Les nouvelles – 1er-5 juin, 2015

The boys' musical group at Fort Qu'appelle Industrial School, Saskatchewan,.Clue for question 2. Credit: Flickr user Bibiloarchives/libraryarchives via cc

The boys’ musical group at Fort Qu’appelle Industrial School, Saskatchewan,.Clue for question 2. Credit: Flickr user Bibiloarchives/libraryarchives 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: Students have started presenting their plays. Ask about how it’s going.

Grade 5/6: Working on a retell this week – writing a brief summary of the story, in our own words.

Grade 6: Having conversations with Madame about the schedules we wrote. Have you seen some of them on Edsby?

Grade 7/8 and 8: Budget presentations to Madame. Then some comprehension work about Haiti.

Grade 6/7: Starting into the last stages of our passe-temps learning.

Documents for download:

A1 wheel

A2 wheel

band letter 2014

Band news: Music Monday was a big success. We got some great press coverage. Music Monday Queen Mary

Wonderland trip goes Thursday. Be at school by 8:15, we pull out at  8:30 – we will return approximately 12 hours later. Don’t forget you can’t bring food into Wonderland.

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:

June 3:Pan Am activity day

June 4: band to Wonderland; Ann Douglas at QM 6:30- Parenting through the Storm

June 5: crazy excitement! PanAm torch run start of day event at QM at 11:15. Grade 8 student Katie Oickle is our runner. (yes, it’s also a PA day)

June 10: KPREAA track and field

June 12: Diabetes walk

June 15-17: Grade 7/8 trip to Camp CanAqua

June 19: school track and field day

June 23: grad: breakfast 8 am, student vs teacher 3-pitch/volleyball 10:00, clap-out 11:30, grad ceremony 6:30.

Trivia  Questions

1. Qui est Sepp Blatter, et quel est le problème avec FIFA?

2. Qu’est-ce que c’est, la commission de vérité et de réconciliation du Canada?

Website: If you, or your kid, is a creator of content on the web, this post, which came from my friend Doug yesterday morning, will be your new best friend. It’s a point to a portal full of resources for fonts, photos and more. The photo section alone is worth saving for copyright-free images. Makerbook

On a completely different note, following the hashtag #myreconciliationincludes has been an education, leading up to the June 2 release of the commission’s report.

Books: What are you reading? Parent Karen Clysdale mentioned in the comments that the new Penderwicks books has arrived (4th in the beautiful, innocent, hilarious, wonderful series). If you grew up with books about resourceful kids having adventures without their parents, these are books you want to share with  your kids. My 14 year old son liked them enough that he’s game to read this one, too.

Music: These two were on q a couple of weeks ago, and I was instantly transported back to my days of listening to Simon and Garfunkel. S and G for the new generation: The Milk Carton Kids

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

Les nouvelles – 25-29 mai

Your clue for #2 this week! Credit: flickr user James Shields, via cc

Your clue for #2 this week! Credit: flickr user James Shields, 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: We’ve started working on les phrases bizarres (weird sentences) which let us be very creative, and use our French vocabulary. Ask about them!

Grade 5/6: Amazing work on play presentations. We’re now moving into some creative activities and writing on what might happen next in the story.

Grade 6: Working on schedule writing, as well as editing our own work, and peer-editing.

Grade 7/8 and 8: Lots of research happening here on our passe-temps, and what they might cost!

Grade 6/7: Doing some regular verb work, as we look at the way flyers and publicity language uses the imperative form of action words.

Documents for download:

A1 wheel

A2 wheel

band letter 2014

Band news: Music Monday was a big success. We got some great press coverage. Music Monday Queen Mary

We are confirmed for Wonderland. I would still happily accept any parent volunteers!

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:

June 4: band to Wonderland

June 5: crazy excitement! PanAm torch run start of day event at QM at 11:15. Grade 8 student Katie Oickle is our runner. (yes, it’s also a PA day)

June 10: KPREAA track and field

June 15-17: Grade 7/8 trip to Camp CanAqua

June 19: school track and field day

June 23: grad: breakfast 8 am, student vs teacher 3-pitch/volleyball 10:00, clap-out 11:30, grad ceremony 6:30.

Trivia  Questions

1. Qui a gagné Eurovision?

2. Qu’est-ce que l’Irlande a décidé avec une vote?

Website: Because it’s bike season, and this is such a biking town, I thought I’d put in a plug for this community initiative. community bike shop

Books: What are you reading? Have had conversations this week with people about the GoldfinchAt the Water’s Edge, and The Bone Clocks. What’s on your list?

Music:  What a weekend for music: Eurovision and CBC music festival! What was on your playlist?

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

Les nouvelles – 19-22 mai

Hope some of you got some time like this on the weekend. photo credit: Heather Theijsmeijer

Hope some of you got some time like this on the weekend. photo credit: Heather Theijsmeijer

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: We’ve been working very hard on making our small group time productive. Check in with your child on what’s happening in their play group. We’re going to start writing phrases bizarres, which students are excited about!

Grade 5/6: Play presentations will begin on Tuesday! We’ve raided the costume bin, and students are eager to show what they’ve learned.

Grade 6: We had some creative, engaging versions of the play presented in class. We are working on writing a schedule of our day, using a model. This is a way to combine our knowledge of time, as well as using some regular verbs in written form.

Grade 7/8 and 8: Deciding on our passe-temps, and beginning to research equipment we’ll need to do it. We will be working on a budget, as well as some procedural writing.

Grade 6/7: We worked this week on identifying the things that tell us a flyer is a flyer, no matter what language it’s in. We’ll be looking next week at the way prices are different in French, as well as starting to narrow down our passe-temps.

Documents for download:

A1 wheel

A2 wheel

band letter 2014

Band news: Music Monday was a big success. We got some great press coverage. Music Monday Queen Mary

Band trip to Wonderland June 4 still needs parents to come. Let me know, asap, please. I have one other adult coming, but could really use a third. You need a valid police cheque. Cost is $65, and Tuesday is the hard deadline!

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:

May 21: spring fling – music and arts celebration – 2 p.m. performance only, due to many participants having evening sports commitments.

June 4: band to Wonderland

June 10: KPREAA track and field

June 15-17: Grade 7/8 trip to Camp CanAqua

June 19: school track and field day

June 23: grad: breakfast 8 am, student vs teacher 3-pitch/volleyball 10:00, clap-out 11:30, grad ceremony 6:30.

Trivia  Questions

1. Quelle émission (TV show) a fini dimanche, le 17 mai?

2. Quel livre d’Antoine St. Exupéry est un nouveau film de Pixar?

Website: Had a very interesting conversation with some of the intermediates about the foul hashtag #fhritp, and the controversy that erupted at the Toronto FC game last week. Might be worth discussing it with your older kids. What did they think? Why would people do this? Should someone lose their job over this kind of incident?  Shauna Hunt tackles hecklers

Books: Devoured Lisa Genova’s latest this week. What she did for Alzheimer’s with Still Alice, she does for Huntington’s with inside the o’briens . Very much worth the read, though many people are frustrated by the ending. (I thought it was a kind of perfect fit). interview with Lisa Genova

Music:  The Weather Station slipped quietly into town last week, launching her spring tour with a gig at the Gordon Best. Did you get there?

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

Les nouvelles – 11-15 mai

She's the answer to Question 1. Photo credit: flickr user Dave Cournoyer via cc

She’s the answer to Question 1. Photo credit: flickr user Dave Cournoyer 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: Working on our plays, as well as phrases bizarres, which are a great way to show our understanding of French vocabulary. Students use familiar words to create funny sentences, which can be as silly as we’d like, as long as they make logical sentence sense.

Grade 5/6: We’re preparing our plays for presentation in this class. Ask your child what role he or she is taking on, and maybe even get to hear some of it.

Grade 6: Students are presenting their plays, and then we’ll move into some writing about the story, as well as about our days.

Grade 7/8 and 8: More conversations about ads and marketing. We looked  a lot at text features this week (using our first-language reading strategies to help us figure out our second!), and classes are deciding which passe-temps (hobby) they’re going to focus on.

Grade 6/7: Great jingles presented this week. In the coming week, we’ll be looking at what makes an effective ad, and sharing some of our favourites.

Documents for download:

A1 wheel

A2 wheel

band letter 2014

Band news: Music Monday was a big success. We got some great press coverage. Music Monday Queen Mary

Band trip to Wonderland June 4 still needs parents to come. Let me know, asap, please.

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:

May 11: track and field area meet at TASSS (rain date May 12)

May 14: kindergarten orientation

May 21: spring fling – music and arts celebration

June 4: band to Wonderland

Trivia  Questions

1. Qui est le nouveau premier ministre (premier) d’Alberta?

2. Qui est le nouveau chef (leader) du parti conservatif d’Ontario?

Website: My friend Doug is a bit of a map geek. He likes to use Streetview and other tools to really look in detail at a place he’s learning about. He wrote an interesting blog post about some new tools he’s discovered. These would be amazing for planning a family trip, I think: https://dougpete.wordpress.com/2015/05/10/around-every-corner/

Books: I finally got around to reading The Rosie Project . We discovered it was a perfect family read aloud while camping last weekend. Highly recommended, although probably not easy reading for families living with Asperger’s. (and I’d love your point of view on this, if you are one of those families)

Music: The Good Lovelies have a new album due out on May 26. You can remind yourself why you’re excited about that by listening to some.

Good Lovelies

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