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.






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