Les nouvelles – 26-30 janvier, 2015

 

Skating outside is one of my favourite things. photo credit: flickr user Robert Taylor via cc

Skating outside is one of my favourite things. photo credit: flickr user Robert Taylor 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’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.

Documents for download:

A1 wheel

A2 wheel

band letter 2014

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)

Important dates:

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.

Trivia  Questions

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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Les nouvelles – 12-16 janvier, 2014

 

thanks to everyone who does this - on a big scale, or in a backyard. credit: flickr user richmann via cc

thanks to everyone who does this – on a big scale, or in a backyard. credit: flickr user richmann 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.

I’m hoping many of you got to see (and share)  the interactive holiday cards your kids created as part of Hour of Code – if you need our class login and password, it’s madamesclass and queenmary13. (http://hourofcode.com/sc) Enjoy! (Mr D, Ms N, Mr L and Ms S’s class)

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 worked hard this week to answer the question “comment ça va?” (how are you) as well as telling the class why they felt that way. We’re working really hard to be able to do this using the vocabulary we know in French. It would be a great one to practice at home.

Grade 5/6: We started some reading comprehension activities this week, and will be dividing into small groups for play reading. Students were asked to self-select a small group for their comprehension activities. You could ask them about the success criteria for that task.

Grade 6: We worked on question structures this week (and will continue to build on them) – how many questions could you create from a sentence. We’re really working on understanding how “est-ce que” works. Students worked as a full class, and in small groups, and then we did an individual assessment – they should have those back this week, so you can ask about them.

Grade 8, 7/8 and 6/7: These groups worked on more real-world reading, and Ms Shaw`s class did an assessment of their reading skills – partly about showing what strategies are effective for reading 2nd language text. They should have it returned this week; Mr Lush’s class will do their assessment Monday, and Ms Najarro’s later in the week. The website 1 jour, 1 actu will give you an idea of the level of text we’re looking at. It’s designed for kids in France, and is much like Teaching Kids News, which many of our classes use in English. Groups also played Kahoot with possessive adjectives, which was fun.

http://bit.ly/shaw82015

http://bit.ly/lush2015

http://bit.ly/naj2015

Documents for download:

A1 wheel

A2 wheel

band letter 2014

Band news: Yes, there’s band on Wednesday, January 21! Wonderland trip is scheduled for June 4. Cost approximately $60.

Important dates:

January 19: School Council garden committee meeting, 6:30 p.m.

January 30: deadline for Integrated Arts applications

 

Trivia  Questions

1. Qui est Charlie Farquharson?

2. Quel activité de neige est-ce que tu ne peux pas faire à Hamilton?

Website: This was one of the most thoughtful pieces I read this week. I really enjoy learning from what Heidi Siwak does in her classes. I’d be interested to know what you think of her ideas on collaboration in the classroom

Books: I’ve been on a tear myself lately, but need to recommend the books that my older kiddo has been diving into. Cory Doctorow is a social-media guy who runs the site BoingBoing, but he also writes YA novels that combine social justice issues with digital context, and attracts an audience of gamers, hackers and just kids looking for a good, reality-based read. He also makes many of his books available for free in DRM-free e-book form, to go along with his ideas on net privacy and freedom. Doctorow novels

Music: Kate Suhr was a late discovery for me – mostly when my younger son ended up in Oliver with her last May. She’s decided to try her talents out in the big city, but created a beautiful video series as a goodbye, performing with some of her favourite musical friends in town. There’s so much talent here. Kate Suhr duets

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Les nouvelles – 12-16 janvier, 2014

 

the image we started with in our discussions with intermediate classes. Not by Banksy, but by French illustrator Lucille Clerc

the image we started with in our discussions with intermediate classes. Not by Banksy, but by French illustrator Lucille Clerc

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.

I’m hoping many of you got to see (and share)  the interactive holiday cards your kids created as part of Hour of Code – if you need our class login and password, it’s madamesclass and queenmary13. (http://hourofcode.com/sc) Enjoy! (Mr D, Ms N, Mr L and Ms S’s class)

If you need a copy of our amazing recipe for the mock “bûche de Noël” (Yule log) we made in class with several groups before the holiday, it’s here: Mock Yule Log recipe

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: This class did amazing work this week – lot of forward movement in their vocabulary. They worked particularly hard on the difference between masculine and feminine adjectives (intelligent/intelligente; beau/belle). We also did our first class read of the main story, and they did a terrific job.

Grade 5/6: Be sure to ask your child to see the work they did on family descriptions, and take a look at the feedback with them. This class amazed me with their reading this week as well. Be sure to ask them what’s going on in the play, and see if they can tell you the main idea.

Grade 6: We played some Kahoot in this class, to show what we knew about Louis la Grénouille. The class loved it – be sure to ask them about it! (I posted a picture on #laclasseaqm on Twitter!). We’re also working on our question structures

Grade 6/7, 7/8,8 All intermediate classes did some real-world reading using a French current events site after the events of Wednesday, and that led to some superb discussion -yes, in French (and a little bit of English), of the ideas involved. All classes also created a brainstorming wall (we use the digital tool Padlet) about their resolutions.

http://bit.ly/shaw82015

http://bit.ly/lush2015

http://bit.ly/naj2015

Documents for download:

A1 wheel

A2 wheel

band letter 2014

Band news: There will not be band on Wednesday morning, as I will be out of the building at a workshop that day. We will probably practice Friday at 2nd break to make it up (listen for announcements)

Important dates:

January 13: Ms Najarro’s class to Reel Kids festival

January 19: School Council, 6:30 p.m.

January 16:Deadline for IB applications

January 30: deadline for Integrated Arts applications

Trivia  Questions

1. Combien de personnes ont marché à Paris dimanche (approximat)?

2. Quel film a gagné le catégorie drame aux Golden Globes?

Website: We did a lot of talking about #jesuischarlie with the intermediates this week. We used editorial cartoon images to help with that. Here are some we looked at (some are graphic): CharlieHebdo cartoons

I also thought this was a very interesting perspective, in terms of critical thinking, and jumping on hashtag bandwagons. rethinking the #jesuischarlie hashtag

Books: Doing some reading for light entertainment these days (maybe in response to the workout of reading the Bone Clocks). Charlaine Harris (she wrote the books TrueBlood is based on) has a new series, set in Midnight, Texas, in the same universe as Sookie Stackhouse’s Louisiana. There are witches and vamps and other odd sorts, but they’re all in Midnight because it’s a place where people don’t ask too many questions. Fun and not too brain-taxing. I agree with the 2nd review here

Music: If you’re a CBC listener, you might have caught some of the live work from Bahamas (aka Afie Jurvanen) over the holidays. He was in town for a sold-out gig this weekend. Kinda cool stuff. http://www.bahamasmusic.net/

 

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Les nouvelles – 5 – 9 janvier, 2014

 

This photo, taken sometime in 1938 in the White Moutains, New Hampshire, shows the enduring appeal of a sled and friends and snow. photo credit: Forest History Society via cc

This photo, taken sometime in 1938 in the White Moutains, New Hampshire, shows the enduring appeal of a sled and friends and snow. photo credit: Forest History Society 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.

I’m hoping many of you got to see (and share)  the interactive holiday cards your kids created as part of Hour of Code – if you need our class login and password, it’s madamesclass and queenmary13. (http://hourofcode.com/sc) Enjoy! (Mr D, Ms N, Mr L and Ms S’s class)

If you need a copy of our amazing recipe for the mock “bûche de Noël” (Yule log) we made in class with several groups before the holiday, it’s here: Mock Yule Log recipe

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 doing lots of reading of the story this week, and asking questions to be sure students understand content.

Grade 6: We’ll be doing some work on question structures this week, as question words (both knowing which one to use, and what they mean) are really important in working in a second language. We’ll be using that question knowledge to help students work with vocabulary from our main story.

Grade 6/7: working on reading real-world text in French – what strategies can we use. Working from full-class to small-group to individual activities based on reading; also moving into some listening activities

Grade 7/8: as for Grade 6/7

Grade 8: Food preparation, tied in to 3 Kings day on January 6; then as for Grade 6/7

Documents for download:

A1 wheel

A2 wheel

band letter 2014

Band news: Yes, there is band this Wednesday morning (January 7) Reminder that we are booked for Wonderland on June 4 (put that date on your calendar, please), 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:

January 7: HPV vaccinations (Grade 8 girls) – eat a good breakfast before band!

January 19: School Council, 6:30 p.m.

January 19:Deadline for IB applications

January 30: deadline for Integrated Arts applications

Trivia  Questions

1. Quelle âge a la petite fille qui a marché à une maison à Kentucky, après un accident d’avion?

2. Qui est Connor McDavid?

Website: This was my favourite year-end article that I read over the past 2 weeks. A look at why 2014 felt like a watershed year for women. Listen up! What about you?

Books: It took me until the last 2 weeks of the year to find my book of the year. David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks, was, for me, brilliant. Some post- enviro-apocalypse, some 80`s teenage-hood, some fantasy/sci-fi stuff going on, but all framed in gorgeous language (at times, you’re reading, and suddenly discover than Mitchell has written a prose paragraph that scans as poetry – it’s amazing). A nominee for the Booker prize last year. I’m still carrying Holly Sykes (the main character) around with me, and I expect I will for a while. Bone Clocks review

Music: Did you discover anything amazing musically over the holiday? This was the YouTube video that stayed with me. The arrangement is rather remarkable.

 

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