Using this Unit Plan and the resources below, here is a thematic unit based on school in French.
Students split up into teams of 3-4 and find a space around the room to sit together so they are able to collaborate. This game is a little bit like Password, only a bit different. Team 1 sends up a student and you show the student the word in French that they have to get their team to guess. They now have 1 minute to describe the word, using whatever associated words they can remember. If they guess it, they get a point. If they do not guess it, the next team has a chance to steal and so forth. After someone guesses the mystery word, Team 2 sends someone up for a new word and you repeat the round with the new word. The game continues until one team has reached a number of points that you set before the game starts! Great for circumlocution.
Vocabulary Game with associated words
Create a document similar to the one in my example, outlining what a typical school day of your students would look like. Include times so that students can use this as a reference when needing to speak about times. Have students fill out the middle column with their classes, and write a sentence about this class on the right hand side.
This activity is from 2017, but can be adapted to other years. Using the online version of the calendar, students have to answer questions about the year. Then, they have to write sentences about important dates that will happen in the coming year (future proche!).
This particular Google Slides is specific to my school, however you can adapt it to your school as well by making a copy and editing your information in! Go through this Google Slides to review the concept of how dates and times work in French. Students have the opportunity to do some Q and R with their partners towards the end of the Slides presentation.
This is a great vocabulary game for developing sight recognition. Print out the PDF and write in vocabulary words into each one of the kittens. Then, make copies (enough for 1 for every 2 students) and distribute to students. Have students grab a different color marker than their partner. The chattons sheet will sit in between the two partners while you call out words. The first person to put their marker on that kitten gets to color it in with their color. Game continues until all of the kittens have been called (if you are using French, call in English and vice versa).
This game is an interactive flashcard game that students play in groups of threes. There are three rounds to this game. First, students have to label the back of the flashcards with their associated vocabulary word. Then, students lay cards with the French side facing up. One student (of the three) calls out the English word. The other two partners try and find the French word first. When they do, they take the card into their possession. Play this round three times, so that every student has a chance to be the "leader" and call out the English words to the other two players. Round two is the same game, except this time the pictures are up and students call out the word in French. Play this round three times as well. Finally, round 3 is the teacher calls out the French words to the entire class and small groups compete to find the associated photos.
Use this list of expressions to introduce many concepts, like giving opinions on what you think of classes and talking about time.
To introduce this grammatical concept, students will analyze a French EDT, talking about what Sabine's schedule looks like and what their own schedule looks like.
Students have to first fill in a pretend EDT with their schedule using the classes provided to them at the top of the worksheet. After students have done this (encourage them to fill it out "French style" where you don't have every class every day), they ask each other about their schedules using the classes above the second half of their paper.
Using this handout, go through the Google Slides having students guess the meanings of words based on context. When you have gone through the Slides, have students collaborate to try and find the pattern to conjugating -RE verbs.
Have students follow directions to play connect four with their -RE verb conjugations. Play this Kahoot to introduce irregular -RE verbs.
Students should complete this worksheet for practice. As a class, go through the il singular and ils plural sentences to display difference heard when listening to -RE verbs.
Using this handout, students must find the pattern that differentiates verbs like comprendre, apprendre, and prendre. Then, have students practice writing sentences to show they understand their definitions using this worksheet.
Use this graphic organizer to spark discussion on differences between the French and American school systems. Have students write five differences down that they recognize with a partner. Then, using this Google Slides, introduce the French school system to students.
Using this graphic organizer, have students watch the video and answer the questions. Use this as a basis for discussion of cultural differences after viewing.
Show the film Etre et Avoir which shows a one-room school house in France. Documentary. Use the activities as you see fit (I think I only did 3-4 of them!).
Have partners conjugate the RE verbs in parenthesis before asking each other their questions and recording responses.
Review the verb aller using the Powerpoint, then have students complete this interpersonal activity using the verb aller.
Use the future proche to talk about what classes you are going to take next year.
This interpersonal activity requires students to first select five items to place in their "backpacks" and then their partners have to guess what five items are in their bags. Switch roles the second time around.
This activity has to be printed in color. Students follow directions at top, taking turns describing what they have on their paper and matching it with either a number or a letter.
Have partners fill in what they will buy for each class, and then have them share with their partners. Encourage partners to ask questions out of order to challenge their partner.
Introduce these useful expressions and have students practice making dialogues with them. Call up a few groups to present their dialogues to the class.
Cut out the first page into strips. Give to students and instruct them to act out the scene that they are given. As you tell the story in full, ask students to come up and simultaneously perform their parts. Afterwards, hand out the worksheet, asking students to think about what is different about these two verb groups.
Use this Google Slides to introduce using adjectives as nouns. There are practice exercises that follow and school supplies with colors to have students try orally with their partners.
A collection of activities that students can work on individually focused around school supplies. Includes an EdPuzzle, a Google Doc activity, and a voice recording activity.