Les nouvelles – 21-25 mars

Spring flowers surrounded by snow. credit: flickr user Billy Wilson via cc

Spring flowers surrounded by snow. credit: flickr user Billy Wilson 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’ll work our way back into our main story. First writing activities should happen this week. Also, some treats!
Grade 6:  We’ll be recording for our QR codes for our school tags this week. Also learning some new vocabulary.
Grade 7:  Lush: we’ll be wrapping up our procedural writing – if your code’s not posted in Edsby – it needs to be!
Najarro: Using the imperative forms of our regular verbs (the ones for giving directions) to create instructions for our games in Scratch.
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! Make sure to pick up a band folder!
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:
Mar.21: pizza fundraising orders due
Mar. 25: Good Friday (school closed)
Mar. 28: Easter Monday (school closed)

Trivia Questions:

  1. Nommez (name) 1 des 7 nouveaux sénateurs à Ottawa.
  2. Pourquoi est-ce que beaucoup de personnes parlent de French’s Ketchup?

Website: this one made me smile: late note from Springsteen

And this one, too: Adele and cover singers in Dublin (and they ended up on Ellen after that!)

Book:  It was a lovely March break for reading. I got very wrapped up in some speculative fiction (Snow CrashThe Leftovers – which I didn’t know had been made into TV), and some blockbuster thrillers (speaking in bonesbroken promise). What did you dive into?

Music: I hugely enjoyed the St Patrick’s Day special on CBC Radio 2’s Deep Roots. And, due to the magic of the Internet, I can share it with you! Follow the link, click audio, and listen to the show! Enjoy.

St Patrick’s Day Deep Roots


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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