Step 2 - AIM for Immersion Kit - Le petit chat cherche une famille *2018 Edition

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Step 2 - AIM for IMMERSION Kit - Le petit chat cherche une famille


Many Primary French Immersion teachers across Canada and around the world have been asking for an AIM Immersion Kit…and they are now available! 


The Play


This is a play with a good message for all young students, about a cat who searches for a home. After several rejections, the little cat finally finds a family into which he fits perfectly.

Both Core and Immersion teachers have been thrilled with Histories en action ! pour les tout petits 2A, the AIM methodology for younger students. Based on original play with a message about friendship and acceptance, written by Wendy Maxwell, with songs and raps co-written with Matt Maxwell, this kit will entrance and entertain young students. Watch their proficiency levels improve rapidly. This Kit is designed for Immersion French teachers.

Immersion Kits include:

Whole-Class Activities Book (Teacher’s Guide)

This book includes:

  • whole-class activities in five- to ten-minute segments,
  • classroom systems,
  • entry and leaving routines,
  • (Available in new edition kits only) 85-Lesson Overview that illustrates the intended flow of the activities in the Kit how to rotate through entry and leaving routines, how often to model each new activity, how to recycle vocabulary, when to introduce each partner/group activity and how long students typically spend in it and when to introduce the creative work with story - story retelling and extension,
  • assessment for learning blackline masters,
  • vocabulary lists,
  • game cards.

Plus two Digital Immersion-specific Teacher’s Guides included in the Portal:

AIM Activities for other subject areas
This digital book includes:

  • detailed descriptions of whole-class and partner/group
  • activities appropriate for the primary immersion student activities that are integrated with the theme of the Kit story, La poule Maboule
  • extended literacy-based activities as well as social studies and math-related activities
  • full-colour photos of students working ion the activities described in the book embedded video demonstrating exactly what the activities look like in the primary immersion classroom

AIM Routines
This digital book includes:

  • detailed descriptions of classroom routines that work well in a primary immersion class
  • lovely easy-to-sing transition songs
  • general classroom strategies for the immersion teacher

Partner/Group Activities Book: Blackline Masters

Includes the play, vocabulary list, language manipulation activities, simple and more complex questions based on the story, creative writing activities and words to the accompanying songs.

    Student Workbooks are available as an additional purchase.
    Student Digital Workbooks are available for 1:1 classrooms as an additional purchase.

    Big Book

    For younger classes, shared reading with the Big Book is a very important AIM activity. You may also use the e-reader of this same book, projected from the Portal.

    Program Guide

    Overview of the Principles, strategies and techniques for successful implementation of the methodology with how it develops authentic proficiency through the levels stated in the CEFR.

    Posters and Image Cards

    • Image cards of words not gestured Hard-copy song and rap posters with lyrics.
    • These also appear as projectable posters on the Portal AIM 

    AIM Kit Portal (a two-year subscription comes with this kit)

    The Portal contains aspects of the content found in the Guides (videos, songs, e-readers, listening activities). You review the Portal in order to learn the gestures, view and learn the dances, songs and raps as well as the intended dramatization of the play. You are provided with 32 complimentary student logins, so students may review the content of the Kit at home. This will support your ability to implement the program most effectively – if students watch even 2-5 minutes several times a week, you will see a significant impact! Possibilities for parent involvement increases with the Portal. The school-home sharing has such a positive influence on student success.

    The Immersion Kit Portal contains:

    • The songs (with vocal as well as instrumental versions)
    • Fun classroom raps (with vocal as well as instrumental versions)
    • E-reader of the story with highlighted text and audio
    • Gestured vocabulary for this kit
    • Music videos
    • The play gestured for this kit
    • The play performed by students
    • A first class with AIM
    • Additional Teacher Instructional Videos
    • Seven readers with highlighted text and audio that are integrated with and form an integral part of the extended literacy approach based in the methodology for primary immersion classrooms
    • a digital four-colour Teacher’s Guide that describes how to take the strategies and techniques that you learn in the core Teacher’s Guide and take them (in a fully thematically-integrated manner) into other subject areas, such as math and social studies and to further develop literacy skills.
    • Complimentary access for 32 students
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    The Gesture Approach

    The AIM is a methodology that supports students by providing strategies and techniques that ensure student language acquisition and a high level of engagement. The Gesture Approach allows students to visualize, hear, say and 'feel' the language simultaneously, and this results in rapid proficiency development.

    A Literacy- and Arts-Based Approach

    Through the use of story and drama, songs, raps, and dances, students are moving to the language as they create meaning. Scaffolding and cooperative learning strategies help all students - the shy, weak, and strong - to find great support and success.

    High-Frequency Vocabulary

    One of the most essential aspects of AIM that ensures student success is the high-frequency vocabulary (Pared-Down Language) that threads throughout every aspect of this methodology. AIM is designed such that each word is repeated extensively, allowing students to develop a strong foundation for language proficiency.

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