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.
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: 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.
Documents for download:
Band news: Yes, there’s band on Wednesday, January 21! Wonderland trip is scheduled for June 4. Cost approximately $60.
January 19: School Council garden committee meeting, 6:30 p.m.
January 30: deadline for Integrated Arts applications
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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