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: 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.
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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.
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.
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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