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?


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)



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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