Les nouvelles – le 23 au 27 september, 2013

 

I can be reached by e-mail at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I tweet at @nobleknits2, and the class hashtag is #laclasseaqm.

Our big word in terms of learning this year at QM is WHY?  (POURQUOI?) Be sure to ask your kids why they’re learning what they’re learning.

Due to some changes in scheduling, I am no longer teaching Mrs Cullen’s Grade 5 class. Mme Daley has taken over teaching them, enabling me to teach instrumental music to the 3 main-floor classes each week.

Class Updates:

Grade 7/8: The Pinterest boards were a big hit for Mr Lush’s class. In case you didn’t get to see them, you can find the link here. Students wrote a paragraph to describe why they made their choices. Mr. Lush’s class has started working on “veux-tu danser”, while Ms Shaw’s are starting into “salut mon ami”.

Grade 6/7: Mr Dufrane’s class: Having a great time with this class. Ask about word-work-around or check out our story cube stories on Twitter. Reviewing basic vocabulary at the start of “Salut mon ami”.

Grade 5/6: Students completed their partner introductions, and will start into “L’arbre ungali”, with a focus on comprehension strategies.

Grade 4: It was great to see so many of you at the barbecue last week. Students had a great time challenging their parents to a game of “Step!” (ask about it). We’re starting to increase our vocabulary a lot! (ask about action words like jump, run and walk)

In all classes, 10 minutes or so each day of reviewing new vocabulary at home (or review vocabulary right now) is very helpful. Let your kids teach you what they’re learning!

Instrumental music update: We have been able to open up my schedule a bit, to allow me to teach instrumental music to the intermediate classes.  This program will include playing, listening, research and theory. The expectation is that students will take their instruments home to practice (or take advantage of practice times at school) for 30 minutes/week. Expect a contract for taking an instrument home in the next few weeks, or you can download it here. We’ll start sign-outs with Mr Dufrane’s class this Friday (September 27).

Documents for download:

intro letter and e-mail request

instrument sign-out letter

Important dates:

September 27: Terry Fox run – bring a toonie for Terry!

Trivia Questions:

1. Qu’est-ce que Ben Johnson a fait le 19 septembre, 1988?

2. Quelle émission (show) a gagné le Emmy pour drame? pour comédie?

Other stuff:

Web: The intermediate classes had some really great questioning discussions about the proposed Quebec charter of values, and the infographic found here. Great chance to bring current events into the classroom, and also look at how social media is affecting the story. 

Book:  Great argument at book club this week over whether or note Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time was the worst book ever written. As you might imagine, if you know the book, battle lines were pretty quickly drawn!  Let us know what you think in the comments.

Music: I’m a pretty big Great Lakes Swimmers fan, so a solo album from frontman Tony Dekker makes me happy.  Here’s the single.

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Les nouvelles – le 16 au 20 septembre, 2013

I can be reached by e-mail at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I tweet at @nobleknits2, and the class hashtag is #laclasseaqm.

Our big word in terms of learning this year at QM is WHY?  (POURQUOI?) Be sure to ask your kids why they’re learning what they’re learning.

Class Updates:

Grade 7/8: We begin our main story this week in these two classes – that means working on understanding strategies in our second language. What strategies can we use when we don’t understand new vocabulary? We may also work on a Pinterest board to introduce ourselves, including French description and a QR code for parent night.

Grade 6/7: Mr Dufrane’s class: Beginning the story ‘Salut mon ami’, and starting to work on comprehension strategies.

Grade 5/6: This group will be doing a basic introduction to a partner, as we review basic vocabulary (weather, numbers, days of week, important sentences).

Grade 5: As for 5/6, with the story being Comment y aller.

Grade 4: Lots of basic vocabulary happening here: numbers, alphabet, weather, days of week, you name it. We will also be beginning our main story, Les 3 Petits Cochons (the 3 little pigs)

In all classes, 10 minutes or so each day of reviewing new vocabulary at home (or review vocabulary right now) is very helpful. Let your kids teach you what they’re learning!

Instrumental music update: We have been able to open up my schedule a bit, to allow me to teach a period of instrumental music each week to each of Mr Lush, Ms Shaw and Mr Dufrane’s classes.  This program will include playing, listening, research and theory. The expectation is that students will take their instruments home to practice (or take advantage of practice times at school) for 30 minutes/week. Expect a contract for taking an instrument home in the next few weeks, or I will shortly have it posted here.

Documents for download:

intro letter and e-mail request

instrument sign-out letter

Important dates:

September 19: BBQ and Open House: 5-7:00 pm

September 27: Terry Fox run – bring a toonie for Terry!

Trivia Questions:

1. Qu’est-ce que le gouvernment du Québec veut faire?

2. Qu’est-ce qui se passe à Port Dover, vendredi le 13?

Other stuff:

Web: Yet another bit of digital literacy this week, as Jimmy Kimmel revealed that the “twerk fail” really wasn’t. Talking to your kids about being smart consumers of what they’re seeing on the internet is a great idea. (I chose not to show this to students in class, due to the “twerking” – what do you think?) twerk girl fraud

Book:  At intermediate book club this week, this one, The Fault in our Stars provoked all kinds of reaction, and a lot of the kids said they’d shared it with a parent. Kleenex required, apparently, and there is a film in the works. A teen story about cancer.

Music: Fiona Apple’s done a gorgeous cover of ‘Pure Imagination’ for a really interesting ad campaign for Chipotle Mexican grill, so this is kind of a two-for-one, music and website. Check out the video, read the article, and then talk about it with your kids. Lots of good critical thinking chances here – why would the company make a video like this? Why would a musician like Fiona Apple get involved (and be donating her profits?)

Les nouvelles – le 9 à 13 septembre

I can be reached by e-mail at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I tweet at @nobleknits2, and the class hashtag is #laclasseaqm.

Class Updates:

Grade 7/8: These two classes worked on introducing a partner using simple French structures (and some past tense). They’ll continue some basic review this week, and then start into their main story: Salut mon ami for Ms. Shaw’s class, and Veux-tu danser for Mr Lush’s.

Grade 6/7: This class will be introducing a partner, as well as reviewing concepts like numbers and weather this week, before moving into Salut mon ami as their main text.

Grade 5/6: This group will be doing a basic introduction to a partner, and then reviewing basic vocabulary (weather, numbers, days of week, important sentences). With luck, we will start into our first story, L’arbre ungali.

Grade 5: As for 5/6, with the story being Comment y aller.

Grade 4: Lots of basic vocabulary happening here: numbers, alphabet, weather, days of week, you name it. We will also be beginning our main story, Les 3 Petits Cochons (the 3 little pigs)

In all classes, 10 minutes or so each day of reviewing new vocabulary at home (or review vocabulary right now) is very helpful. Let your kids teach you what they’re learning!

Instrumental music update: Mr Lush, Ms Shaw and Mr Dufrane’s class will have an hour of music with me once each week, every 3rd week. We do have an instrumental music program, which will include playing and theory. The expectation is that students will take their instruments home to practice (or take advantage of practice times at school) for 30 minutes/week. Expect a contract for taking an instrument home in the next few weeks, or I will shortly have it posted here.

Important dates:

September 19: BBQ and Open House: 5-7:30 pm

September 27: Terry Fox run – bring a toonie for Terry!

Trivia Questions:

1. Qui a presque (almost) lancé un ‘jeu parfait’ en baseball vendredi?

2. Qu’est-ce qui s’est passé à Albert Hall samedi? Pourquoi est-ce que c’est différent?

Other stuff:

Web: Pretty much my favourite viral bit of the week – proving that fact-checking really no longer exists. This is That, CBC’s satire of the news, struck again when major news outlets fell for its story about “ball-less” soccer. “Ball-less soccer” story from This is That

Book: Everybody’s buzzing about the new Gamache mystery, “How the Light Gets In”? Have you read it yet, and if so what did you think? Let me know in the comments. author website

Music: Okay, you probably already have your tickets, but I’m kind of overwhelmed by the fact that I’m going to see the Indigo Girls, here, In Peterborough, in October! They’re on my concert life-list, so this is a big deal!

Welcome back – and a few changes!

We’re just finishing up our first week of classes, and that makes it about time to introduce (re-introduce for many of you) me, and the way I teach French at Queen Mary.

I’m Madame Noble, and this is my 7th year at QM, and 21st year teaching Core French, and my 4th teaching instrumental music (for intermediate students).

The approach I use in teaching French is AIM (accelerative integrated method), which uses a combination of music, drama and movement to help kids learn to communicate in their second language. We do learn grammar, but it’s integrated into the learning, rather than a “drill and kill” approach with memorization and worksheets (though we’ll do some of those, too). If you want to know more about AIM, you can find information here

Each week, I will update the blog, adding information on what the different classes are doing, highlighting upcoming events and suggesting websites, books and music that me and my family are enjoying. I’m hoping it will open up a new channel of communication, and help us build a learning community. You can always find the link to the blog at my board web page

If you share your e-mail address with me, I will send you the link to the updated blog each week. E-mail is the best way to contact me: lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. It is a challenge for me to check voicemail during the day, and I check e-mail several times each day.

I tweet at @nobleknits2, our class hashtag is #laclasseaqm and I curate much of what I’m reading and learning at my rebelmouse page.