Les nouvelles – 2-6 mai

The intermediate band from Queen Mary Public School performs for students during a Music Monday event on May 4. Lance Anderson/This Week

The intermediate band from Queen Mary Public School performs for students during a Music Monday event on May 4.
Lance Anderson/This Week

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: Students are working hard to show understanding of what happens in the story, and starting to work on their own roles.
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, and will make play groups this week.
Grade 7:  Lush: Working on our detailed conversations about going to a movie. What vocabulary do we need?
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 will be moving into some new notes this week. Ms Najarro’s 7’s are working on composing 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 and for spring fling – you’ll be getting a note!
Instrument loan permission form is below for intermediates.
All signouts are now open – come up and sign our your instrument. Weekends included.
Band:  Band – we’re back to Tuesday this week. 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:
May 2: Music Monday
May 3 : intermediate badminton tournament
May 2-5: silent auction for juvenile diabetes research.
May 5: Spring Fling celebration of the arts

Trivia Questions:

  1. Qu’est-ce que les Leafs vont faire (are going to do) pour la première fois en 31 ans?
  2. Qu’est-ce qui s’est passé avec les Raptors dimanche?


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

Thought this was a really interesting read, and a process I probably need to do: giving up your books

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: Got my hands on the 2nd  Promise Falls thriller from Linwood Barclay. Total guilty pleasure reading. What’s your guilty pleasure?

Music: I have a very disappointed 15 year old at my house, because he can’t go to the May 12 show at the Red Dog. Kalle Mattson and Jason Collett, early start (7:45). Worth catching!

Kalle Mattson recreates 34 classic album covers

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






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