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.






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