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 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.
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.
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June 11: band trip to Wonderland
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.