Les nouvelles – 25-29 novembre, 2013

I kind of couldn’t resist… and it does connect, indirectly to the first trivia question. No spoilers, for everybody who’s going to see “Doctor Who” at the movies on Monday night.

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: Mr Lush’s class will be doing their Mystery Skype on Tuesday. In both classes, we’re working on questions you might ask while meeting someone in a social situation. You could practice with your child. 🙂 We’re continuing to work on comprehension strategies.

Grade 6/7:  Big excitement in this class about our Mystery Skype on Tuesday. Be sure to ask about it – they’re really kind of pumped. Great chance to use our real-world vocabulary with geography skills. Where will our partners be?

Grade 5/6:  We did an amazing read-through of the story last week. There are some very talented readers in this group.  Some students are working really hard to ask questions when they need to, and that’s a terrific skill to encourage.

Grade 4:   We continue to add lots of vocabulary ( I hope you’re hearing lots of it at home). We added 3 big “a” words this week (alors – so, autre – other, and aussi – also). Alors is a great one as we move into conversation and writing, because it makes such a super transition word. Can you imagine what you’ve have been able to say if you had vocabulary like this in Grade 4? This group really enjoys playing with their new knowledge. I forgot my iPad at home the other day (we use it in class), and one of the students said “Où est le iPad?” (and even used the French pronunciation for the device). It was amazing!

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:  Grade 6/7`s have a playing test this week on Hot Cross Buns. Band is Wednesday morning. We’re heavy into Christmas music for the concert on DECEMBER 17 (please put it on your calendar). Hockey players, dancers, etc., please let your coaches know that you have a band concert that evening (lots of notice is a good thing!)

Documents for download:

intro letter and e-mail request

instrument sign-out letter

self-assessment wheels (ask your Grade 6-8 student about them)  A2 Handout – FR a1-handout-fr

Important dates:

November 25: Food drive begins.

November 27: Grade 8 information night at TASSS for Peterborough Integrated Arts. We had a presentation this week, and there is information available on-line, but being there in person means you can ask your questions about transportation, credits, etc.

November 29: P.A. Day – no classes.

December 13: in-school yard sale (start putting your stuff together) – funds raised go to Philippines typhoon relief.

December 17: turkey lunch/holiday concert (concert in afternoon and evening)

Trivia Questions:

1. Qui est le nouveau Docteur?

2. Qui a gagné la Coupe Vanier?

Other stuff:

Web: The biggest thing this week was definitely the Dr. Who game that took over the Google Doodle. The kids (and let’s face it, some of us) spent way too much time on it on Friday. 🙂 And due to the wonders of Google, here it is for you to waste a little time with. Dr Who doodle

Book: I’m reading Michael Moss’ “salt, sugar, fat”, on the way big food companies have used food science and the 3 items mentioned in the title to create our cravings for their products. Fascinating read, but it makes you want to cook absolutely everything you can from scratch (which may not be a bad thing).

Music: A song to go with tonight’s big game.  This is kind of gorgeous, and reflective. Thanks to Amanda Putz of CBC’s Bandwidth for the point.

 

Les nouvelles – 18 – 22 novembre, 2013

Can you say "Oskeeweewee,Oskeewawa?" This is a clue for question 2. Photo credit: flickr user chrispwalsh via cc.

Can you say “Oskeeweewee,Oskeewawa?” This is a clue for question 2. Photo credit: flickr user chrispwalsh 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: Ask your kids about the self-evaluation we’re doing in French. The students are really enjoying the fact that we always start with an “I can” statement, so no matter how little you might think you know, this self-evaluation method shows that you know more than you think. I’ll post them in the links below, so you can see how you compare. We’re also working on real-world directions, and will be preparing this week for a Mystery Skype experience in Mr Lush’s class.

Grade 6/7:  Using self-evaluation in this class as well. We will also be preparing for a Mystery Skype in this class. (Ask your kids what that’s about). Real-world questions were one of our main projects this past week, and the students were able to come up with several.

Grade 5/6: We worked some more on  reading the play this week. You could ask your child to tell you about the main characters, and main ideas of the play. Students in this class could spend time with the big vocabulary list posted on this page. They should know most of it (and lots of them do) , but it’s a quick, easy way to review.

Grade 4:   We added location words this week (on, under, in, in front, behind, beside), so you could ask your child to sing you our song about those, as well as reviewing any of the vocabulary on the list below (up to sur and sous)

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:  Band practice is Wednesday. Doors will open at 8 am, and students should be in chairs, ready to play by 8:10 – get ready for Christmas carols! Watch for a hand-out soon about communication for band. Signout continues to go VERY well – we’ll switch to open sign-out this week – one class will have first choice, but anyone can come take an instrument, if there’s one available. The 7/8’s finished their first playing tests and 6/7’s will be working on #16 Hot Cross buns for a playing test. Thanks so much to all of you for helping your kids be so responsible about bringing instruments back on time.

Documents for download:

intro letter and e-mail request

instrument sign-out letter

If you’re interested, here are the self-assessment wheels: A1 Handout – FR  A2 Handout – FR

Important dates:

November 19: Day of Pink, Anti-bullying day. Wear pink!

November 27, 7:00 pm: Integrated Arts information night at TASSS for Grade 8 parents.

November 29: P.A. Day – no classes.

December 5: Be IB for a day at Kenner (Grade 8’s)

Trivia Questions:

1. Qui est Sophie Nélisse?

2. Qui va jouer dans le Grey Cup? Où?

Other stuff:

Web: Totally fun stuff this week. This video popped across the Twitter stream this week, so I showed it to one of my classes, and we actually had a great conversation, in French, about whether or not it was an effective ad. What do you think? Be sure to check out the previous one, with the slackliner. It’s way more nerve-wracking!

Book: Should make note of the fact that Lynn Coady managed to win the Giller a couple weeks ago. Has anybody read Hellgoing yet? I really enjoyed her first novel, Strange Heaven, several years ago.  The newest Elizabeth George is finally done. A little disappointing – long winded, and convoluted as all get out, but wrapped up rather nicely in the end. She has a new editor, and I’m hoping that there’s more editing done next time.

Music: It’s anti-bullying week this week, and I heard about this lovely, powerful piece on CBC’s Bandwidth this weekend. Peter Joynt, known to the hip-hop world as The Joynt, talks to kids in schools about his own bullying experience. Peter has a life-long stutter, which disappears when he “rhymes”. Enjoy.

Les nouvelles – 11-15 novembre, 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 (and, if you like, share the conversations in the comments)

Class Updates:

Grade 7/8: we’re having some interesting experiences with using real-world vocabulary (giving and following directions, using a map of Montreal for example). We are also taking a close look at the CEFR framework, and how students would self-evaluate themselves with it (you’re going to be hearing/seeing lots more about this). Grade 7’s also celebrated their New France feast this week – be sure to ask how it went!

Grade 6/7:  Grade 7’s were part of the New France feast this week. We’ll be working this week on simple questions that you might use when meeting someone in a social context (again – real world vocabulary and situations).

Grade 5/6: We worked a bit this past week on describing the characters in our main story. We’ll continue with that, as well as becoming more familiar with story vocabulary. Students in this class could spend time with the big vocabulary list posted on this page. They should know most of it (and lots of them do) , but it’s a quick, easy way to review.

Grade 4:   We’ve been working hard on our weather vocabulary, so be sure to ask about that. Students continue to build their vocabulary. In terms of the list, we’ve just added donne/prend, and garde/laisse to our vocabulary.

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:  Band practice is Wednesday. Doors will open at 8 am, and students should be in chairs, ready to play by 8:10 – get ready for Christmas carols! Watch for a hand-out soon about communication for band. Signout continues to go VERY well – we’ll switch to open sign-out this week – one class will have first choice, but anyone can come take an instrument, if there’s one available. The two 7/8 classes are in the middle of testing on piece #17 – Au Clair de la Lune, and 6/7’s will be working on #16 Hot Cross buns for a playing test.

Documents for download:

intro letter and e-mail request

instrument sign-out letter

Important dates:

November 11: Remembrance Day. Dufrane, Lush and Shaw classes to walk to cenotaph – please dress appropriately.

November 14: World Diabetes Day – wear blue to support our students and families living with diabetes.

November 29: P.A. Day – no classes.

Trivia Questions:

1. Comment s’appelle le grand typhon qui a frappé les Philippines?

2. Qui a gagné le Yates Cup samedi?

Other stuff:

Web: Has everybody been checking out Zinio, and reading magazines like mad? I’ll be scooting off to download the newest issue of Interweave Knits after I finish the blog today. This week’s fun tool to explore is for the music lovers. It’s Rdio, and it’s the first music streaming service I’ve really dived into (on the recommendation of a friend). There’s a 14-day free trial with full features, and  up to 6 months free with limited features. The pricing/month isn’t bad either – especially if you’re someone who buys digital music regularly. If you’re using another service, please share in the comments. I’m loving the “stations” feature, where you start with music you know you love, and it finds other, similar music for you to discover. rdio home page

Book: I’m having trouble getting things done, as the newest Elizabeth George keeps stealing my attention. Just One Evil Act The book clubbers have been raving about another John Green novel, “Looking for Alaska” Looking for Alaska, and we have been having really great critical thinking conversations about “Mockingjay”,Mockingjay the 3rd in the Hunger Games series – we have really divergent opinions about it, but we’re backing it up with really great arguments. Do we like/not like it because it’s well/poorly written or because we like/don’t like the scenario she’s writing about, etc. We meet at 2nd break on Day 2, and everybody’s welcome to share a book they’re reading.

Music: This is at least partly for Elise, who was trying to figure out how she’d translate the chorus of this into French. “Royals” is a huge hit, and I have the original, plus two very different takes on it – one very straightforward satirical by the crew from 22 minutes, and one really cool creative variation from a pair of musicians who do remixes by re-creating the music, not just sampling. So…here you go, a Royals extravaganza.

http://www.cbc.ca/22minutes/videos/clips-season-21/tories-song-by-borde

Les nouvelles – 4 – 8 novembre, 2013

Can you see Boba Fett?  photo credit: Lisa Noble

Can you see Boba Fett? photo credit: Lisa Noble

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 have been working on direction vocabulary, and having a great deal of fun creating “tableaux”-type scenes of the action in our main text.

Grade 6/7: Continuing to build vocabulary, and working on expressing our opinions in our second language.

Grade 5/6: We’re working on making sure we understand new material as we learn it. Some terrific work in this class on expressing opinions on everyday topics, in French.

Grade 4:   We’ve been working hard on our weather vocabulary, so be sure to ask about that. Students continue to build their vocabulary. Please have a look at the list, and see how comfortable your child is with words all the way up to “vite” and “lentement” near the end of list 6.

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:  Band practice is Wednesday. Doors will open at 8 am, and students should be in chairs, ready to play by 8:10 – get ready for Christmas carols! Watch for a hand-out soon about communication for band. Signout continues to go VERY well – we’ll switch to open sign-out this week – one class will have first choice, but anyone can come take an instrument, if there’s one available.

Documents for download:

intro letter and e-mail request

instrument sign-out letter

Important dates:

November 6: New France feast for Grade 7’s; Grade 8’s at Adam Scott

 

Trivia Questions:

1. Qui sont Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin et Patrick Brazeau?

2. Qui est Sandro Lisi?

Other stuff:

Web: The students made me promise not to share this one until after magazine sales were done, so…. here you are!  If you are a magazine reader with a tablet, get yourself to the public library’s main site. From there, follow the links for Zinio, and you will find access to an amazing number of popular magazine titles. All are available for free, with no return dates, and no limits on how many you can take out. Yup, it’s true. Check it out – I’m enjoying it immensely right now. You’ll need a library card.  public library site

Book: Finally read Divergent this weekend, after all the excitement over last week’s release of the 3rd book in that series, Allegiant. Exciting, lots of great moral questions, definitely a young adult book, though – dark and difficult, with a great deal of violence, and some sexual content. Would be an amazing one to really dig into with your child, if you both wanted to read it.  good reads page for veronica roth

Music:  Fell in love with this this week. Came over the Twitterverse, and I couldn’t resist sharing it. Lovely message, and music.