Les nouvelles – 7-11 mars

It's that time again! Intermediate speech competition is Tuesday afternoon in the auditorium (1:50). Photo credit: flickr user Brisbane city council via cc

It’s that time again! Intermediate speech competition is Tuesday afternoon in the auditorium (1:50). Photo credit: flickr user Brisbane city council 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:  Continuing to build vocabulary in this classroom – they’re really flying. Be sure to ask them about the main story we’re learning.
Grade 6:  We’ll be recording for our QR codes for our school tags this week. Also learning some new vocabulary.
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? Adding “re” verbs, too.
Najarro: Working on regular verbs, and rolling them into coding.
Grade 8:  We’re looking at our coding instructions this week ( as for Mr Lush’s class). “re” verbs are on the docket as well. We hope to Skype with Abby in France this week. 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 are doing a remarkable job on their first playing test; 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:
Tuesday, Mar. 8, 1:50: intermediate speeches in auditorium
Wednesday, Mar. 9: Mathletes, Grade 3-5, all day
Thursday, Mar. 10: Camp Can-Aqua meetings – 2 and 7 p.m., auditorium
Friday. Mar 11 – Sunday, Mar. 20: March break

Trivia Questions:

1. Où est le Brier cette année (this year)?
2. Qui est Scott Kelly, et qu’est-ce qu’il a fait la semaine passée (last week)?

Website: Lots to explore here – have fun! Thanks to @dougpete for the point!  musical time machine

More mind-bogging musical fun:

Book:  I devoured the Jane Whitefield – smart, fascinating, lots of action. This week, I’ve been learning about social justice in the post-World War 1 period in England via a Jennifer Robson novel. A surprising amount of information in a period romance story: after the war is over

Music: Have you heard Little Scream? If you’re an 80’s fan of his purpleness, Prince, this cut by Laurel Springelmeyer may tickle your ears.

Little Scream

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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