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.




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