Les nouvelles – 22-25 juin, 2015

Strawberry Ice Cream Cone

Thursday afternoon is our 3rd annual ice cream party. Credit: Strawberry Ice Cream Cone by flickr user culinarygeek 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 did quick character descriptions from a film they watched. This week, we’ll be working on some descriptions of our selves.

Grade 5/6: As for Grade 5’s- creating descriptions of ourselves, and some food preparation

Grade 6: Students got their schedules back – be sure to ask about them. Food prep this week!

Grade 7/8 and 8: 8’s are done seeing me, be sure you have a passé composé cheat sheet for next year. 7’s will be helping me with some packing and moving room activities.

Grade 6/7: Some work on directions, and helping me shift rooms.

Documents for download:

A1 wheel

A2 wheel

band letter 2014

Band news:

 

7’s are playing for grad – all instruments and music to be returned by Wednesday.

Important dates:

 

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

June 24: Grade 2, 3, and 4 to Lang

June 25: Ice cream party after 2nd break. Last day of school

Trivia  Questions

1. Qui était (was) Clementa Pinckney?

2. Qu’est-ce que c’est, #TRC2015?

Website: Amazing piece from the Atlantic about the South Caroline shootings – take the 10 minutes, and watch the video. We all need reminding to #staywoke

blessed are the peacemakers

Books: Jane Urquhart’s new one is lovely, but jumps around a bit, and I’ve had trouble committing to it. Language is amazing though, as always. Looking forward to a new Louise Penny in August! Louise Penny

Music: Have you seen the line-up for the Peterborough Folk Festival? Lots of names that have been in this space – Matt Anderson, Matthew Barber, Mo Kenney, Joel Plaskett – wow! folk festival line-up Makes up for the less than stellar (in my opinion) list for MusicFest this summer.

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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Les nouvelles – 8-12 juin, 2015

A clue for question 2. photo credit: Aboriginal multi-media society of Alberta.

A clue for question 2. photo credit: Aboriginal multi-media society of Alberta.

 

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: Play presentations went well. Some students amazed us with their memorized lines, and acting ability!

Grade 5/6: Finishing up our retell, and doing some comprehension activities.

Grade 6: Continuing our conversations around schedules, and starting to think about an extension to our main story.

Grade 7/8 and 8: Continuing our budget presentations to Madame. Then some comprehension work about the Marché de Fer in Haiti.

Grade 6/7: Creating riddles about a passe-temps we might enjoy.

Documents for download:

A1 wheel

A2 wheel

band letter 2014

Band news: We had a GREAT time at Wonderland. The band really appreciated the feedback from our adjudicator, who was just the right combination of knowledgeable, encouraging and practical.

Grade 7`s will continue with Wednesday practices, and probably a couple extras, as we prepare for grad. We will have one more full band gathering next week, to Skype with our musical friends in England.

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 9: junior ultimate frisbee

June 10: KPREAA track and field

June 11: Theatre in the Community presentation by TASSS students

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, #TRC2015?

Website: The latest minecraft pocket update has been causing a lot of excitement at my house! Boats! Skins! Spider jockeys! Check it out! minecraft pocket edition update

And if you’re looking for clues about question 2, this was one of my favourite pieces this week: Wab Kinew on #TRC2015

 

Books: Got lucky last week, and had 3 things I’d had on hold come in for me at once. Jon Krakauer’s Missoula is fascinating, but has to be taken in small doses, because it’s depressing as all get out (about rape on college campuses); I ripped through the entertaining (and historically interesting) romance  The Fortune Hunter . It tells the story about the Empress of Austria’s adventures in Victorian England. Just dipping into Jane Urquhart’s newest now.

Music: This one’s become a bit of an earworm for me lately. Mo Kenney’s Pretty Things

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