Sunday 12 January 2014

What went well last week #4


These are a few activities that worked really well for me last week. 

This is for me to remember in my practice what games, songs, etc. work and also to share ideas with you. 
Most of the ideas below are really simple, they are tried and tested in various schools and they work!

Last week was all about starting the new year and wishing everybody 'Bonne année' also celebrating the Epiphany.

Happy New Year! : 
Using this fantastic Youtube clip join in the countdown to midnight and wish everybody ‘Bonne année’, starting from 15.
Quinze, quatorze, treize, ..., un ... Bonne année!

Épiphanie (La galette des rois) :

  •   Game :

Put some cards up on the board with numbers on one side (1 per card) at the back of some of the cards draw a crown ( do this on 3 or 4 cards out of the 10).
Choose * a child to say a number in French, if they choose a number with a crown at the back, that child becomes the king or the queen. Ask the child to come to the front to be ‘crowned’ ask them: “Comment t’appelles-tu?” They have to reply: “Je m’appelle le roi/la reine...” The class then say hello to their new king/queen : “Bonjour, le roi/la reine...” This person stays king or queen until someone else find the next crown. Then, both children come to the front and the first child asks ‘Comment t’appelles-tu?’ the other one has to say: “Je m’appelle le roi/la reine...” and the class say hello to the new king or queen. Carry on until all the numbers have been called out. 

*or ask the youngest child in your class to pick out the names out of the class pot of lollipop sticks with names on it (to link with the tradition of the ‘galette des rois’).

  • ·  Making crowns:

Make a simple paper crown out of 2 stripes of paper, write one it: Je m’appelle le roi/la reine....’ and decorate it.
Do role plays to revise personal information (pretending to be kings/queens)
Make a more elaborate crown using these templates: 1, 2, 3.

  • · Worksheet: 
A simple wordsearch to recap the vocabulary of “L’épiphanie/la galette des rois” and a picture to draw your own ‘fève’ in the “galette” and colour it in. Download here.

What about you? What worked well for you last week ? 

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