Friday, 23 October 2015

Warm-up/ Review Activity: Décrivez-moi!


Here's a quick activity that I did with my grade 7 and 8 classes, that got them speaking some French to each other, and reviewed adjectives with them too.  I call it "Decrivez-moi!" and it was a lot of fun.  One of my grade 7s actually said at the end of class "Thanks for the fun class today Madame."

It is very simple to set up.  If you want to use my worksheet for adjectives, here's the link

Instructions:

1.  Each students needs a piece of paper and a pencil or marker.  Markers make a pretty sheet, but pencils work fine too.  My students just used their pencils.  Have them sit around a table in groups of 4-6 students.  Smaller groups are less confusing when the activity starts.  They may also need a list of adjectives to consult. 

2. Make sure the students write their name at the bottom of the page, so they can find their page at the end. 

3. Use an interval timer for 30 seconds like this one on YouTube to mark the time for each turn.  When the timer starts, students pass the paper they have to the left.  They will receive a paper on their right.  In the 30 seconds, they must write one adjective that describes the person who's paper they have.

4.  Once the 30 seconds is up, they pass the sheet on, and get a new one to write on. And so on.

5.  When students get their own paper, they can add one, or take a 30 second break to see what others wrote.


I do this activity until each student had at lease 15 adjectives on their page.  About 6 minutes or so.  When the students get their paper back, they are to circle the adjectives with which they agree, and "x" out the ones they don't agree with.

During the activity, students would tell each other "Vite!" and "Changez!" "le cloche va sonner!" and "Passez le papier!" while they were playing. I added an assessment by asking each of the students about the adjectives on their page, and with which they did and didn't agree.  Boom.  Authentic conversations.

If you don't want to use adjectives, I think you could adapt this for other vocabulary review, by having the students work in teams until they have added every word that need to be covered.  Or use it for creative writing in Immersion by having the students write one sentence to create a team story to share with the class.    

What other ways could you adapt this activity?


8 comments:

  1. Great activity and recommendation! Authentic, low-prep, engaging, and motivating. Thanks again.

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    1. Merci! The students had fun doing it. When all my classes like something, I know its a keeper.

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  2. Fantastic activity! This is a great way to engage the kinesthetic learners.Thanks for sharing!

    I can't seem to open up the link to the adjective page...I keep getting redirected to the picture one.

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    1. Hi! I did not link a list of adjectives in the post... so that's maybe why you keep getting the worksheet?

      Here's an image I found: http://www.academie-en-ligne.fr/Ressources/5/FFE1/MEDIAS/IMAG-6562939c-8d78-4a95-96d8-aff472bbe80d.jpg if you need a list.

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