Les nouvelles – 29 mars – 1er avril

Dublin's general post office, focus of Sunday's ceremonies to mark the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. photo credit: flickr user Liam Moloney via cc

Dublin’s general post office, focus of Sunday’s ceremonies to mark the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. photo credit: flickr user Liam Moloney 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:  This class is really diving into our main story. Ask them about the characters, and what happens. 
Grade 6: Ask your child about the silly story we’ve read about a rock and roll frog, and his search for a sweetie. 🙂
Grade 7:  Lush: looking at reading strategies with a variety of real French articles. What helps you understand.
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 – final edits of our instructions.
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! There will be a meeting this week to discuss the possibility of a Wonderland trip.
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. 29: Vesey’s flower orders due
April 1: Pizza Kit orders due
April 7: Junior boys’ floor hockey tournament
April 21: gymnastics tournament. 

Trivia Questions:

  1. Quel livre a gagné #canadareads2016?
  2. Quel group a joué un grand concert à Havana?

Website: This just popped across my Twitter feed this morning (hot off the presses!). What do you think? How would you use this? virtual reality

Something we’ll be looking at in music before the end of the year (you can start experimenting now, by logging in with your Office 365 account- use your school e-mail): soundtrap

Books: Which of the Canada Reads contestants have you read? I have to admit that the total stands at 0 for me, thought I loved some of the books on this year’s long list. Anybody want to challenge me to a co-read?

Music: With the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising taking place as  I write, I’m going to go political. I can’t listen to this without the hair standing up on my arms. Sinead singing The Foggy Dew, about the events of the Easter Rising, 1916.



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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