This bundle provides you with a series of resources that can be used when teaching animals in French. A complete introduction to the topic, however various resources do assume prior learning of colours, and characteristics.
1. As-tu un animal Powerpoint
A colourful PowerPoint to introduce pupils to the words for various animals for the first time. Each animal is featured on its own slide as an image, along with the word underneath. These slides are repeated three times, initially with the vocab and image together, then with the text only so pupils can provide the English translation; the image then appears on the click. On the final playing of the vocab slides the image only appears on screen so that the pupils need to provide the French word, which then appears when the mouse is clicked.
Underneath this there are three slides all containing all of the pictures and vocab. On the first of these, both are shown together to recap. One of my favourite ways of using this is by pointing to the words with pupils all saying them out loud, speeding up pointing to the different words. This makes vocab repetition more fun. On the second of these slides whenever the mouse is clicked an image disappears leaving only the image, pupils need to say in French what has disappeared. On the final slide in this section only the images remain visible, this can be used for the prior vocab repetition but without the support of the word in French. The vocab will appear when the mouse is clicked.
The following slide introduces pupils to animals with colours, showing how the colour agrees with whether the animal is a masculine or feminine word, and if there is one or more than one.
Lastly a series of slides to help pupils put into practice what they have learned. There are six images, pupils work in pairs. One asks the question “as-tu un animal?”, the other rolls the dice and supplies the answer corresponding to the number they have rolled. The first version of this the pupil is supplied with the beginning of the sentence, and then an image to represent the animal. On the next slide a colour is added in. On the third and fourth slides these are repeated but without “j’ai” at the beginning to make this slightly harder – this allows you to pick and choose what is used depending on the ability of the pupils in your class, and whether or not this is the first time it has been seen or if you are using these slides again to recap prior learning. On the very last slide is a series of animals of various colours, pupils need to write down what the animal is along with the colour. This slide could be printed off and given as homework, and is available as resource 6!
2. Mixed up animals
A good worksheet to practise the vocab learned about animals. Pupils have an image of the animal, with the word next to it, but with the letters jumbled up. A good option for lower ability / younger pupils to take down the vocab as all of the letters needed are provided.
3. Animals flashcards
A PDF document with the vocab slides from the PowerPoint that can be used as flashcards.
4. Animals spiral
A quick worksheet that can be used as a starter, plenary or time filler exercise. The names of the animals learned are contained within a spiral, pupils need to locate these, and then can write them down with the English alongside, or highlight the names.
5. Colouring in animals
A great resource for younger, or lower ability pupils to enhance learning of animals with colours. Pupils have the outline image of several animals along with a label with the colour, and need to colour in the animal to match the label.
6. C’est quel animal?
This colourful resource fits with the last slide of the main PowerPoint, and provides a series of animals of varying colours. Pupils need to write down the animal and the colour on the line provided, remembering adjectival agreements.
7. Animal question sheet
This worksheet can be used in a variety of ways, as an oral activity with pupils in pairs, or as an individual exercise to write a dialogue.
Pupils are provided with a sample dialogue asking questions about a dog, and then providing the answers according to the information supplied. This is then followed by a series of animals with basic information for pupils to write their own dialogues. The resource assumes prior learning of how to say your name, age, the alphabet, and basic descriptions, however this could be removed / added onto as appropriate.
8. C’est où?
This short PowerPoint teaches pupils the basic prepositions of on, under, in, behind, and in front of in the context of animals. This can be used to add onto any prior learning of animals for pupils who need stretching further.
9. Trouver l’animal game
An excellent way at getting some kinaesthetic learning into the classroom! The resource comes in two parts. Part 9a is a PowerPoint with each slide containing a coloured animal, and a letter. These need printing out, and sticking up around the classroom, preferably before the lesson so pupils have to hunt harder! Part 9b is the sheet that is given to pupils, containing the written descriptions. Pupils need to go round the classroom with their sheets, finding the images, and then writing the letter on the image alongside the corresponding description on their sheet.
Great for introducing competitiveness amongst pupils, I have seen poor performing, low ability pupils really engage with this activity because of the competitive aspect, especially with a prize at stake!
10. Un animal extraordinare
This PowerPoint was one of my favourite lessons to teach as pupils always really engaged with it, and even some of the lowest ability pupils were able to come up with some really creative work – it also allowed pupils’ artistic ability to shine! It is a great way of getting creativity into your lessons.
The PowerPoint starts off with a match up exercise which can be used as a starter, the pupils have a set of description phrases in French on the left and in English on the right which need to be matched up, this is to refresh prior knowledge of descriptions, as this is needed for this activity. This can be taken out if this has not yet been covered.
The following slide introduces you to my “animal extraordinaire”, the “chichalapignée”, part cat, part dog, part rabbit, part spider! The next slide then provides a description of my chichalapignée, using vocab the pupils should have previously come across, some may be new concepts but taught in a way that should be easy to introduce. The last line states that it likes eating the pupils of class 7O, as this was the last class I taught this with, of course, this can be altered to fit the name of the class you are teaching, and is something that the pupils always found amusing! Once the animal has been introduced, and pupils have understood the vocab they can then get creative, and make up their own animal.
A great way to finish off the topic, and get some display work for your classroom!