French vocabulary resources for two themes. Go from one season to the other with this bundled set of games on two separate topics: Winter and Sugaring Off (the traditional/old-fashioned tapping of maple trees to create maple syrup). Memorizing vocabulary words can get a bit tedious, but these games will help make it a lot more fun.
Updated November 29, 2016.
I have added some useful pages and switched a few things around, especially the two snow related words. Now, "il neige" is a part of the winter theme and "la neige" is a part of the maple syrup theme. It just made more sense to me.
These quick activities do not encompass an in-depth study of L'hiver or Le temps des sucres.
However, the simple games will help your students practice 14 nouns for each of the two topics. They're intended as a fun way to infuse a quick study of some seasonal vocabulary.
My background is teaching beginner FSL (Core French) to grades 5-7. I have used games like this with my grade 5s who are brand new to French, or to reinforce simple vocab with grade 6s and 7s. The board game has a conversational format that you can take in any direction you choose. For an example of how the board game works, you can download my Christmas board game freebie here: French Christmas Freebie
I highly recommend looking up some additional information, books, and videos about the traditional and modern maple syrup harvest in Quebec (and parts of the US if you are American) to add context to this vocabulary. There are also some great promotional videos about winter in Quebec as well, although the words here aren’t specific to any one region.
Additional Materials Needed:
PLEASE NOTE YOU WILL NEED TO PROVIDE:
• 9 Bingo chips or small counters per student for the Loto game
• one die per board game
• one game pawn for each player (Math counters in different colours could work well).
• a set of 14 word wall cards for each topic
• a dominoes game for each topic
• a small group cut-and-paste or draw-your-own "Loto" game with picture/word calling cards
• a crossword puzzle for each topic
• a very flexible conversational board game that you can use to study either of these 2 topics, or any other vocabulary and sentences you’ve been working on.
How do you play dominoes?
Match the picture on the end of one card to the word it represents on the end of another card. This game links visual cues to vocabulary words which helps with comprehension and memorization. Print the dominoes cards onto card stock. The heavier paper helps keep the cards in place during the game. FYI: A game of dominoes needs a table area to spread out on. One student's desk isn't big enough.
No color printer?
No problem. Although the word wall cards are meant to be printed in colour, you can print any of the colored pages in "grayscale" aka black and white and photocopy from there, especially the crossword, small game cards, etc. Just photocopy from a good quality computer printed master for best results. A photocopy of a photocopy will not provide good results.
L’HIVER: une tuque, un bonhomme de neige, un pantalon de neige, un foulard, le hockey (un bâton, une rondelle), des patins, des mitaines, une pelle à neige, un toboggan, un manteau, des bottes, un casque, du chocolat chaud, il neige.
LE TEMPS DES SUCRES: un érable, une feuille d’érable, une sucrerie, des raquettes, une chaudière, la récolte de l’eau d’érable, un chalumeau, un cheval, un traîneau, un tonneau, la cabane à sucre, le sirop d’érable, la tire d’érable, la neige.
SYNONYMS/ALTERNATE WORD WALL CARDS: une érablière as an alternative to une sucrerie (to mean an entire syrup-making establishment), une érablière (more specifically as a maple forest), la récolte de la sève, un seau (for bucket), and une chaudière (also for bucket), and faire de la tire d'érable. These alternates are not included in the games, just as word wall cards only. I hope I have accommodated familiar uses but if you have any suggestions, feel free to make a vocabulary request in the Q/A section of my store. I can't make any guarantees, but it's worth asking:)
I think you deserve a winter freebie for reading all the way to the bottom of this page:
French Winter Listening and Drawing Activity
French Pronunciation Help (Hockey Theme)
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