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.


One thought on “Les nouvelles – 9-12 mars, 2015

  1. I’ve finally given up on trying to get through “Worst.Person.Ever” by Douglas Coupland. The title character is just far too reprehensible for me to gut-check my way through it to find out if there will be any redeeming moment in this wretched man’s life!

    But, finished “Life After Life” by Kate Atkinson for a bookclub, and my brain is still trying to work it all out – I definitely recommend it for those who loved Tom Stoppard’s “There must have been a moment …” from Rosencrantz and Gildenstern are Dead.

    Missed you this morning in the Open Circle Service …

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