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?


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.






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