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Fun French Finalé

For our last week of the school year, I thought it would be fun to finish with one last song.


As we reviewed last week,”au revoir” and “salut” are two ways to say goodbye in French.

The lyrics translate to:

Goodbye Hugo, Goodbye Margot, bye!
Goodbye Hugo, Goodbye Margot, bye!
I had fun, tomorrow I’ll do it again,       Goodbye Hugo, Goodbye Margot, bye!

Feel free to sing along and enjoy our last song of the year.


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Fun Art Project

hile we’ve all been home for the past several weeks, I’ve been obsessed with two things: my houseplants and making art out of objects and things I can find around my house. I’ve been trying to stay home as much as possible, and have tried very hard to use the things available to me at home and not go out to the shops. Spring is also the time I like to stock up on new houseplants; but I’m staying home, not out shopping…

For this final week’s project, I decided to make myself some new “plants” with only the things I had on hand. This is how I came to make cardboard roll houseplants!

I’ve been saving the cardboard from paper towels, toilet paper, and anything else that comes on a roll as long as I can remember – they just come in SO HANDY for such a wide variety of uses. So while I was crying and whining about how I wanted new plants, I was adding a new cardboard roll to my collection and the idea formed in coincidence.

So I made myself some plants – and you can too – just gather up your cardboard tubes, a pencil, some markers and some scissors.

I started out by drawing little plants in pots on the cardboard tubes with pencil:


Then I outlined my drawing with Sharpie then filled in my drawing with marker. After that, I went to work cutting out my little plant statue – I learned a few things. Paper towel rolls are thinner than toilet paper rolls and MUCH easier to cut. Also, use the smallest scissors you have – smaller scissors fit down inside the cardboard tube to cut, my big scissors just got in their own way. Last, but most important is that you have to leave a solid ring at the bottom of your tube to act as a base so your statue doesn’t fall over.

Quite honestly, you don’t need to do exactly what I did, you can do your own thing!  Do you love superheroes? You could draw your favorite heroes on the tubes and make statues of those. Or maybe you want to make animal statues? Go ahead! I just wanted to share one last way to make fun art out of simple items easily found around the house.

This is not an assignment; but I’d love to see any projects you’d like to share. You can email photos to me at mdailey@sacredheartgradeschool.org

Have a great summer!






Fun Art Project2020-05-18T07:05:17+00:00

Need help? Questions?

If you have any questions, if you need help accessing an assignment or image, or if you just need to check to see if your child needs to complete assignments; please don’t hesitate to reach out.


You can reach me at mdailey@sacredheartgradeschool.org

It’s helpful to me if you include your child’s first and last name and homeroom number in your subject line.


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Art – All Assignments

I have compiled all of our art assignments for the fourth nine weeks in case anyone needs to make up any assignments.

Week of March 23

Today, we’ll be playing with a simple process project. You will need paper (any color), and some sort of mark making tools (pencils, markers, crayons or whatever you have!).

Start out by tracing a line around your hand. If you’re working with a parent or sibling, they can help you; or you can use this as a chance to practice careful tracing.

Now trace your hand enough times to fill your paper up – if you’re working with a partner, feel free to trace around both hands! If you’re working solo, it might be easiest to trace the hand you don’t write with (but don’t be afraid to try something hard).

After you trace your hand, you can then fill each of the shapes created by the overlapping lines. Feel free to use solid colors, patterns – whatever you like.

I have only filled in a few of my shapes using black and white patterns as well as solid colors. I decided to stick with my friends Secondary colors (purple, green, and orange). The more shapes you fill in, the more amazing your creation will be!

Have fun!

Week of March 30

Build a Mini-Fig of your Favorite Person!

First – draw the basic mini-fig anatomy on a sheet of white paper with pencil. You can either look at the image above and draw the mini-fig body or print out the mini-fig diagram above and trace lightly onto a sheet of white paper with a pencil (don’t tell Ms Dailey you’re allowed to trace this time!)

Second – draw details if your mini-fig to make it in the image of your favorite person. It can be your parent, sibling, grandparent, best friend, favorite book/movie character, or even yourself!

Third – color in your mini-fig using whatever you have on hand! Make your outlines distinct.

Fourth – email your creation to mdailey@sacredheartgradeschool.org

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Week of April 15

Hello! I hope everyone had a safe and restful break.

Today’s Project is a texture collecting technique that most of us are familiar with – crayon rubbings.  Hopefully, most of you were able to catch my quick video this morning along with prayer and announcements.  If not, you can find it on the SHGS Facebook page. If you can’t view the video, don’t worry – you’ll get everything you need from these instructions.

All you will need for today’s Creative Break are a few broken crayons, some plain paper (white or color as long as it’s a solid color without print or writing), and an adventurous spirit.

First, peel all the paper off your crayons. I’ve found that soaking your crayons in warm water for a few minutes pops them right off – just be sure to dry them off before you start your texture rubbings. Now, go on a hunt for textures.

Remember that the world is full of textures. Some textures will make better rubbings than others – try making rubbings on all sorts of surfaces – rough/smooth, natural/manufactured, indoor/outdoor (make sure you ask an adult before you go outside), hard/soft. Experiment with the different surfaces you test out. Make sure to place a piece of paper over the texture surface then rub firmly over your paper with the flat side of your crayon.

What kind of surfaces make better transfers?

Fill up at least six full size sheets of paper with crayon rubbings – feel free to use different colors of crayon or paper – and hang onto your rubbings for Wednesday’s project.

Have fun exploring!

After you’ve collected the textures you found, it’s time to make some new textures!

Using your rubbings and some scissors, glue, and a little imagination try to cut, fold, twist, etc. to create your own textures.

I used my texture rubbing of a piece of slate, cut it into different size strips and made a shaggy texture, a bumpy texture, a flat woven texture, a wrinkly texture, and even a texture I don’t know exactly how to describe (but it was fun to create!).

Glue your textures to a new piece of paper and try to use your best describing words (adjectives and adverbs) to talk about the textures you created.

Parents, please send photos of your children’s creations to me at mdailey@sacredheartgradeschool.org

Thank you!

Week of April 20

Hi everyone! I hope you are all doing well.

Ms. Dailey misses all your sweet laughs and smiles; maybe that’s why I decided that this week we would make faces for Art. Now, don’t worry about getting out paper or pencil for this project – we’re going to use everyday objects you can find around your house or yard!

First you need to think about all the parts of a face. What will you use for the shape of the face? I used a big kitchen sauce pan for mine – I love to cook and I spend lots of time in the kitchen, so it made sense. This week’s Technique Tuesday video shows how quickly you can make a face (I think finding all the facial features was the hardest part), but remember – it’s ok to take your time.

For your face maybe you’ll use toys, or garden equipment, or sports equipment – something you use a lot around your home. Now you need to think of items to represent the different features of the face: ears, nose, eyes, mouth, eyebrows, etc. Don’t worry about matching shape exactly, I’m more concerned with your use of creativity and imagination!

Here is the face I made. It’s super simple. I bet you can all do a much better job than I did, and I’d love to see it! Maybe you can think of other details to add?

Please email photos of your fun creations to me at mdailey@sacredheartgradeschool.org Please include your child’s name (first and last) and home room number in your email subject line, thank you!

Week of April 27

As many of my students know, I love otters -sea otters, river otters, otters, otters, otters!!!

I was looking at another art teacher’s blog and found a darling tutorial teaching us how to draw a pair of otters floating with their paws linked so that they can stay together while afloat – even while sleeping.

Here is the link to the tutorial:


There are downloads linked in the article – do not worry about downloading those. Just follow along with her illustrations at the bottom of her to guide you through how to draw the otters.

I want to remind everyone to draw lightly with a pencil first. Drawing lightly with your pencil makes it easy to erase mistakes as well as erasing your pencil marks after you go over your best lines with a marker.  After you get your drawing looking like your best today you can outline your drawing with marker, erase your pencil lines, then color in your drawing with crayon, marker, or colored pencils.

I am going to be doing this assignment Monday – just like you – and I will have a video for you to watch for Technique Tuesday.

I look forward to seeing everyone’s otters (did I mention they’re my FAVORITE!?)!

Please email your artwork to mdailey@sacredheartgradeschool.org and please be sure to include the student’s first and last name and homeroom number. Thank you!

Week of May 4

Hello my Artist friends!

I hope everyone has had a great week!

Today we’re going to explore 3-D building made with recycled materials.  All you need is a cardboard box (I have had so many things delivered during the Stay-at-Home, I had a couple ready to be recycled), or some scrap corrugated cardboard and some strong scissors.

Cutting cardboard can be difficult, so your student will probably need some help cutting the cardboard. This is a building activity parents AND children can enjoy, so settle in and have some fun!

First, cut your cardboard box down into smaller panels:

A box cutter or craft knife will be faster than scissors; but please be careful and make sure that only the adults use these tools.

After you’ve cut the box into large panels, cut the panels into smaller squares and rectangles. I cut mine into a variety of shapes and sizes like these:

After you’ve cut your pieces, it’s time to cut some small wedges out, like this:

You can cut wedges from each side, from corners, you can even cut more than one wedge per side.  I saved a few pieces without wedges so I could cut pieces custom as I went.

Here is a variety of the wedge pieces I created:

Once you have all your pieces cut, you can start combining pieces – if you slide pieces together by punching the cut out wedges together. Try combining pieces so that you can start building vertically. It takes some trial and error.  Some pieces go together better to create bases, other pieces help make your structure more stable.

Try to build a sculpture with your pieces. Your sculpture can just be an interesting combination of shapes; but you can also try to make a sculpture that looks like a thing – maybe you could build a sculpture that looks like your favorite animal, or maybe you could build a ship (sea-going OR rocket), maybe you can make a sculpture that looks like a fabulous jungle plant, or maybe you have an even better idea that I can’t even begin to imagine!!!

My first sculpture was just exploring how the pieces work together. Here it is (I bet your sculptures will be even cooler!):

(sorry that’s sideways)

Ok, after you build your sculpture, email a photo to me at mdailey@sacredheartgradeschool.org

Please remember to include your child’s name (first and last) as well as their homeroom number – THANK YOU!

PS – save a few cardboard paper tubes for next week (paper towel roll or bathroom tissue roll).

Week of May 11

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and that you got a chance to celebrate all the wonderful mothers and grandmothers and mother figures in your lives!

Today we are going to do another around-the-house found object art assignment – so no special art supplies are needed today.

I thought it would be a wonderful way to round up our assignments this year to celebrate the wonderful place that has brought us all together – the school and community that has blessed all of our lives – Sacred Heart Grade School.

What we will be doing today is creating the simple symbol of SHGS – the cross inside the heart – with found objects from around your home or yard. This assignment is a little but like the face we did a few weeks ago in that we are just going to use things we can gather up from our everyday items. Feel free to use just about anything (be sure and check with your parents first!) and work in a size that is best for you and the objects you choose.

Maybe you’ll use food from the kitchen or toys from your playroom. Some kids might go outside and find rocks and leaves to create their symbol. You can use school supplies, arts and crafts supplies, kitchen utensils or whatever odds and ends you and your family can gather up!

I knew right away that I wanted to use some of my craft supplies because, first of all, I have a LOT of different supplies that I could find around the house; and second, they mean something to me – I love all the things I have to help me make and create! I went to my craft supplies and was very happy when I saw my box of embroidery thread – so many colors to work with!  I made my heart and cross being very careful to try to keep the shape of the heart clean and visible:

I used a piece of poster board I found with my other supplies so that I had a nice clean background to work on, then I got to work! I found it easiest to define the shape of the cross and then build the heart around it. You may find it easier to work in a different way.  I tried making my Sacred Heart symbol a little differently, and liked how that turned out, too:

So now it’s your turn! Gather up some supplies from around your home and create your own beautiful interpretation of our Sacred Heart symbol.

Please email your photos to mdailey@sacredheartgradeschool.org and please be sure to include your child’s name and homeroom number in the subject line.

I have a sneaky feeling that Mrs. Malinoski would like to see these, so if you can, please photograph your artwork as a square today.

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French – All Assignments

I have compiled all of the assignments for French here so that if you need to make up any assignments you can access, choose, and complete whichever projects you choose:

Week of March 23

Life has changed so much since we have moved our offices and classrooms into our homes. One thing that probably hasn’t changed drastically is the daily rituals we have around our meals.

Food is an important part of human life and there are thousands of words dedicated to name different foods, meals, and ways to cook. “Cuisine” is the French word for cooking; the French take great pride in their cuisine. Many of the words used to describe cooking techniques come from the French language!

We are going to continue with our exploration of French food words by taking a look at common foods and the standard meals of the day.

Today, please look over the names of the meals of the day, then look over the photos that show various food items and dishes.

Breakfast: le petit déjeuner

Snack: l’en-cas

Lunch: le déjeuner

Dinner: le dîner

Throughout the day, write down the French names of each of the meals you enjoy and write down the French name of any foods you find on the pages I’ve posted below.

Bon appétit!

Week of March 30

Happy April Fool’s Day!

For hundreds of years, the French have celebrated the first day of April by playing jokes on one another – just like our own April Fool’s pranks! In France, the traditional prank played by school children is to tape a paper fish to their friends’ or family members’ backs without being detected. When the prank is discovered, the person who stuck the fish there exclaims “Poisson d’avril!” (pronounced: pwah-sohn dah-vreel) which translates to “April fish!” The origins of this tradition aren’t known and there are several theories about how it began. Frenchtogether.com lists a few theories on the holiday’s origin:

One theory that I’ve always heard involves a calendar change. In 1564, King Charles IX switched France from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, which meant the new year started several months before it would have under the old calendar. Some people thought it would be funny to wish each other “Happy New Year” and exchange silly presents on the old New Year’s Day – April 1. As the years went by, the new calendar became the norm, but April 1 was forever associated with a sort of world-turned-upside-down quality.

Unfortunately, although this theory is widely known, it turns out that it can’t be the reason for April 1’s reputation in France and elsewhere, as this very intelligent article points out. After all, as author Alex Boese reveals,  in addition to some disparities about the differences between the two calendars, April 1 as day of practical jokes and mischief seems to be a very old custom that predates the calendar change. Boese gives compelling examples of this, including a mention of the day in a 1508 poem by Eloy d’Amerval.

Okay, so what’s the deal with the fish?

Some theories say that April was a bad month for fishing, or a time (depending on the era) when fishing was forbidden, since newly spawned fish had to grow. So, to serve fish to eat in April was impossible – claiming to see or eat one could only be a joke. According to this site, some April 1 fans even took things a little bit farther, by throwing dried herrings into streams or rivers and crying out, “Poisson d’avril!

Other historians suggest that there might be a tie with the practice of carnaval and its connections with fisherman. For example, to this day, the Dunkerque Carnaval starts with dried herrings (luckily wrapped in plastic) being thrown from the windows of City Hall into the festive crowd gathered below. Still, this theory seems off to me, since Carnaval happens in February, not April. Then again, I know many people from Dunkerque and if they could, they’d (understandably) celebrate Carnaval year-round….

Hopefully, you were able to draw and cut out several paper fish yesterday (if not just draw, color and cut out one paper fish for each person who lives at your house). Today, you get to celebrate April 1 like the French. Each person in your house should write their name on the blank side of a fish and attach a short strip of tape (as long as it’s sticky enough to stay on someone’s shirt – it doesn’t matter what kind of tape). Then, the goal is to stick your fish to someone’s back in a way that they don’t notice. Now, if anyone in your house is a particularly ambitious prankster, they can make extra paper fish and try to stick one on everyone at your house! Just make sure that every fish has a name on it to identify the prankster. Don’t forget to yell “Poisson d’avril”  when your prank is discovered.

Traditional Poisson d’avril postcard – SO SILLY!

Week of April 6 (Spring Break – no assignments)

Week of April 13

This week, we will be revisiting our colors and their names in French.

First, please start by watching a classroom favorite – Arc en Ciel, a song about colors (and a crazy guy with a wooden head!):


After you’ve sung our song, look over this page of color tags:

Some of our color names in French look A LOT like our color names in English, huh? Which names look most familiar? Pronounce each color name out loud.

If you need a reminder of pronunciation, this video is helpful:


The video left out gray and violet though! In French, violet is pronounced vee-oh-leh. The French word for gray – gris – is pronounced ghree . French R sounds kind of breathy like an R and an H got mixed up in a blender; the sound is made at the back of the mouth. If you have problems with the French R, just try to pronounce it a littlesoftly, Americans pronounce our Rs almost like a growl.

If you can, print out the page of color tags (if you only have a black and white printer, it should still be fine – you could trace the color names with the correct color of marker or crayon) or write out the French color names. Cut the page so that you have eleven color tags. Add tape to the back of the tags (if you have some). Now go around your home and find colorful objects and label them with your tags.  Take photos of some of your favorite finds. What is your FAVORITE color? Be sure to find at least three objects around your house that are your favorite color.

Parents/guardians: to help reinforce the French-English connection, it is helpful to leave labels around the house so that your student can see them over the course of day to day activities. Even stronger associations form with more objects labeled, so feel free to make more than one sheet of color labels and let your child(ren) label several objects around your house of each color (or just one room if you like to avoid clutter – please feel free to adjust this activity however is best for your home environment during this stay-at-home period) .

I would love to see photos of some of the objects your kids find and label! Please email any photos you’d like to share to:


Week of April 27

It’s time for number review!!!

First year French students (PreK – 1st) have learned their numbers in French from 0-20 and have been exposed to the the tens numbers up to fifty. Second year students have learned to count to fifty and have been exposed to the numbers up to 100.

First, review the numbers with your student according to their exposure level with the song videos below:

1-20  https://youtu.be/UsEz58BblMY

20-50   https://youtu.be/wlYqz2unHKc

50-70   https://youtu.be/oIYvC7r05mU

70-100   https://youtu.be/AnOXzJfLuU4

After you’ve reviewed the songs, and your student is comfortable and confident, record a video of them counting to the best of their ability. If you want to record two. Ideas and send me your child’s best “take” – that’s fine.

I am not looking for perfection.  If your child counts to two – that’s fine!  If your kid wants to sing their way to 100 – that’s great! Anything in between those two achievements is a wonderful achievement as well.  I just want our kids to take a few minutes to remember information and vocabulary they have already learned.  Repetition is one of the most important components of language retention.

Please email your child(ren)’s video(s) to me at mdailey@sacredheartgradeschool.org

As always, it is very helpful to me if you include your child’s first and last name and homeroom number in the subject line of your email.


Week of May 4

Que c’est-ce que vous aimez? (What do you like?)

I like fruit! Do you?

Start our today’s French lesson watching the song “J’aime les fruits!” https://youtu.be/nJ03KjwiIVM

What is your favorite fruit (or vegetable)?

J’aime les cerises et les pommes! (I like cherries and apples!)

How about you? What fruit do you like?

To answer the question, you use the phrase “J’aime les …” then the name of the food you like.

Here are some popular fruits and veggies:

Pick two fruits and/or vegetables you like.

In case it’s hard to see the names, here is a list:

les fraises – strawberries

les oignon – onions

les poivrons – peppers

les avocats – avocados

les petits pois – peas

les tomates – tomatoes

les carottes – carrots

les pêches – peaches

les figues – figs

les citrons – lemons

les citrouilles – pumpkins

les oranges – oranges

les cerises – cherries

les pommes des terres – potatoes

les pommes – apples

les bananes – bananas

les concombres – cucumbers

le maïs – sweet corn (this one is singular)

les choux – cabbage

les pastêques – watermelon

les haricots verts – green beans

les poires – pears

Remember that when you talk about things you like you combine “J’aime” and the French name of the food – don’t forget to include the article “les” – we use the plural “les” because if you like apples, you don’t just like one apple, you like all apples, right? There are a few exceptions. In our list did you notice that corn is singular?  It’s the same as in English – we don’t say “I like corns.” Right?

Pick two foods you like from the list that you like and write out the sentence “J’aime les ____.” If you have some of that food in your house, take a picture of your sentence and the food you like.  If you don’t have any of that food (I love cherries; but they aren’t in season yet!!!) just draw a picture of the food you like and write out your “J’aime” sentence.

Email your food photos or drawings and sentences (two sentences, please) to me at: mdailey@sacredheartgradeschool.org please remember to your child(ren)’s first and last names and homeroom number, thank you.

Week of May 11

One of the last lessons we worked on together while we were all still together in the classroom was all about departure phrases – ways to say goodbye. I thought a fitting final lesson for the year would be a review of different ways to say “Goodbye.”

Just like in English, the French don’t always just say “goodbye.” We say things like “see you around,” and “see you soon.” It is much the same in French.

Below, I have listed some of the phrases we learned, a phonetic guide to pronunciation, and the English translation. Feel free to practice these phrases together with your child.

À bientôt – ( ahh bee-yen-toh ) – “see you soon.”

Adieu – ( ahh djhoo ) – “farewell.”

Au revoir – (oh vwah ) – “goodbye.”

À plus – ( ahh ploo ) – “later.”

À plus de tard – ( ahh ploo deh-tahr ) – “see you later.”

Salut – ( sahloo ) – “bye.”

We have learned that “salut” is a bit like the Hawai’ian “aloha” because it is used to say both “hi” and “bye” in French!

Practice these phrases several times until you feel comfortable saying them. Then please record your child reciting their favorite phrase in a quick video.  Please email the video to me at mdailey@sacredheartgradeschool.org. Please be sure to include your child’s homeroom number as well as their name in your subject line.

À plus de tard! – see you later!

French – All Assignments2020-05-14T09:57:44+00:00
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