Les nouvelles – 14-18 décembre, 2015

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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: Finishing our Hour of Code holiday cards (they’re amazing), and then preparing for a performance (in French) at Friday’s holiday singalong. Also, hopefully preparing and eating a traditional French holiday dessert.
Grade 6:  Creating an interactive holiday card in French. We finally have some lab time!
Grade 7:  Both classes will be finishing up their Hour Of Code games (with instructions in French) this week. 
Grade 8:  Finishing Hour of Code games, and writing French instructions.
Music: 8’s have their instruments, 7’s will choose theirs this week; 5/6 and 6 are singing, and learning about how to read music as we sing.
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.
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Coming events:
Food Drive: all week
December 15: Kinder/Primary choir holiday concert, 6:00
December 17: intermediate multicultural festival – what’s your child’s project about?
December 18: holiday singalong, 11:30.
Trivia Questions:
1. Qu’est-ce que Justin Trudeau a donné aux réfugiés syriens jeudi à Toronto?
2. Qu’est-ce qui connecte (what connects) Graham Fraser, Twitter et le gouvernement du Canada?

Website: I shared this with the 5/6’s in music this week, and we talked about how much of a workout this would be (we had been singing a song about bells ringing).

Chime ringing workout

Book: I’m deeply engrossed in  The Mountain Shadow right now. It’s a long awaited sequel to Shantaram, and features many of the same characters. If you’re a Bryce Courtenay fan, and love that kind of sweeping, character-driven epic (even thought the characters are deeply flawed), this might be a holiday read for you. I’m falling in love with Mumbai as I read it.

Music: More Peterborough folk fest music this week. If, for some reason, you’re not going to be at a movie theatre on Thursday night, you might want to catch the Great Lake Swimmers in an all ages gig at the Gordon Best. This is an older song of theirs, but still one of my faves:

Of course, if you are in a movie theatre Thursday night, you’ll probably be hearing a variation of this:

 

 

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Les nouvelles – 7-11 décembre, 2015

Question 1. Photo crédit: Flickr user Lisa Gansky via cc

Question 1. Photo crédit: Flickr user Lisa Gansky 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:

All classes: This week’s main activity is Hour of Code. We will be learning basic computer coding skills to complete activities in French. Grade 5/6 and 6 will be learning about holiday greetings in French (and coding interactive holiday cards – so much fun!) and Grade 7 and 8 will be creating simple games and writing instructions in French. We’ll post as many links as we can – and I’ll have the kids e-mail their creations to you.

Music: Ms Shaw’s class should be getting instruments on Tuesday. 7`s should be looking at pluses and minuses of different instruments and thinking about their choices.  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:
Food Drive: all week
Friday, December 11: Treats and Treasures sale – all proceeds to Hope for Homes to help Syrian refugees.
December 15: Kinder/Primary choir holiday concert
Trivia Questions:
1. Qu’est-ce qui se passe avec Carey Price?
2. Quelle fête a commencé le 6 décembre cette année (this year)?

Website: Leaving up our Hour of Code link. This is where we’re going to spend a lot of time this week!

Hour of Code

Book: Admitting right now that I’m a big Nick Hornby fan. If you’re not, read no further. I am really enjoying dipping into 10 years in the tub, a series of columns he wrote about what he was reading each month from Sept.2003 onward. If you’re an avid reader, and you like a strong writer’s voice, this is for you!

Music: There’s so much great new music around! There were a couple of super shows in town this past week, including an all-ages show by The Bros Landreth . Peterborough’s Folk Fest is doing an amazing job keeping the music coming all year long.

 

 

 

Please share in the comments – what are you clicking on, reading and listening to? Let’s build a sharing space here.