Les nouvelles – 16-19 décembre, 2013

what I didn't get to eat this weekend, because of the weather.  photo credit: flickr user noricum via cc

what I didn’t get to eat this weekend, because of the weather. photo credit: flickr user noricum 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: We’ll be continuing working on centres. Students worked really well in small groups last week, speaking in French, working co-operatively, and accomplishing a variety of tasks. We’ll also be making my famous mock “Bûche de Noël” in both these classes. Let me know if you want the recipe!

Grade 6/7:  Centres continue here as well. Each group should be able to get through 2 centres this week (we have writing, reading, listening and speaking centres).

Grade 5/6:  This group will hopefully complete their Hour of Code activity this week, and also be working through at least 1 centre activity.

Grade 4:   We had a lot of fun introducing an interactive French Advent calendar last week, which let us look at some aspects of French culture. This week, we’ll be working on holiday vocabulary, and with a little luck, creating a card to bring home.

Gesture vocab with english 

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 classes have finished their first playing assessment. 6/7`s will be composing with Incredibox this week (7/8`s have finished this task). 7/8`s will be working on some basic theory work this week.

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!). Band members need to be at school by 6:15 on Tuesday evening. We are on the program first, and should be done by 7:00 at the latest. We will also be Skyping with a music class in Durham, UK on Tuesday morning  (yes, there’s an extra band practice Tuesday morning – but not one on Wednesday!) Music room is open every Day 3 at 2nd break for practice space.

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:

December 17: turkey lunch/holiday concert (6:30 for concert in evening)

December 20: P.A. Day – no classes.

January 6: School begins again after holidays.

Trivia Questions:

1. Qui est le partenaire de Kaillie Humphries, et qu’est-ce qu’elles ont gagné  le weekend?

2. Qu’est-ce que Canada Post a annoncé (announced)?

Web:  Hour of Code was a really interesting experience this week. Several classes had the chance to experiment with a program called Scratch, and worked on trying to build a web-based French holiday greeting card. It was fascinating as a teacher and parent to watch the kids experiment with this. Also interesting was seeing which kids followed the tutorial steps (which had some key information that they needed), and which ones just kind of forged ahead. Please ask about it, and have your kids show you what they created. If you go to the Hour of Code webpage, you can get to the Scratch tutorial from there, or try some of the other lessons that are there. I may be starting a coding club after school in the new year.

Book: Lots of lists around the interwebs of late for best books of the year. What would go on yours?  Here`s a young adult list  that the book club will have opinions about! The top book has not been a favourite of our Grade 7/8 readers.

Music: She and Him’s Christmas album is another favourite of mine. If you’re a New Girl fan, and don’t know about Zooey Deschanel’s musical side, this makes a lovely intro.

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Les nouvelles – 9-13 décembre, 2013

There really wasn't anything else that could go here. I know exactly where I was when it was announced that he was going to be freed Do you have memories like that, too?

There really wasn’t anything else that could go here. I know exactly where I was when it was announced that he was going to be freed Do you have memories like that, too?

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’ll be working on some centres this week  based around holiday themes, but working on speaking as well as reading for comprehension and writing. On Thursday, with luck, we’ll be taking part in the hour of code (to introduce some ideas of coding/programming to students)  that’s happening world-wide, and creating a web-based Christmas card in French. You can look forward to seeing the results when they get sent to you in a few days.

Grade 6/7: This class will also be working on centres, as we spend some time working on holiday vocabulary. Hour of Code will be happening here as well.

Grade 5/6:  We’re going to try some independent work in centres this week, with holiday vocabulary being the focus. Students will be working in small groups to complete writing, reading and speaking tasks. We will hopefully also be taking part in Hour of Code activities.

Grade 4:   We continue to work on building our vocabulary. Please be sure to review vocabulary with your child. Regularly asking what new words/actions they’ve learned each day would be really helpful. We’ll be moving into some holiday activities for the last week before the break.

Gesture vocab with english 

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: 6/7’s will be finishing their playing tests on Hot Cross Buns. The two 7/8 classes are working on their music reading skills. Practice between classes is very helpful. Music room is open every Day 3 for practice, if people can’t practice at home.

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!). Also, if you’re a band parent, please encourage your child to bring their instrument and music home whenever possible for practising. We’re moving into more complex arrangements in band, and individual practise between practices is very important. Music room is open every Day 3 at 2nd break for practice space.

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 – December 13: Food drive  – boxes are set up in front hall.

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

December 17: turkey lunch/holiday concert (6:30 for concert in evening)

Trivia Questions:

1. Combien d’années (years) est-ce que Nelson Mandela a passé à Robben Island?

2. Quelle statue est tombée en Kiev, en Ukraine?

Web: As mentioned above, some classes will be taking part in the Hour of Code this week. This link will give you more information on what it is and why.

The other reading I found very powerful this week was this piece. As both teacher and parent, I found this a really human look at the changing job market we are trying to get our kids and students ready for.

Book: Those of you who regularly read this page will know that my children and I are part of the Peterborough Public Library’s parent and child book club. This month’s read was Susan Cooper’s King of Shadows. Time travel and Shakespearean drama was a huge hit, and the response was more positive than for almost anything we’ve read in the last couple of years. If you’ve got a fantasy fan at home, Cooper’s amazing series, The Dark is Rising, would make a great Christmas gift.

Music: It’s that time again. As the silly season speeds up, I find I have music that “soothes the savage beast”, so to speak. I’ll share a couple here, but would love to know what yours are. The first one is an old Merle Haggard tune, the second, by Joni Mitchell.

Les nouvelles – 2-6 décembre, 2013

had a long walk to a workshop this week on the Parkway trail. This made me think of it. Photo credit: flowercat via cc.

had a long walk to a workshop this week on the Parkway trail. This made me think of it. Photo credit: flowercat 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: Please be sure to ask your kids about how the Mystery Skype went – they were very opinionated in their responses! Overall, they liked the activity, but were frustrated by tech difficulties and a somewhat disengaged partner class. I was really impressed with our kids’ engagement. We’ll be focusing a bit on the play and activities to go with it this week, and move into some centres towards holidays for the following two weeks.

Grade 6/7: This class LOVED their Mystery Skype, and are going to teach Mr Dufrane how to do it in English. They were amazing – and got very frustrated when our partner class gave us an incorrect clue (not on purpose), as we were trying to narrow down where they were.

Grade 5/6:  This class continues to work at building new vocabulary, and also checking to make sure that they understand what we’re learning. We’ll be starting into some comprehension activities based on the play this week.  Vocabulary review would be helpful.

Grade 4:   We worked hard on reviewing our new words this week – and making sure we’re comfortable with the 100 or so words we’ve learned so far (that’s not an exaggeration – check the list if you can’t believe it!). We’ll hopefully be introducing our first play in the next week (with a little luck)

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: The two 7/8 classes used an incredible web-based composing tool called Incredibox (more about that in the website section below), and then did a short write-up on why they made the choices they did. 6/7’s will be finishing up their first playing assessments (Hot Cross Buns #16)

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!). Also, if you’re a band parent, please encourage your child to bring their instrument and music home whenever possible for practising. We’re moving into more complex arrangements in band, and individual practise between practices is very important. Music room is open every Day 3 at 2nd break for practice space.

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 – December 13: Food drive  – boxes are set up in front hall.

Dec. 2 (Monday) – Intermediate  boys volleyball

Dec. 5 (Thursday) – Intermediate girls volleyball

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

December 17: turkey lunch/holiday concert (6:30 for concert in evening)

Trivia Questions:

1. Comment s’appelle le violon que Yi-Jia Susanne Hou a joué?

2. Qui était (was) Cliff Chadderton?

Other stuff:

Web: The 7/8’s had such a great time exploring the beat-boxing tool Incredibox that I had to share it, so  you can pass it on to friends and family. Get in there and mess about – it’s pretty amazing what you can create – be sure to share your results with friends (or e-mail them to me, so I can share them here!) I’ll be posting some of the kids’ work in weeks to come.

Book: One of the joys, for me, of visiting good friends, is seeing what they’re reading. Had the good fortune recently to find Incendiary, by Chris Cleave, on a friend’s shelf. The narrative voice in this book, of a woman who’s lost her son and child in a terrorist bombing, is astounding. She’s so real that you feel like you’d know her if you met her walking down the street. I’m hooked (and the weird coincidence of the book’s launch, the night before the London subway bombings in 2005, which the author writes about in the linked article, somehow adds a layer of meaning to the text)

Music: This is from a couple of weeks ago, but I was so excited about it I had the kids explore it in music class. It’s an interactive video for the Bob Dylan classic “Like a Rolling Stone” Have fun navigating around it – the idea is that no viewer will experience it exactly the same was an any other. I’ve also included some information on the tool that was used to create it.

bob dylan interactive

educational ideas on Bob Dylan video