Les nouvelles – le 21-25 septembre, 2015

It's that season. Juniors have played, and intermediates are practicing. photo credit: flickr user Ole Olson via cc

It’s that season. Juniors have played, and intermediates are practicing. photo credit: flickr user Ole Olson via cc

Due to Stage 3 of ETFO’s work to rule, I will not be updating this blog after Monday, until a resolution is reached. I can still be reached at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I’m @nobleknits2 on Twitter, and our class hashtag is #laclasseaqm.
Welcome to another year at QM! I’m Madame Noble, and I will be teaching Core French to students in Grade 5/6-8. I will also be teaching 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:
We played around a bunch with numbers and alphabet this week – can your child spell their name fairly quickly. All classes should be comfortable with numbers 1-31, and we will be working towards mastering 1-100.  This week, we’ll be introducing a friend, and starting to work on introducing ourselves in more detail.
Music: we worked on fitting two different rhythms together, and will follow that up with a partner song- different from a round. Some of the classes started the first song – “chicken”.
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
Coming events:
September 25: PA Day
September 30: Intermediate soccer- contact Mr Lush
September 30: Terry Fox Run
October 8: cross-country meet – contact Mme Daley or Mrs Sargeant
Trivia Questions:
1. Qui est le nouveau capitaine des Canadiens de Montréal?
2. Pourquoi est-ce qu’il y a le hashtag “I Stand With Ahmed”?

Website: Thought this might make for an interesting discussion with your intermediate kids: Why millennials won’t run for office

This was Make magazine’s response to the event that inspired trivia question 2.

Book:  Anyone else a member of what we affectionately term the Costco book club? That’s those of us who check out the titles at Costco, and then get them out from the library. :). My most recent find was The Memory Painter . Just downloaded it on OverDrive, and looking forward to diving in.

Also a reminder (if you have older kids at home) of the public library’s pizza and pages group. They meet 1 Thursday a month to eat and discuss a book – you can pick up a free copy at the info desk, while they last. Next book: The Face on the Milk Carton

Music:  Something happened this week that made me feel both old, and kind of joyful. New Order (yes, that New Order) released a new single, which means a whole new generation gets to discover how cool New Order was, and is. Also appreciate the option of official audio vs video.

 

Please share in the comments – what are you clicking on, reading and listening to? Let’s build a sharing space here.

 

 

 

 

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Les nouvelles – le 14-18 septembre, 2015

she's not the answer to one of the trivia questions, but she was a big story this week. photo credit: flickr user Yann Caradec via cc

she’s not the answer to one of the trivia questions, but she was a big story this week. photo credit: flickr user Yann Caradec via cc

I can be reached at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I’m @nobleknits2 on Twitter, and our class hashtag is #laclasseaqm.
Welcome to another year at QM! I’m Madame Noble, and I will be teaching Core French to students in Grade 5/6-8. I will also be teaching 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:
All classes worked on basic routines, and started to review concepts like date, weather, and numbers. Your child should be able to tell you their birthday in French. One goal this year is to know our numbers to 100. 
Music: we’re reviewing rhythm concepts, and having some fun singing. Ask your child about singing the 4-part round “Why shouldn’t my car?”
Documents for download: 
Reminder to return your e-mail address, so I can send you the link to the blog.
intro letter 2015
Coming events:
September 17: Junior mixed soccer – contact Mr Dufrane
September 25: PA Day
September 30: Intermediate soccer- contact Mr Lush
September 30: Terry Fox Run
October 8: cross-country meet – contact Mme Daley or Mrs Sargeant
Trivia Questions:
1. Qui a gagné le tournoi de tennis U S Open? (simple masculin et feminin)(men’s and women’s singles)
2. Combien de dollars est-ce que le gouvernement d’Ontario a annoncé pour aider les réfugiés Syriens?

Website: Two links today: CommonSense media has an amazing focus on digital citizenship. parent resources like these may help you learn about technology use in the classroom.

Mr Lush’s 7’s and I got a kick out of this one (we were working on remembering our silent last consonants in French): Have you been saying it wrong?

Book: Finished station 11 and would recommend it to everyone. Another amazing selection from the Evergreen list was Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner. It’s an East Coast story, with links to Shakespeare’s King Lear, visual art, sea myths and the growing problem with meth in small communities. Oh, and it’s about fathers and daughters, too. Page-turner – dark and lovely.

Music: One of my favourite moments in the week is driving my son to archery on Friday night and listening to the Radio 2 top 20. My favourite this week? The big-bearded, big-voiced Ben Caplan. Love the horns!

Please share in the comments – what are you clicking on, reading and listening to? Let’s build a sharing space here.

 

 

 

 

Les nouvelles – le 2-5 septembre, 2015

Saw some of these this summer. We live in a beautiful place! photo credit: flickr user detsang via cc

Saw some of these this summer. We live in a beautiful place! photo credit: flickr user detsang via cc

I can be reached at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I’m @nobleknits2 on Twitter, and our class hashtag is #laclasseaqm.
Welcome to another year at QM! I’m Madame Noble, and I will be teaching Core French to students in Grade 5/6-8. I will also be teaching 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
Documents for download: 
intro letter 2015
Coming events:
September 8: first day of school
September 25: PA Day
September 30: Terry Fox Run
Trivia Questions:
1. Le 9 septembre sera (will be) un jour très important pour la reine Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth). Pourquoi?
2. Qui sont les candidat(e)s pour le Parti libéral, le Parti nouveau democrate et Parti conservateur ici à Peterborough?

Website: Two links today: To finish up your summer, I can’t  think of a more delicious way to use peaches: peach cobbler; and on a more serious note – some of the reasons why the computer coding club will be back this year: teaching coding

Book: I read a ton this summer! Right now, I am deeply involved in Station 11 from the Evergreen reading list. It connects a number of characters through the events of a world-wide flu bug that wipes out 99% of the population, and what comes after. Tense, lovely, and reminding me of the many ways we are interconnected.

Music: My favourite musical experience this summer was sitting on the hill at Nicholls Oval, watching Joel Plaskett close the Peterborough Folk Festival. If you were there, you know it was one of the strongest festival line-ups anywhere. If you weren’t, give it a try next year. Lots of Joel: Joel Plaskett on CBC Music . Love This Town is a favourite of mine, along with Park Avenue Sobriety Test.

Please share in the comments – what are you clicking on, reading and listening to? Let’s build a sharing space here.

 

 

 

 

Les nouvelles – le 22-25 septembre

To go with question 1: photo credit: flickr user kyoshi matsamune via cc

To go with question 1: photo credit: flickr user kyoshi matsamune via cc

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

 

Welcome to another year at QM! I’m Madame Noble, and I will be teaching 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:

Grade 5 : We’re working hard on alphabet – goal is being able to spell our first names; and #’s 1-31. If you’re able to review those with your child, or have them tell you what they know, that would be great!

Grade 5/6: working on numbers 1-31 and alphabet. Most of this group can spell their first name (ask them!), and we’re going to work on introducing a friend (and spelling their name) this week!

Grade 6: wrapping up work on reviewing alphabet and #’s 1-31 – starting to work on higher numbers. This group will also be introducing a friend to me this week.

Grade 6/7: This group has been working on some higher numbers (3 and 4 digit), as well as alphabet and question reviews. They’ll be doing some more complex introductions this week.

Grade 7/8 and 8: These groups worked on being able to interview a partner this week, as well as creating success criteria for that conversation; we’ll finish those up this week, and do some work on question structures, as well as starting to do some planning on what real-world situations we’d like to prepare for this year!

Here are some of our expectations for french class this year:

Najarro routines

Lush routines

Shaw routines

 

Documents for download:

intro letter 2014

band letter 2014

Band news: Band practices are Wednesday morning. Students may sign out instruments any day, but they must be at school for band practice Wednesday.

Important dates:

September 25: Terry Fox Run

September 26, P.A. Day

September 29:Intermediate soccer tournament, Beavermead

Trivia  Questions

1. Quel pourcentage des écossais (Scottish people) ont voté “non”?

2. Qui sont 2 candidats à la mairie (mayoral) en Toronto? en Peterborough?

Website:  I talked to the Grade 8’s about the first recommendation this week – Checky is an app that helps you realize how often you check your phone – and then offers you some strategies on letting go of that habit. Checky app

The idea around letting go of your tech is something I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about, and last week’s episode of Spark on CBC Radio had some thought-provoking ideas on that theme. Notification vacation

Books: I’m deep into Queen of the Tearling. Epic fantasy, with some really interesting echoes of something dystopic that may have happened in the past. Fantasy utopia gone wrong, and a strong female lead trying to find her way. Actress Emma Watson (Harry Potter’s Hermione) liked it so much, she bought the movie rights!

Queen of the Tearling

Music: Leonard Cohen, incredibly, celebrated his 80th birthday on September 21, and is releasing a new album. CBC music has a ton of great stuff to celebrate here, including this fun mash-up of Hallelujah. So glad they saved k.d. for last.

Please share in the comments – what are you clicking on, reading and listening to? Let’s build a sharing space here.

 

 

 

 

Les nouvelles – le 15-19 septembre,

Something you might see Friday night at the Fun Fair. (photo credit: flickr user Craig Baker via cc)

Something you might see Friday night at the Fun Fair. (photo credit: flickr user Craig Baker via cc)

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

 

Welcome to another year at QM! I’m Madame Noble, and I will be teaching 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:

All classes worked on setting up expectations (links to some are posted); we started to review our alphabet and numbers. We’ve begun using familiar phrases in French to ask and answer questions in class, and we’re going to start an activity introducing each other to the class this week. Grade 7’s and 8’s will be going into more detail with their answers. We’ll also be working on question structures.

Najarro routines

Lush routines

Shaw routines

 

Documents for download:

intro letter 2014

Important dates:

September 18: Junior soccer tournament

September 19: Meet the teacher and fun fair (4:30 – 8:00)

September 25: Terry Fox Run

September 26, P.A. Day

 

Trivia  Questions

1. Pourquoi est-ce que beaucoup de personnes sont fachés (angry) avec le LNF (NFL)?

2. Comment s’appellent les deux navires (ships) de Sir John Franklin? Pourquoi est-ce que les navires sont dans les nouvelles (in the news)?

Website:

One serious, one silly this week:

TVO has opened up their amazing bank of French resources to English schools (with the help of Canadian Parents for French). I’ll be creating classroom groups, to have students access different videos. Here’s a fun example:

And on the silly side, this came across my Twitter feed today, and we loved it! See if you can keep a straight face when “only-one cannoli” comes on scene!

Books: With Outlander starting on TV, everybody’s talking about Diana Gabaldon. I’m a huge fan of the books, with their combination of time travel, romance and history. Be warned – they’re epic and addictive. Diana Gabaldon. The author also tweets at  @writer_DG

Music: Really only one choice for me this week, as it’s been floating around my head all week, since the discovery of the Franklin ship. Stan Rogers, of course, with Northwest Passage.

Please share in the comments – what are you clicking on, reading and listening to? Let’s build a sharing space here.

 

 

 

 

Les nouvelles – le 8-12 septembre,

One of the fun places I visited this summer! The Ben and Jerry's factory in Vermont. Photo credit: Terry Noble

One of the fun places I visited this summer! The Ben and Jerry’s factory in Vermont. Photo credit: Terry Noble

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

 

Welcome to another year at QM! I’m Madame Noble, and I will be teaching Core French to students in Grade 5-8. Madame Daley will be teaching the Grade 4 and 4/5 classes. Instrumental music will not be offered this year, but there will be a band (details this week!)
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 

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:

All classes this week worked on daily routines (date and weather questions), and class expectations. We’ve begun to review alphabet and numbers, working toward a task involving spelling our names in French, and saying our phone number. When might you have to do that in a second-language situation?

 

Documents for download:

intro letter 2014

Important dates:

September 19: Meet the teacher and fun fair

September 25: Terry Fox Run

September 26, P.A. Day

 

Trivia  Questions

1. Qui est le nouveau premier ministre en Alberta?

2. Qui est Kei Nishikori? Pourquoi est-ce qu’il est dans les nouvelles? (in the news)

Website:

There were a lot of excellent back-to-school blog posts out there this week. This was one I thought would be worth keeping, on communication with your kids about school : How was school today?

Book:

I read a ton this summer! But Louise Penny brought her new one out at the end of August, and that made it hard to focus on schoolwork. If you haven’t discovered her, and you are a fan of thoughtful mysteries with well-developed characters, an amazing sense of place (Baie St. Paul in Quebec, in this case) and solid writing, check her out. Louise Penny – The Long Way Home

Music:

One of my favourite moments this summer was sitting on my back deck, listening to the Royal Wood concert in Del Crary Park. I hadn’t been able to get there, and somehow, sitting in the summer dark, just listening, was the perfect way to experience it. Forever and Ever

Please share in the comments – what are you clicking on, reading and listening to? Let’s build a sharing space here.

 

 

 

 

Ça commence! (Start-up!)

One of the fun places I visited this summer! The Ben and Jerry's factory in Vermont. Photo credit: Terry Noble

One of the fun places I visited this summer! The Ben and Jerry’s factory in Vermont. Photo credit: Terry Noble

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

 

Welcome to another year at QM! I’m Madame Noble, and I will be teaching Core French to students in Grade 5-8. Madame Daley will be teaching the Grade 4 and 4/5 classes. Instrumental music will not be offered this year, but there will be a band.
I’ll be sending a letter home in the first week to introduce me, and let you know some things about me, and my teaching approach. It’ll also ask for your e-mail address, so I can send you this weekly update automatically. You can find a copy of it in the downloads section of this post, if you want to get a head-start. You can certainly just e-mail me at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca, and save sending back the form. 
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 (after this intro post)  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 

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!

 

Documents for download:

intro letter 2014

Important dates:

September 2: back to school

September 19: Meet the teacher and fun fair

September 26, P.A. Day

 

Trivia Questions:

1. Quels sont 2 grandes histoires (big stories) dans les nouvelles (news) cet été (this summer)?

2. Comment s’appelle le volcan à Iceland qui est dans les nouvelles?