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.






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