I can always be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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 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.
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.
February 10: grad retakes
February 19: winter play day
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:
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.