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.

 

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Les nouvelles – 8-12 février

  1. Just finished reading Brian Selznick’s The Marvels as I battled the flu all weekend. I want to say that I loved it, but I found the dialogue really artificial in the text part of it – kind of took the magic out of it. I also found the “solution” to the mystery part of the book a little far-fetched – but then, I found out in the “Afterword” that it was based on a true story! Shows what I know! I did love the graphic part of it (beginning and end), though – this is my kind of “graphic novel”! I have yet to find a traditional graphic novel that I wouldn’t rather read as a book, but I’m up for suggestions, if you can handle the challenge, Madame N!

    Thanks for the poke and the link for the instrument permission form – the first we’ve heard of it!

    • thanks, as always, Karen, for sharing what you’re reading. I haven’t tried any of Selznick’s stuff, because for some reason by boys weren’t interested at all. I will take the challenge up, though, and would suggest you try out Cecil Castelluci’s The Janes, which I utterly loved as a graphic novel, and I’m not really sure would work as a novel. Interesting thought….

      Glad the permission forms helped – I will always post things on the blog that i hand out.

  2. […] there was a side discussion on Twitter as well.  Lisa, on her blog, had shared that she was talking about the concept with her Grade 6 […]

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