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.

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