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Friday, 30 June 2017

One Teacher's Italian Adventures!

This past Spring Break, I was fortunate enough to travel to Italy with my friend, Megan.  We booked a Contiki tour and spent 11 days in Italy, seeing Rome, Vatican City, Verona, Florence, San Gimignano, Pisa, Venice, Naples, and Pompeii.  It was an amazing trip!

Here are some photos.

The Spanish Steps in Rome

The Pantheon in Rome. We were wandering through the narrow Roman streets looking for the Pantheon, and turned a corner which opened up into this square. It was amazing and certainly took my breath away!

Inside the Pantheon, looking up at the opening in the roof.

Trevi Fountain in Rome

Me at the Trevi Fountain :)

St. Peter's Basillica in Vatican City

Looking down on the ruins of the Roman Forum with the Colosseum in the background

Roman Forum

The Colosseum in Rome

Michelangelo's David in Florence. This took my breath away! I could have stood in that gallery all day just admiring the artistry. The vein details in the hands are especially awesome, and I had to keep reminding myself that it is made of marble!


San Gimignano in Tuscany


Leaning Tower of Pisa

Juliet statue in Verona. They say if you touch her right breast, you'll be lucky in love. I had to give it a try!

Juliet's balcony in Verona.

The birds over St. Mark's Square in Venice

Venetian canal

The ruins of Pompeii


Pompeii's Forum, with Mt. Vesuvius in the distance

The Bay of Naples with the Isle of Capri in the distance
 It was an amazing trip and now I want to explore the region more! I'm hoping to get a chance to travel more in the south of Italy, and along the Eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea in Montenegro, Albania, and, especially, Croatia.

Have you been to any of those places?  Is there anything I can't miss? Let me know in the comments below. 

New Beginner French Resources - Hobbies and Food!

Today, I'd like to share two new Beginner French resources with you.

1. Les Passe-Temps Unit

This unit is all about hobbies!  It includes vocabulary lists, vocabulary puzzles and games, verb conjugation notes for pouvoir (to be able to) and vouloir (to want to), speaking and listening activities, reading and writing activities, and a section to talk about frequency (time)!  It's perfect for Grades 4-7!

2. La Nourriture Unit

One of my best-sellers is a food-themed unit for Grades 7-10, and one of my most frequent requests was for a simpler version for beginners.  This is my solution!  It includes a huge vocabulary list with 50 basic food words! Where my Gr. 7-10 Unit focuses on fast food items (to appeal to teenagers), the beginner unit is full of fruits, vegetables, meats, and other staple vocabulary terms.  

The unit also includes vocabulary games and puzzles, presentations, a grocery flyer reading activity, verb notes for the verbs manger (to eat) and boire (to drink), an interview activity, and a survey!

What do you think?  Do you have suggestions for other themes you'd like to see in my store?  Let me know in the comments below.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Concrete Poetry - Where Poetry Meets Art

Concrete poetry (or shape poetry) is a type of poetry where the words are arranged in a particular shape that matches the meaning or theme of the poem.  

My middle school students had a lot of fun writing concrete poems as a part of our poetry unit, and they came out so beautifully!  The students were allowed to write their poems on any theme they chose, but I asked them to decorate the page to fit their theme.

Here are some student examples:

Do you teach concrete poetry in your class?  Let me know about your experience with this genre in the comments below.