Les nouvelles – 24 à 28 novembre,2014

 

Tuesday's storm was a surprise for us, but at least we weren't in Buffalo. Photo credit: flickr user anthony quintano via cc

Tuesday’s storm was a surprise for us, but at least we weren’t in Buffalo. Photo credit: flickr user anthony quintano via cc

I can be reached at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I’m @nobleknits2 on Twitter, and our class hashtag is #laclasseaqm.

 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.

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: 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.

 

A1 wheel

A2 wheel

Documents for download: (I’ve included the information for this year’s multicultural projects for intermediates, as it has a French component)

Multicultural Festival Project Rubric2014

Multicultural Festival Project Success Criteria2014

Multicultural project2014

intro letter 2014

band letter 2014

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)

Important dates:

November 28: PA Day

Dec.4: Integrated Arts info night at TASSS.

Dec. 9: Be IB for a day at Kenner.

Trivia  Questions

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?

Music: 

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

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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Les nouvelles – 17 à 21 novembre,2014

 

A lot of fuss about this character this week (and part of Question 1). photo credit: european space agency via cc

A lot of fuss about this character this week (and part of Question 1). photo credit: european space agency via cc

I can be reached at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I’m @nobleknits2 on Twitter, and our class hashtag is #laclasseaqm.

 I’m Madame Noble, and I teach Core French to students in Grade 5-8.

Progress reports went home last week. If you’d like to set up a time to talk about your child’s progress, please contact me via e-mail. I’m available most days before and after school.

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: (I’ve left these the same, as I was away for 3 days!)

Grade 5: We added a bunch more words today (and again, lots of opposites) – try them out with donne/prend, garde/laisse. We also worked on full-sentence answers to questions – are you tired? Why? (and working on how to say what we want to say in French).

Grade 5/6: Continuing to work on family vocabulary (this will be our first written assignment this year, as well as a presentation to the class).  We also added the very fun actions for bouge (move) and “ne bouge pas”.  We also started to play around with a web-based review game called Kahoot. If your child has an internet-enabled device, and you’re okay with it coming to school, that would help us work in pairs on Kahoot games. (I’ve added the link in the website section below). We’re using it to see what we know about the story.

Grade 6: We’re getting to know Louis la Grenouille better. Students are working on new vocabulary, and also making sure they understand the main idea of the play.

6/7, 7/8, 8:All intermediate classes are starting to work on question structures. We took a note this week, and there will be an open book quiz coming up. Students need to show understanding of how question structures work, including inversion. We also talked about what skills on the A2 wheel we covered with the Pinterest project – ask your child about it.

 

A1 wheel

A2 wheel

Documents for download:

intro letter 2014

band letter 2014

Band news: I am out of the building on Wednesday, and there will not be band practice.  the music room will also be open at 2nd break on Day 1, for practice time. 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:

November 28: PA Day

Dec.4: Integrated Arts info night at TASSS.

Dec. 9: Be IB for a day at Kenner.

Trivia  Questions

1. Quel est le problème avec Philae sur le comète?

2. Qui a gagné le prix Giller? Comment s’appelle le livre?

Website:  I mentioned Kahoot above, and if you’ve got kids who need a fun way to review concepts, it’s kind of fun. You set up an account at http://getkahoot.com and choose your quiz there. Follow the instructions. Ideally, questions should go up on one screen, and answers can be done on something hand-held. Fun to play with a friend.

Books: Today at book club, a lot of the students were looking for suggestions on what to read next. Going into GoodReads, and checking the YA section is always good. good reads YA list. We also talked about some other tools for finding new books. I like the visual layout of Your Next Read

Music: Jill Barber’s got a new album out (Fool’s Gold) , and I always think that’s cause for celebration. She and her big brother Matthew (also with new music)  are playing Massey Hall tomorrow night (Saturday, November 15). If anybody’s going, please be sure to let me know how it was (and I’m very jealous!) Barbers at Massey Hall . Here they are together.

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

Les nouvelles – 10 à 14 novembre,2014

 

Bruce Mackinnon's subtle piece seemed the right one for today, as it brings our military history together.

Bruce Mackinnon’s subtle piece seemed the right one for today, as it brings our military history together.

I can be reached at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I’m @nobleknits2 on Twitter, and our class hashtag is #laclasseaqm.

 I’m Madame Noble, and I teach Core French to students in Grade 5-8.

Progress reports will come home on Monday. If you’d like to set up a time to talk about your child’s progress, please feel free to contact me via e-mail. I’m available most days before and after school.

 

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: (I’ve left these the same, as I was away for 3 days!)

Grade 5: Vocabulary building. See how many opposites your child can come up with (sur/sous, devant/derrière, enlève/met, etc.)

Grade 5/6: We worked a bunch on family vocabulary this week, so you can ask your child to describe who’s in your family. We’ll continue that in the week to come.

Grade 6: We did our first run through the story. Be sure to ask about the action for “génie”, which will make those of you of a certain age laugh, for sure!

6/7, 7/8, 8: 7/8 and 8 are done presenting their Pinterest boards. They were incredibly brave, and worked really hard at asking and answering each other’s questions. We’ll be doing some work this week on question structures as a follow-up, as that part of the task was tricky for some students.

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. the music room will also be open at 2nd break on Day 1, for practice time. 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:

November 10: Reports go home (see note above re: interview opportunities)

November 11: Intermediates to cenotaph, 10:30 ceremony at QM (auditorium)

November 13: IB info night at Kenner, 7 pm

November 14: World Diabetes Day, wear blue.

November 28: PA Day

Trivia  Questions

1. Qu’est-ce qui s’est passé à Berlin, le 9 november, 1989?

2. Qui a crée (created) le monument de guerre (war memorial) à Peterborough. Quel autre monument est-ce qu’il a crée?

Website:  This one stays up – we got rave reviews at the edtech conference I attended last week. Our Pinterest boards, ready to be shown off. Ask lots of questions! 

Books: Excited about the new Peter Robinson mystery, which just showed up on my OverDrive account. Banks is actually happy – can it possibly last? Banks listens to an eclectic bunch of music, including Nick Cave, so that’s the link to the title, Abattoir Blues

Music: Thought this was a lovely example of a way in which technology can unite us, that we really couldn’t accomplish without it. It’s called Signal Strength. I’m leaving it up for an extra week, as Twitter has allowed me to connect with one of the musicians, and I’m hoping to let the students send her some questions this week.

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

Les nouvelles – 3 à 7 novembre,2014

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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: Vocabulary building. See how many opposites your child can come up with (sur/sous, devant/derrière, enlève/met, etc.)

Grade 5/6: We worked a bunch on family vocabulary this week, so you can ask your child to describe who’s in your family. We’ll continue that in the week to come.

Grade 6: We did our first run through the story. Be sure to ask about the action for “génie”, which will make those of you of a certain age laugh, for sure!

6/7, 7/8, 8: 7/8 and 8 are done presenting their Pinterest boards. They were incredibly brave, and worked really hard at asking and answering each other’s questions. We’ll be doing some work this week on question structures as a follow-up, as that part of the task was tricky for some students.

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 NOT be band practice on Wednesday morning this week, as I am away. 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:

November 5-7: I am away, presenting and learning at a technology conference. Lots to share when I come back!

November 7: Picture retakes!

November 28: PA Day

Trivia  Questions

1. Qu’est-ce qui se passe à Burkina Faso?

2. Qui est le président de la France, et où est-il cette semaine (this week)?

Website: Our Pinterest boards, ready to be shown off. Ask lots of questions! 

Books: I’m raving to anyone who’ll listen about YA author Scott Westerfeld’s newest. Paranormal romance isn’t usually my thing at all, but this one is a story within a story. The paranormal romance takes place in a new novel written by a young East Indian woman, and afterworlds tells both stories (the romance and the new author’s experiences) in alternate chapters. Really enjoying it so far.

Music: Thought this was a lovely example of a way in which technology can unite us, that we really couldn’t accomplish without it. It’s called Signal Strength.

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