Les nouvelles – 24-27 mai


did anyone catch the moon on Saturday night? photo credit: flickr user william thomas via cc

did anyone catch the moon on Saturday night? photo credit: flickr user william thomas 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:  Building vocabulary, showing our knowledge of the story, and working on learning our parts in the play are the big foci right now.
Grade 6: This group is getting a huge kick out of our story of a lonely frog looking for a friend. Working on small group and full-class reading, as well as answering questions based on the story.
Grade 7:  Lush/Najarro: movie focus: Mr Lush`s 7`s are presenting their conversations about going to a movie – time, date, transportation, which film, why/why not? Lots of things to think about and expand on. Ms. Najarro`s class are starting into brainstorming vocabulary for this task. 
Grade 8:   Reading comprehension will be a focus this week, as we continue to work on the play as main text. 
Music: 8`s and Mr Lush’s 7’s will be working on some comparative listening this week; Ms Najarro’s 7’s will prep for a playing test. 5/6 and 6 will be doing some critical listening, and some sound experimatation. 
All signouts are now open – come up and sign our your instrument. Weekends included.
Band:  Band – practices Tuesday and Thursday this week. 7’s will be focusing on pomp and circumstance. Wonderland is June 14 – permission forms are here: Appendix D1 – Parent Permission For Out-of-Classroom Program 2016
 Dear band parent v2 
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 25: HPV, Hep B vaccinations (Grade 7 and 8)

June 14: band to Wonderland

June 20-22- Grade 7/8 to Camp CanAqua

June 27: Grad (10:00 Grade 8’s vs teachers sports, 11:30 clap out, 6:30 ceremony)

Trivia Questions:

  1. Pourquoi est-ce que Rougned Odor a été suspendu pour 8 jeux?
  2. Quel film canadien a gagné le Grand Prix au festival de film à Cannes?

Website: A local feel-good story, featuring one of our own QM kids: What Kiana found

This one reinforced my feelings about Twitter as a powerful learning tool. Twitter in the classroom

Books: I was away from home part of last week, and returned to an old favourite to help me relax. I can’t say enough good things about Guy Gavriel Kay’s YA fantasy novel, Ysabel. It’s about place, and growing up and family and….it’s pretty much perfect, and it takes place in Provence in May, and you should read it. 🙂

Music: It’s getting to be dreaming of summer festival time. These 3 are at Mariposa in Orillia the 2nd weekend in July. I’d love to be there:  3 Women and the Truth.




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






2 thoughts on “Les nouvelles – 24-27 mai

  1. Interesting article on using Twitter in the science classroom, Madame. I can see more benefits having read the article – but I still worry about people with ADD (like me!) feeling overwhelmed by the constant chatter/stimuli, and struggling to keep up with the conversation …

  2. I find that my mild ADD makes me a better Tweeter – and i would also suggest that using a #hashtag to only look at tweets around that subject, or only looking at a particular scientist’s tweets (using the filters that exist, in other words), would help immensely with feeling overwhelmed. I also think those are digital literacy skills that we need to teach. Twitter is a huge primary source gatherer! Incredibly powerful to look at a hashtag (like #malala when she won the Nobel) as tweets are coming in from all corners of the world, in all languages. I find it an incredibly equalizer in terms of access to resources, and it’s often about modeling in the classroom – I can show you Tweetdeck some time, which eliminates a lot of the noise!.

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