Les nouvelles – 25 – 29 avril

prince

If you know me, you know that this photo was kind of inevitable. credit: flickr user culture culte 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: Play groups have been created, and students are enjoying starting to choose roles, and work on understanding of hte play.
Grade 6: This group is getting a huge kick out of our story of a lonely frog looking for a friend – hoping this will lead us into some thinking about what makes a good friend. We’ve started answering questions about the story.
Grade 7:  Lush: Working on our detailed conversations about going to a movie. We will also be working on digital citizenship this week, while some students are at Trent Enrichment
Najarro: We’re looking at irregular verbs, and are going to start our “going to a movie” unit.
Grade 8:  Students are reading the main text about going to a dance, and working on irregular verbs.
Music: Grade 8’s are learning new notes;  Mr Lush’s 7’s are finishing a test (#13 – duet). Ms Najarro’s 7’s are working on composting some music using Incredibox! 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. 5/6 and 6 are preparing to sing on Music Monday.
Instrument loan permission form is below for intermediates.
All signouts are now open – come up and sign our your instrument. Weekends included.
Band:  Band – watch Edsby and announcements. Lots of different practices. Music Monday and Spring Fling are May 2 and 5.
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:
April 25: Lush to Warsaw
April 26-28:Trent enrichment (grade 7/8 and some 5/6 students)
April 29: school spelling bee.
May 2: Music Monday
May 5: Spring Fling celebration of the arts

Trivia Questions:

  1. Qui est mort le 23 avril, 1616?
  2. Quel est le vrai nom (real name) de Prince?

Website: Couple of coming events that you might find interesting:

yellow fish road project If you’ve got kids aged 8 and up, this looks like a fun way to spend a Tuesday night.

Have a talented musician in the family? Check this out: Try the Orchestra 2016 Final Single

I’m a big fan of #sketchnoting (creating a visual/word sketch of main ideas on a topic, workshop, etc.). Found out today that Ted talks are now creating a sketchnote a day. You can find them here

Two sites we’ve been using lately in class (and at home, at my house):

duolingo – lets you  move through learning a language wherever you are (as long as you have wifi). Great way to build your French (or other language) comfort level.

incredibox super fun music creation program. We’re using it to try and explain how different elements of music create mood.

Books: Yes, I’m still reading about Ava Lee, not so mild-mannered forensic accountant. I’m very much enjoying the way the character evolves as the series continues. If you like your mysteries a little bit hard-boiled, with lots of action, and you’re interested at all in learning about the new China, Hong Kong, Macau, these are for you.

Music: This was one of the more gorgeous Prince bits I saw this weekend. Very quietly shows how talented the man was:

What are you clicking on, reading and listening to? Let’s build a sharing space here.

 

 

 

 

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Les nouvelles – 18-22 avril

dreaming of this. photo credit: flickr user Robbie Sproule via cc

dreaming of this. photo credit: flickr user Robbie Sproule 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 continues to enjoy deepening their understanding of our main story. We’re going to work on unscrambling sentences this week, as well as creating our groups for working on the play.
Grade 6: This group is getting a huge kick out of our story of a lonely frog looking for a friend – hoping this will lead us into some thinking about what makes a good friend.
Grade 7:  Lush: Working on our detailed conversations about going to a movie.
Najarro: We’re looking at regular verbs, and are going to start our “going to a movie” unit.
Grade 8:  Students are reading the main text about going to a movie, and working on irregular verbs.
Music: Grade 8’s are learning new notes;  Mr Lush’s 7’s started are finishing a test (#13 – duet). Ms Najarro’s 7’s will be starting a test – taking an instrument home to practice is a big help! 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. 5/6 and 6 are preparing to sing on Music Monday.
Instrument loan permission form is below for intermediates.
All signouts are now open – come up and sign our your instrument. Weekends included.
Band:  Band – watch Edsby and announcements. Lots of different practices. Music Monday and Spring Fling are May 2 and 5.
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:
April 26-28:Trent enrichment (grade 7/8 and some 5/6 students)
April 29: school spelling bee.
May 2: Music Monday
May 5: Spring Fling celebration of the arts

Trivia Questions:

  1. Qu’est-ce qui se passe avec le gouvernement en Brésil?
  2. Qu’est-ce que se passe avec l’élection en Manitoba?

Website: Couple of coming events that you might find interesting:

yellow fish road project If you’ve got kids aged 8 and up, this looks like a fun way to spend a Tuesday night.

Have a talented musician in the family? Check this out: Try the Orchestra 2016 Final Single

 

Books: Still reading the Ava Lee series and loving it!

Music: The 5/6 and 6’s have been doing some critical listening, comparing versions of AC/DC’s Thunderstruck – be sure to ask them about it!

What are you clicking on, reading and listening to? Let’s build a sharing space here.

 

 

 

 

Les nouvelles – 11-15 avril

He's part of question 1 this week. credit: flickr user bcndp via cc

He’s part of question 1 this week. credit: flickr user bcndp 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 continues to enjoy deepening their understanding of our main story. We’re going to work on unscrambling sentences this week, as well as creating our groups for working on the play.
Grade 6: This group is getting a huge kick out of our story of a lonely frog looking for a friend – hoping this will lead us into some thinking about what makes a good friend.
Grade 7:  Lush: We’re doing some review of time, as we begin to work on a unit around organizing an evening at the movies.
Najarro: We looked at some Scratch instructions this week – there’s been some strong work done here. All students should make sure their coding is posted in Edsby.
Grade 8:  We’ve started, at the class’ request, to work on a main text – a play about someone looking for the “ideal boyfriend” – should be interesting.
Music: Grade 8’s wrapped up their playing test; Mr Lush’s 7’s started theirs(#13 – duet). Ms Najarro’s 7’s are working hard on reading simple music – taking an instrument home to practice is a big help! 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.
All signouts are now open – come up and sign our your instrument. Weekends included.
Band:  There is a band practice this week. we’re back to Tuesday morning. Only 3 weeks to 2 performances!
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:
April 13: day of pink
April 19: Shaw to Warsaw outdoor ed.
April 21: gymnastics tournament. 
April 26-28:Trent enrichment (grade 7/8 and some 5/6 students)
April 29: school spelling bee.
May 2: Music Monday
May 5: Spring Fling celebration of the arts

Trivia Questions:

  1. Quel pourcentage des votes est-ce que Tom Mulcair a gagné au conférence national du PND(NDP)?
  2. Qu’est-ce que Josh Donaldson a fait dans le “home opener” des Blue Jays vendredi?

Website:

This was an amazing link. I could dive into this writing for days, and I very much appreciated that way the compiler chose one piece from each year to create a chronology of women’s journalism: queens of nonfiction

And for those of you who can`t get enough:

 

Books: Finally took up the suggestion of a number of friends, and read an Ava Lee mystery this weekend. And I am totally hooked! Forensic accountant and martial arts specialist woman lead character – what else do you really need? Thanks to OverDrive for feeding my habit!

Music: This was so overwhelmingly beautiful when I heard it on Saturday morning that I actually had to sit in the car and listen to it finish, even though I’d arrived at my destination. 19 year old Icelandic sensation Aurora covers Bowie’s Life on Mars. How do you find new music?

What are you clicking on, reading and listening to? Let’s build a sharing space here.

 

 

 

 

Les nouvelles – 4-8 avril

april snow

Not what you wanted to see, I know. Thinking there’s a house on Charlotte Street with something like this today. credit: flickr user Lynn Gardner 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’ve started to show our understanding of the main story by writing answers to simple questions. We also did some amazing sentence building in a “secret sentence” game – ask your kids about it. 
Grade 6: We’re learning more about Louis, the rock and roll frog, and his adventures in search of a friend. Ask your child to tell you about the charactesr.
Grade 7:  Lush: Starting into a unit on calling a friend and organizing a trip to the movies – what questions and vocabulary will we need? 
Najarro: Instructions for Scratch games should be posted. We’ll be looking at them this week, as well as doing some reading of French news articles.
Grade 8:  Students worked hard on final edits of their instructions (we talked about the idea of prototypes – and a first draft is one of those). This week, we’ll do some work on irregular verbs, and start into the movie invitation task.
Music: Grade 8’s should wrap up their first playing test; Mr Lush’s 7’s have a test this week (#13 – duet). Ms Najarro’s 7’s are working hard on reading simple music.  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.
All signouts are now open – come up and sign our your instrument. Weekends included.
Band:  There is a band practice this week. 2nd break on Wednesday this week. 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:
April 7: Junior boys’ floor hockey tournament
April 21: gymnastics tournament. 
April 26-28:Trent enrichment (grade 7/8 and some 5/6 students)
April 29: school spelling bee.

Trivia Questions:

  1. Qui a gagné le Juno pour meilleur (best) groupe?
  2. Qui va jouer dans le match final de basketball NCAA?

Website:

I admit it, watching Duhamel and Radford skate made me cry: duhamel radford skate

Some critical thinking and media literacy opportunities here: April Fools’ Day news quiz

and this is just hilariously awesome:

Books: Does anyone else do the Costco book idea thing? I go to Costco, check out the new titles, snap some photos of them, and then track them down at the library. I thought Nina George’s The Little Paris Bookshop looked interesting, but GoodReads is decidedly divided. Anybody read it?

Music: It’s Juno weekend! Whose music do you love? I’m going to post some Coeur de Pirate here, because she’s a terrific example of what you can do with your second language, when you work hard at it! She’s a Francophone, whose current album is in English, and is a HUGE hit.

Please share in the comments – what are you clicking on, reading and listening to? Let’s build a sharing space here.