This is a fun game that your students are going to love! It is called "Oups". This game will afford your students a chance to practice le passé composé (in particular, irregular past participles of some high frequency verbs, such as avoir, être, faire, boire, lire, voir, mettre, prendre, comprendre, apprendre, mourir, naître, descendre, dire, écrire, venir, revenir).
Please don't be discouraged by a long description of the game. In the end you will discover its simplicity and it is a great and enjoyable way to have your students practice le passé composé. My students love it!
This is how you play this game:
1. Form groups of 2-4.
2. Distribute a stack of 35 cards (34 verb cards + 1 "oups" card) of the same color to each groupe (cards are of different colors so that if they were to mix up, you would know which cards belong to which group). Each infinitive forms a pair with its past participle. 34 verb cards form 17 pairs.
3. Each group shuffles their own stack of 35 cards, then distributes them to each player in their group, as evenly as possible. Some players might get one card more than others, that's not essential.
4. Students should not show their cards to other players.
5. The goal of the game is to get rid off all the cards in your hand and to avoid being the person who has the "Oups" card in his/her hands at the end of the game.
6. Once the cards have been distributed, each player looks at his/her cards and sees if any of them form a pair (ex: "mettre" and "mis" would form a pair). If some cards do form a pair, they should put them on the table for everybody to see and check the pair for correctness.
7. If students have some cards left in their hand, they need to find a pair card and this is how they do it. They have to pull a card (without seeing what it is) from the student on their left. If the card they pulled forms a pair with one of their own cards, they put on the table, if it doesn't, they get to keep it.
8. Now the next player does the same thing. The game continues until all the pairs have been formed and there is only one card left, the "Oups" card. The player who has it, looses the game.
P.S. You might want to laminate your cards for durability.
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