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.
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.



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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