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)


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.



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