Les nouvelles – 25 – 29 avril


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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