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?


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.






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