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: 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.
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, 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)
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
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.
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