Unit Plan : Likes and Dislikes

Using the unit plan above and the activities below, instruct a unit on likes and dislikes, integrating -ER verbs, à contractions, the verb faire, and a few cultural activities!

Vocabulary to talk about likes and dislikes and to agree and disagree about them. Show this Google Slides presentation to introduce vocabulary. Have students hold up like/dislike cards to express how they feel about certain things and share with their partners before sharing with the class. Use this Quizlet to reinforce vocabulary.


I used this activity on a day I was absent as it is a pretty self-directed learning task about French cartoons. Have students look at this PDF (sorry I couldn't get the PPT on here -- it is online somewhere though!) to fill out the graphic organizer. Perfect for sub plans!

Using whiteboards, students have to write down the definite article which goes with each noun. Students are then asked if they like or dislike these things and they share in partners. At the end, there is a short presentational speaking assignment. Students have to submit a quadrant full of things that they like, dislike, love, and hate and present it to the class using only pictures- no words on their visual. Hand this sheet to students as a reference to keep for their reference.

On the last slide of the presentation, students have to create a visual aid with things that they love, like, dislike, and hate and present to the class their preferences. Students are not able to use words for their visual presentation. They should be cued by their visual representations when presenting.

Using this Google Form, students have to read the letter that Noémie wrote and respond to the comprehension questions. Then, students have to write a letter back. Here is an example of a French I student's writing to this prompt. 

Students are given the handout and asked to try and find the pattern with which -ER verbs are conjugated. After discussion of students' ideas, the teacher presents the rule and correct response as to how -ER verbs are conjugated.

Students work through this worksheet in order to interpret meaning from -ER verbs used in real context. This resource was something I found online and cannot find again, however it was helpful! If you are the author let me know so I can give you credit !

Students play the game Connect 4 while conjugating -ER verbs. Have students make a copy of this document and share with their partners. Remember, gravity exisits, so you have to place your chips in the lowest row before building on top. The first person to conjugate four verbs in a row is the winner. Students, when conjugating verbs should click into the box to physically spell them out. Then, students should say a sentence outloud to their partners with the conjugated verb in the sentence. For more practice, students can go on this -ER verb Quizlet to reinforce their new conjugations.

Using this Google Slides, present the new vocabulary to students and have them complete the graphic organizer. In order to practice vocabulary after it has been presented, you can try and have students "fill in the blank" orally while going through the Google Slides again, with blanks this time. After students have looked at this vocabulary, have them practice on Quizlet with their new words.

For this activity, students will practice having simple conversations using notecards and self-created questions. Have students create two circles with their desks - an inner and an outer circle. Have the inner circle desks face the outer circle desks. Next, hand students notecards with the instructions of writing questions that they want to ask their classmates about likes and dislikes. After coming up with 3-5 questions, encourage students to ask their partner the questions and encourage partners to respond with complete and full sentences. After enough time has been allowed for students to complete their structured conversations, have one of the cirlces rotate. The more rotations completed, the more you should encourage students to look down less at their notecards. After multiple rotations, students will be speaking in French spontaneously in no time ! 

Inner circle, outer circle activity

Using the song "Elle me dit" by Mika, have students listen for words and fill them in along with the music. Song can be found here.

Introduce the concept of contractions with à with practice exercises.

Use slides 1-13 in the Google Slides presentation to introduce the verb aller and to practice contractions.

Introduce the verb faire with Tex's French faire activities. Then, place students in partners and give one partner sheet A and one partner sheet B. Partner A and B should cut out the photo representations of the actions on page 2. Then, Partner A has to ask what Partner B likes to do in the four seasons. When Partner B provides their responses (from the column "je fais"), Partner A moves the associated pictures to that row with the season. Partner A and B switch roles to complete the activity and when all finished compare their charts with one another to verify they have the right responses. 

This activity can be adapted to any verb. Students play tic-tac-toe with a specific verb. They have to write the correct conjugation in the space provided. Then, students have to create a sentence outloud to their partners and that subject (and in this case, the verb faire). If students conjugate incorrectly, the space goes to their partner. 

This is a game that is great for review. Place students in teams and print and cut up the 20 prompts. You will need as many copies as teams (I usually like to color coat them to keep them in order -- so there would be a green paper team, a blue paper team, and a yellow paper team, etc). Teams are given a white board and a dry erase marker. They have to complete the prompts in order by coming up with their prompt to show me in order to get their next one. I require that a different student come up each time to encourage all students to participate. The first team to complete all the prompts is the winner!