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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