Les nouvelles – 30 mars – 2 avril, 2015

 

It's that time. Some clues towards question 1, if you need them. Credit: flickr user jaubele1 via cc

It’s that time. Some clues towards question 1, if you need them. Credit: flickr user jaubele1 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: 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.

 

Documents for download:

A1 wheel

A2 wheel

band letter 2014

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.

We Are One

Important dates:

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

Trivia  Questions

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.

Les nouvelles – 23-27 mars, 2015

 

went with my mood today. credit: flickr user Makou0629 via cc

went with my mood today. credit: flickr user Makou0629 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: Continuing to work on our play, and reading comprehension activities to show our understanding of what happens in the story. Ask them about it.

Grade 5/6: Vocabulary building, small group play work, and comprehension activities.

Grade 6: Big focus on time this week in French – I’ve posted some links on Edsby. Also trying to work on some critical thinking about how we all learn in different ways.

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.

 

Documents for download:

A1 wheel

A2 wheel

band letter 2014

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.

We Are One

Important dates:

April 3: Good Friday

April 6: Easter Monday

May 5: music Monday

June 4: band to Wonderland

Trivia  Questions

1. Qui sont les 2 joueurs canadiens sur l’équipe Gonzaga?

2. Qui a gagné l’élection de premier ministre à Israël?

Website: We watched this video in Grade 8 French, as part of our discussion on whether or not buying things made us happy. The students agreed that they were the target audience on this one. Hunger Games meets Divergent meets the Ramones to take on Ronald McDonald.

breakfast dystopia

Books: I’m reading way too many different books right now, but one that’s standing out is Kevin Ashton’s “How to Fly a Horse”. It’s an amazing accessible read on creativity, and attempts to dispel the idea of the “a-ha” moment, or creativity as something only some people can do. I’m really enjoying it. He was on The Current on CBC last week (one of the joys of March break – getting to listen to great programming) Kevin Ashton interview

Anybody have thoughts on Canada Reads? I was really rooting for “Everything feels like the movies”, but wasn’t surprised when “Ru” won.

Music: New albums out by Hayden and Whitehorse. Yippee!

Hayden

 

Whitehorse

 

Please share in the comments – what are you clicking on, reading and listening to? Let’s build a sharing space here.

Les nouvelles – 9-12 mars, 2015

 

This photo makes me cry, every time I look at it. It'll help with question 1. photo credit: Fox News

This photo makes me cry, every time I look at it. It’ll help with question 1. photo credit: Fox News

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: Still really working with this class on transitions – getting lunches put away, lining up to go to French, settling in once we get there. In French, we’re working in our play groups, and showing our understanding of the story.

Grade 5/6: Working on continuing to add vocabulary to what we know, and on our small group play work.

Grade 6: We’re continuing to add some new vocabulary – we had a lot of fun with “emprunte” (borrow) this week – when I asked if I could borrow a student’s nose, a few students asked (in French) whether I was Voldemort! Also working on the play – we’ll try and get those ready for presentation just after the break.

Grade 7/8 and 8:Made a great start on the new unit. We walked through a tough listening exercise on what we’ll learn in this unit, and are now starting to look at logos – which ones do we know, and how do they influence our buying choices?

Grade 6/7: Students did an excellent job on their menu presentations. Those marks will be posted in Edsby (hopefully by the end of the week), and hopefully we’ll have parent access set up by then, as well.

 

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:

March 10: junior speeches, 9 a.m.

March 11: grad photos

Mar. 13- 22: March break

Trivia  Questions

1. Qu’est-ce qui s’est passé, le 7 mars, 1965 à Selma, Alabama.

2. Qu’est-ce que c’est, le 8 mars?

Website: If you’re a Grade 5 or 6 parent, I’m sure you’ve been hearing lots about Edsby, the communication program we’re piloting for KPR (only 2 elementary schools are involved). We hope to have parent accounts rolled out before the break (with luck), so that you can start to, quite literally, see what your children are doing in their classrooms. Teachers are participating at different levels, so please don’t be surprised if one of your children is using the program a lot, and another isn’t. If your child will let you have a peek – it’s kpr.edsby.com (you’ll need to use their log-in to see what it looks like) or there is a free android and iOs app. Your feedback will be important as we let the board know what we think.

Books: Ms.Shaw’s class is excited about the book bins that arrived this week, with the 2015 Red Maple (Grade 7-8) nominees from the Forest of Reading Program. These are always dependably good young adult reads. I was impressed with Outside In, by Sarah Ellis. The 13 year old girl voice was dead-on, and the main character very well-drawn. It’s an interesting perspective on poverty, living on the street and how we can sometimes not see what’s right in front of us.

Music: We’ve been doing a lot of music discovering through another Red Maple nominee, Robbie Robertson’s amazing Legends, Icons and Rebels, which introduces kids to the musicmakers who really shook things up between 1950 and 1970. It includes 2 CDs to help with the experience.

This is one of our favourites from the collection:

 

Please share in the comments – what are you clicking on, reading and listening to? Let’s build a sharing space here.

Les nouvelles – 2-6 mars, 2015

 

Those of you who know me would have expected this. #llap was my favourite hashtag Friday, and it's question 1 this week. credit: flickr user Brian Wilkins via cc

Those of you who know me would have expected this. #llap was my favourite hashtag Friday, and it’s question 1 this week. credit: flickr user Brian Wilkins 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: Worked on some new vocab this week – be sure to ask about casse/taille and je suis désolé (I’m sorry). Also ask about how the play is going – these students have a good grasp of what’s happening in the story. Still working on transitions.

Grade 5/6: Lots of small group reading and writing, as we work on our plays. Students also learned some new vocabulary, and a fairly complex construction (called a reflexive verb – using “me” and “te” to mean “to me” or “to you”)

Grade 6: We worked on some new vocabulary this week, as well as having a lot of fun learning the dance that goes with our play. The class were amazingly good sports about participating!

Grade 7/8 and 8: started into a new learning cycle, with a new resource from CEC publishing. We’re piloting a unit about shopping, and why we make the choices we do. Students will have a chance to give feedback on what they think.

Grade 6/7: menu dialogues. We’ll create success criteria on Monday, and start to present in pairs. Students have been encouraged to think about what strategies will best help them succeed at this task. This is the link to our “textbook” containing several French fast-food menus. (created it using the tool Flipboard – easy, and very practical)

menu textbook

 

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)

March 6: twin day

March 11: grad photos

Trivia  Questions

1. #llap était (was) un hashtag très populaire le 27 février. Pourquoi, et qu’est-ce que ça veut dire(what does it mean)?

2. Quelle couleur est la robe, et pourquoi?

Website: I thought this post might make for interesting discussion. Could I be replaced in a French classroom by a computer program?

On the practical side, I built a textbook this week using Flipboard. It works as both app and web-based tool, and you can use it to read information it finds for you, or to build your own magazines to share (maybe a cookbook for friends?)

Books: Anybody else read Laurie King’s The Bones of Paris? I like the depiction of 1929 Paris, and the cast of real-life characters (Picasson, Man Ray, Hemingway), but it’s moving a little slow for me.

Music: Went to the Peterborough Singers Soul concert yesterday, and have been singing Motown ever since. Here’s one I wish they’d done. Fun version from one of Obama’s inaugural balls.

 

 

 

Please share in the comments – what are you clicking on, reading and listening to? Let’s build a sharing space here.