Les nouvelles -9-15 mai

to get you thinking about question 1. photo credit: flickr user Jason Woodhead via cc

to get you thinking about question 1. photo credit: flickr user Jason Woodhead 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:  Our main focus right now is fluent reading in French – both for pronunciation and understanding. 
Grade 6: This group is getting a huge kick out of our story of a lonely frog looking for a friend. Starting to work on individual parts in the play, and writing/speaking to show understanding of the story.
Grade 7:  Lush/Najarro: we’re watching movie trailers, and talking about what kind of film we enjoy and why. Mrs Najarro’s class is working on time as a main focus.
Grade 8:  We watched a lot of dance clips this week, and talked about what we liked and didn’t like. I’m trying to find us a bilingual tango teacher, as some students asked if we could learn tango. This is all tied into the text we’re reading.
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 will be working on critical listening activities this week.
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. 7’s will be focusing on pomp and circiumstance.
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 11-13: KPRts camp (some intermediates)
May 11-12: Junior Trent Enrichment (some juniors)
May 11: Gauss math test (some intermediates)

Trivia Questions:

  1. Pourquoi est-ce que samedi à McDonalds était (was) le jour de “BigMac for Fort Mac”?
  2. Quel cheval a gagné le Kentucky Derby?


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

I always find the writing of Will Richardson worth the read. I’d very much enjoy feedback on this: adapt fast

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: One of my favourite programs is starting up again! The SYNC audio book program offers 30 YA titles (2/week) free over the course of the summer. The first 2 are up now (but sadly, one of them – Vivian Apple at the end of the world – is one of the only two titles not available in Canada on this summer`s list). Enjoy! audiobook sync

Music: Lots of exciting news to have you dreaming of summer:

musicfest line up

folk festival headliners

Just a touch of one of those headliners:


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