Groundhog Day

 

Groundhog Day is on February 2 each year. The day is celebrated in the United States and in Canada. On this day, we watch the groundhog.

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Groundhog Day is the day when people look to the groundhog to predict the weather for the next six weeks.

If it is cloudy, the groundhog will come out of his burrow and, spring will begin soon. We will have an early spring.

If it is sunny, the groundhog will see his shadow and return to his burrow for six more weeks of winter sleep.There will be six more weeks of winter.

 

A small chant for the day:

I see a little groundhog, furry and brown,
He’s popping up to look around.
If he sees his shadow, down he’ll go.
Six more weeks of winter – oh, no!

Check out the links below!

http://viewpure.com/bXnLAEG89ns?start=0&end=0 ( histoire racontée )

http://viewpure.com/NG961Nl1WnY?start=0&end=0 ( chanson )

School in the USA

Elementary schools in France are similar to schools in the USA but also differ in many ways. I will explain a few aspects of elementary school life in the USA.

The French School System vs. the American School System:

Cours préparatoire (CP) – 1st grade

Cours élémentaire 1 (CE1) – 2nd grade

Cours élémentaire 2 (CE2) – 3rd grade

Cours moyen 1 (CM1) – 4th grade

Cours moyen 2 (CM2) – 5th grade

School Days and Vacation:

Students are in school from 8am to 3pm, 5 days a week (M – F)

. They have 4 days of holidays in November for Thanksgiving, 1.5 weeks for Christmas and New Years, and 1 week for Easter / Spring break. Students have a 3 month vacation for summer break.

School Subjects:

Students learn math, science, history, and a language. Students also have P.E. class (physical education ), music class, and an art class.

School Materials:

Students bring a backpack to school to transfer their school materials to and from school. Because students bring their own lunches, students bring lunch boxes. The most used materials in the classroom include: three ring binders, pencils, erasers, pencil cases, folders, notebooks, glue sticks, and rulers.

 

Transportation:

The way students are transported to and from school depends on the size of the city. However, many students take a big yellow bus to school.  A big yellow school bus picks up students at their homes or at a designated bus stop within the city. Students ride to and from school together on this bus. Carpooling is also another popular way to get to and from school where students will ride with one another.

After School Activities:

Students often participate in after school activities once the school day has ended. Many schools offer after school programs

that allow students to play sports, learn musical instruments, or create art projects.

Challenge Number 3: The Answers

Hello everyone! Great work on the third challenge! We enjoyed reading all of your responses.

Here are all of the answers to the third challenge.

Christina’s Challenge

1. I can be green or purple. You can eat me or drink me .
What am I?  Answer: A grape

2. This is a fruit you can eat or drink. You just need to mix the colours yellow and red. Answer: An orange.

3. I have skin but I’m not a person
I can be peeled but I’m not a potato
I’m a fruit but I’m not an orange
I grow on trees but I’m not a banana
I’m usually red or green or yellow. Answer: An apple.

4. What has to be broken before you can eat it? Answer: An egg.

5. There’s white and milk and dark
These three types you might eat
As a type of candy. Answer: Chocolate

 

Louise’s Challenge

1. My father is 50 years old. My mother is 2 years older .

I am 27 years old. My sister is 4 years younger than me.

How old are my sister and my mother ? Answer: Sister is 23 years old. Mother is 52 years old.

2. My grandma is 77 years old. My aunt is 37 years younger than my grandma . How old is she ? Answer: Aunt is 40 years old.

3. When my father was 10 his brother was half of his age. When my father will be 100 how old will his brother be ? Answer: 95 years old.

 

Molly’s Challenge

1. I am wearing a jersey, a pair of shorts, shinguards, and cleats. Who am I ? Answer: A soccer player

2. I am white with black spots , what am I ? Answer: A soccerball.

3. The football field is 120 yards long. How long is it in meters ? Answer: 109.7 meters

 

Thank you everyone for participating in our challenge!

Challenge Number 3: The Responses

Hello! Here are the responses to Challenge Number 3 from The Grand Large’s students and Mrs Berthou.

Great work, everyone!

Molly’s questions :

  1. I am wearing a jersey, a pair of shorts, shinguards, and cleats. Who am I ?

He is a soccer player.

Pour trouver la réponse, nous avons dû écouter Molly, lire son texte puis aller sur le blog consulter l’article de Christina. C’est à ce moment que nous avons réussi à repérer le vocabulaire différent entre les tenues et accessoires des joueurs de foot et de football américain. Les élèves ont de cette manière tous eu accès au blog en classe. Cela les entrainera peut-être à y aller de chez eux.

  1. I am white with black spots , what am I ?

It is a soccer ball.

Pour cette réponse, nous avons regardé l’image montrant les ballons des deux jeux.

  1. The football field is 120 yards long. How long is it in meters ?

Nos joueurs de football disent que leur terrain de foot fait 120 m de long. Sur le net, il est écrit que le yard est comme le mètre et aussi que le yard est un tout petit peu plus grand que le mètre.

 

Christina’s questions :

  1. I can be green or purple. You can eat me or drink me . What am I?

It is grapes.

  1. This is a fruit you can eat or drink. You just need to mix the colours yellow and red!

It is orange.

  1. I have skin but I’m not a person
    I can be peeled but I’m not a potato
    I’m a fruit but I’m not an orange
    I grow on trees but I’m not a banana
    I’m usually red or green or yellow.

It is apple.

  1. What has to be broken before you can eat it?

It is eggs.

  1. There’s white and milk and dark
    These three types you might eat
    As a type of candy

It is chocolate.

Challenge N°3 Christina

 

Hello ! For the third challenge I have some riddles for you. All of these riddles are about the breakfast foods that you learned earlier. Write down your answers and send them to me.

  1. I can be green or purple. You can eat me or drink me .
    What am I?
  2. This is a fruit you can eat or drink. You just need to mix the colours yellow and red!
  3. I have skin but I’m not a person
    I can be peeled but I’m not a potato
    I’m a fruit but I’m not an orange
    I grow on trees but I’m not a banana
    I’m usually red or green or yellow.
  4. What has to be broken before you can eat it?
  5. There’s white and milk and dark
    These three types you might eat
    As a type of candy

Challenge 2: The Solutions

Cow Boy

He’s named cowboy because he was born on a cow farm.

 

Cinnamon:

Cinnamon is the same color as the spice, cinnamon. Her fur coat has many different swirls like a Cinnamon Roll.

 

Dr. Seuss & Babe:

Molly’s cat is named Dr. Seuss because of the author, Dr. Seuss. And her pig is named Babe because of the movie.

Football Field vs. Soccer Field

The football field is 120 yards long, including two 10 yard deep end zones on both end and 30 yards wide. The American Football is field is narrower than the Soccer Field.

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A soccer field can range from 100 yards to 130 yards long and 50 to 100 yards wide.

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