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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.




Enhance your kit with the following extras:

Minuit va à l'école- Reader

A sequel to Minuit le chien. Minuit tries in his doggy way to help his friend Marie as much as he can, not always with great success. He accompanies her to school every day and waits at the school gate in the afternoon to walk home with her.

Story: Wendy Maxwell 
Illustrations: Stan Gadziola
Appropriate for ages: 4-7

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Minuit et see amis- Reader

Another Minuit story, more advanced than the previous two. Minuit loves helping his friends and in the final scene of this story, he visits his friend, Chantale, the cat. Minuit supplies her with fish and cuddles her young kittens.

Story: Wendy Maxwell 
Illustrations: Stan Gadziola
Appropriate for ages: 4-7

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Kit Content

In response to teacher feedback, our new edition kits have many new features... more technology, alignment with the CEFR, fully-described lesson plans.

The Whole-Class Activities Book and associated Blackline Masters or Student Book guide you and your students through implementing the core methodology. You are shown how to accelerate proficiency through a scaffolded, systematic approach so that students are able to engage in productive and interactive language activities.

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.
Partner/Group Activities Book (Blackline Masters)

Including 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 (In younger aged kits)

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 Kit Portal (2-year subscription)
Portal

A two-year subscription comes with the purchase of the Kit

The Portal contains aspects of the content found in the Guides (videos, songs, e-readers, listening activities). Student digital workbooks available for the Portal as an additional purchase.

  • The songs (with instrumental versions)
  • Fun classroom raps (with 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 in costume
  • An authentic first class with AIM
  • Additional Teacher Instructional Videos
  • Complimentary access for 32 students 
Student Workbooks

A Student Book saves a lot of photocopying time and ensures that all student work is kept neatly in one place.

Available in both hard copy and digital format on the Portal for 1:1 classrooms.

Supplementary Resources

Once you have begun to use AIM, you might like to consider resources that will enhance your implementation of AIM:

Hard copy and digital e-readers

Dance videos

Teacher Training

Initial and ongoing teacher training is key to the successful implementation of AIM.

We recommend that teachers come to training at least every one to two years, and new ideas are introduced to help teachers move forward with AIM. We have many options for you, both In-Person and Virtual!

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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, resulting 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 important 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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