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


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.






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