Les nouvelles – le 23 au 27 juin, 2014

one of the places I hope to be this summer. Where are your dreams taking you? photo credit: flickr user sachin kamdar via cc

one of the places I hope to be this summer. Where are your dreams taking you? photo credit: flickr user sachin kamdar via cc

I can be reached at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I’m @nobleknits2 on Twitter, and our class hashtag is #laclasseaqm.
Our big word in terms of learning this year at QM is WHY?  (POURQUOI?) Be sure to ask your kids why they’re learning what they’re learning (and, if you like, share the conversations in the comments)
Class Updates:

Grade 7/8: grad practice Monday, grad events Tuesday, intermediate picnic Wednesday, and then, with luck, some consolidation of our past tense learning Thursday and Friday.

Grade 6/7: finishing up good copies of introduction letters; working on some computer coding activities (in French) to show what we know about directions.

Grade 5/6: 2 more classes, with a focus on comprehension activities.

Grade 4:  Working on comprehension wind-up activities. This class wrote some amazing phrases bizarres (weird sentences) to show their understanding of what they learned this year.

Gesture vocab with english 

In all classes, 10 minutes or so each day of reviewing new vocabulary at home (or review vocabulary right now) is very helpful. Let your kids teach you what they’re learning!

Instrumental music update: Clean-up of instruments and music this week. Instrumental music will not be offered next year, due to adding another French class to the schedule. There will be band for Grade 7’s and 8’s.

Documents for download:

intro letter and e-mail request

instrument sign-out letter

self-assessment wheels (ask your Grade 6-8 student about them)  A2 Handout – FR a1-handout-fr

Important dates:

June 24: QM Grad – 3-pitch 10:00, clap out 11:30; grad reception begins at 5, ceremony at 6:30.

June 25: intermediate picnic

June 25: Mr I/Mrs Cullen’s classes on field trip.

Trivia Questions:

1. Qu’est-ce que c’est un caxirola?

2. Qu’est-ce que Michelle Wie a fait?

Web: Two wonderful World Cup spin-offs. Check out the #museumworldcup on Twitter (or you can search it). Museums all over the world (including the ROM) are putting up head-to-head images of artifacts from countries competing at the soccer tournament. Great way to dig into why different countries might produce such different looking objects! If music is more your style, check out World Cup of Music, which CBC music has put together. You can vote on which country’s music you like best.

Book: Anybody else working their way through the new Diana Gabaldon? I’m enjoying it immensely, but am finding that there are so many characters to follow (in so many different time periods) that it’s almost too much, and not as compelling as the story of Clare and Jamie was, back at the beginning. Thoughts?

Music: Song of the summer 2014? If the kids on the bus to and from Toronto this week are any indication, Ariana Grande’s “Problem” is right up there.