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.






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