Les nouvelles – 27-31 octobre,2014

Bruce Mackinnon's subtle piece got attention world-wide. Worth a conversation on why it works.

Bruce Mackinnon’s subtle piece got attention world-wide. Worth a conversation on why it works.

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 continue to build our vocabulary. We moved into List 4 this week (as far as manteau – coat). Reviewing words with your child would be really helpful – ask them what they’re learning!

Grade 5/6: We started our first run through our story this week, and discovered that the main character, Marie, seems a little confused. She began the story by thinking that she could walk to Paris to visit her friend, Pierre (she lives in Quebec City). Be sure to ask your child what new words they remember from this week (conducteur – for conductor, was one that people seemed to like).

Grade 6: We started to work on the new vocabulary we’ll need for the story. Ask about the difference between cache (to hide something) and se cache (to hide yourself).

6/7, 7/8, 8: all 3 intermediates are starting to present their Pinterest boards. We’ve created success criteria together, and students will be sharing 3 of their pictures with the class, and answering questions about them (to show our understanding of spoken French). It’s challenging, but students are stepping up to take on that challenge. Practice at home (if there’s time) would be a great idea.

Our success criteria for the task is here

A1 wheel

A2 wheel

Documents for download:

intro letter 2014

band letter 2014

Band news: There will be band practice on Wednesday morning this week. Several students have signed out instruments and music – those MUST be in the building for band practice. We are booked for Wonderland on June 4 (put that date on your calendar!), and I will need parents to accompany us on that date. Cost is approximately $60 ($30 if you have a season’s pass)

Important dates:

October 31: black and orange day – and there’s a dance for Grade 6-8.

November 28: PA Day

Trivia  Questions

1. Qui est Kevin Vickers?

2. Qu’est-ce qui s’est passé (what happened) à HMS Audacious, le 27 octobre, 1914?

Website: This seems like a week for comfort food, so this week’s link is to the Smitten Kitchen blog (a place I spend far too much time). cauliflower cheese might just hit the spot this weekend.

Books: If you don’t read Tana French yet, and you love mysteries that read like literary fiction,  you need to get your hands on her newest, The Secret Place. If you liked Reconstructing Amelia, which was a big hit in the spring, this one will make you realize what that book could have been. High school girls at both their darkest and their deepest. Some of the language in this one will stay with me for a while.

Music:  A friend sent me this on Friday, and the chorus has been rolling around my head every since. Alt-folk-y harmonies and a crunchy guitar line – woot!

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

Les nouvelles – 20-24 octobre,2014

This is beautiful, but we like the Monaghan Cup even better. Hoping it's coming to live with us again. Photo credit: flickr user warrenski via cc

This is beautiful, but we like the Monaghan Cup even better. Hoping it’s coming to live with us again. Photo credit: flickr user warrenski 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 started to review/introduce some new vocabulary- they should be comfortable up to the half-way point on List 3 – as far as oublié (forgot). MC Madame even made her first appearance this year, so you can ask about that!

Grade 5/6: This group jumped right into their new vocabulary this week. We learned some great new words (d’accord – okay was a favourite). Ask them to share some of their new words (fenêtre -window, lumière – light, ordinateur – computer) with you. We had a lot of fun, and MC Madame was a huge hit.

Grade 6: We did a circle question this week around what we ate on the weekend, and started into some new vocabulary that we’ll see in the play.

6/7, 7/8, 8: all 3 intermediates are working on final edits of their Pinterest board. We’ve created success criteria together, and students will be sharing 3 of their pictures with the class. Ask them about using on-line translation tools, and figuring out how to find the right word, when you’re using unfamiliar vocabulary.

Our success criteria for the task is here

A1 wheel

A2 wheel

Documents for download:

intro letter 2014

band letter 2014

Band news: There will be band practice on Wednesday morning this week. Several students have signed out instruments and music – those MUST be in the building for band practice.

Important dates:

October 22: Hep B and meningitis vaccinations (Grade 7) and HPV (Grade 8 girls)

October 24: Monaghan Cup soccer at Prince of Wales. We play at 11 and noon – come watch!

Trivia  Questions

1. Quelles 2 équipes de baseball jouent dans le “World Series”?

2. Comment s’appelle le nouveau livre de Justin Trudeau?

Website: Some of you  know that I’m a big Jian Ghomeshi fan. Spent Friday night catching up with his broadcast from that morning, of his show in L.A. The Martin Short interview is rather lovely. Q in LA

Books: Those of you who are fans of the Seven series should know that there is an author reading for the sequels at the Port Hope Library on Tuesday, October 21 at 7 p.m. seven sequels

Music: Oh Susanna (otherwise known as Suzie Ungerleider) has an album coming out on Tuesday – with backup from Royal Wood and Kathleen Edwards and the Good Lovelies – nice, yes? OhSusanna

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

Les nouvelles – 14-17 octobre,2014

Part of the answer to question 1. And the reason I started my Friday with joy!

Part of the answer to question 1. And the reason I started my Friday with joy! photo credit: DFID – UK Dept for Int’l Developmt.

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 did some Thanksgiving (Action de Grâce) vocabulary – they should have brought a sheet home with some foods that you might have on your table this weekend. Lots of new vocabulary coming next week – please ask them to show you what they`re learning.

Grade 5/6: This class also did some Thanksgiving vocab, and has a  food sheet to share as well. We’ll jump into more new vocab next week, as well as working on our phone numbers in French.

Grade 6: The new opening rap is getting really fluid – great job! We`ll do a Thanksgiving food activity on Tuesday to remember what we ate, and start into some new vocabulary.

Grade 6/7: We’ve started our self-assessment wheels, and have also started our Pinterest boards to talk about interests with others. Students will have to present their boards, and answer classmates’ questions about them.

Grade 7/8 and 8: These groups are also creating Pinterest boards to explain their interests and pastimes. They also completed a survey to tell me what topics they’d like to learn about this year in French.

Najarro routines

Lush routines

Shaw routines

A1 wheel

A2 wheel

Documents for download:

intro letter 2014

band letter 2014

Band news: There will be band practice on Wednesday morning this week. Several students have signed out instruments and music – those MUST be in the building for band practice. Long and McQuade have opened a shop in town (in the Bud’s Music location) – should mean cleaning kits  and reeds available for your kids, at a reasonable price!

Important dates:

October 13: Thanksgiving Monday

October 14: Picture day/Grade 8’s to St. Pete’s in a.m.

October 15: Monaghan Cup soccer

October 16: KPREAA track and field.

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

Trivia  Questions

1. Qui a gagné le prix Nobel de la paix?

2. Comment s’appelle le typhon à Japon?

Website: This was a very interesting piece. If you have a gamer at your house, you might find that this isn’t new information for you. Minecraft and reading

Books: I actually thought there was a fair amount to dive into here. Some of the non-fiction looks particularly interesting. Hope some of you can use some of these suggestions with your own book clubs. book club choices

Music: This one appeared Friday afternoon in my Twitter feed. I admit being fond of the original, and this is amazing! stay with me

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

 

 

 

 

Les nouvelles – 6-10 octobre,2014

It was this kind of walk home on Friday. Photo credit: flickr user Sharon Mollerus via cc

It was this kind of walk home on Friday. Photo credit: flickr user Sharon Mollerus 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 : Give your child the chance to show off a little – have them spell their name for you. Trying a last name would be a fun challenge. We’ll start into “Le Chat et la Lune” next week – you should be hearing some of the vocabulary on the list above showing up!

Grade 5/6: Groups were able to introduce a friend this week. You could ask them about the A1 wheels we started this week. We’ll be looking at them regularly through the year. You can also find them posted below.

Grade 6: This group did an amazing job on spelling their partner’s names, and introducing a partner to the class. We’ll start with the new vocab for “Louis la Grenouille” this week, beginning with a new opening “rap” – ask about the action for “rap” – sure to bring a smile.

Grade 6/7: We’ve finished up our intros, and will start to work on self- assessing our knowledge in French using the A1 and A2 wheels (posted below). Your child will know more about those next week.

Grade 7/8 and 8: Groups finished question posters – they look great – you can see some of them on our Twitter stream at #laclasseaqm; we are almost done our self- assessment using the CEFR wheels (posted below) – the A2 wheels will be our guidelines for what we need to learn this year. Ideally, students should be confident with the A2 skills by the end of Grade 9.

Najarro routines

Lush routines

Shaw routines

A1 wheel

A2 wheel

Documents for download:

intro letter 2014

band letter 2014

Band news: This week, band practice will be Friday at 2nd break – there will NOT be a Wednesday morning practice for the next 2 weeks, due to sports events (cross-country and Monaghan Cup). Several students have signed out instruments and music – those MUST be in the building for band practice.

Important dates:

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

October 8: cross-country at Nicholls Oval

October 13: Thanksgiving Monday

October 14: Picture day

October 15: Monaghan Cup soccer

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

 

Trivia  Questions

1. Quelles sont 2 équipes qui jouent dans les “playoffs” de baseball?

2. Qu’est-ce qui se passe à Hong Kong?

Website: I thought this app looked pretty amazing, if you had younger kids (and I also thought it would be great in a second language situation). Imagistory

This was a longer read, but lots of interesting information on why the “French only” atmosphere that we try in my classroom is a good thing! bilingual education

Books: This one is for my intermediate book club kids, who were a terrific bunch to watch We Day with on Thursday. Lots of amazing titles to explore here – and maybe some guidelines for gift shopping, if you’ve got an avid reader in the house: Best books of 2014- so far

Music: Dala were in town on Friday night (Oct.3) at Market Hall. Their harmonies are a great Friday night wind-down.

 

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