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)


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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