I can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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)
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)
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:
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)
1. Qui est Sophie Nélisse?
2. Qui va jouer dans le Grey Cup? Où?
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.