Les nouvelles – le 30 novembre – 4 décembre, 2015

The trophy that the answer to question 1 takes home! credit: flickr user rebecca bollwitt via cc

The trophy that the answer to question 1 takes home! credit: flickr user rebecca bollwitt via cc

I can always be reached at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I’m @nobleknits2 on Twitter, and our class hashtag is #laclasseaqm. We post what we’re learning on Edsby.
I’m Madame Noble, and I teach Core French to students in Grade 5/6-8. I also teach 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:
Grade 5/6 and 6: some of the cars the students created our amazing. Be sure to ask what your child’s vehicle can do. We’ll keep working on cube stories – the idea is to build a story with our French vocabulary – rather than trying to think of something in English and translate it. It’s a hard shift.
Grade 7: Continuing current events reading. Starting to work on direction words, and preparing for some French Hour of Code activities next week.
Ms Najarro’s class:  working on question structures. This has been some challenging learning for this group. We’re going to try working with pictures next week, and see if that helps us move forward.
Grade 8:reading current events, review of direction words, and doing some vocab preparation for French Hour of Code next week.
Music: 7’s and 8’s  will be looking at how different instruments work to help students make a good choice for them. 5/6 and 6 will be doing some singing over the next few weeks (in French and English). 
Documents for download: 
Reminder to return your e-mail address, so I can send you the link to the blog. Thanks so much to those of you who have already done that.
intro letter 2015
Coming events:
Intermediate volleyball tournaments coming up this week
Friday, December 11: Treats and Treasures sale – all proceeds to Hope for Homes to help Syrian refugees.
Trivia Questions:
1. Qui a gagné la Coupe Grey?
2. Pourquoi est-ce que Justin Trudeau et Kathleen Wynne sont (are) en Paris?

Website: We’re headed to some learning on the Hour of Code website Dec. 7-11. So many coding resources your head will spin. Check it out! P.S. If you’re a teacher – sign up your class!

Hour of Code

Book: Read 2 mysteries this week, and it’s a thumbs up/thumbs down situation. Solid yes to Robert Crais’ newest, The Promise, which brings together Joe Pike, Elvis Cole and Jon Stone, but adds in the very cool dog/cop combination we met in an earlier book. Exciting, engaging and moves all the way through. The new Elizabeth George, A Banquet of Consequences, not so much. Some lovely writing, an interesting meditation on the nature of love, but very convoluted, and, for me, a big hole in the plot in terms of an undiagnosed mental health condition. Frustrating, really.

Music: Thanks to my older son for the point on this one. If you haven’t heard Andra Day yet, you will be for sure after Apple’s Christmas ad for this year. Sorry it`s in ad form, but I think the voices are worth sharing.

 

 

 

 

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Les nouvelles – le 23-27 novembre, 2015

The answer to question 2. photo credit: flickr user megan cole via cc

The answer to question 2. photo credit: flickr user megan cole via cc

I can always be reached at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I’m @nobleknits2 on Twitter, and our class hashtag is #laclasseaqm. We post what we’re learning on Edsby.
I’m Madame Noble, and I teach Core French to students in Grade 5/6-8. I also teach 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:
Grade 5/6 and 6: working on question structures, cube stories, and starting to share the amazing vehicles students have created. What can their cars do? (using verb: pouvoir – to be able to)
Grade 7: Mr Lush’s class: Working on cube stories – taking up question structures, and moving into reading strategies with current events stories.
Ms Najarro’s class:  moving into question structures.
Grade 8: have finished question assessments; moving into some reading of current events material, and cube stories.
Music: 7’s and 8’s  will be looking at how different instruments work to help students make a good choice for them. 5/6 and 6 will be doing some singing over the next few weeks (in French and English). Ask the 5/6’s about singing La Marseillaise last week.
Documents for download: 
Reminder to return your e-mail address, so I can send you the link to the blog. Thanks so much to those of you who have already done that.
intro letter 2015
Coming events:
Wed. Nov.25: Intermediates to Adam Scott for KYO concert – please return permission form and toonie!
Book Fair! Monday, Nov 23- Thursday, Nov 26
Friday, Nov. 27: PA Day
Trivia Questions:
1. Pourquoi est-ce que le “Vinyl Café” doit annuler (cancel) les concerts?
2. Quel chanteur de Newfoundland est mort jeudi? Quel est son chanson (song)  le plus populaire?

Website: This one made us grin this week: family builds death star

 

Book: I’m reading Black Feathers by Robert Wiersema (recommended by Shelagh Rogers). I keep having to put this one down, because it’s edgy and creepy, and I’m afraid of what’s going to happen next. For adults or strong YA readers who aren’t afraid of the dark. Street life in Victoria, a serial killer and a complex main character who’s having trouble drawing the line between dreams and reality.

Music: The Bare Naked Ladies brought Alan Doyle along with them for their show on Friday night, and this seemed a perfect link to the guy in Question 2:

 

 

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Les nouvelles – le 16-20 novembre, 2015

The London Eye, lit up on Saturday in the colours of the French flag. A clue for question 1. photo credit: flickr user Garry Knight via cc

The London Eye, lit up on Saturday in the colours of the French flag. A clue for question 1. photo credit: flickr user Garry Knight via cc

I can always be reached at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I’m @nobleknits2 on Twitter, and our class hashtag is #laclasseaqm.
I’m Madame Noble, and I teach Core French to students in Grade 5/6-8. I also teach 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:
Grade 5/6: We’ve pretty much finished our Sways – they were amazing, so please ask to see your child’s, and will be moving into some reflection on the task before we start into a new play. 
Grade 6: We have a few more presentations to hear, and then will move into working on some question structures and then starting a play. 
Grade 7: Mr Lush’s class brainstormed some astounding questions. We’re doing some de-constructing of how questions work in French, and will be class-creating a web-based resource about question strategies. there will be an open-book assessment on questions this week or next. 
Ms Najarro’s class is finishing presentations and then  moving into questions.
Grade 8: starting to create a note and a class resource on how questions work in French.
Music: 7’s and 8’s are moving closer to playing instruments. We’re wrapping up some theory activities, and will be looking at how different instruments work to help students make a good choice for them. 5/6 and 6 will be doing some bucket drumming, as well as playing Kahoot to help them remember their note names.
Documents for download: 
Reminder to return your e-mail address, so I can send you the link to the blog. Thanks so much to those of you who have already done that.
intro letter 2015
Coming events:
Wednesday Nov. 18: Grade 7/8 vaccination (2nd attempt); anti-bullying day – wear pink!
Friday, Nov. 27: PA Day
Trivia Questions:
1. Pourquoi est-ce que beaucoup de monuments était (were) illuminés en bleu, blanc et rouge samedi?
2. Qu’est-ce que la ville de Montréal a mis (put) dans le fleuve (river) St. Laurent?

Website:

This was one of the more interesting posts I saw after the tragedies in Paris on Friday night. Worth looking at/talking about with our kids. Crap detection is a really important skill in the Internet age.

untrue social media rumours about Paris attacks

 

Book: Could somebody please read the new Karin Slaughter, “Pretty Girls“? I need to know if I’m being oversensitive as a Canadian of a certain age, but combine missing/tortured teenage girls and a couple named Paul and Claire and you might have an idea of my problem. Let me know what you think. Not a pleasant read.

Music: Friday night was an amazing music night in this town. I’m sure some of you made it out to the Red Dog to hear the Strumbellas, and I’m hoping they played this (and I think this video is super-fun, and a great model for kids building their own)

Across the street at the Gordon Best, there was a double feature of Evening Hymns and Kalle Mattson, presented by the Peterborough Folk Festival. I’m thinking there must have been a great after-party somewhere. 🙂

(yet another clever video)

 

 

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Les nouvelles – le 9-13 novembre, 2015

this is what my Thursday morning looked like. photo credit: Donna Fry via cc

this is what my Thursday morning looked like. photo credit: Donna Fry via cc

 

I can always be reached at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I’m @nobleknits2 on Twitter, and our class hashtag is #laclasseaqm.
I’m Madame Noble, and I teach Core French to students in Grade 5/6-8. I also teach 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:
Grade 5/6: finishing up our presentations of ourselves (ask about your child’s Sway, or check it out on the Edsby thread for French); doing some reflecting on what we learned in the process;
Grade 6: beginning presentations of Sways (ask your child if he/she is  organized to present – has posted a Sway to Edsby) 
Grade 7: Ms Najarro’s class is finishing sharing their Powtoons (ask about these -they’re awesome) about themselves, and Mr Lush’s class is moving into some concrete work on question structures
Grade 8: starting to take a close look at how we create questions in French – very valuable for next year.
Music: 
Documents for download: 
Reminder to return your e-mail address, so I can send you the link to the blog. Thanks so much to those of you who have already done that.
intro letter 2015
Coming events:
Tuesday, Nov. 10: picture retakes
Friday, Nov. 13: wear blue for Global Diabetes day
Wednesday Nov. 18: Grade 7/8 vaccination (2nd attempt); anti-bullying day – wear pink!
Friday, Nov. 27: PA Day
Trivia Questions:
1. Maryam Monsef est membre du cabinet maintenant. Quelle est sa portefeuille (department)?
2. Quel est le problème avec Connor McDavid?

Website: Just spent 3 days at the amazing #BIT15 education technology conference, as presenter and learner. I learned a lot! I got to hear one of my teaching heros, Heidi Siwak, present at the keynote. Here’s one of her blog posts, to give you an idea of the kind of thinking she encourages in her classroom (and I’m trying, though it’s harder in a second language!)

And for something completely different: Star Wars character posters

Book:  Looking forward to hearing what the book club is reading this week. Here’s our flipboard magazine of what we’ve been reading so far: book club flipboard

Music:  I’m sure you’ve already heard/seen Adele’s new hit, “Hello”, with its gorgeous final shots that are oh, so Montreal, so I won’t post it here. Instead, a rather unique lyric video from singer/songwriter Royal Wood, for his new single “Long Way Out”, including the chords, to play along.

 

 

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