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: Continuing to work on our play, and reading comprehension activities to show our understanding of what happens in the story. Ask them about it. Really working hard on transitions, and building our French vocabulary.
Grade 5/6: Amazing work on plural forms and different tenses in French this week. You can see some of what we’ve done in the Edsby French thread.
Grade 6: Big focus on time this week in French – I’ve posted some links on Edsby. We also looked at Flipboard (a magazine-building tool) together, and talked about ways we could use it to help share things we were interested in.
Grade 7/8 and 8:Lots of interesting discussions around whether buying things makes us happy (links really well to geography studies on consumption for these two classes). Some of the students in these two classes are really doing a remarkable job at expressing big ideas in their second language.
Grade 6/7: We’ve started into the new unit on “fiscal responsibility” as one of the students put it this week. It looks at how advertising affects us, and how students at this age can start to make informed purchases. Just getting started with some listening activities.
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Band news: Please keep encouraging your children to practice – particularly “We are One”. It’s a tough piece, and practice is necessary. Regularly listening to the tune is a great idea, too.
Band practices are Wednesday morning. We start playing at 8:10, doors open at 8, so we can actually be playing by 8:10.
Mar. 30: breakdancing competition
April 3: Good Friday
April 6: Easter Monday
April 8: Junior Girls’ floor hockey tournament
April 9: Junior Boys’ floor hockey tournament
May 4: music Monday ( and Star Wars Day!)
June 4: band to Wonderland
1. Quels sont les 4 équipes qui restent en March Madness?
2. Quel livre a gagné Canada Reads?
Website: This just popped into my inbox this morning. Some of you have kids who would love it, I’m sure! It’s an augmented reality app about animals. Zookazam
Books: Just picked up Gail Bowen’s newest at the library. I’ll let you know how it is. 12 Rose Street
Music: Very, very excited that Shakey Graves is coming to Peterborough. April 10, The Red Dog. I can’t guarantee that he’s bringing Esme, though. (and as of this writing, show is sold out, and I don’t have a ticket – so if you have one, and can’t go, please, please, please let me know)
Please share in the comments – what are you clicking on, reading and listening to? Let’s build a sharing space here.