Les nouvelles – 23-27 février, 2015

 

She's part of question 2. photo credit: flickr user ursulakm via cc

She’s part of question 2. photo credit: flickr user ursulakm 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’ve re-arranged our small groups this week, as our first groupings didn’t work overwhelmingly well. One thing we continue to work on with this class is the transition for 2nd break to French, and how we can make that smoother.

Grade 5/6: We worked on small group play work, and also on small group reading and writing activities. We’re really working on expressing our ideas in our second language as much as we can.

Grade 6: This class had a wide-ranging bunch of conversations this week, as they have a wide range of interests. We did a fair amount of small group play work, and students are digging into their roles. Ask them about what role they’re playing.

Grade 6/7, 7/8,8 : 7/8 and 8 classes presented their paired food ordering conversations – be sure to ask them how they did – they got some feedback and next steps. We also are starting some metacognition (thinking about our thinking) on the challenges of the assignment, and what might be our next steps. 6/7’s will do their presentations this week.

Documents for download:

A1 wheel

A2 wheel

band letter 2014

Band news: Yes, there’s band on Wednesday! And students have been told that I will be checking to be sure they can play the pieces we’ve been working on, and will be looking for some accountability in terms of practice logs and doing some work between our band practices. You should be hearing O Canada and We are One, and there`s more coming!

Important dates:

February 11-March 5: Jimmy Chapman break dance instruction (in school 2 days/week)

February 23: Intermediate boys b-ball tournament, TASSS (practices Tues. and Thurs. after school, Wednesday at break)

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.

February 27: crazy hat and hair day

March 6: twin day

Trivia  Questions

1. Qui a gagné le Yukon Quest? Qu’est-ce que c’est, le Yukon Quest?

2. Il y a un rumeur concernant Emma Watson (Hermione Granger). Qu’est-ce que c’est?

 

Website: Many of you know that I’m a promoter of Twitter as a tool for professional development and parent communication. This post, by Lambton-Kent teacher Brian Aspinall, explains some of what I love about it. If you’re using Twitter, I’d love to know how it’s working for you. Twitter – the P2P Network

Books: Talked to the book club last week about Holly Black’s “The Darkest Part of the Forest“. All 3 of the fantasy readers at my house really enjoyed it. Urban fantasy with some creepiness, some fae/human conflict, some romance and lots of teenage angst. Pretty cool stuff, and Holly Black writes it well. The character in the glass coffin in the forest (’cause it’s a fairy tale)  is a boy with curly hair and horns, and the local kids like to dance on the coffin while they party on a Friday night. If that intrigues you, give this one a try.

Music: I was amazed at how many of the kids knew “It’s My Party, and I’ll cry if I want to” – some of them were even singing it, after seeing it as part of last week’s trivia questions. Obviously, the grandparents have been helping with the playlists. 🙂 Here she is, the late, great, Lesley Gore.

 

 

 

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Les nouvelles – 17-20 février, 2015

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The answer to #2, and certainly not looking its age! credit: flickr user I am I.a.m.

 

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 did some “fill in the blanks” activities based on the story, and will be starting to work on the play in small groups this week. Ask them what it’s about, and see what they can tell you in French, and English.

Grade 5/6: Worked on a cube story this week, as well as working on “mets les mots en ordre” sentences, where students need to unscramble familiar vocabulary into a sentence, and then draw a picture to clearly show they understand the sentence.

Grade 6: We started some listening activities this week, and it was challenging. Students were listening to an airport announcement and having to choose (from 2 choices) which flight number, destination, time and gate number they heard. Lots of number work was going on.

Grade 6/7, 7/8,8 : 7/8 and 8 classes are presenting their menu ordering conversations – we’re discovering that we really need to understand question words to be successful – and 6/7’s are starting to generate their questions for these.

Documents for download:

A1 wheel

A2 wheel

band letter 2014

Band news: Yes, there’s band on Wednesday! And students have been told that I will be checking to be sure they can play the pieces we’ve been working on, and will be looking for some accountability in terms of practice logs and doing some work between our band practices.

Important dates:

February 11-March 5: Jimmy Chapman break dance instruction (in school 2 days/week)

February 17: ski trip/play day – rescheduled. Please remember that ski departure is 8:45 a.m.

February 23: Intermediate boys b-ball tournament, TASSS (practices Tues. and Thurs. after school, Wednesday at break)

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. Quelle chose canadienne a 50 ans, le 15 février?

2. Qui a écrit le chanson populaire, “It’s My Party (and I’ll Cry if I want to?)

 

Website: Reminded Mr D’s class of this site this week, as a starting point for speech research. Can get you going on the graphic organizer, or some ideas on how to subdivide your thinking. Instagrok

Books: Was at my (no wi-fi) in-laws place this weekend, which meant much knitting and reading got done. Enjoyed Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, and would totally recommend it to YA readers. The teenage character will win them over, and draw them into the main character’s story. It’s based on the “orphan trains” (1875-1930) which took kids from poor immigrant families in urban centres to the MidWest, where farm families took them in. Some matches went well, and others not well at all, much like the stories of Barnardo children in Peterborough’s history.

Music: Heard Samantha Martin on CBC this afternoon – her “Addicted” is the song of the week on the drive-home show. I kept singing it in my head after it was done, which is always a good sign for me. Another big voice, doing some cool retro stuff.

Samantha Martin

 

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Les nouvelles – 2 – 6 février, 2015

 

my friend Kathy's class in Moose Jaw celebrating P.J. day. We get to have our day Friday! (photo credit: flickr user Kathy Cassidy via cc

my friend Kathy’s class in Moose Jaw celebrating P.J. day. We get to have our day Friday! (photo credit: flickr user Kathy Cassidy 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: This class has been really impressive with their reading of our main story. They read very smoothly, and make few mistakes, because they are very familiar with the vocabulary. We’ll try some writing this week.

Grade 5/6: We started working on “cube stories” this week, using familiar vocabulary. Ask about what that looks like.

Grade 6: Please check in with your child to see how they did on their question assessment. Some of them came up with some amazing extensions from our original sentence. We’re going to be doing some listening this week.

Grade 6/7, 7/8,8 : all intermediate classes will be working on some questions and vocabulary we might need to order food at Tim Horton’s. Grade 6/7`s will be getting their reading assessments back – ask them about the strategies they tried (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: No band Wednesday, as I am out of the building for PD (it always seems to be Wednesday). I’ll try and set up another practice (2nd lunch 1 day) during the week.

Important dates:

February 2, 8:15 a.m.: Intermediate girls’ basketball practice

February 6: pyjama day (yippee!)

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 23: Intermediate boys b-ball tournament, TASSS (practices Tues. and Thurs. after school, Wednesday at break)

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. Quel chanteur a sa fête le 6 février? (Il est né en 1945).

2. Qui est le journaliste canadien en prison en Égypte?

 

Website: This looked like a really interesting tool to explore, in terms of creating web-based “choose your own adventure” stories: Twine story-builder

Books: Picked up Jennifer Robson’s Somewhere in France yesterday at the library, and devoured it between bouts of marking and report writing. Nothing to change the world, but nicely written, well-developed characters, a lovely romance, and a real sense of the misery of a World War 1 field hospital. Looking forward to her new one, After the War is Over, featuring some of the same characters.

Music: Heard Melanie Durrant on Fresh Air this morning. She has a Juno nomination, and made me think of Shirley Bassey (which is high praise in my book).

 

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