Boot Verb Posters

French B students were learning French verbs with accent changes recently.  We illustrated how the accents make a pattern when the verbs are conjugated by making “shoe” posters in class.  Students were assigned two different “boot” or “shoe” verbs by drawing cards from a shoe!

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Screen Shot 2013-10-04 at 7.51.05 AM Screen Shot 2013-10-04 at 7.51.28 AM Screen Shot 2013-10-04 at 7.51.47 AMFrench A students learn how to form negative sentences in French by imagining the sentences as sculptures.  Their sculptures must be a creative alternative to my “tofuburger” model for NE/N’ + CONJUGATED VERB + PAS.  They also have to write 6 examples on the back of their sculpture using 6 different subjects and 6 different verbs.  We will vote on the best sculpture in class.

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Tic Tac Toe Verb Practice

Honors French C students warm-up for class with a few rounds of Tic Tac Toe focusing on reflexive verbs with spelling changes.

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Collaborative, Kinesthetic Practice: Adjectives

French C worked with a partner or in a small group to work through 40 trios (in 10 sets) of articles/nouns/adjectives in a race against the other team.  They had to understand how to make the adjectives agree with the nouns and the correct position of different adjectives in relation to the noun.Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 2.46.38 PM Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 2.46.56 PM Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 2.47.17 PM Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 2.58.49 PM

La Bataille

French Honors students worked in groups of 3 to practice conjugating Reflexive Verbs in the Present tense and making questions using Inversion.  Each group was given two stacks of cards.  One stack had a variety of subject pronouns and the other stack had 20 different pictures of verbs, in their reflexive and not reflexive forms (se brosser and also brosser le chien, par exemple).  The students had seen the pictures before and we had practiced as a class with large flashcards of the same pictures.  One  student, as the “juge” (judge), would flip one card over from each stack and the other 2 students would compete to say the verb form correctly the fastest (Il se réveille!).  After 5 minutes, we switched judges and the groups had to do a round in the negative (Il ne se réveille pas!)  and then a round of inversion questions (Se reveille-t-il?).  It made for a lively (and loud!) review!

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French A students reviewed for their quiz, practicing pronunciation and verb endings with a game of Navire de Guerre (Battleship).


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One of the middle school SPANISH teachers, Señora Jiménez, and I have enjoyed planning activities together and sharing ideas as often as possible over our 9 years of collaboration at Pace.  This year provides ample opportunities for bilingual teamwork as our two 8th grade honors classes are during the same class periods. We decided that this year we wanted to show our students how closely related French and Spanish are, how they can use their languages for true communication  in the “real world”, and that it is really useful to be able to communicate in more than one world language.  That led us to the creation of “Sprench,” a combination of Spanish and French. This school year we plan on combining our classes at least once a month for a variety of activities, incorporating both languages and exploring the cultures of the people who speak them.

Today we sent the students on a bilingual scavenger hunt around the entire campus. We set up QR codes in 20 different locations. Each code (when scanned by a smart phone) contained a question pertaining to the area where it was located, plus a clue to lead a group to the next location. Clues would rotate, with one being Spanish, then the next in French, etc. Our two classes had 7-8 groups that started in different locations. They had to perform different tasks to be able to answer the questions, and even used their languages! They spoke to our strength and conditioning coordinator in the weight room (originally from France), inquired about the origin of two of our maintenance staff from Mexico, met an Upper School French teacher and got to say “Hola” to the 6th and 7th grade Spanish teachers, and answered questions about many other things in either French or Spanish.

They did a chevere/fanstastique  job and had so much fun showing off their languages. I know my French kids can’t wait for our next date with the “Spanish-ies”!

Here are some pictures from the day!




Au Bistro

After several days writing scripts, learning lines, and rehearsing, French C Honors students presented Bistro skits today in class. They were all very creative, dramatic, and well rehearsed! Bravo!

Je suis espion!

French B students adopted new identities as undercover agents and made a presentation to their fellow ESPIONS/ESPIONNES  in Spy School.

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Alphabet français — 6 stations

French A students reviewed the French alphabet and accent marks today, rotating through 6 different stations.  Given 2 or 3 letters/accents and a 30 second timer, they had to draw, sculpt or create the letters on their desks.

Stations: Draw in rice, White Boards, Ribbons, Pipe cleaners, Shaving Cream, and Clay

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