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.






Les nouvelles – 28 avril – 2 mai, 2014

Do I need to explain? photo credit: Montreal Canadiens cupcakes by flickr user Creative Cupcake via cc

Do I need to explain? photo credit: Montreal Canadiens cupcakes by flickr user Creative Cupcake via cc

I can be reached by e-mail at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I tweet at @nobleknits2, and the 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:With Trent Enrichment happening this week, we’ll be working a little big on direction words, but also taking the chance to work on some grammar activities in small groups this week.

Grade 6/7:Focusing on the play – reading comprehension activities.

Grade 5/6: Working to wrap up our ticket-buying activity (ask your child about it), and reviewing our reading comprehension strategies.

Grade 4:  We should be moving into a some reading comprehension activities this week, based on the play.

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: Every day (except Tuesdays) are open sign-out days – that means that anyone can take their instrument out after school. No class has first priority. Please encourage your child to bring their instrument home, as practice is one of the only ways to keep improving.

Band is up and going on Wednesday mornings, at 8:10 (doors open at 8:00). All Grade 7 and 8 students are welcome, even if they didn’t play in band before Christmas. Practice is even more important for students who are playing in band, as we will be looking at some more complex material this spring. We also practice on Day 1 and 2nd break. For students who cannot practise at home, the music room is open Day 3 at 2nd break for practice time. I’ll be looking for parents to join us on the band trip to Wonderland in June – cost will be between $50 and $60/student – those with season passes only pay for the bus.

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:

April 28 – Spelling Bee, 2 p.m. (prep for Rotary Bee, May 10)

April 29 – May 1: Trent Enrichment

May 5: Music Monday – band will play in shade shelter

June 11: band trip to Wonderland

Trivia Questions:

1. Nommez 2 groupes qui vont jouer à Musicfest cet été (this summer)

2. Combien d’années (years) est-ce que Boston et Montreal ont joué dans les matchs de barrage (playoffs)?

Web: If you’re in the building, you’ll be sure to notice our #gratitude wall in the front hall. Please check out our reasons for doing this herehere, and here. The thing that links them all together is #ClarasBigRide. We took students to see her speak last week, and thought that one way we could help start the conversation about mental health was by sharing what made us feel good.  You can add photos and your thoughts to the board anytime. There’s also an electronic board here. Please feel free to tweet about the challenge as well, using #gratitude.

Everything, everywhere on the interwebs is about Heartbleed right now. Mashable has an excellent up-to-date hit list of the passwords you should change, and why. My friend, Royan Lee, wrote  this thoughtful post about what this means for tech and education.

The students in the intermediate classes and I have been playing around with the first tutorial in code.org‘s amazing resources for kids learning to code. We’ve been switching the language over to French, and reviewing our direction words by helping an Angry Bird find his way to a piggie. Check it out, and build your own flappy clone while you’re at it!


Book: My older son and I are both reading (and impressed with) Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. Fascinating, really well-drawn society where dragons are an accepted (but despised) element of the social structure. The title character is very complex, and a girl, for a change – as in epic fantasy, that’s not always the case. This is available in both print and e-formats through the Peterborough library.

Music: The summer line-up for Little Lake Park got announced this week, and besides the buzz around Tegan and Sara, I’m loving the fact that there’s a lot of 80’s Canadian alt-country/folk stuff going on (Skydiggers, Cowboy Junkies, Barney Bentall). Seems like Spirit of the West’s success last year started a trend!

This Junkies song was a touchstone for me in university.