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.






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