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’re struggling with transitions from the end of 2nd break into French class with this group – if you could talk to your child about how that’s going, it would be appreciated. We are reading the main story, and singing the song to go with it – ask about it.
Grade 5/6: We’ve started comprehension activities to go with our main story, and have also started reading the play in small groups.
Grade 6: Students will be getting their question assessment back. They worked very hard to show what they understood about how questions work in French, and how to build them. We’re continuing to work on comprehension activities.
Grade 6/7, 7/8,8 : 7/8 and 8’s will be getting their reading comprehension assessments back, and 6/7’s will be completing theirs. Students are encouraged to use reading strategies (identifying words they know, using context, using pictures) to help them figure out main ideas and supporting details.
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Band news: Yes! Band on Wednesday, January 28. We’re working on O Canada, and will be looking at at least one other new piece (as well as familiar pieces from the red book)
January 29: Mixed Junior basketball tournament, PCVS
January 30: deadline for IA applications
February 2, 8:15 a.m.: Intermediate girls’ basketball practice
February 7: audition/portfolio presentation for Grade 8’s applying to integrated arts
February 11-March 5: Jimmy Chapman break dance instruction (in school 2 days/week)
February 26: Intermediate girls’ b-ball tournament, Adam Scott
February 26: intermediate year end trip meetings; 1:50-3:30 for students, 6 pm for parents.
1. Qu’est-ce qui se passe avec les canadiens au Australian Open?
2. Il y a un lien (link) entre le chanson Music Monday “We are One” et Peterborough. Qu’est-ce que c’est?
Website: Just to make you giggle: The Long John Index
And to make you think: 10 Ted talks to stick with you. The one about why work doesn’t get done at work is really interesting.
Books: In an Anne Perry catch-up mode. I’m a fan of Monk and Hester, and have the newest one (which looks at Victorian era terrorism and race prejudice around the building of the Suez canal) on Overdrive right now. Her social justice narratives work for me. Blood on the Water
Music: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings are a favourite, and Sharon was on DNTO yesterday, talking about her experiences as a prison guard, before she started doing music full-time. Super-fun animated video here:
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