A Royal Baby very soon!

19 07 2013

Prince William is the son of  Princess Diana and Prince Charles and he is the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II. In 2011 he got married to Kate Middleton, who is now expecting a baby.

* Here are some news about the royal baby (Firstnews, June 2013)

* Pregnant Kate is in hospital! (Firstnews, Monday, 22 July 2013 )

* Listen to Jenny: William and Kate are going to have a baby!

 * Waiting for a delivery (Metro.co.uk) Aides pour comprendre le texte:

  • The Ashes Test: cricket matches between England and Australia. 
  • A delivery: un accouchement. (délivrance, et ici libération puisque la reine va partir en vacances et souhaite que le bébé naisse avant!)

* Live! (the Guardian) Kate was admitted to hospital this morning (July, 22nd)

And you? Can you guess the name of the baby?



Good Bye Nelson Mandela

18 07 2013







You’ve certainly heard about Nelson Mandela on the TV news.He has died, aged 95. (Dec, 5th 2013)

Read more on BBC news , FirstNews, Time for Kids,(easy),  the Guardian (niv 3ème)

Video: Channel One News’ Daily Show.

Nelson Mandela in pictures (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

Quiz about Madiba. (BBC)


He was called Madiba by South Africans. He was President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999 and the first black president in the first democratic election of the country. He fought against apartheid (segregation, separation and discrimination against black people) and was sent to prison for 27 years! (from 1963 to 1990)

Today, he is one of the most respected people in the world.


  • Mandela Day:  (http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com)
    The United Nations General Assembly has created a special day to celebrate Nelson Mandela. July 18th, Mandela’s birthday, is now officially Nelson Mandela International Day. The UN said it decided to create this occasion to say thank you to a “great man”. The day celebrates Mandela’s “promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world”. It also recognises Mandela’s contributions towards improving race relations and human rights. The president of the U.N. General Assembly Ali Treki stated the day highlighted how Mandela suffered to create a better world. Mr Treki said Nelson Mandela played a « leading role in and support for Africa’s struggle for liberation…and [made an] outstanding contribution to the creation of a non-racial, non-sexist democratic South Africa.”

Nelson Mandela led the fight against apartheid in South Africa for several decades. He spent 26 years in prison for his efforts. The international community campaigned for many years to get him released. Finally, he was freed in 1990. He worked tirelessly to help South Africa move toward reconciliation and a multi-racial democracy. In 1994, he became his country’s first black president and served for five years before stepping down in 1999. He has won many awards in his life, but perhaps his greatest is the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. Since his retirement from South African politics, he has remained active on the world stage. One of his biggest commitments is in the fight against AIDS. He is today one of the world’s most respected statesmen.



Happy Birthday America!

4 07 2013

  • Today is Independance Day in the USA, the anniversary of the Declaration of Independance, written on July 4th, 1776. That’s when the 13 original British colonies became the United States of America.



*The 4th of July across NYC in pictures.(The New York Times)

* A video about the history of this American day. (watchmojo.com)


  • LISTEN! Frank talks about the way he celebrates US Independence Day on July 4th.



  •  America the Beautiful: Musician Keb Mo visited the White House earlier this year and performed a rendition of « America the Beautiful ». Enjoy some great scenes of America and the President set to this classic song – in celebration of Independence Day


  • If you want to know more about the USA, and play a quizz about its history, you can click here!

Have fun!

  • PS: Pour les 3èmes qui m’ont demandé plus d’articles traitant de l’actualité, voici un article du NY Times. (03/07/12) Il s’agit des célébrations du 4 juillet qui seront annulées dans plusieurs villes américaines à cause de la crise économique d’une part mais aussi à cause des nombreux incendies qui ravagent en ce moment plusieurs villes du Colorado. Bonne lecture! Les 5èmes peuvent comprendre beaucoup de mots sur le sujet étudié cette année.

Pour info, cancel = annuler. Si vous avez besoin de traduction, oubliez Google, allez ici.

  • Voici aussi The Famous International Hot Dog-Eating, qui a lieu chaque 4 juillet depuis 1916, et qui malheureusement ne montre pas l’indépendance des américains à la surconsommation et à la malbouffe… La compétition consiste à voir qui est capable de manger le plus de hot dogs en dix minutes…

Joey Chestnut ate 69 hotdogs this year! (The Guardian, 04/07/13)

[youtube width= »340″ height= »275″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tw5QX6F-3HU&feature=player_detailpage[/youtube]


Let’s have some fun this summer!

20 06 2013

A dog is trying to beat the TEXAS heat after his owners emptied their cooler in the driveway.
– Temperature : 108.9° Farenheit = 42.7° Celsius


  • Five Fun Summer Fitness Activities: Watch the video, learn the words, speak and do the quiz (vocabulary)


  • Making travel arrangements
  • Travel and Holidays : vocabulary quiz (niveau 5ème)



  • All by Himself at Las Vegas Airport: A 43-year-old guy from Atlanta was stuck at Las Vegas Airport and decided to create a video with his smart phone. Here is the video: (All by myself = Alone) The song is by Céline Dion, who replied by giving him free tickets for one of her shows.

You can read more about this on L.A Times (June 13, 2014)



New Freedom Tower in NYC

19 05 2013

Freedom Tower par PittCalebFreedom Tower par Tim Drivas

One WTC will be the tallest building in the U.S., and the third tallest in the world. The tallest skyscraper is the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, which stands at 2,717 feet. (828 metres)

The New Freedom Tower in NYC stands where the old World Trade Center was before the 9/11 attacks. With its spire, it is now a symbolic 1,776 feet (541 m) in reference to the year of American independence.

Here are a few documents about the newest and tallest building in the USA:

  • an article from Timeforkids.
  • a Youtube video
  • an article   from neatorama.com.
  • a video about the spire from Newsy.


 If you want to learn more about the Empire State Building, click here! (with videos and games) Created by Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)

Explosions hit Boston Marathon

16 04 2013

Explosions hit American marathon race.

Two explosions took place near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in America on Monday (15 April).

Read more on firstnews.co.uk.


Farewell to Margaret Thatcher

16 04 2013


Britain’s first female Prime Minister died April 8 at the age of 87. Read this article about the Iron Lady from Timeforkids.com.


Le présent simple et les adverbes de fréquence

5 01 2013

La Troisième Personne du Singulier




  • Adverbes de fréquence

Do your best: revise the adverbs.


Chores and Frequency Adverbs  (Chores p2-9  / Adverbs p10-12)

Mind map frequency-adverbs

chart of adverbs


  • Jokes (http://www.esljokes.net)

Healthy livingillustration

Lucy Williams worked in an office near the city centre . She usually went for a walk in the park during her lunch hour. Nearly every day she saw a very old man who was always in the park on the same bench. He had white hair and a long white beard and a very contented expression. She sometimes nodded to him or said hello and he always smiled back very happily. One day, she decided to stop and speak to him.
‘Excuse me,’ said Lucy, ‘I often see you here. You always seem very cheerful and you’re never sick! What’s your secret for a long and happy life?’
‘My secret?’ asked the old man, smiling at her ‘I don’t have a secret.’
‘But how often do you take exercise?’ asked Lucy.
‘I never take any exercise, young lady.’
‘What about your diet? How often do you eat fresh fruit and vegetables?’
‘I hardly ever eat vegetables.’ he replied, still smiling,  ‘And I smoke almost all the time.’
‘That’s amazing!’ said Lucy. ‘How old are you?’
‘Thirty five,’ he replied.


Golden Rules !

23 09 2012

Bart Simpsons Chalkboard

In English class,

We must raise our hands before speaking.

We must speak English, not French !

We must listen to the teacher.

We must switch off our mobile phones (UK) = cell phones (US)


We  mustn’t  chew gum in class .

We  mustn’t  laugh at the others when they make mistakes .

We  mustn’t interrupt the others .

We  mustn’t answer back at the teacher .

We  mustn’t arrive late , we must be on time .

Classroom English

15 09 2012


Here are some activities to revise your Classroom English:


Comprendre les consignes en anglais + un jeu amusant + une appli. 

Formules de Politesse

Pour revoir le vocabulaire de la classe.


Have fun!

Mrs Calard