Les nouvelles – 25-29 janvier, 2016

Saturday was a perfect day for this! photo credit:flickr user Wendy Cooper via cc

Saturday was a perfect day for this! photo credit:flickr user Wendy Cooper 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:  We’ve figured out the basic pattern for the play. It’s so much fun watching the kids realize they know what’s going to happen, and showing their understanding of their second language without realizing that’s what they’re doing. We also did a 5Card Flickr this week. Check it in Edsby. resolutions
Grade 6:  We worked hard this week on our resolutions. Will be starting into new vocab and the play this week.

 

Grade 7:  Lush: We started into a challenging listening activity this week; we also drafted a huge list of questions for a quick conversation activity – ask your kids about 3 by 1 conversations.
Najarro: These students did amazing work on showing how question constructions work in French this week. Be sure to ask them how they did. Hopefully starting into a play this week. 
Grade 8:  We shifted focus this week, and we are starting to work on some very structured grammar activities to help us focus. Regular verbs to start with.
Music: 8’s are playing; Mr L’s class is, too; Ms W’s class created some amazing “snow slams” – be sure to ask them; Mr D’s class is being introduced to the instruments and Ms N’s class should have instruments assigned on Friday.
Instrument loan permission form is below for intermediates.
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
instrument permission 2016
band letter 2016
Coming events:
Intermediate basketball practices all week. See Edsby for details
February 5: PA Day
February 15: family day
February 19: winter play day
Trivia Questions:
1. Qui va jouer en Super Bowl 2016?
2. Pourquoi est-ce qu’il y a un hashtag #OscarsSoWhite

Website:

How’s your Arabic coming along? We’ve been working on the #’s 1-10 a lot! newbury park learn arabic

If you haven’t seen it yet: syrian refugees tobogganing

I thought, especially with Grade 8’s choosing their Grade 9 courses right now, that this was an interesting article: no degree needed. We need to reframe our conversation about what work/jobs might require.

Book: Hugely enjoying the fatal flame. One of the things I like best about it is that it’s written largely using flash patter, a dialect used on the streets of New York in the early days of the police department. flash patter

Music: Monday night’s announcement of Glenn Frey’s death took me to my piano, and my old arrangements of Eagles’ songs, which were the first pop songs I learned to play. One of my favourites here:

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

 

 

 

 

Les nouvelles – 18-22 janvier, 2016

They do, somehow, look different this week, after losing Bowie,  Rickman and many others. Photo credit: flickr user David Shankbone via cc

They do, somehow, look different this week, after losing Bowie, Rickman and many others. Photo credit: flickr user David Shankbone 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:  We started to review the play this week, as well as continuing a bit with our resolutions. We’ll post them on a Padlet this week, and share them. Continuing with new vocabulary this week! (ask about the animals in the play)
Grade 6:  Working on our resolutions. We’re also really working on meeting classroom expectations in this class.
Grade 7:  Lush: Here are some of our resolutions: 

This week we’re going to do some listening activities based around weather.

Najarro: This class has worked incredibly hard on meeting classroom expectations, and it’s paying off.  We worked on our resolutions this week. Starting into the play “Salut mon ami” this week. 

Grade 8:  Working on our resolutions, and hopefully starting a new unit on extreme adventures. Continuing working on classroom expectations. 

Music: 8’s are playing; Mr L’s class is, too; 6’s have started creating music with Incredibox, and 5/6’s have started building some beat-based rhymes about snow days. Ms N’s class will be working on a rap about the  year 2015 over the next 2 weeks.
Instrument loan permission form is below for intermediates.
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
instrument permission 2016
band letter 2016
Coming events:
January 19: grad photos (don’t forget!)
January 20: Grade 9 info night at Adam Scott, 6 p.m.
January 22: Integrated Arts applications due.
Trivia Questions:
1. Qui a visité le mosque à Peterborough, le 17 janvier?
2. Quel est le vrai (real) nom de David Bowie?

Website:

How’s your Arabic coming along? We’ve been working on the #’s 1-10 a lot! newbury park learn arabic

I also found some flashcards here, if your kids want to practice their welcoming language (there are french ones, too).

Book: Excited to have the 3rd installment of Lyndsay Faye’s series, set in the early days of the New York police force, in my hot little hands! the fatal flame

Music: Reasons to mourn and celebrate this week. No surprise that I was devastated by David Bowie’s death. After a lot of listening, for now I’ve settled on this as my favourite:

And to celebrate: Alessia Cara (who I shared 2 weeks ago) came 2nd in the BBC`s Sound of 2016.

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

 

 

 

 

Les nouvelles – 11-15 janvier, 2016

This is a big theme for us at QM. I've posted some links in the website section. photo credit: flickr user Tim Reckmann via cc

This is a big theme for us at QM. I’ve posted some links in the website section. photo credit: flickr user Tim Reckmann 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:  These students did an amazing job talking about their goals for 2016. Ask them! Working on the play this week.
Grade 6:  We really enjoyed our 3 Kings day treat – Angel won the prize. This week, we’ll be working on our resolutions, and new vocabulary. (and learning our numbers in French and Arabic)
Grade 7:  Lush: Ask about our 3 Kings day treat, playing number games in Arabic, and check out our games on Edsby. We’ll be working on resolutions this week. Najarro: working hard on classroom expectations, and starting our resolutions. 
Grade 8:  Working on our resolutions, and hopefully starting a new unit on extreme adventures. We’ve been focusing on classroom expectations. 
Music: 8’s are playing; 7’s are almost there; 6’s started creating music with Incredibox, and 5/6’s did some great work on a 700 year old song about the 3 Kings for 3 Kings day.
Instrument loan permission form is below for intermediates.
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
instrument permission 2016
Coming events:
January 4: back to school!
January 19: grad photos (don’t forget!)
January 20: Grade 9 info night at Adam Scott, 6 p.m.
Trivia Questions:
1. Quel est un problème avec “The Force Awakens” Monopoly?
2. Combien de dollars est-ce que tu peux gagner dans la loterie Powerball?

Website: We’re on a fairly major learning curve at Queen Mary with our newly arriving families from the Syrian crisis. We’re learning new words all the time. This site has been very helpful: newbury park learn arabic

I also found some flashcards here, if your kids want to practice their welcoming language (there are french ones, too).

Book: My kids and I all enjoyed The Runaways , a Marvel comics series. Dark, but engaging and some really interesting writing. Definitely 12 and up!

Music: This house is on a BIG Brandi Carlile kick, thanks to CBC Radio 2. this is the current high rotation song. Her range is amazing. Her version of Alphaville’s Forever Young is my personal favourite, so if you’re an 80’s throwback, check it out.

 

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

 

 

 

 

Les nouvelles – 4-8 janvier, 2016

I did some of this on the holiday, and hope to do more. What was your favourite activity? photo credit: flickr user thank you for visiting my page via cc

I did some of this on the holiday, and hope to do more. What was your favourite activity? photo credit: flickr user thank you for visiting my page 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:  Hope you got to hear about our fabulous holiday dessert – let me know if you want the recipe! This week, we’ll be talking a bit about our goals for the year, and working on starting up the play.
Grade 6:  Check Edsby to see the great cards people created – they now have coding skills! This week, we should be starting new vocabulary based on our play. (also making/eating something yummy for Three Kings day)
Grade 7:  We’ll be taking a look at the games we created on the computer, preparing and eating a treat for 3 Kings day, and talking about our resolutions/goals for this year.
Grade 8:  Wrapping up our Hour of Code activities and starting (hopefully) to look at a new unit on extreme activities.
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.
intro letter 2015
Coming events:
January 4: back to school!
January 19: grad photos (don’t forget!)
Trivia Questions:
1. Qu’est-ce qui s’est passé avec l’équipe canadien junior de hockey?
2. Comment s’appellent les 3 rois (le 6 janvier est la fête des 3 rois)

Website: There was so much out there to wrap up the end of the year. “Best of” lists abounded. I’ve decided, instead, to look forward. Choosing a word to guide your thinking this year is a popular activity at this time of year for many people. What might your word, or your child’s word be? Here’s how one teacher tackled it. Share your word with us, if you like. Mine is “hear” – as in not just listen, but genuinely hear – my kids, my students, my spouse, my colleagues.

https://mrcssharesease.wordpress.com/one-word-project/

Book: What did you get lost in on the break? I devoured a couple by Kate Morton (The Lake House and The Secret Keeper). My mother-in-law and I both really like her stuff, so I can pass books on, which is one of my favourite things to do.

Professionally, I’m excited about an upcoming book club I’m helping to lead online. Here’s a teaser:

Music: What was your favourite new music that you discovered in 2015? I’m very hooked on Alessia Cara, the very young Canadian making big waves. Big voice, great musical hooks, so much fun. (and we’ve all been to this party)

 

 

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