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AEFE 5th Grade Project: Photos-Mathons

Photos-Mathons is an untranslatable wordplay mixing the words photomaton (photo booth) and maths used as a verb). Students had to create (and give a title) a math word problem (and its explanation) based on a daily life picture (taken by them of course).

Who is the AEFE?
The Agency for French Education Abroad, or Agency for French Teaching Abroad,[1] (FrenchAgence pour l’enseignement français à l’étranger; abbreviation: AEFE), is a national public agency under the administration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France that assures the quality of schools teaching the French national curriculum outside France. The AEFE has 495 schools[2] in its worldwide network, with French as the primary language of instruction in most schools.

Madame Christine and Madame Severine’s 5th grade class!

In May, AEFE will publish projects from different schools over the country and the classes can try to solve each other’s projects.


Les Vacances de la Famille Jax
Il  y  a  une  famille  de  4  personnes  et  une  chienne.  I ls  vont  dans  un  RB&B.  La  famille  reste  3  j ours.  Ça  coûte  50  euros  pour  une  journée  chaque  personne.  I ls  paient  un  forfait  de  25  euros  pour  l e  séjour  de  l a  chienne.  Chaque  matin,  l a  famille  va  au  restaurant  et  chaque  repas  coûte  13  euros  chacun.  Pour  l e  troisième  j our,  i ls  vont  au  parc.  I ls  paient  32.50  euros  par  personne.  Combien  coûtent  l es  vacances en tout ?

Réponse à l a question: Ça a coûté 911 euros pour toutes l es  vacances.   
4 x 50 = 200 x 3 = 600   
4 x 13 = 52 x 3 = 156   
4X 32.50 = 130 
600 + 156 + 130 + 25 = 911  

ENGLISH: The Jax Family Vacation
There is a family of 4 and a dog. They go to an RB&B. The family stays 3 days. It costs 50 euros for one day per person. They pay a fixed price of 25 euros for the dog’s stay. Every morning the family goes to the restaurant and each meal costs 13 euros. On the third day, they go to the park. They pay 32.50 euros per person. How much is the total cost of the vacation?
Answer to the question: It cost 911 euros for the whole vacation.
Le sport c’est la santé
Vivienne va à la salle de sport, une heure, 6 fois par semaine. Elle passe 20 min sur le tapis roulant et 15 min de yoga et tout le temps qui reste elle le passe à lever les poids. Combien de temps passera-t-elle à soulever les poids en 8 semaines.(Réponse en heures.).

Réponse = Elle a soulevé des poids pendant 20h
60-20-15= 25
25 X 6 X 8 = 1200
1200 : 60 = 20
ENGLISH: Sport is health
Vivienne goes to the gym for one hour, 6 times a week. She spends 20 minutes on the treadmill and 15 minutes doing yoga, and all the rest of the time she spends lifting weights. How much time will she spend lifting weights in 8 weeks (Answer in hours).
Answer = She lifted weights for 20 hours
60-20-15= 25
25 X 6 X 8 = 1200
1200 : 60 = 20
L’énoncé : 
Il y a 24 canapés dans un hôtel. Chaque canapé peut contenir 24 personnes. Les clients s’assoient sur les canapés, en moyenne 10 fois par jour.
En considérant que chaque canapé sera utilisé en totalité (sur ces 24 places), combien de fois les personnes se seront assises sur les canapés en une année ?

La solution: 
D’abord on doit multiplier 24 x 24 pour avoir le nombre de personnes qui s’ assoient. 24×24 =  576 personnes. 
Après on fait 576 x 365 = 210 240 personnes s’assoient 1 fois par jour en 1 année.
Après on doit multiplier par 10 pour avoir combien de fois, ils s’assoient par année.
210 240 x 10 = 2 102 400 
Ces 576 personnes se seront assises 2 102 400 fois en un an.

ENGLISH: The statement:
There are 24 couches in a hotel. Each couch can hold 24 people. Guests sit on the sofas, on average, 10 times per day.
Assuming that each sofa will be used in full (out of those 24 seats), how many times will people sit on the sofas in a year?
First, we need to multiply 24 x 24 to get the number of people sitting. 24×24 = 576 people.
Then we make 576 x 365 = 210,240 people sitting once a day in 1 year.
Then we have to multiply by 10 to get the number of times they sit per year.
210 240 x 10 = 2 102 400
These 576 people will have sat down 2,102,400 times in one year.

L’énoncé : 
Alice va faire une fête autour de sa piscine.
La fête commence à 12h00 et se termine à 14h30.
Elle a invité 27 personnes. 3 personnes ne peuvent pas y aller.
1/9 des personnes invitées arrivent en retard et 5 personnes vont partir à 13h00.
La meilleure amie d’ Alice va arriver à 11:30.
Combien de personnes vont arriver à 12h00 et partir à 14h30?

La Solution:
1/9 de 27 = 27/9 = 3 personnes arrivent en retard. 3+3 = 6 personnes ne seront pas là, ou en retard. 6+5= 11 personnes qui ne participeront pas à toute la fête. 11+1=12 (on ajoute l’amie d’Alice qui est en avance). 27-12=15 personnes seront présentes aux heures demandées. Il y a 15 personnes qui arrivent à l’heure et partent à l’heure.

ENGLISH: The statement:
Alice is having a party around her pool.
The party starts at 12:00 and ends at 14:30.
She has invited 27 people. 3 people can’t go.
1/9 of the people invited will arrive late and 5 people will leave at 1:00.
Alice’s best friend will arrive at 11:30.
How many people will arrive at 12:00 and leave at 2:30?
The Solution:
1/9 of 27 = 27/9 = 3 people will arrive late. 3+3 = 6 people will not be there, or late. 6+5= 11 people who will not attend the whole party. 11+1=12 (we add Alice’s friend who is early). 27-12=15 people will be present at the requested times. There are 15 people who arrive on time and leave on time.
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Lycee Francais Student Shines at Carrollton Boosters League Finals (Soccer)

 Carrollton Boosters Recreational Soccer program for the U13 Girls completed the Spring 2021 season this weekend.  Eva Thacker, a student of Lycee Francais de la Nouvelle-Orleans, shined bright as a determined champion.

  The league was comprised of 89 girls from more than fifteen area schools.  The season ran from the end of January to this past Saturday.

  Eva was a key member of the Ravens -> scoring in the first game of the season.  Eva played wing for the Ravens, making critical runs in the semi final and finals – attacking the goal.  Her discipline and work routines really paid off when it counted.

  Eva served as a team captain over the season a few times.  Leadership is something she is developing.  Playing goalkeeper was something the older girls did not want to do.  Eva took the challenge for the team to demonstrate her leadership.  It’s clear the program you have at Lycee Francais de la Nouvelle-Orleans provides an excellent path for this developing soccer player, and team leader – Eva Thacker.

  As her coach, I could not be more proud of a player’s development in appreciating the game and working to develop her own talents.  I am looking forward to seeing Eva Thacker playing more soccer with you and cheering for Lycee in the next few years!
  Eva is a champion.
-Coach Kevin Wiseman

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Prix de Présence 2020 – Art Exhibition!

Exhibition Statement, PTO Art Show: Prix de Présence Art Exhibition, 2020. Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans.

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso

This exhibition examines a child’s perspective of the coronavirus pandemic. Children of the Lycée community were invited to respond with visual art; drawing, painting, or sculpture, to something they have seen, felt, or experienced during the pandemic. The resulting artwork provides an unfiltered look into a child’s mind and ability to accommodate our challenging contemporary circumstances.2020 has been an unprecedented year in countless ways. Previously unimaginable changes regarding health, education, work, friends, and community have impacted families across the globe. An unexpected and abrupt adaptation is taking place that is new for all segments of society. Allowing the youngest members of our community a safe space to document their experiences through art has the potential to benefit us all. As we navigate a path forward with healing, the visual voices and art of our children provide much to consider. La Liaison is pleased to present an exhibition of children’s artwork that highlights a unique perspective on these months of isolation, social distancing, quarantine.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
-Maya Angelou”

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Virtual Workshop 5th Grade: “Freedom of speech, Sense of humor, and satirical cartoons.”

Following the tragedy that took place in France after the murder of Samuel Patty, a French history middle school teacher, the AEFE in partnership with “Cartooning for Peace“, has launched a series of workshops to familiarize students with the role of cartoons as political satire in newspapers. The virtual workshop students participated in last Thursday is entitled ” Freedom of speech, Sense of humor, and satirical cartoons.” This event was organized in conjunction with “La semaine des Lycées Français du Monde (the Week of the Lycées Français around the World)”. Thus, all French accredited schools in North America were invited to participate and it was a great honor to have our school represented by two 5th grade classes. Students had the opportunity to ask questions to the French cartoonist. Mme Séverine and M. Abdel created space for engaging discussions with their students before and after the presentation to address any remaining questions.

LISTEN UP! Our Students are singer-songwriters.

We are so proud of our students’ work in Mr. Pascal’s music class! Students both composed and wrote lyrics for each song. UN GRAND MERCI to the Jazz and Heritage Foundation which helped us purchase recording equipment like specialized microphones, headphones, and other technical equipment.

Rainbow is a song wrote by 7A class, about racial justice, they started in October 2019. CLICK HERE

Tepala from 6A class is about suicide prevention and is a beautiful message asking friends to stay on earth with us. CLICK HERE

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Vacation at Home, student projects by Ms. Susy’s Spanish class.

We hope everyone is enjoying the first day of Spring Break! We wanted to share projects from Ms. Suzy’s Spanish class. In this activity students take a virtual trip and describe in Spanish where they went. The activity is called #YOVIAJOENCASA (#travelhome)
Can you guess where each of these students went?


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TOC Zoo Update: Students learn responsible fishing practices.

This afternoon, students went to go fishing with Madame Monica.

She split the class into two groups: the responsible fishermen and the irresponsible ones. At every trip, the irresponsible fishermen caught more fish than the others.Then they counted how many fish were left in the ocean.  It was a good opportunity to do math. Plus, between every trip baby fish were born. Of course, there were more babies born with the responsible fishermen, as more grown-ups were left in the ocean. It was very exciting, especially for the irresponsible ones who made a lot of money…At the beginning only. Unfortunately at some point they realized their ocean was running out of fish. Indeed there were not enough adult fishanymore to renew the fish population and so couldn’t make money anymore. 
So they had to decide: fishing the same way or reducing the daily amount of fish caught. They committed to taking smaller numbers and accepting regulations and the irresponsible fishermen were able to save their jobs. Unfortunately, sometimes, changes come too late, and there is nothing that can be done to save species or jobs.
The responsible fishermen avoided issues like this. They can still go fishing and make money without being worried about their future.

The overfishing activity helps students to understand the consequences of overfishing our lakes and oceans and how humans have to use resources in a smarter way.

We hope that at the end of the zoo experience, students will understand that humans are a part of an ecosystem where million of living things coexist. We may not understand how important they are but we know that our happiness depends on living in equilibrium with nature. Life can be better for everyone and as individuals we have the power to make this happen. Our descendants are dreaming of being grateful to us. 

Mme Hachimi Class Project – Livre de Léo

Here is a treat from the end of last school year (17-18), made by Madame Hachimi’s 1st grade class. Léo the Hedgehog is the mascot of our students’ penpals en France! Each student took him at home, made an activity with him and then wrote a small text about the time they shared together. They did a beautiful job; we hope you enjoy. | DOWNLOAD