Les nouvelles – 15-19 décembre,2014

 

This image of light and snow really captured the mood of this time of year for me. Credit: flickr user Kristian de la Cour via cc

This image of light and snow really captured the mood of this time of year for me. Credit: flickr user Kristian de la Cour 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.

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: Students have met the main characters for our story, “Le Chat et la Lune” (it’s a variation on Chicken Little); we are working on making sure we know the words for the animals in the story – le chat (cat), le chien (dog), le mouton (sheep) and le cheval (horse), as well as understanding that the cat only thinks the moon (la lune) has fallen out of the sky.

Grade 5/6: Students did an amazing job on their family presentations. Pictures, diagrams, and written paragraphs. They will be getting them back (with lots of feedback ) in the New Year (it’s been a busy weekend!) We’ll be continuing to work on our story this week, as well as preparing some food together.

Grade 6: This class worked on creating their interactive Christmas cards. Many of them created their cards using our class account. Log in is madamesclass and password is queenmary13, if you’d like them to show you. The website is http://hourofcode.com/sc

Grade 6/7, 7/8 and 8: We’ve been working on the same website as listed above – students created some remarkable interactive cards in French – please encourage them to show you. One sample is here (thanks, Stewart!)

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, there will be band 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:

Dec.16 – Queen Mary yard sale in junior classrooms (please send stuff!)

Dec.17 – multicultural festival (during day)and holiday concert (6:30)

Dec.18 – Turkey and ham lunch

Trivia  Questions

1. Dans le film, ” A Christmas Story”, Ralphie va à une école. À quelle école est-ce qu’ils ont filmé?

2. Qui a écrit les mots français et ouendat  pour le “Huron Carol”?

Website: Interesting app here. I have a lot of friends who use “Ifttt”, and this seems to go beyond that. If anybody gives it a try, please let me know how it goes. workflow app

I’m assuming that some of you are talking about the #blacklivesmatter protests with your kids. Some ideas here: talking about issues with your kids

Books: So it’s getting to be best book season, and book-buying season. Here are the winners of the GoodReads best book awards. Check out YA if you’re looking for books for book club members (or drop me an e-mail, and I’ll see if I can help!)

Music: I spent 3 university summers working at Ste Marie among the Hurons, and therefore this wins as my favourite carol, hands-down. Tom Jackson’s version is gold standard, but Bruce Cockburn’s (sung in the original Ouendat) is also gorgeous (and not available on YouTube, unfortunately)

 

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Les nouvelles – 8-12 décembre,2014

 

Quite the handsome fellow on the left in this photo. The late Jean Béliveau in a 1966 Stanley Cup Parade. We learned a lot about him this week in French class. credit: Les archives de la ville de Montréal via CC.

Quite the handsome fellow on the left in this photo. The late Jean Béliveau in a 1966 Stanley Cup Parade. We learned a lot about him this week in French class. credit: Les archives de la ville de Montréal 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.

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 had a circle discussion this week about how we could make the time we spend together in French more successful. This class is struggling with transitions (from one classroom to another, from lunch to class time, from one activity to another), so that is our big focus. In the coming week, we’ll be introducing our main story for this year.

Grade 5/6: Thanks so much for sending in photos – almost everyone has finished their family diagram and description. We’re focusing on correct use of possessive adjectives (mon, ma, mes) to create a family description. Presentations will be this week.

Grade 6: We had some fun learning the “Louis la Grénouille” song. Students got a chance to work on the play in their small groups. They will be working in the coming week on creating an interactive holiday greeting card in French. Look forward to getting them, and check our twitter hashtag (#laclasseaqm) to see what we’re up to.

Grade 6/7, 7/8 and 8: these classes worked on cube stories, which were a huge amount of fun (we put story cubes up under the document camera and students use an on-line brainstormer to create their stories); we also worked in 7/8 and 8 on strategies for reading French text (ask your kids what they learned about Jean Béliveau). Next week, we’ll be coding – be sure to ask about it, and check our twitter hashtag (#laclasseaqm) to see what’s going on.

 

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, there will be band 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:

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

Dec.9 – Mr D’s class to canoe museum

Dec.11 – Ms N’s class to canoe museum

Dec.17 – multicultural festival (during day)and holiday concert (6:30)

Dec.18 – Turkey and ham lunch

Trivia  Questions

1. Pourquoi est-ce que Jean Béliveau a été appelé (was nicknamed) “le gros Bill”?

2. Le 6 décembre 1917, 2 bateaux ont explodé à Halifax. Comment s’appellent les 2 bateaux?

Website:  I don’t think I’ve shared a Smitten Kitchen moment this year, and the students in Ms Shaw’s class and I talked about this post this week (in a discussion about their favourite blogs/tumblr/vlogs – fascinating stuff). I’m always hooked by the voice in this blog (one of the things we talked about – voice is so important in writing) hot chocolate mix

Here’s the article the intermediate classes worked with in our learning about Jean Béliveau this week: Jean Béliveau article

 

Books:  I’m absolutely sure you have comfort reads (and I know your kids do, because some of them have shared theirs). I’ve gone back to one of mine, Louise Penny’s “Bury Your Dead”. It always makes me want to drop everything when it snows, and go immediately to Quebec City, and eat at Paillard, and Le Petit Coin Latin. I get so drawn into her writing that I kept looking for her main character when I was in Paillard this summer. Bury your dead tour

Music: Blue Rodeo has a Christmas album. ‘Nuff said.

A very Merrie Christmas

 

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Les nouvelles – 1er – 5 décembre,2014

 

a crew of the cast from Babe the SheepPig, playing at the Theatre Guild, Dec 9-14. QM Grade 8 Katie Oickle (not pictured) is one of the stars. (yes, that's my son Mark as the pig). Credit: Lance Anderson

a crew of the cast from Babe the SheepPig, playing at the Theatre Guild, Dec 9-14. QM Grade 8 Katie Oickle (not pictured) is one of the stars. (yes, that’s my son Mark as the pig). Credit: Lance Anderson

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: students are working hard to be able to answer a “how are you?” question with an extension of because. It’s challenging, but it’s a chance to use our vocabulary in creative ways, and think about how to use the language we have to express ideas.

Grade 5/6: this group is putting together descriptions of their family. This includes a family-tree-type diagram, a written paragraph to describe it, and then presenting that to the class. If your child wants to bring photos to support this, that would be great.

Grade 6: this class did an amazing job creating play groups this week. We’ll be working on the song, and staring into practicing the play. We’ll also be continuing checking understanding of the story.

6/7, 7/8, 8: these classes got their question assessment back (you can ask them how they did). We’re beginning to work on reading strategies – what do we recognize, what looks like English, and how can we use context clues. We’ll do this in  full-class, small group, and individual groupings.

 

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, there will be band 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:

Dec.4: Integrated Arts info night at TASSS.

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

Dec.17 – multicultural festival (during day)and holiday concert (6:30)

Dec.18 – Turkey and ham lunch

Trivia  Questions

1. Quelle équipe a gagné la coupe Vanier? La coupe Grey?

2. Qui est la nouvelle juge sur la Cour Suprème?

Website:  If  you have Star Wars fans at your house, you’ve no doubt seen this already. If not, enjoy! Star Wars 7 trailer: Lego version

Books:  John Grisham’s Gray Mountain was a major disappointment. No resolution, really, and a disjointed plot. A lot of readers seemed to think the novel’s purpose was simply to introduce a character to build a series around, but I’m not even sure I’d read the next book, having met the new character. I’m getting a much bigger kick out of Gone Girl. I know I’m late to the party on this one, and I don’t much like the characters here, either, but I’m sure hooked!

Music: Maggie’s Eatery, down on Hunter Street, is owned by local musician Al Black. He’s been putting his musical connections to good use for the past year or so, and bringing amazing names into the very small room for intimate concerts. On December 10, he’ll feature songwriting legend, Ron Hynes. Tickets are $30. I’ll be up at the Guild, watching my kid in Babe, but if you can go, it’d be a remarkable show.

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