Les nouvelles – 24-27 mai

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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.

 

 

 

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Les nouvelles – 16-20 mai

it`s that time again. Area track and field is Wednesday, May 18. photo credit: flickr user Gus Estrella via cc

it`s that time again. Area track and field is Wednesday, May 18. photo credit: flickr user Gus Estrella 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 big focus right now is reading – in small groups and as a full class, and showing our knowledge in different ways.
Grade 6: This group is getting a huge kick out of our story of a lonely frog looking for a friend. Starting to work together on small group play presentations.
Grade 7:  Lush/Najarro: movie focus: Mr Lush`s 7`s will be presenting conversations this week 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 has been working on time this week to movie into this unit.
Grade 8:  Working on choosing small groups for play presentations, showing our understanding of the story, and expanding our vocabulary.
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 – practice is Friday this week. 7’s will be focusing on pomp and circumstance. Please let me know (via paper, e-mail or Edsby) if you can come to Wonderland, so we can confirm numbers before we book. 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 17: rugby clinic (Grade 5 and up)

May 18: track and field area meet (Grade 4-8, some students)

May 19: rugby tournament (some junior and intermediate)

May 25: HPV, Hep B vaccinations (Grade 7 and 8)

Trivia Questions:

  1. Qui a gagné Eurovision 2016?
  2. Qu’est-ce qui se passe avec les Raptors?

Website:

My younger son found this and shared it this week. If you’re a fantasy geek, this will be right up your alley:

 

Books: I devoured a terrific book this week. Very character-driven, which I’m realizing is very important to me. Lots of excitement, but with an important underlying theme. Iraq/Afghanistan vet comes home with PTSD and ends up investigating the death of a fellow veteran. If urban thriller with a strong protagonist is your thing, this might be up your alley. The Drifter

Music:

While it wasn’t the winner, this was one of our faves from this year’s Eurovision competition (is there a better way to spend a rainy Saturday?)

 

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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?

Website:

 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

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Les nouvelles – 20-24 avril, 2015

 

clue to go with question 1. credit: flickr user Jason Swaby via cc

clue to go with question 1. credit: flickr user Jason Swaby via cc

I can be reached at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I’m @nobleknits2 on Twitter, and our class hashtag is #laclasseaqm.

 

I’m Madame Noble, and I teach Core French to students in Grade 5-8.

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 

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

Class Updates: (you can always check edsby for most up-to-date information)

Grade 5: Still working on transitions in here. We’re making progress, but this class is dealing with some challenges. It can be very frustrating for students who are ready to work, Ask how your child is doing on his or her play, or ask them to tell you some of the contraires (opposites) they know from our MC Madame activity.

Grade 5/6: We used an on-line brainstorming tool called “Today’s Meet” this week to share our ideas about what words go together in French. Students did really well following the expectations about what to post and not post in that situation.

Grade 6: Continuing to look at regular verb forms (right now, just “er”), and working on plays.

Grade 7/8 and 8: We’ve been sharing our favourite ads, and talking about why we like them (and thinking about why they’re effective). You can see the ads Ms Shaw’s class chose on Edsby.

Grade 6/7: Super ideas shared this week on whether buying things makes us happy. This group worked hard to share some big ideas in their second language .

Documents for download:

A1 wheel

A2 wheel

band letter 2014

Band news: Please keep encouraging your children to practice – particularly “We are One”. It’s a tough piece, and practice is necessary. Regularly listening to the tune is a great idea, too.

Band practices are Wednesday morning. We start playing at 8:10, doors open at 8, so we can actually be playing by 8:10.

We Are One

Important dates:

April 21: Najarro to warsaw outdoor ed

April 21: math Olympics (some intermediate students)

April 21: Ms Shaw/Mr Lush to play to PACE in afternoon

April 25: Lego Robotics competition at Kenner

April 28-30: Trent Enrichment (for some intermediates)

April 30: Mr Dufrane to Warsaw outdoor ed

May 4: music Monday ( and Star Wars Day!)

June 4: band to Wonderland

Trivia  Questions

1. Pourquoi est-ce que Maple Leaf Square à Toronto s’appelle Jurassic Park maintenant?

2. Qui est le nouveau hôte de Q à la radio?

Website: Yeah, I know you’ve seen it, but it’s soooo much fun! (and it’s only 2 weeks `til Star Wars day!) Admit it, you get shivers when you hear Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford’s voices in this context again (at least you do if you’re as old as I am)

http://mashable.com/2015/04/16/star-wars-force-awakens-trailer/

Books: Have my nose deep into a fascinating look at the Lusitania disaster. Totally non-fiction, but written in a very readable, novelistic style, drawing out the characters. http://eriklarsonbooks.com/the-books/dead-wake/

Music: This is totally weird, but fascinating. Was sent to me by a music friend this week. A very close look at what our vocal cords do when we sing.

 

 

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