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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