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.


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