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.

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