Les nouvelles – 27 avril – 1 mai

A hint for question 1. photo credit: flickr user simon hooks via cc

A hint for question 1. photo credit: flickr user simon hooks via cc

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 2

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: (you can always check edsby for most up-to-date information)

Grade 5: This class deserves huge praise for the way they modeled excellent listening behaviour in the spelling bee assembly on Friday. I was in charge of the event, and so Mrs Cullen’s class had to work really hard on their behaviour. Well done! We continue to work on the transition from lunch into French, and also working on memorizing our roles in the play.

Grade 5/6: We’ve been doing a mini-culture unit, and finding out what we can about Paris and Quebec City. You can check Edsby for our results. We found it was much easier to research Paris, because many of the facts we found about Quebec turned out to be about Quebec, the province. We realized we had to be very specific about our search terms (never a bad thing to learn)

Grade 6: More work on “er” verbs, which the class is really getting the hang of. We’re going to be writing some paragraphs about what we do at different times of the day, using our verb knowledge.

Grade 7/8 and 8: More conversations about ads and marketing. Ms Shaw’s class looked at the text features that draw us to particular text in advertisements this week, while Mr Lush’s started to share their favourite (or unfavourite ads) – see Edsby for our work.

Grade 6/7: We worked on creating sentences with different word families this week, and started to think about writing jingles. We’ll be creating our jingles this week.

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.

Music Monday is May 4 – we invite you to join us for a mini-concert, and school singalong of “We Are One” – at the shade shelter if time permits. We should get started just after 1st break (11:30 or so). As it’s also Star Wars day, feel free to let your geek flag fly (I’ll have stormtroopers on  my shirt!)

We Are One

Important dates:

April 28-30: Trent Enrichment (for some intermediates)

April 30: Mr Dufrane to Warsaw outdoor ed

May 4: music Monday ( and Star Wars Day!)

May 21: spring fling – music and arts celebration

June 4: band to Wonderland

Trivia  Questions

1. Qu’est-ce que c’est le 25 avril en Australie, et pourquoi? Pourquoi est-ce que c’est très important cette année (this year)?

2. Qu’est-ce que s’est passé (what happened) à Nepal samedi?

Website: This is one to keep, and share, and talk about with your kids (and your friends). The “sketchnote” is by my friend Sylvia Duckworth, and is a growing trend in ways to share your thinking about what you’ve heard/read/learned. The one-liners could each provoke discussion on their own.

http://www.alicekeeler.com/teachertech/2015/04/23/digital-citizenship-one-liners/

Books: My older son stole my book about the Lusitania (and really enjoyed it), and I got totally drawn into The Light Between Oceans. It fit right in with what was happening in the real world this week, with the 100th anniversary of Australia`s baptism in World War 1. Beautiful writing, I thought, and I was pulled in by the characters.

Music: OIder small boy at my house and I have been really enjoying Radio 2 recently. I caught this, and was hooked! Hozier, doing Van Morrison? That’s pretty perfect, in my opinion.

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

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Les nouvelles – 20-24 avril, 2015

 

clue to go with question 1. credit: flickr user Jason Swaby via cc

clue to go with question 1. credit: flickr user Jason Swaby 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: (you can always check edsby for most up-to-date information)

Grade 5: Still working on transitions in here. We’re making progress, but this class is dealing with some challenges. It can be very frustrating for students who are ready to work, Ask how your child is doing on his or her play, or ask them to tell you some of the contraires (opposites) they know from our MC Madame activity.

Grade 5/6: We used an on-line brainstorming tool called “Today’s Meet” this week to share our ideas about what words go together in French. Students did really well following the expectations about what to post and not post in that situation.

Grade 6: Continuing to look at regular verb forms (right now, just “er”), and working on plays.

Grade 7/8 and 8: We’ve been sharing our favourite ads, and talking about why we like them (and thinking about why they’re effective). You can see the ads Ms Shaw’s class chose on Edsby.

Grade 6/7: Super ideas shared this week on whether buying things makes us happy. This group worked hard to share some big ideas in their second language .

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 21: Najarro to warsaw outdoor ed

April 21: math Olympics (some intermediate students)

April 21: Ms Shaw/Mr Lush to play to PACE in afternoon

April 25: Lego Robotics competition at Kenner

April 28-30: Trent Enrichment (for some intermediates)

April 30: Mr Dufrane to Warsaw outdoor ed

May 4: music Monday ( and Star Wars Day!)

June 4: band to Wonderland

Trivia  Questions

1. Pourquoi est-ce que Maple Leaf Square à Toronto s’appelle Jurassic Park maintenant?

2. Qui est le nouveau hôte de Q à la radio?

Website: Yeah, I know you’ve seen it, but it’s soooo much fun! (and it’s only 2 weeks `til Star Wars day!) Admit it, you get shivers when you hear Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford’s voices in this context again (at least you do if you’re as old as I am)

http://mashable.com/2015/04/16/star-wars-force-awakens-trailer/

Books: Have my nose deep into a fascinating look at the Lusitania disaster. Totally non-fiction, but written in a very readable, novelistic style, drawing out the characters. http://eriklarsonbooks.com/the-books/dead-wake/

Music: This is totally weird, but fascinating. Was sent to me by a music friend this week. A very close look at what our vocal cords do when we sing.

 

 

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

Les nouvelles – 13- 17 avril, 2015

 

Can you see the thermometer? This will help you answer question 2. Credit: flickr user Act on Climate March via cc

Can you see the thermometer? This will help you answer question 2. Credit: flickr user Act on Climate March 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: (you can always check edsby for most up-to-date information)

Grade 5: We’ve made some changes that are helping us have more time for learning in this class. We continued to work on our understanding of the story this week. More new vocabulary coming.

Grade 5/6: This group worked on negative structures a little bit this week, and continued working on showing their understanding of the play.

Grade 6: We started looking at the written forms of how regular verbs work, and will continue that over coming weeks. Louis la Grénouille presentations are coming along well.

Grade 7/8 and 8: The jingles were great. I’ll be sharing some samples. We’re now starting into the main ideas of the unit – and making predictions about what might happen next.

Grade 6/7: This class worked really well at using reading and listening strategies to help them match different jingles to images. We’ll start to talk about the difference between “les désirs” (wants) et les besoins (needs) this week.

 

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 25: Lego Robotics competition at Kenner

April 28-30: Trent Enrichment (for some intermediates)

May 4: music Monday ( and Star Wars Day!)

June 4: band to Wonderland

Trivia  Questions

1. Quel record est-ce que Jordan Spieth a fait au Masters?

2. Pourquoi est-ce que 25,000 personnes ont marché à Québec le 11 avril, et pourquoi est-ce qu’ils ont porté rouge?

Website: Coding club has started. Here’s another resource (lots more in the coding club group on Edsby) that we’ll be looking at. The music tools are particularly fun. made with code

Books: Looking forward to the new Lisa Genova, which I spotted at Costco on Saturday. I wept my way through Still Alice, so am intrigued by her look at Huntington’s. Inside the O’Briens

Music: If you were at the Shakey Graves show Friday night, I totally want to hear about it. There’s an amazing show coming up at Market Hall on April 18. If you’re a singer/songwriter fan, this is one to see: Jez Lowe, James Keelaghan and Archie Fisher. Lots of amazing talent. Men at Words

 

 

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

Les nouvelles – 7 – 10 avril, 2015

 

This was a lot of my Easter weekend. credit: flickr user sébastien barré, via cc

This was a lot of my Easter weekend. credit: flickr user sébastien barré, 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: (you can always check edsby for most up-to-date information)

Grade 5: We had a long conversation this week about how we could make things work better in our French class. Please ask your child about it. Working on our puppets for the play, and working on showing understanding of what’s happening in the story.

Grade 5/6: Great work this week on adding new vocabulary, and super small group play work.

Grade 6: We’re moving into final stages for the play. Many students are working hard to memorize their part – ask your child where they’re at.

Grade 7/8 and 8: We’ve been creating jingles – amazing work on these – creating short advertising jingles that rhyme, in our second language. Some groups worked to integrate music into theirs.

Grade 6/7: Starting to work through listening activities, and matching different jingles to the products they advertise, to show understanding of the language.

 

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 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 3 joueurs étaient (were) le “punch line” des Canadiens de Montréal?

2. Qu’est-ce qui s’est passé à Beloeil, Québec, le weekend?

Website: Probably some of your kids will have told you about me walking around with “fish” stuck all over me on Wednesday, for poisson d’avril. While I knew that tradition was how the French did April Fool’s, I didn’t know why. Tweeting about it helped my learning, as a colleague posted this blog about her class’ exploration of the history. Poisson d’avril

Books: Finished a beautiful book this weekend. Lovely combination of fantasy and historical fiction – great for strong readers Grade 5 and up (some of the content in the historical fiction is emotionally difficult). It’s the story of a magical harmonica that weaves 3 different narratives around World War 2 together, and it’s really lovely, and would be a great one to read with your kids. It’s really a story about the power of music and of love to help balance the darkness of the world. echo

Music: Have been exploring some of my music collection with my kids lately, and we’re on a Paul Simon kick. Was remembering how much I love this one. What music do you enjoy gently nudging your kids about?

 

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