Les nouvelles – 29 février-4 mars

to go with the theme of question 1. #oscarssowhite makes for a great conversation starter. What would your kids have nominated this year? photo credit: flickr user cliff via cc

to go with the theme of question 1. #oscarssowhite makes for a great conversation starter. What would your kids have nominated this year? photo credit: flickr user cliff 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 worked on Kahoots when I was away on Friday – looking forward to seeing what they came up with. Ask your kids about what they created. These updates will stay the same, as we missed a chunk of class time last week.
Grade 5/6:  We worked hard this week on the expression “mieux” (better) , by using “Qu’est-ce que tu aimes mieux” questions (what do you like better?). The students came up with some great ideas for their questions.  resolutions
Grade 6:  We’re working on our quadrilingual (4 languages) tags for the school – be sure to ask about it. 
Grade 7:  Lush: continuing to look at our procedural writing task – the students had to create a computer game with code (have them show you), and then write simple French instructions for it. Interesting to see what we expect the game players to know. This will help us work a bit on the imperative forms of verbs. Lots of listening coming up. What strategies help us understand? We detoured into “ir” verbs this week as well.
Najarro: We worked on “ir” verbs this week, and will be doing some writing with those and “er” verbs. 
Grade 8:  We’re looking at our coding instructions this week ( as for Mr Lush’s class). We also did some work with “ir” verbs. We’re also going to give the class some choice in terms of our next learning cycle – what do we want to learn about?
Music: Grade 8’s will continue playing tests on Thursday, March 3 – #12 in the method book ; Grade 7’s are working through the first few pages of our method book. YouTube is a great resource for tips on care of instruments, as well as things like hand position and how to make a good first sound. 
Instrument loan permission form is below for intermediates.
Band:  There is a band practice this week. Doors open 8:00, we start to play at 8:10. Regular practice is a requirement!
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:
Feb 29: Girls’ intermediate b-ball tournament, competitive, Adam Scott
Mar. 1: ski/skate/winter play day (weather permitting)
Mar. 4: girls’ intermediate b-ball tournament, rec, Adam Scott.
Trivia Questions:
1. Quel film a gagné le Oscar pour meilleur film? 
2. Qu’est-ce que c’est, “Super Tuesday”?

Website: Haven’t had enough of the “get your Kleenex out” videos in this space lately – so, here you go!

#ShareTheLoad: This touching laundry ad makes a really good point about feminism

Book:  I have the new Jane Whitefield novel by Thomas Perry. If you don’t know what good news that is, you should do some checking it out. Amazing strong female character, First Nations history, great storylines – go there!

Music: Did you get to take in any of the Peterborough #winterfolkfolly on Saturday downtown? We didn’t, ’cause we’re still recovering from the awful cold/flu thing, but I would have loved to see Terra Lightfoot yesterday.

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Les nouvelles – 22-26 février

Wednesday is pink shirt day! Don't forget to wear yours! (photo credit: flickr user Geoffery Kehrig via cc)

Wednesday is pink shirt day! Don’t forget to wear yours! (photo credit: flickr user Geoffery Kehrig 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 worked hard this week on the expression “mieux” (better) , by using “Qu’est-ce que tu aimes mieux” questions (what do you like better?). The students came up with some great ideas for their questions.  resolutions
Grade 6:  We’re working on our quadrilingual (4 languages) tags for the school – be sure to ask about it. 
Grade 7:  Lush: continuing to look at our procedural writing task – the students had to create a computer game with code (have them show you), and then write simple French instructions for it. Interesting to see what we expect the game players to know. This will help us work a bit on the imperative forms of verbs. Lots of listening coming up. What strategies help us understand? We detoured into “ir” verbs this week as well.
Najarro: We worked on “ir” verbs this week, and will be doing some writing with those and “er” verbs. 
Grade 8:  We’re looking at our coding instructions this week ( as for Mr Lush’s class). We also did some work with “ir” verbs. We’re also going to give the class some choice in terms of our next learning cycle – what do we want to learn about?
Music: Grade 8’s will continue playing tests on Thursday, February 25 – #12 in the method book ; Grade 7’s are working through the first few pages of our method book. YouTube is a great resource for tips on care of instruments, as well as things like hand position and how to make a good first sound. 
Instrument loan permission form is below for intermediates.
Band:  There is a band practice this week. Doors open 8:00, we start to play at 8:10. Regular practice is a requirement!
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:
Feb 22 – competitive boys b-ball tournament
Feb 23 – rec boys b-ball tournament
Feb 24 – rec girls b-ball tournament
Feb 25 – competitive girls b-ball tournament
Feb 24 – pink shirt day (anti-bullying)
Feb 25 – Camp Can Aqua info meetings (2 pm and 7 pm)
Trivia Questions:
1. Qui a décidé de quitter la campagne présidentielle (en Amérique)?
2. Eddie Redmayne a gagné le prix Oscar pour acteur en 2015. Il est nominé encore (again) en 2016. Pour quel film?

Website: Just for fun (and to let your kids know they do not have a monopoly on cheesy pop music): nostalgia machine

I enjoyed this post on engaging with social media. I think we forget sometimes that it can be a “ridiculously gleeful” experience: do social media your way

Book:  I very much enjoyed Jodi Picoult’s Leaving Time. Quite different from some of her other novels, which sometimes are a little “overwrought” for me. Nice twist at the end, too, which I didn’t see coming. Had to give up on The Paris Architect though. Great premise, but clunky, clunky writing. I wanted to know what happened, but I just couldn’t stick it out.

Music: More new soul this week – I’m very happily in a groove of this stuff:

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

 

 

 

 

Les nouvelles – 15-19 février

Hope that your Valentine is keeping your warm this weekend, whoever they are (and I count my kids as among my Valentines). photo credit: flickr user Robert Fornal via cc

Hope that your Valentine is keeping you warm this weekend, whoever they are (and I count my kids as among my Valentines). photo credit: flickr user Robert Fornal 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:  Students shared some great thoughts about what they liked to do in different weather this week (Quand il fait froid, j’aime….).  Ask them about it! We’ll continue working on the play in the week to come.  resolutions
Grade 6:  We’re working on our quadrilingual (4 languages) tags for the school – be sure to ask about it. 
Grade 7:  Lush: continuing to look at our procedural writing task – the students had to create a computer game with code (have them show you), and then write simple French instructions for it. Interesting to see what we expect the game players to know. This will help us work a bit on the imperative forms of verbs. Lots of listening coming up. What strategies help us understand?
Najarro: Working on simple 2 minute conversations with a partner. If we can get comfortable with quick conversations in a safe environment, it might help us in a real-world situation. Hopefully starting into a new unit.
Grade 8:  We’re going to start to look at our coding instructions this week ( as for Mr Lush’s class). We’re also going to give the class some choice in terms of our next learning cycle – what do we want to learn about?
Music: Grade 8’s have a playing test on Thursday, February 18 – #12 in the method book ; Grade 7’s are working through the first few pages of our method book. YouTube is a great resource for tips on care of instruments, as well as things like hand position and how to make a good first sound. Many thanks to all the parents in Ms Najarro’s class who went above and beyond to get their permission forms in this week.
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:
February 15: family day
February 19: winter play day
Trivia Questions:
1. Qu’est-ce que Aaron Gordon a fait dans la compétition “dunk” du weekend All-Star à Toronto?
2. Quel est 1 des 5 livres nominés en Canada Reads?

Website: This raised some interesting questions for me, both as a teacher and parent. What do you think? educating an original thinker

And to help you answer question 1 (and make your tête explode!)

dunk contest

 

Book: I’m lucky enough to work with some avid readers, and our staff room is a great place to pick up new titles to look for. The new Jodi Picoult  was part of the conversation this week, so I picked it up at the library: Leaving Time

Music: I am a BIG fan of the current trend of “new soul” – music that sounds like it could have come out of the late 60’s/early 70’s – something to do with those big horns.  Here’s an example from Anderson East: The Devil In Me

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

 

 

 

 

Les nouvelles – 8-12 février

I may be unpopular, but I'm hoping for more views like this. My cross-country skis are itching to get out. Photo credit: flickr user Rachel Kramer via cc

I may be unpopular, but I’m hoping for more views like this. My cross-country skis are itching to get out. Photo credit: flickr user Rachel Kramer 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 worked on some new vocab this week involving body parts and food. Be sure to ask about some new words (arm, leg, throat – so we could talk about how to say I have a “sore…”, and then some great new food words – cake, apple, sandwich, which led to discussions about our lunches).  resolutions
Grade 6:  Started work on our quadrilingual (4 languages) tags for the school – be sure to ask about it. We also talked about this blog post: https://northernartteacher.wordpress.com/2016/01/29/stop-please/ and how we can build our ability to ask for help when needed.
Grade 7:  Lush: We’re going to start working on our going to a movie task this week, as well as continuing to look at our procedural writing task – the students had to create a computer game with code (have them show you), and then write simple French instructions for it. Interesting to see what we expect the game players to know.
Najarro: Continued to work on “er” verbs, and how they work. We did a practice quiz, which we’ll take up this week. Also working on simple 2 minute conversations with a partner.
Grade 8:  We’re going to start to look at our coding instructions this week ( as for Mr Lush’s class). We’re also going to give the class some choice in terms of our next learning cycle – what do we want to learn about?
Music: Grade 8’s have a playing test on Thursday, February 18 – “Au clair de la lune” ; Grade 7’s are working through the first few pages of our method book. YouTube is a great resource for tips on care of instruments, as well as things like hand position and how to make a good first sound. Many thanks to all the parents in Ms Najarro’s class who went above and beyond to get their permission forms in this week.
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:
February 10: grad retakes
February 15: family day
February 19: winter play day
Trivia Questions:
1. Qui a joué la musique au SuperBowl?
2. Il y a un deuxième livre dans le série de 5th Wave – quel est le titre?

Website: A tip for those of us without cable, who might want to watch the music this evening: Super Bowl streaming (hope it works in Canada).

Thought this one was worth sharing with students, teachers and parents alike. Social media is worth citing, when it’s related to your topic. Here’s how: 

How To Cite Social Media In Scholarly Writing

Book: Took a break from report writing this morning, and finished Terry Fallis’ Poles Apart . It was a really interesting read, and if you were ever a student activist (especially a feminist one) who wonders where the passion went, this is worth it. Bits of it are clunky, and it’s predictable, but it has a really good heart, and raises some interesting questions. Worth a discussion with a friend over a beverage.

Music: Lake Street Dive this week – this is, these days, my fave dancing around the kitchen making supper song. They`ll be in Toronto on March 15 at the Danforth Music Hall, if your March break plans involve that city.

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

 

 

 

 

Les nouvelles – 1er-5 février, 2016

Because you know what Tuesday is. photo credit: flickr user amazing_podgirl via cc

Because you know what Tuesday is. photo credit: flickr user amazing_podgirl 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 finished the play, and it’s amazing how much vocabulary the students are retaining. Ask them about the “gros problème” in the story.  resolutions
Grade 6:  We are still working really hard at our transitions this week. One strategy we all agreed to start working on was asking when we’re stuck, or don’t understand, rather than just tuning out, which sometimes ends up not being helpful. We have a special project that we’re about to start working on (be sure to ask about it).
Grade 7:  Lush: We took a bit of a break, and worked on our “er” verb forms this week. Lots of playing Kahoot. This week, we’re starting into a learning cycle involving asking a friend to see a movie (lots of skills involved – time, money, questions, directions)
Najarro: Worked on our “er” verbs this week – ask about playing Kahoot. Should start a play to help us review our basic vocabulary this week.
Grade 8:  “er” verbs are the focus here. We’ve done a mini practice quiz, and know that we have another, open-book activity coming soon. 
Music: 8’s are sounding good, and moving towards a first playing assessment. Both 7 classes should play this week, and 6 and 5/6 are being introduced to instruments (what they look like and sound like, how complicated they are to take care of/make a sound on). 
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 a joué contre (against) Novak Djokovic dans le match final du tournoi Australian Open? Qui a gagné le match?
2.  Nommez (name) 2 des 3 animaux qui sont importants le 2 février.

Website: If you have a high school student in the house, on exam week, this is worth the look: 

This was one of the strongest pieces I saw this week. Said a great deal to me about bias and voice. Don’t stand by

Book: I will be talking about this one at book club this week. If you have a YA reader who likes fairy tales and cyberpunk and fantasy and….they probably need to read Marissa Meyer. So much fun. Both Evergreen and Canada Reads titles got announced this week, so watch for those.

Music: Heard some First Aid Kit this week, and that, as it always does, took me back to this one.I think I love it because the harmonies are amazing, and it works as a lovely tribute to the artists it references.

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