TEN FRENCH CHRISTMAS WORD SEARCHES - PERFECT FOR DEVELOPING FRENCH LANGUAGE SKILLS WITH A FESTIVE FEEL!
My younger students love to do these word searches around Christmas time - we do them several times in the run up to Christmas - they really are great for developing reading, writing and spelling in French - and engaging with French Christmas vocabulary too. There are 30 French Christmas words, which helps them to develop awareness of some Francophone Christmas traditions and figures, such as Saint Nicolas and Père Fouettard.
Word searches are really easily differentiated - here I've included 5 FRENCH to ENGLISH grids, as well as an ENGLISH word list that they have to complete, really putting their knowledge to the test! I've also included 5 ENGLISH to FRENCH grids, where the prompt words are given in ENGLISH, and learners have to find the FRENCH equivalent in the grid - they also have to complete the FRENCH word list on each page for extra spelling and vocab practice. The challenge gets more intense through the grids - students can tell in which direction the words are written by looking at the arrow key on each grid.
I always give answer keys to my word searches - that works really well in terms of helping students work and learn independently together without me, and gives them even more opportunity to engage with French. For my younger beginners' French learners, who are often still developing literacy skills in their first language, I've found that a single grid per 8.5x11 (A4) page in landscape format is best for them to access the language, and to feel confident and comfortable about doing so.
There's a reference list of all the French words too - this is a really useful support resource to ensure all learners can do the searches. They'll have to look carefully at some of the words though - for a little extra challenge, sometimes I've changed words slightly - such as using 'an elf', where the reference list shows 'the elves'.
I use as starters, refreshers, plenaries or fun-time fillers at any time during the CHRISTMAS season. Students do like the challenge of working their way through a number of grids on one go! There are two versions of the word searches and keys - either with a color or B&W background — you may prefer to print in B&W to keep prep costs down. Laminate the answer keys if you can - they’ll last for many CHRISTMASTIMES to come!
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