



sur la télévision

À la télévision

On top of the television



sur lundi, sur vendredi

Lundi, vendredi

I am standing on lundi



sur l’autobus, sur l’avion

en autobus, en auto, en avion

I am standing on a bus / plane



parler sur le téléphone

Parler au  téléphone

Talking while standing on top of the telephone


Est-ce que je peux avoir une boire de l’eau

Est-ce que je peux boire de l’eau?

Can I have to drink some water?


1.     Choisi 3 expressions. Il faut créer

a.     Un vidéo

b.    Une bande dessinée

c.      Un “meme” (https://imgflip.com/memegenerator)

d.    Une animation (https://www.rollapp.com/app/pivotanimator)

e.     TON CHOIX

DUE : mercredi le 15 novembre


Some examples: 

week of October 30-Nov3
New website, my apologies if you could not access the website. 
We had a fun Hallowe'en debate about the merits of no more candy!

We are also creating Personal Nutrition Labels and have begun looking at the visual elements of cereal boxes. 

We watched this video in class and spoke about meditation and finding quiet spaces during the day. 

YouTube Video

We also began teaching ukulele to the grade 4/5/6 class, please ask your student about it. 

Diagnostique #6 was done Thursday, and Dictée #6 (word list below) will take place Wednesday, November 8. 

vendredi le 27 octobre
The final ukulele group presented their songs to the Kindergarten class. Have a listen!

Mic Note Exports

We also discussed the common errors that French immersion students make and why some of them are funny!  (Such as "je suis fini" which is "I am dead" instead of "I'm done my work")

jeudi le 26 octobre
We played a fun game called "Le Prof est Mort!" to practice our new diagnostic words. The class lost to M. Patriquin, but everyone enjoyed it a great deal!

Dictée #5 - students have to come up with a bizarre idea to practice their words, like writing them on their arm!

The students also began to present their songs that they have written to the class in small groups. Some of the students chose to present to a group of younger students. 

Mic Note Exports

mardi le 24 octobre
We weighed ice cubes and placed them in the Thermoses at 8:15 this morning. We measured again at 12:30 to see how much ice was left!

Dictée #4 - class average was 12.2/17, which is a 75% (B).
The grammar section (verbes finir et vouloir), the average was 5.6/10, which is a 56% (D).

lundi le 23 octobre
Judging of the thermoses will begin tomorrow - we spoke about the water cycle and learned scientific words for those processes.

During music the students are beginning to create their own songs using ABAB format and choosing 3+ chords that work well together. 

vendredi le 20 octobre
We completed our Thermoses today - see if you can guess which one belongs to your student! We will test them with a giant ice cube on Monday to see which has kept the most cold over a 5-hour period. 

We also continued our song recording with some fun and weird songs! 


jeudi le 19 octobre

Diagnostique #4 today, the students have a variety of computer games they can play to practise. 

We also began to build our Thermoses to keep a giant ice cube (the size of a pop can) cold. 

We also had a music studio session and the students began to record their created (and funny!) songs.

Click on the initials to hear a short song.

mercredi le 18 octobre

Dictée #3 today, and we continued our observations about ice cubes on different materials (to determine whether they are insulators or conductors).

vendredi le 13 octobre
Our first 9 presentations!  Well done!

Please listen to the mp3 attached by clicking on your student's initials.  Rubrics will go home on Monday when all the presentations have been completed!

jeudi le 12 octobre
Diagnostique #3:

mercredi le 11 octobre
The second half of the class completed the course navette (shuttle run, or beep test) and were pushed on by big cheers from the first half of the class! 

We are working hard on our 5-4-3-2-1 presentation for Friday, students can be practising their words at home. They can also work on their 2 "J'ai recherché" elements, where they dig deeper about the photo they have chosen. The presentation does not need to be memorized but students should know how to pronounce all their words. 

Our 2nd ukulele class was great, with students practising the 7 standard chords and working on fingering and strumming. 

mardi le 10 octobre
Dictée #2 was sent home - students are responsible to correct any word they have incorrect 3 times, and have it signed by a parent. 

We had our first ukulele class today, with emphasis on how to hold the instrument properly and care for it. We are beginning with simple chords.

If students want to bring their own ukulele from home they are welcome, but the same rules apply for other objects from home. 

jeudi le 5 octobre
We continued writing work on our 5-4-3-2-1 presentation today. Students will not bring writing home as it is important that I monitor their steps as they progress through a writing assignment.

We also began classifying objects (notably food!) as a Solid, Liquid or Gas. It wasn't easy but got some stomachs rumbling!

mercredi le 4 octobre
Half of the class ran the beep test (la course navette) today - it is a challenge but they stepped up!  

Our 2nd diagnostic list focuses on words with silent letters at the end (les lettres muettes) and students are also responsible to know avoir and être (for the present only). 

For practice this week, I am encouraging the students to write their words on something that they would not usually, such as a banana or their arm!

 Please take a picture and share it with M. Patriquin via Google Drive or email!

mardi le 3 octobre
Today we had our first dictée that the students had practiced at home.  The class average was 17/21 - I use the class average to determine if the work is too difficult/easy and to assess where the class as a whole should be going.
Dictées will form a small part of our work but are important to help make the connection between sounds and words. They help with spelling and listening, and teach students how to divide new words into component syllables. 

Any words spelled incorrectly should be written out 3 times on the back of their dictée sheet, and parents please sign their dictée after they have done their corrections.

lundi le 2 octobre
Consequence day for M. Patriquin!

The students raised well over our first goal of $250 so I wore a dog cone today!
We also beat our goal of $350 so there will be a day in the near future where the students are the teachers (and the teachers are the students!)

We created fresh new grammar posters for common verbs that are used daily in the class. 

Student-created reference materials are used more frequently and stay in the students' minds for longer. 

vendredi le 29 septembre
Today we read a funny series of cartoons called Dark Vador et fils.
Image result for dark vador et fils

We also planned the steps for preparing for a photo presentation next week. Students have to collect 4 or 5 pictures that they find interesting and share them with M. Patriquin via Google Drive. 

Here are the steps to follow:
1. site web de la classe
2. Cliquez sur le lien (27 sept)
3. Choisir une catégorie de photos
4. Choisi une photo
5. Ouvre Google Doc

6. Fais ton connexion (courriel et mot de passe)
7. Nouveau Document
8. "SHARE" avec M. Patriquin
9. Titre: "Les photos de NOM"
10. Copiez le texte ET photo
11. Collez dans le Doc
12. Répète 3 ou 4 fois
DUE: Mardi le 2 octobre

We will do some work on the photo collection in class if students cannot access the Internet from home. 

We also counted our jetons (class reward system) and practiced our numbers and also thought about math in French!

jeudi le 28 septembre
What a Terry Fox run!  The class broke their goal of $250/$350 so I will be wearing a dog cone for a day (stay tuned for pictures.... :) and we will have a day where the students become the teachers!

mercredi le 27 septembre


mardi le 26 septembre
We practised addressing each other as "the member from Wellington" or "the member from Byron" to mimic how MPs must address each other in the House of Commons. 

We also did our first diagnostic dictation. What we will do is read out a list of words (typically with common sounds or frequently misspelled words). 

The diagnostic will be done Tuesday or Wednesday and will go home, and the student must practice their list of words 2-3 times. 

We also made handprints on the board with water to see how where our hands press into surfaces the most. It looks messy but artwork typically is!

lundi le 25 septembre
We began a detailed piece of art that relies on contrast and ruler work. Creating a 3D version of our hand using only paper!

We brainstormed images that are symbols of Canada and classified them according to category (food, animals, activities, people, places, festivals, buildings)

vendredi le 22 septembre
Feast day!  Oh boy did we eat well and most everyone tried a new food.  The students presented their recipe and shared the ingredients in French, as well as telling us how it was healthy. The audience was hungry but listened well. Then we ate!

We invited the other Grade 5 MFI class to join us as we clearly had too much to finish ourselves! Thank you parents who provided support and bought ingredients. 

jeudi le 21 septembre
Debate day!

The class prepared and voted on 5 "controversial" ideas using persuasive writing to convey their message.  They then chose Pro and Con sides and created arguments and counter-arguments. 
Today they presented their arguments and had to think on their feet to respond to the critiques of the other side. 

Please click on the link below to listen to your son/daughter's debate. They can win 3 jetons if you sign off in their agenda!

mercredi le 20 septembre
The class did fun mini-debates and had to think on their feet to defend or critique a certain point (some examples: "you can wear only grey to school", "candy is illegal", "school should be 7 days a week"). 


We also went to the library to examine what good books would look like for a Grade 5 Middle French immersion student.  Here are some guiding examples: 

Geronimo Stilton / Thea Stilton:
Very popular, lots of text with good use of fonts to help with comprehension. Loads of adjectives and descriptive terms in these books.

High-interest book series ("à la Une", "Les 10")
Large books with a variety of layouts that engage the students. Lots of visuals, timelines, illustrations but supported by thematic text. 

Débrouillards (Junior-age magazine with a focus on science and fun)
Students really enjoy this magazine that introduces thematic language with a lot of games and puzzles that repeat month to month. 

J'aime Lire (digest magazine with a variety of story types)
Serialized stories and bandes dessinées at an appropriate language level for Juniors)

Mon Journal Full Nul (and other similar titles)
These books bridge the gap from books with illustrations on each page to full-fledged novels (romans). The illustrations are simple but help support the story comprehension. 

Non-fiction books (variety of topics)
In-depth books with diagrams, headings and resource-material layout. Often come with glossaries for new vocabulary terms. Students should choose topics that really interest them!

mardi le 19 septembre

MOT MYSTERE = dictionnaire

lundi le 18 septembre
Today is the beginning of our Terry Fox fundraising campaign.  The school is trying to
 raise 6,065 to meet a 9-year grand total of $30,000!

Our class has 2 goals: at $250, there will be a consequence for M. Patriquin. 
We are still in the midst of determining what the consequence will be, as the students
 are doing some persuasive writing to convince their classmates. 
Here was our brainstorming session results, there are some terrible (but fun!) ideas.
If we raise $350 we will also add a day where the students play the role of teacher!

Students can fundraise at home or with neighbours that they know well, but we 
discourage door-to-door canvassing of strangers. 

vendredi le 15 septembre
Woohoo, we did it!  The students collected a lot of nutrition labels and researched
 what each element does to their body. They classified them as "healthy", "so-so" or
 "not healthy" and covered the door in less than 20 minutes!

Friday, Sept 22 we will have a Healthy Feast - students get to make healthy food 
and bring it in to share.

A few guidelines:
1) Homemade, so students can monitor the amount of salt, sugar and fat that is put in.
(they should try to avoid recipes with added sugar by using fruit instead)
2) Made by students!  They can find simple recipes like salsa, fruit salad, even cut 
3) List of ingredients in French AND English.

We will have a great feast! :)

jeudi le 14 septembre
We started to brainstorm our positions (PRO and CON) for our debate topics. 
Students are also planning counter-arguments that could potentially be their opponents' views.

Our first in-depth writing exercise took 45 minutes...and we got 3 sentences done. 
But they are perfect, and in that 45 minutes we discussed every major element to 
writing using the POMMES acronym
Orthographe (spelling)
Majuscules (capitalization)
Ecriture propre (tidy writing)

and of course verbes!

mercredi le 13 septembre
We presented bills (to become laws) for the school and voted on our most interesting.  

We have now come up with pro- and con- teams who will debate these bills, and we will present the Principal and Vice-Principal with our suggestions. 

We also began a paint project in the style of Australian Aboriginal dot painting. 

mardi le 12 septembre

We created sentence starters today with a variety of interesting takes on "I think...".  We shall use them every day!

We also began investigating what nutritional elements do what for our body. Each
 student has an element to research, and should find 3 foods rich in that nutritional

lundi le 11 septembre

First library visit today! We borrowed one French and one English book to take home
 or to keep at school. Next week (when we have our permanent librarian) it will be 
2 French and 2 English per week - one for home and one for school. Students are 
encouraged to choose books slightly above their reading level, and bandes dessinées
 (graphic novels and comic books) are for the last week of the month. 

We discussed some of the issues that came up when students interviewed an adult in 
their life about government. We then spoke about getting a majority vote and how 
arguments can change opinions. We will be doing small debates about laws that 
would be interesting for our school and class.

A look at a typical daily schedule:

and a look around the class at our first week decorations.
And Ms. Lee's whiteboard.

vendredi le 8 septembre

We had an excellent active gym period today and began brainstorming to introduce
 our unit on Canadian Government. Your student will be interviewing you/an adult 
in their life about your thoughts on Governement, and they should record 3 jot notes
 in their agenda. 

We began an art activity using dots (pointilisme) and the students were lucky enough
 to see a caterpillar enter into its chrysalis!

jeudi le 7 septembre

We finished our puzzle pieces and did our first oral presentation! Please listen to your
 son/daughter here (CLICK ON GROUP - student initials are used instead of first name)

We introduced some soccer skills during DPA and even had a small debate about 
what Health unit will begin our year. We decided on Nutrition, and the students have
 a challenge - collect as many nutrition labels as possible!  We have to cover our door
 by Friday, September 15.
Here is the "before" picture:
If the students can cover the door by next Friday we will earn a healthy feast buffet! 
Fingers crossed...

mercredi le 6 septembre
Today we did a brain & dictionary activity (much like the game Scattergories). In pairs 
they had to come up with mots amis (words that are similar in French and English). 
If they had a common word with another group they did not receive any points for it. 
In the 2nd round they were allowed to use dictionaries to find more unique word pairs. 

All in all we found 114 unique mots amis pairs! That does not include the large number
 that were eliminated due to multiple groups finding them. 

We had our first gym class which we share with 4 students from Ms. Wilson-Millar's 
class. We went over safe warm-up procedures and have a student-led stretching 

For our first art lesson we are bringing it back to the basics and trying out various dots!  Pointilisme is next...

mardi le 5 septembre
Bienvenue en cinquième année!

We started a first day activity to get to know each other and to 
get our minds back into speaking French. We are making puzzle
 pieces (puzzle in French is casse-tête, which translates literally
 to 'head breaker'!). 

We also had a tour of the school to see where classes have 
relocated and to meet new teachers. 
A DPA session (Daily Physical Activity, APQ en français - 
activité physique quotidienne) got us moving and introduced
 student-led stretching routines. 

Agendas will go home everyday, we are using a simple green 
school exercise book.  The students will create their weekly grid
 on Monday and will keep it up to date. Please initial their 
agenda each evening and have a discussion about what they
 did during the day. ("nothing." is not an acceptable response!)

I look forward to learning with your son/daughter during this year. Please check back to this page frequently, it will act as my agenda and will help see what
 we are doing as a class at-a-glance. 

Mike Patriquin 

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September 29
We are preparing for our first "formal" (writing done in class and 
practiced at home) oral presentation. Students will present an 
interesting photograph to the class. 

For Monday October 3, students must:
1. go to one of our 2 approved sites for photos: 

2. Choose a photo that is engaging, colourful and unique, and 
right-click "Copy"
3. Log in to their Google account, and open a new Doc
4. "Paste" the photo into the Document
5. Also copy and paste the information about their photo 
(usually the text located below the photo)
6. Title of the document should be "My name - photo"
7. Share the document with M. Patriquin

We will do all the writing in class next week.

September 26
We are talking about emotions (that use the verb être) and we 
discussed "$5 adjectives". We will be making our own émojis 
that will help with descriptive writing. 

Week of September 12-16

Dictée #2 can be found in the Handout folder. Typically it is due Wednesday but as we are busy that day we will do the dictée Thursday morning. 

We have been practising our "Expressions avec avoir" in partners. Parents, check your emails for a sound recording of your son/daughter's performance. They are not perfect but they are a good example of language practice. 

Class music!  Please add to the class music spreadsheet and win some jetons for your group!

Friday, September 9

The Big Picture - an excellent photo resource site that we use to practice our descriptive language. 

Dictées. Here is the routine for our weekly dictation (dictée) that helps students to develop fluency, listening skills and word composition. 

Each Thursday
  1. Diagnostic dictée. Students will listen to a list of words without preparation and write them down as they hear them. The diagnostic is not marked but M. Patriquin looks at it to gauge the overall level of the class.
  2. As a class we will correct the list (and write down the correct spelling if they made an error). The list is stapled into the agenda and goes home.
During the weekend / week
  1. Students have to practice their incorrect words using at least 2 different strategies from their 8 strategies sheet
    (download here).
  2. Students should show work on their incorrect words on the stapled sheet in their agenda (M. Patriquin would like to see proof of their strategies please).
Every Wednesday:
Students will have their formal dictée (which makes up a small but important element of their French mark). Dictées will begin with sample words, and will continue with common errors, questions, verbs and expressions.  Dictées will be sent home for a parent signature. 

Thursday, September 8

We completed our first round of oral presentations today!  We made puzzle pieces with traits about ourselves and our families and then presented them to our classmates. We practiced using the microphone and parents will be sent the audio file to hear them speak at home. Even if you are not a French speaker you can hear fluency, confidence and volume as the speaker presents. 

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