Les nouvelles – 30 mai – 2 juin

a clue to question 1. photo credit: flickr user Karoly Lorently via cc

a clue to question 1. photo credit: flickr user Karoly Lorently 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 class will be wrapping up their amazing movie convos, and starting into some study of parts of the world where French is spoken. Ms. Najarro`s class is working on writing scripts for their movie conversations.
Grade 8:  Listening and reading with “real-world” examples is what we are working on this week, as well as small group play work. 
Music: 8`s and Mr Lush’s 7’s have been composing amazing music this week. Check out their Edsby boards in music. Ms Najarro’s 7’s are prepping  for a playing test. 5/6 and 6 are doing some close study of the idea of motif in music. 
All signouts are now open – come up and sign our your instrument. Weekends included.
Band:  Band – practices Tuesday and Wednesday 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:
June 3: PA Day
June 8: ultimate frisbee (intermediate)
June 14: band to Wonderland
June 15: KPREEA track and field
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. Quel animal a disparu à High Park à Toronto?
  2. Pourquoi est-ce que Angela Merkel et François Hollande ont rencontré (met) à Verdun, en France?

Website: I’m looking forward to seeing this one, but I thought this was an interesting perspective on what`s wrong with the franchise.

X-men apocalypse

And if you’re picking up rhubarb at the market – you can’t ever, really go wrong with this. We add whatever other fruit we have – raspberry rhubarb is amazing!:

strawberry rhubarb crisp bars

Books: Are you starting to put together your summer reading? What’s on the list? Here’s a start – the first one looks very good to me!


Summer music festivals kicked off with the CBC Music Fest at Echo Beach yesterday (yes, that Echo Beach). Not able to be there, but we were listening to it on the radio. Several of the featured bands will be here this summer, for free! (Whitehorse, Hey Rosetta, Ria Mae)

And just ’cause, here’s a retro summer song:


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