A fun activity to encourage review of some of the Core French basics and daily questions, as well as fun interactive way to get to know your students at the beginning of a year.
Part 1 Directions:
1. Make sure you have a set of playing cards.
2. I would start by practicing the questions with them by you asking questions and they answer. You might have to model how to answer questions (in full sentences if you wish – I expect my Grade 6 students to anwer in full sentences). Each question is assigned to the type of card – hearts, clubs, diamonds, spades. Handout 2 cards to each student. Have students raise their hands to ask a question, have a student answer it. If you wish, use small candies to encourage them to answer questions. Play until either all cards are used up or until you think they are ready for Part 2.
Part 2 Directions:
1. Once you think they are ready, divide into groups of your choice (I do groups of 4). Make sure each group has a deck of cards so you will need 6-8 decks depending on groups.
2. They can take turns drawing cards and asking someone in their group a question. Monitor their work and if you wish, have some incentive for groups doing their best to ask the full question and answer in full sentences.
Optional: If you have access to a buzzer or bell, divide class into two teams. Have one student at front as the caller with a deck of cards. Bring one student from each team up to front. Student caller takes first card of top of deck and picks one question in that suit. Students competing ring buzzer for chance to answer. If correct, that team gets a point. If incorrect, the other student has one chance to answer correctly for the point. Rotate until all students have a turn. After 5 questions, I would switch out the student caller so that students can have opportunities of asking and answering questions.
This activity can be split into two classes if you have short class time for French.
If it helps, you can allow students to use their review booklets, or your review booklet text .