Les nouvelles – 24 – 28 février, 2014

where Question 2 takes place. photo credit: flickr user mac_ivan via cc

where Question 2 takes place. photo credit: flickr user mac_ivan 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 and 6/7: jumping off from our Olympic inquiry (be sure to ask about which athlete your child chose to find out about), we ‘re going to look at the format of a ticket, figure out how to make one in French, and then have students figure out how to order one in French. Students get to choose what event the ticket is for, and design it themselves. (our learning goals are linked to speaking and listening to interact, as well as figuring out text features in informational texts).

Grade 5/6: This group will be working on biographies, as well as picking up some description vocabulary from Madame Lisk (my student teacher). Again, our focus is using the vocabulary to be able to eventually describe ourselves and others (speaking to communicate information is a goal).

Grade 4:   I’ll leave the Lady Gaga version of our story up for your enjoyment. The Grade 4’s have been working on learning body parts (ask them about describing the Monsters from Monsters Inc.), and colours with our student teacher, Madame Lisk.

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: Every day (except Tuesdays) are open sign-out days – that means that anyone can take their instrument out after school. No class has first priority. Please encourage your child to bring their instrument home, as practice is one of the only ways to keep improving.

Band is up and going again on Wednesday mornings, at 8:10 (doors open at 8:00). All Grade 7 and 8 students are welcome, even if they didn’t play in band before Christmas. Practice is even more important for students who are playing in band, as we will be looking at some more complex material this spring. We also practice on Day 1 and 2nd break. For students who cannot practise at home, the music room is open Day 3 at 2nd break for practice time.

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:

June 11: band trip to Wonderland

 

Trivia Questions:

1. Qui a apporté (carried) le drapeau canadien a Sotchi, dimanche?

2. Qui est Yulia Tymoshenko? Pourquoi est-ce que c’est important qu’elle a parlé en Kyiv samedi?

Web: There were some amazing things flying around the web to do with the Olympics. I particularly liked this one from Slate that looked at medals according to a country`s GDP, and this one that showed the surprisingly low cost of some seats at Sochi (we`ll be looking at this one in class this week).

Book: I got a new Peter Robinson at the library yesterday (and am hurrying to finish this update, so I can go read it.) It’s the latest Inspector Banks, and goes back to the students protest movement of the 70’s for its motive.  Children of the Revolution. If you like a complex, aging detective, who listens to eclectic music, and drinks good red wine, while solving mysteries in the Yorkshire Dales, you owe this series a look.

Music: Took younger small boy and a friend to see the amazing production of Guys and Dolls at Adam Scott last night. They did a terrific job – singing, dancing, acting were all first-rate, and the pit band absolutely knocked my socks off. So…here’s “Old Blue Eyes” with one of my favourite songs from the show. Enjoy.

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Les nouvelles – 18-21 février, 2014

what lots of us are thinking! photocredit: flickr user vapourtrails via cc

what lots of us are thinking! photocredit: flickr user vapourtrails 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’re doing some Olympic-related tasks – learning vocabulary, looking at maps of the village, solving some Olympic mysteries, researching athletes for interviews. Lots of questioning techniques going on.

Grade 6/7: Being inspired by the Olympics in French, as well as in other subjects. Creating mini-bios of athletes to create a sports card. This week, we’ll start doing some interviews with our athletes, to work on question and answer skills.

Grade 5/6: Olympics are reigning here, too. We’ll be working to model how to set up a biography, and researching information to go with it.

Grade 4:   I’ll leave the Lady Gaga version of our story up for your enjoyment. My student teacher, Mme Lisk (she’ll be with us ’til March break), is working on colours and descriptions with the Grade 4’s. Our goal will be to be able to describe ourselves (and maybe some Olympic mascots, too!)

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: Every day (except Tuesdays) are open sign-out days – that means that anyone can take their instrument out after school. No class has first priority. Please encourage your child to bring their instrument home, as practice is one of the only ways to keep improving.

Band is up and going again on Wednesday mornings, at 8:10 (doors open at 8:00). All Grade 7 and 8 students are welcome, even if they didn’t play in band before Christmas. Practice is even more important for students who are playing in band, as we will be looking at some more complex material this spring. We also practice on Day 1 and 2nd break. For students who cannot practise at home, the music room is open Day 3 at 2nd break for practice time.

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:

February 17 – Family Day, school is closed.

February 19: report cards go home.

Trivia Questions:

1. Pourquoi est-ce qu’il y a un hashtag #tjsochi?

2. Qui était Jordan Davis?

Web: The book club thought this one was pretty cool this week. It’s a feature on the Epic Reads YA website called Like, Try, Why. Lots of different genres – they do 3 a week, and it’s terrific when you’re looking for your next book, having just finished one you really enjoyed.

Book: I just got back from my mom’s, and took her a care package full of reading, as she recovers from surgery. All 3 of the books were ones I wanted to steal (we tend to like to read the same stuff), but it’s Reconstructing Amelia that I was most tempted by. It’s described as a cross between Jodi Picoult and Tana French, and while Picoult’s not a fave or mine, French definitely is. On the wait-list at the library for this one.

If you’ve got steampunk fans at your house, my 12-year old is bulldozing his way through Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines quartet. If a future world in which cities are mobile  and hunt other cities for their raw materials appeals to you, check this out.

Music: Heard a new voice on the Vinyl Café today, and one Ì’m looking forward to more of: This is Ann Vriend, who does big soul-y blues stuff, but also quieter things, like this. “A Dollar and a Suitcase”

 

Les nouvelles – 3-7 février, 2014

She's part of the answer to question 2. Photo credit: Flickr user VancityAllie via cc

She’s part of the answer to question 2. Photo credit: Flickr user VancityAllie 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: The 5-card flickr stories were amazing. I’m always kind of delighted by the fact that we can put 5 random pictures up on the board, and the students come up with 25 completely different stories. Ask your kid about his or hers; and I guarantee that we couldn’t write like this when we were in grade 7 or 8. They’re so talented! We’ll head into some Olympic activities toward the end of this week (we might be really good at navigating around Sochi by the end of the Olympics).

Grade 6/7: More great 5-card flickr stories here. This class will be doing some Olympic activities as well.

Grade 5/6: Students brainstormed an amazing bunch of “phrases bizarres” (crazy sentences) this week, and then were able to try and write some on their own. Working further into our main story in the coming week.

Grade 4:   I’ll leave the Lady Gaga version of our story up for your enjoyment. Ask your kids to do a bit of the play. We’ve also started our own song to go with the play, and you’ll be hearing lots of it in the weeks to come, I’m sure.

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: Every day (except Tuesdays) are open sign-out days – that means that anyone can take their instrument out after school. No class has first priority. Please encourage your child to bring their instrument home, as practice is one of the only ways to keep improving.

Band is up and going again on Wednesday mornings, at 8:10 (doors open at 8:00). All Grade 7 and 8 students are welcome, even if they didn’t play in band before Christmas. Practice is even more important for students who are playing in band, as we will be looking at some more complex material this spring. We also practice on Day 1 and 2nd break. For students who cannot practise at home, the music room is open Day 3 at 2nd break for practice time.

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:

February 19: report cards go home.

Trivia Questions:

1. Qu’est-ce qui s’est passé  le 1er février, 1960, à Greensboro, North Carolina? Clue

2. Combien d’athlètes est-ce qu’il y a sur l’équipe canadienne Olympique à Sochi? Qui va porter (carry)  le drapeau canadien vendredi? clue

Web: So much fun stuff this week, with the SuperBowl underway. The ads are a great way to look at media literacy with your kids…including how much they cost. If you’re not one of the 33 million who have seen this, here’s Puppy Love, which seems to be a favourite.

And if you’ve got younger ones at home, or you’re just a Neil Gaiman fan like me, here he is reading Green Eggs and Ham for a good cause

Book: Not a book this week, but the trailer for a movie from a book, because it’s really all the YA types are talking about. TFIOS (ask your Grade 7/8 kids) will not come out until June, but the trailer made us all weep this week (note: there is a sexual relationship in the book, which is reflected in the trailer). I’ve also included a gorgeous response to the trailer by a young woman. This is the kind of use of the web I’m encouraging in the kids I teach.

Music: Pete Seeger died last week, and he was a musical icon for me. The kids in Mr Lush’s class will be doing some listening and learning about him on Tuesday. Here’s a link they’ll be looking at. Who do you listen to now that you think might be remembered like this? (and yes, I’ll be asking the kids that, too). I’d put Springsteen on that list, and maybe Gordon Lightfoot, too.