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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