Are your students learning the passé composé of regular -er, -ir, and -re verbs for the first time? They'll need lots of practice. This exercise can easily be emailed to your students for homework, and they can complete it right on their computer and email it back to you. It would also be a fun activity to do as a class using a projector. There are lots of color images, so it's probably not the best for printing out a lot of copies.
Here are the directions and an example:
Practice regular verbs from the -er, -ir, and -re groups. All of these verbs use “avoir” as helping verb. The following sentences are all written in the present tense or the “futur proche” (aller + infinitive). This exercise also reinforces correct usage of possessive adjectives.
1. Highlight the subject (in orange) and the verb (in blue) of the sentence that’s provided for you.
2. On the first line, rewrite the sentence in the passé composé, still highlighting the subject, helping verb, and past participle.
3. On the second line, rewrite the sentence in the passé composé. Since the subject has changed (in parentheses), highlight it in pink , the helping verb and past participle in blue, making all necessary grammatical adjustments, and highlighting them in red.
Les enfants jouent au football dans le jardin avec leurs amis.
Les enfants ont joué au football dans le jardin avec leurs amis.
(Nous) avons joué au football dans le jardin avec nos amis.