Les nouvelles – 21-25 octobre

took this one as we were creating in Mr Lush's class on Friday morning. Photo Credit: madamenoble via cc

took this one as we were creating in Mr Lush’s class on Friday morning. Photo Credit: madamenoble via cc

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 (and, if you like, share the conversations in the comments)

Class Updates:

Grade 7/8:  students should be comfortable with forms of “vouloir” and “pouvoir” – “devoir” is coming this week. We did some art on Friday in Mr Lush’s class, and are going to try talking about it in French. We’re going to be working on some questions based around our main text this week.

Grade 6/7: Working on building our vocabulary. We’ll be doing some work on “vouloir” this week. Continuing to work through the play. Ask about the great Star Wars vs Star Trek discussion we had in French on Thursday (amazing how many kids hadn’t seen either – guess we know who the geeky parents are. :)) Also working on a 5-Card Flickr story together.

Grade 5/6: This class did an amazing “Somebody wanted but so” summary  this week  – you can see it at #laclasseaqm on Twitter. Great grasp of the concepts of the story – now we need to see if we can apply that vocabulary to other situations.  A great understanding check is to ask what the big idea of the story is. Students in this class are working on summary strategies in English, so we thought we’d try one in French.

Grade 4:   Check the vocab list to see where we are – and ask about the “ligne magique” – this group’s vocabulary is growing every day, and they are becoming more and more confident. All of them can tell you fairly confidently “comment ca va?” – so you can try that at home. (eventually, they’ll be able to tell you “why?” – yes, even in grade 4!)

Gesture vocab with english 2

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:  First band practice will be this Wednesday! Doors will open at 8 am, and students should be in chairs, ready to play by 8:10 – get ready for Christmas carols!

Documents for download:

intro letter and e-mail request

instrument sign-out letter

Important dates:

October 24: Coffee hour for parents with guest speaker, naturalist Drew Monkman – see the main QM page for details, or the flyer that came home. This looks like a great initiative.

October 24 and 25: Madame away at Educational Computing Organization of Ontario conference (lots of exciting ideas to come!)

October 30: fund-raiser wraps up.

Trivia Questions:

1. Qu’est-ce qui se passe en Alberta, à Gainford?

2. Qui va joeur dans la “série mondiale”?

Other stuff:

Web: We had a really fun conversation in Grade 6/7 this week about whether Star Wars or Star Trek was better. Star Wars won, largely on the strength of the music and its furry creatures (a lot of people really like Chewbacca). So, here’s a fun list of why it’s better. (this is one reason – but you can get to the others)  reasons why Star Wars is better

Book: We made our usual trip to the library book sale on Friday, and were so pleased to see lots of intermediate book club members gleefully finding goodies. I scored John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars”, which I’m loving, except for that niggling sense of “yeah, this is so going to be a movie”. Wondering if it might be the book for the whole group to read and talk about, as some of the kids have suggested we try this year.  The link here is to John Green’s vlog, as he and his brother Hank are two of the brightest stars in the vlogging movement (ask your intermediate-aged kid if you don’t know what a vlog is). john green

Music:  Indigo Girls, as you might have heard, were pretty amazing on Tuesday night. Rather cool moment when Emily Saliers talked about her joy at Alice Munro winning the Noble, and her memories of her mom (a librarian), who had introduced her to Munro’s writing. Cool to think of how powerful literature can be – thinking of a small-town kid in Georgia, reading the work of a small-town Ontario kid, and finding beauty. Opening act on Tuesday night was the very impressive Jeremy Fisher.This was the one his fan club sang along to on Tuesday.

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Les nouvelles – 15-18 octobre

To go with Trivia Question #1, photo credit: flickruser life serial via cc

To go with Trivia Question #1, photo credit: flickruser life serial via cc

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’ll be working on “pouvoir” as well as creating some quick vocabulary for 2 minute conversations around real-world topics – giving/taking directions; ordering food, etc. We’re working very hard to use the vocabulary we have to express what we need.

Grade 6/7: Working on building our vocabulary. We’ll be doing some work on “vouloir” this week. Continuing to work through the play.

Grade 5/6:  Continuing to add vocabulary – ask about body parts (we learned la gorge, le bras, la jambe and le ventre this week. Also be sure to ask about the great “cube” stories your kids are creating, and tweeting (#laclasseaqm if you want to see them)

Grade 4:  Still working on date formats (they’re getting really good at this!), and having a lot of fun. This week we have those hard numbers (15, 16) in our dates, so it’s a great review. Continuing to add lots of vocabulary – we’re down to the end of the “Test 5” list – they know va and vient, as well as regarde!

Gesture vocab with english 2

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:  There will be a meeting for those interested in band this week (didn’t work last week, because of so much sports stuff going on!). Keep those instruments coming back. Mr Dufrane’s class has them this weekend!

Documents for download:

intro letter and e-mail request

instrument sign-out letter

Important dates:

October 15: Picture day! (don’t forget!)

October 24: Coffee hour for parents with guest speaker, Drew Monkman – see the main QM page for details

October 30: fund-raiser wraps up.

Trivia Questions:

1. Qui a gagné le prix Nobel pour littérature?

2. Quelles 4 équipes jouent pour les championnats des ligues américaines et nationales?

Other stuff:

Web: If your child is in an intermediate class, and wasn’t playing in the Monaghan Cup on Friday, you could ask them about the discussion we had in Period 1, about Restore our Anthem. It was pretty good critical thinking, media studies stuff. 

For this week, more stuff to dig into.  My birthday is October 12, which is Columbus Day, and so this cartoon from the Oatmeal was particularly pertinent. I’d much rather have my birthday be Bartolome day. This is one to share only with  your older kids, and with time to talk – it’s difficult stuff. christopher columbus was awful

And just because you haven’t had enough pumpkin, pumpkin-caramel snickerdoodles

Book: Really? Could there be another topic this week besides Alice Munro? Look up at trivia question #1, Thanks to the members of my staff and community who put up with my CanLit happy dance all day Thursday. The Star published “The Beggar Maid” (one of Alice’s best-known stories) in its entirety on Saturday. If you’ve never read her stuff, it’s not a bad place to start. the beggar maid

Music:  Um… at the risk of repeating myself :). This is who I’ll be listening to live on Tuesday night – just two women, two guitars, and two amazing voices. Their stuff is so reflective of who I was, and where I was in the world as I finished university and started looking for life in the real world (yes, I’m that old).  “Let it be me” is probably my all-time favourite.

 

Les nouvelles – 7 – 11 octobre

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.

Big news: There’s a new French curriculum document (okay, so it’s big news for me!), for the first time since 1998. If you’re interested, it’s here

Class Updates:

Grade 7/8: Both classes have done their first read-through of the plays (and seen them on video). Both groups read very fluently, and are really challenging themselves to use everyday vocabulary to communicate. Mr L’s class worked on directions this week, and trying to navigate a partner to a nearby location. We’re really focusing on the real-world skills we can take away from French class. Both classes also looked at the verb “vouloir” – “pouvoir” is coming this week.

Grade 6/7: Mr Dufrane’s class: Have taken first full run at the play, and students are already expressing great opinions about it (in French). Continuing to build and review vocabulary.

Grade 5/6: We took a look at our play “l’arbre ungali”, an adaptation of an African folk tale this week. Students are working on figuring out the main idea of the story, and enjoying the main character of “la tortue” (a turtle), who speaks very slowly. Continuing to add vocabulary, and the play will help us look at the past tense, as well.

Grade 4: We’re starting each day with today, yesterday and tomorrow’s dates, and you can ask your kids to practise those for you. Still reviewing alphabet and numbers 1-31 regularly, and working on spelling our names.  I’m posting a .pdf list of our vocabulary, in French-English form, so you can ask your child about what they’re learning – see if they can teach you the actions for some of the words. (ignore the part that says “test”) – we’re up to “je sais”/”je ne sais pas” on the Section C list.

Gesture vocab with english 2

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: Thanks so much to all of you for helping your kids get their instruments back on time.  It’s incredibly appreciated.As we have music every day, it’s very important that instruments are in the building for different classes to play. Mr Lush’s class gets instruments for the (extra long weekend). Watch for announcements for band this week.

Documents for download:

intro letter and e-mail request

instrument sign-out letter

Important dates:

October 8: Cross-Country meet; fundraising kick-off

October 10: Monaghan Cup soccer event

October 11: P.A. Day

October 14: Thanksgiving; schools closed

Trivia Questions:

1. Pourquoi est-ce qu’un group veut changer “O Canada”?

2. Qui sont John Greyson et Tarek Loubani

Other stuff:

Web: A clue for the answer to question 1, for people who are reading the blog.  Do we need to restore our anthem? I know lots of classes around the country are talking about this – maybe some dinner table conversation?

Book: Thanks to parent Naomi Stock for letting me know that Linwood Barclay (who I talked about in last week’s blog) is coming to town as a writer-in-residence at Trent in November. Watch for public readings. He apparently met his wife while at Trent, and even wrote for the Examiner. Who knew?

I shared this interesting article about young adult dystopic fiction with the book club this week, and they kind of agreed. What do you think?

Music: A couple years ago, I fell in love with a powerful  video by Canadian musician, Shad. I became more of a fan when he responded to my e-mail request for an inspirational quote during black history month a few years ago. He’s personable, writes smart stuff, spent time growing up in London, Ontario (as a few of us did), and has a new album (Flying Colours) due out October 15. He’s coming to the Red Dog in November. Here’s the video that hooked me in the first place.

Les nouvelles – 30 septembre – 4 octobre

 

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:  Mr Lush’s class’ Pinterest pages are here. Students wrote a paragraph to describe why they made their choices. Both classes have had their first (hilarious) look at the plays, and are continuing to work on using the vocabulary we have to communicate our ideas (ask about cube stories and word work-arounds)

Grade 6/7: Mr Dufrane’s class: Continuing to review basic vocabulary – be sure to ask about what words we’ve been practising (and I’ll be posting a list shortly); we’re about to do our first run-through of the (very silly) play “Salut mon ami”. Continuing to improvise with the language we have.

Grade 5/6: We’re doing a combination of reviewing vocabulary, and adding new words (ask about “sec” and mouillée). On Monday, we did a review of 100 words, and the Grade 5’s are pushing the 6’s to step up their game!

Grade 4: We’ve learned the structure for the date, and are continuing to work on alphabet, #’s 1-31, and are adding more new words every day.

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: All students who have returned their forms (see below, if you need one) will be able to sign out their instruments this week. Ms Shaw`s class will be able to have theirs for the weekend. It is incredibly important that instruments that go home during the week are returned in the morning, because another student will need the instrument.

Documents for download:

intro letter and e-mail request

instrument sign-out letter

Important dates:

October 8: Cross-Country meet

October 10: Monaghan Cup soccer event

October 11: P.A. Day

Trivia Questions:

1. Qui est le nouveau président d’Iran?

2. Quel est le sport le plus populaire au Canada pour les adultes? Pour les enfants?

Other stuff:

Web: Thought this was great fun – thanks to Mashable for the point to this video from TFO (French version of TVO). A choir makes a virtual piano, and the public gets in on the act.

 

Book:  Almost done Linwood Barclay’s newest, “A Tap on the Window”. It’s an okay thriller, and as ever, there are  a couple of neat twists, but it’s nowhere near as good as his last one, “Trust your Eyes”, which had me on the edge of my seat all the way through. Looking forward to how he puts all the pieces together, though, as he’s the master of tying it all up. author website

Music: Frank Hamilton’s my new discovery this week. Nothing to change the world, but a melodic way to spend a couple minutes.