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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: 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)
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.
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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)
1. Comment s’appelle le violon que Yi-Jia Susanne Hou a joué?
2. Qui était (was) Cliff Chadderton?
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.