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.
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: 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.
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. 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
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.
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