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.


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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