I’m Madame Noble, and I teach Core French to students in Grade 5-8.
Thank you to those people I’ve seen for interviews; I am available most days before or after school if you’d like to speak with me to talk about your child’s learning in French.
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.
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!
Grade 5: On the review list above, we are at the start of list 7- so you can check in with your child, to see what they know on the list so far. We reviewed “sur” and “sous” this week; we’re working hard to be able to put full-sentence answers together to questions like “comment ça va” (how are you)?
Grade 5/6: We worked on a fill in the blanks activity based on our main story, to figure out where our gaps in understanding were. We also used Kahoot (web-based response activity) to show our knowledge. We’re continuing to add new vocabulary as well.
Grade 6: This class is working on showing understanding of the main idea in the play. We did a “somebody wanted but so” activity this week, to summarize the story – you could ask your child about it. We should be creating play groups in the coming week.
6/7, 7/8, 8: All 3 classes worked on question structures this week, using a variety of activities to review what they had learned. Here’s the Padlet (on-line brainstorming tool) one class created to show their knowledge. Ms Shaw and Mr Lush’s class have done their assessment; Ms Najarro will do theirs Monday. All groups will be looking at reading strategies in the coming week.
Documents for download: (I’ve included the information for this year’s multicultural projects for intermediates, as it has a French component)
Band news: Yes, there’s band this week. Yes, music room will be open Day 1, 2nd break. Yes, you need to practice (57, 63, Christmas music, please!) 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)
November 28: PA Day
Dec.4: Integrated Arts info night at TASSS.
Dec. 9: Be IB for a day at Kenner.
1. Qu’est-ce que les Leafs n’ont pas fait (didn’t do) à la fin de match jeudi? Pourquoi est-ce que les fans sont fâchés?
2. Quel artiste français est célébré dans le Google Doodle lundi, le 24 novembre?
Website: Lots of excitement this week, as the Frozen sisters joined the resources for Code. org’s Hour of Code. My classes will be working in the Scratch programming environment to create an interactive Christmas card as part of the event, but there are tons of resources on the main page. Watch for a coding club in the New Year.
Books: Just picked up Grisham’s newest – Gray Mountain. I know it’ll be reasonably contrived, and I’ve already basically figured out what’s going to happen, but that’s okay. I like his writing style, and he’s got an engaging main character here in a young lawyer trying to ride out the financial meltdown. Grisham’s a a guilty pleasure for me. You?
Jacksoul, headed by the late, amazing Haydain Neale, is releasing a greatest hits package this week, including some material that’s never been released before. I miss their sound. You can stream the album for free this weekend
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