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!
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:
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.
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 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.