Grammar Review

Different modalities in Stations

French B students review for a quiz by working through different modalities (speaking, listening, reading, writing…plus some culture) in 3 different groups today.  Some students are correcting their own homework practice from a key I’ve given them and then doing a short reading about Provence and Marseille and comparing their own city in a chart,  a second group is reviewing vocab from this lesson (mettre le couvert) and mettre in the present tense with a game of Battleship, and the third group is reading a crazy place setting description while their partner draws and then switching roles.  Those finished the activity early practice asking and answering questions about their houses and meals by drawing cards from the bag at their station.


French A students also worked in stations to practice telling time and talking about the courses.  There stations included a grammar station, an interactive performance station where they worked with clocks, and a game station.

Honors French C students have had two days of stations, working on and presenting skits,completing some listening activities with a laptop station, practicing some speaking prompts, and reviewing vocabulary reflexive verbs in all tenses with the games of WAR and EIFFEL TOWER.

We all enjoyed a change of pace at the end of January!


AVOIR BESOIN DE: Board Game Practice

6th grade French A students practice school supply vocabulary learned last semester, our new verb: AVOIR, and talking about what they need (avoir besoin de) with a lively board game.

Tofuburgers! Learning the negative in French A.

My 6th graders have gotten very creative with their sculptures depicting the 3 parts of a negative verb: NE/N’ + conjugated verb + PAS.

We have a carrousel, a map of North America, a bed, a basketball hoop, dynamite, a French flag, a butterfly with leaves attached, a Pace castle, and more!


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Chasse au Trésor

French C students have been practicing asking for and giving directions this week.  After splitting them into groups and sending them on a treasure hunt as an example, I asked them to imagine where they could hide a treasure in our school and then write directions for finding it.  Students brought in their “trésor”, hid it, and then exchanged their set of directions for another group’s set.   It took between 5-10 minutes for groups to come back, treasure in hand.  We enjoyed some treats while working with a partner on a project about superlative adjectives.


Learning about Adjectives in French B

French B 7th graders worked through how adjectives change and agree with their noun by putting them in categories the old fashioned way…scissors & glue.

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Monsieur Anderson drops by for some French

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French B students practiced vocabulary, grammar, and geography of French-speaking West Africa today with an activity designed to have them work together in teams to think about French in context as they solved a puzzle we call “Le Serpent”.


Fall Semester 2014

I haven’t had a great deal of time to update the blog regularly this semester….busy schedule this year!  But that doesn’t mean we haven’t been having fun and learning a lot in French class so far!  Here are a few pictures…French 1 Upper Schoolers playing a vocab game where they have to grab the card I call out before the other people in their group, French B 7th graders doing some “color by number” sheets I picked up in Montréal over Fall Break, and French A 6th graders working with partners to practice the subject pronouns with a “tic tic boom” game and also working cooperatively to practice correct word order by reassembling different mixed-up sentences on their desks.


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les Requins/Shark Game

French B and Honors French C played the Shark Game to review material last week.  Here are some pictures of the classes.

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Sport Ilustrated Photo Shoot Project in French C

French C had some fun with Photoshop as they practiced their Sports vocabulary, adjectives, and verbs.  One student featured, with hilarious results, one of his classmates as the “famous athlete” in his photo shoot and another student focused on a variety of Middle School teachers to create some unexpected athletes.  They all did an excellent job on this project.

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La Tour Eiffel Review Game

Honors French C reviewed for our Unit 4 test today with a round of the Eiffel Tower Game.

Each group has a Game Board with steps to climb on the tower.  Each student gets a game piece, usually a plastic animal like a zebra or a hippo to make it more fun.  They place their critter at the bottom. One person in the group is the leader and has a separate sheet of questions and answers to vocabulary, questions, conjugations, etc. from the unit. The players all answer the question on a whiteboard and if they are correct, they move up one spot.  If nobody gets the right answer, the leader moves up.  First person to the top wins!Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 1.38.35 PM Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 1.38.46 PM Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 1.38.55 PM