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.


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