Les nouvelles – le 29 septembre au 3 octobre

Lots of people I know had paddling on the agenda this gorgeous weekend. photo credit: Nick Kenrick via cc

Lots of people I know had paddling on the agenda this gorgeous weekend. photo credit: Nick Kenrick via cc

I can be reached at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I’m @nobleknits2 on Twitter, and our class hashtag is #laclasseaqm.

 Welcome to another year at QM! I’m Madame Noble, and I will be teaching Core French to students in Grade 5-8.

The big goal in my classroom is being able to communicate in our second language. We do our best to speak only in French, as much as we can, and to use the vocabulary we’re learning (using the AIM approach, where there is a sign-language type action for every word we learn – I sign, and the students speak) to convey our ideas. There’s a list here of the words we start with, and a look over it, to review, or remind your children of how much they know, would be a great idea.

Gesture vocab with english 

In all classes, 10 minutes or so each day of reviewing  vocabulary at home  is very helpful. Let your kids teach you what they’re learning!

Class Updates:

Grade 5  : This week, students will show their understanding of the alphabet, while introducing a friend to the class. They’ll have to spell their partner’s name. We’ll also be starting our main play – Le Chat et la Lune!

Grade 5/6: Presenting a friend to the group will wrap up this week, as well as starting our main story – Comment y aller – about an adventurous trip to Paris!

Grade 6: Presenting our friends to the group will happen this week, as well as starting the story of a very cool rock and roll frog!

Grade 6/7: Wrapping up introductions this week, as well as moving into some work on question activities, and doing some ” all about me” activities. Starting to think about what situations we’d like to learn about in French this year.

Grade 7/8 and 8: Most groups have presented  – ask your child how they did, and what the feedback was – we’re really working on checking the success criteria to see what we need to do. Finishing up question posters, and moving into some all about me work this week.

Najarro routines

Lush routines

Shaw routines

 

Documents for download:

intro letter 2014

band letter 2014

Band news: Band practices are Wednesday morning. Students may sign out instruments any day, but they must be at school for band practice Wednesday.

Important dates:

September 29:Intermediate soccer tournament, Beavermead

September 29 – October 15: QSP magazine fundraiser. More details to come

October 13: Thanksgiving Monday

October 14: Picture day

October 22: Hep B and meningitis vaccinations (Grade 7)

 

Trivia  Questions

1. Quel volcan a érupté en Japon?

2. Qui a gagné le prix Polaris?

Website:  Looking for a way to review French vocab (for you or your kids?), or other subjects?  Quizlet is a fun one to try – you can work from topics people have already created, or build  your own decks, and there are lots of ways to review. More game-based review tools will be coming through the year.

If you’re anything like me, there’s at least one memorized poem floating around your head. The Guardian has a way for you to share it – I’ll be doing Jabberwocky, how about you? what poem do you know by heart?

Books: Do you read Deborah Crombie? Character-driven mysteries set in London (and London is very much a character in the books) about a couple who both work in the police system. The newest one came out Tuesday, and I’ve already devoured it (thanks to the library’s e-book system). Worth checking out if you haven’t.

Music: The Polaris prize, Canada’s top award for independent musicians was  given out this week. The shortlist is totally worth checking out (I was rooting for Shad), as is the winner, Tanya Tagaq Maclean’s article on Tanya Tagaq’s win  (if you watch the video of the show, she starts around the  3:20 mark.)

Please share in the comments – what are you clicking on, reading and listening to? Let’s build a sharing space here.

 

 

 

 

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Les nouvelles – le 22-25 septembre

To go with question 1: photo credit: flickr user kyoshi matsamune via cc

To go with question 1: photo credit: flickr user kyoshi matsamune via cc

I can be reached at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I’m @nobleknits2 on Twitter, and our class hashtag is #laclasseaqm.

 

Welcome to another year at QM! I’m Madame Noble, and I will be teaching Core French to students in Grade 5-8.
The big goal in my classroom is being able to communicate in our second language. We do our best to speak only in French, as much as we can, and to use the vocabulary we’re learning (using the AIM approach, where there is a sign-language type action for every word we learn – I sign, and the students speak) to convey our ideas. There’s a list here of the words we start with, and a look over it, to review, or remind your children of how much they know, would be a great idea.

Gesture vocab with english 

In all classes, 10 minutes or so each day of reviewing  vocabulary at home  is very helpful. Let your kids teach you what they’re learning!

Class Updates:

Grade 5 : We’re working hard on alphabet – goal is being able to spell our first names; and #’s 1-31. If you’re able to review those with your child, or have them tell you what they know, that would be great!

Grade 5/6: working on numbers 1-31 and alphabet. Most of this group can spell their first name (ask them!), and we’re going to work on introducing a friend (and spelling their name) this week!

Grade 6: wrapping up work on reviewing alphabet and #’s 1-31 – starting to work on higher numbers. This group will also be introducing a friend to me this week.

Grade 6/7: This group has been working on some higher numbers (3 and 4 digit), as well as alphabet and question reviews. They’ll be doing some more complex introductions this week.

Grade 7/8 and 8: These groups worked on being able to interview a partner this week, as well as creating success criteria for that conversation; we’ll finish those up this week, and do some work on question structures, as well as starting to do some planning on what real-world situations we’d like to prepare for this year!

Here are some of our expectations for french class this year:

Najarro routines

Lush routines

Shaw routines

 

Documents for download:

intro letter 2014

band letter 2014

Band news: Band practices are Wednesday morning. Students may sign out instruments any day, but they must be at school for band practice Wednesday.

Important dates:

September 25: Terry Fox Run

September 26, P.A. Day

September 29:Intermediate soccer tournament, Beavermead

Trivia  Questions

1. Quel pourcentage des écossais (Scottish people) ont voté “non”?

2. Qui sont 2 candidats à la mairie (mayoral) en Toronto? en Peterborough?

Website:  I talked to the Grade 8’s about the first recommendation this week – Checky is an app that helps you realize how often you check your phone – and then offers you some strategies on letting go of that habit. Checky app

The idea around letting go of your tech is something I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about, and last week’s episode of Spark on CBC Radio had some thought-provoking ideas on that theme. Notification vacation

Books: I’m deep into Queen of the Tearling. Epic fantasy, with some really interesting echoes of something dystopic that may have happened in the past. Fantasy utopia gone wrong, and a strong female lead trying to find her way. Actress Emma Watson (Harry Potter’s Hermione) liked it so much, she bought the movie rights!

Queen of the Tearling

Music: Leonard Cohen, incredibly, celebrated his 80th birthday on September 21, and is releasing a new album. CBC music has a ton of great stuff to celebrate here, including this fun mash-up of Hallelujah. So glad they saved k.d. for last.

Please share in the comments – what are you clicking on, reading and listening to? Let’s build a sharing space here.

 

 

 

 

Les nouvelles – le 15-19 septembre,

Something you might see Friday night at the Fun Fair. (photo credit: flickr user Craig Baker via cc)

Something you might see Friday night at the Fun Fair. (photo credit: flickr user Craig Baker via cc)

I can be reached at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I’m @nobleknits2 on Twitter, and our class hashtag is #laclasseaqm.

 

Welcome to another year at QM! I’m Madame Noble, and I will be teaching Core French to students in Grade 5-8.
The big goal in my classroom is being able to communicate in our second language. We do our best to speak only in French, as much as we can, and to use the vocabulary we’re learning (using the AIM approach, where there is a sign-language type action for every word we learn – I sign, and the students speak) to convey our ideas. There’s a list here of the words we start with, and a look over it, to review, or remind your children of how much they know, would be a great idea.

Gesture vocab with english 

In all classes, 10 minutes or so each day of reviewing  vocabulary at home  is very helpful. Let your kids teach you what they’re learning!

Class Updates:

All classes worked on setting up expectations (links to some are posted); we started to review our alphabet and numbers. We’ve begun using familiar phrases in French to ask and answer questions in class, and we’re going to start an activity introducing each other to the class this week. Grade 7’s and 8’s will be going into more detail with their answers. We’ll also be working on question structures.

Najarro routines

Lush routines

Shaw routines

 

Documents for download:

intro letter 2014

Important dates:

September 18: Junior soccer tournament

September 19: Meet the teacher and fun fair (4:30 – 8:00)

September 25: Terry Fox Run

September 26, P.A. Day

 

Trivia  Questions

1. Pourquoi est-ce que beaucoup de personnes sont fachés (angry) avec le LNF (NFL)?

2. Comment s’appellent les deux navires (ships) de Sir John Franklin? Pourquoi est-ce que les navires sont dans les nouvelles (in the news)?

Website:

One serious, one silly this week:

TVO has opened up their amazing bank of French resources to English schools (with the help of Canadian Parents for French). I’ll be creating classroom groups, to have students access different videos. Here’s a fun example:

And on the silly side, this came across my Twitter feed today, and we loved it! See if you can keep a straight face when “only-one cannoli” comes on scene!

Books: With Outlander starting on TV, everybody’s talking about Diana Gabaldon. I’m a huge fan of the books, with their combination of time travel, romance and history. Be warned – they’re epic and addictive. Diana Gabaldon. The author also tweets at  @writer_DG

Music: Really only one choice for me this week, as it’s been floating around my head all week, since the discovery of the Franklin ship. Stan Rogers, of course, with Northwest Passage.

Please share in the comments – what are you clicking on, reading and listening to? Let’s build a sharing space here.

 

 

 

 

Les nouvelles – le 8-12 septembre,

One of the fun places I visited this summer! The Ben and Jerry's factory in Vermont. Photo credit: Terry Noble

One of the fun places I visited this summer! The Ben and Jerry’s factory in Vermont. Photo credit: Terry Noble

I can be reached at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I’m @nobleknits2 on Twitter, and our class hashtag is #laclasseaqm.

 

Welcome to another year at QM! I’m Madame Noble, and I will be teaching Core French to students in Grade 5-8. Madame Daley will be teaching the Grade 4 and 4/5 classes. Instrumental music will not be offered this year, but there will be a band (details this week!)
On this blog, you’ll find what we’re doing in class, important dates, permission forms/letters to download and print at home (in case they didn’t make it home in the backpack), the trivia questions the class has been challenged with each week, and some links to websites, music and books you might find interesting.
I’ve chosen to use a blog in the hopes that it will start a conversation – so please feel free to leave a comment or a questions. Let’s keep the lines of communication open.
The big goal in my classroom is being able to communicate in our second language. We do our best to speak only in French, as much as we can, and to use the vocabulary we’re learning (using the AIM approach, where there is a sign-language type action for every word we learn – I sign, and the students speak) to convey our ideas. There’s a list here of the words we start with, and a look over it, to review, or remind your children of how much they know, would be a great idea.

Gesture vocab with english 

In all classes, 10 minutes or so each day of reviewing  vocabulary at home  is very helpful. Let your kids teach you what they’re learning!

Class Updates:

All classes this week worked on daily routines (date and weather questions), and class expectations. We’ve begun to review alphabet and numbers, working toward a task involving spelling our names in French, and saying our phone number. When might you have to do that in a second-language situation?

 

Documents for download:

intro letter 2014

Important dates:

September 19: Meet the teacher and fun fair

September 25: Terry Fox Run

September 26, P.A. Day

 

Trivia  Questions

1. Qui est le nouveau premier ministre en Alberta?

2. Qui est Kei Nishikori? Pourquoi est-ce qu’il est dans les nouvelles? (in the news)

Website:

There were a lot of excellent back-to-school blog posts out there this week. This was one I thought would be worth keeping, on communication with your kids about school : How was school today?

Book:

I read a ton this summer! But Louise Penny brought her new one out at the end of August, and that made it hard to focus on schoolwork. If you haven’t discovered her, and you are a fan of thoughtful mysteries with well-developed characters, an amazing sense of place (Baie St. Paul in Quebec, in this case) and solid writing, check her out. Louise Penny – The Long Way Home

Music:

One of my favourite moments this summer was sitting on my back deck, listening to the Royal Wood concert in Del Crary Park. I hadn’t been able to get there, and somehow, sitting in the summer dark, just listening, was the perfect way to experience it. Forever and Ever

Please share in the comments – what are you clicking on, reading and listening to? Let’s build a sharing space here.