Les nouvelles – le 14-18 septembre, 2015

she's not the answer to one of the trivia questions, but she was a big story this week. photo credit: flickr user Yann Caradec via cc

she’s not the answer to one of the trivia questions, but she was a big story this week. photo credit: flickr user Yann Caradec via cc

I can be reached at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I’m @nobleknits2 on Twitter, and our class hashtag is #laclasseaqm.
Welcome to another year at QM! I’m Madame Noble, and I will be teaching Core French to students in Grade 5/6-8. I will also be teaching music (vocal and instrumental) to those classes. 
On this blog, you’ll find what we’re doing in class, important dates, permission forms/letters to download and print at home (in case they didn’t make it home in the backpack), the trivia questions the class has been challenged with each week, and some links to websites, music and books you might find interesting.
I’ve chosen to use a blog in the hopes that it will start a conversation – so please feel free to leave a comment or a questions. Let’s keep the lines of communication open.
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
This week in French:
All classes worked on basic routines, and started to review concepts like date, weather, and numbers. Your child should be able to tell you their birthday in French. One goal this year is to know our numbers to 100. 
Music: we’re reviewing rhythm concepts, and having some fun singing. Ask your child about singing the 4-part round “Why shouldn’t my car?”
Documents for download: 
Reminder to return your e-mail address, so I can send you the link to the blog.
intro letter 2015
Coming events:
September 17: Junior mixed soccer – contact Mr Dufrane
September 25: PA Day
September 30: Intermediate soccer- contact Mr Lush
September 30: Terry Fox Run
October 8: cross-country meet – contact Mme Daley or Mrs Sargeant
Trivia Questions:
1. Qui a gagné le tournoi de tennis U S Open? (simple masculin et feminin)(men’s and women’s singles)
2. Combien de dollars est-ce que le gouvernement d’Ontario a annoncé pour aider les réfugiés Syriens?

Website: Two links today: CommonSense media has an amazing focus on digital citizenship. parent resources like these may help you learn about technology use in the classroom.

Mr Lush’s 7’s and I got a kick out of this one (we were working on remembering our silent last consonants in French): Have you been saying it wrong?

Book: Finished station 11 and would recommend it to everyone. Another amazing selection from the Evergreen list was Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner. It’s an East Coast story, with links to Shakespeare’s King Lear, visual art, sea myths and the growing problem with meth in small communities. Oh, and it’s about fathers and daughters, too. Page-turner – dark and lovely.

Music: One of my favourite moments in the week is driving my son to archery on Friday night and listening to the Radio 2 top 20. My favourite this week? The big-bearded, big-voiced Ben Caplan. Love the horns!

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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3 thoughts on “Les nouvelles – le 14-18 septembre, 2015

  1. I discovered Common Sense Media when I was responsible for children’s programming at a public library years ago, and needed film reviews that were more helpful/informative for parents than the Ontario Film Review Board ratings. All reviews address categories under the heading “What Parents Need to Know:” Educational Value, Positive Messages, Positive Role Models, Violence & Scariness, Sexy Stuff, Language, Consumerism, Drinking/Drugs/Smoking. As KaToMi’s Mom & Dad, we have found Common Sense Media invaluable when trying to decide whether a movie, book or video game is appropriate for our three kids of varying ages and sensitivities – for example, the Violence & Scariness rating is particularly good for this!

    • We have always used Common Sense that way as well. What I very much appreciate about what they’re doing now, is that they’re really delving into the idea of digital citizenship – and not with a “be afraid” approach. They go into “crap detection” skills and everything.

  2. Station Eleven sounds like it’s one I can’t miss …

    Speaking of good books, Pizza & Pages, the teen book club at the Peterborough Public Library, starts back up again this week (Thursday Sept. 17 at 6:30); this month, we’re talking about Laurie Halse Anderson’s traumatic yet triumphant tale, Speak. Although most QM students aren’t old enough (members must be 14 years old and in secondary school to join), there may be some older siblings who might be interested. Free book (to keep, thanks to the awesome Friends of the Library), free pizza, great conversation – who could ask for anything more? 😉 At Thursday’s meeting, we’ll be giving away October’s suitably creepy book: The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney. If there are any copies left after the Pizza & Pages meeting, they will be at the Adult Information Desk – first come, first served – for free!

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