Un jeu facile pour faire 10 (plus a FREEBIE!)

Knowing how to make 10 quickly and easily is a super valuable skill for our students' future addition and subtraction success.

We all know that more practice = more progress, so we should be giving our students as many different chances to practice making 10 as possible.

10 frames are an awesome tool for teaching our students to make 10. Filling up 10 frames one manipulate at a time provides students with valuable counting practice, and helps them become more able to quickly identify how many objects are in a 10 frame without needing to count.

Filling 10 frames is also great for practicing 1:1 correspondence - students learn that only one thing can go in each box. It also teaches directionality and le retour à la ligne suivante - they must fill their frame from left to right, just like when you read!

The more practice our students can have with making 10 and using 10 frames, the better. I have a great game to share with you today that incorporates both of these things. It is also a partner game that encourages math talk. Partner games in math are amazing for helping solidify our students' math vocabulary!



HOW TO PLAY REMPLIS LA GRILLE!

Supplies:

- 1-2 10 frames for each group of two students (one frame if you want to practice making 10, two frames if you want to practice making 20)

- 1 bag of manipulates per group (I love mini erasers, small sea shells, fancy rocks, counters, pennies, etc.)

- 1 die/pair with only the numbers 1-3. I cover up 4, 5, and 6 with a white dot label and write 1, 2, 3 over them. Each die then has two 1s, two 2s, and two 3s. You can also buy blank foam dice and write 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3 on them yourself.

- math talk cards (I have added a FREEBIE with these and 10 frames to the Free French Resource Library)

- 1 white board marker per group

How to play:

1. Everyone needs a partner. Get each group to play rock, paper, scissors - the winner gets to roll the die first

2. After they roll the die, partner A adds that many manipulates to the 10 frame (left to right)



3. Partner B then counts the manipulates and how many spaces are left. Using the math talk card, they say "J'en ai ____. J'ai besoin de ____ autres pour faire 10." On day one, I just get them to practice saying how many they have and how many they need. The second time we play, I give them a white board marker and get them to practice saying it AND writing it.



4. Partners exchange rolls. Partner B rolls the die and adds that many more. Partner A counts all of the manipulates in the 10 frame and how many spaces are left. They use the math talk card to say how many they have and how many more they need.

5. Repeat until the grille is full - partners must roll the correct number to fill it (they can't go over). You can play that the person who fills the 10 frame is the winner, but I usually just get both partners to yell "Nous avons rempli la grille!" and everyone is happy haha. Don't forget to show them that if they have 10 already, they need 0 more!



If you play to 20, just make sure that your students count how many more they need to get to 20.

That's it! You can find a freebie in the math section of my Free French Resource Library that contains 10 frames and math talk cards so that your students can play this game, too.

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Let me know if you give this game a try! I would love to know how it works for your students. It's a favourite game for my students every year!


How to Get Your Students to Speak More French (using puppets & big books)

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As teachers, we have SO MUCH to do.

So many things to juggle, so many outcomes to cover in fun & engaging ways, and so much coffee to drink. ;)

And if you know anything at all about me, you probably know I like prepping as little as possible.

Having a life outside of school is super important to me, and I try and find as many ways as I can to ensure I provide my students with awesome learning opportunities, while never spending more time prepping an activity than my students spend doing it.

(exception - Giant Sight Word Twister)

I seek out effective and low/no prep activities, and when I find them, I sing their praises from the rooftops!

I am always on the hunt for engaging activities to get as many students speaking as much as possible, because one area where my students seriously struggle is communication orale.

In maternelle, I'm sure you know plays and puppet shows are both great ways to get your students speaking #allofthefrench.

But, they can also be SO. MUCH. WORK and waaaay more prep time than performance time.

So when I do things like puppet shows with my class, they are NOT elaborate.

But they are fun and awesome and get all of my students speaking en français, and they hit a lot of outcomes - for both communication orale AND understanding texts (lecture).

Read on to learn about how I use Big Books and inexpensive clip art to get my maternelle students to speak in front of a group, show their understanding of a story, and say a whole bunch of French words and phrases!

Looking for a fun way to get your French primary students speaking more, and to help them understand what they read? Check out this blog post for instructions and ideas for creating EASY puppet shows with your students to go with your shared reading books!


How to get started


First of all, you will need to choose a book. Don't forget to consider the number of characters in the book and the simplicity of the text.

You will be practicing the book a bunch of times during shared reading, so it's okay if the text is above most of your students' reading levels.

Of course, you don't want it to be too complicated.

I like using big books because I find my students are more into the "shared" part of shared reading when the book is gigantic and they can see the words well.

One of my favourite big books to use for a puppet show  (you will see it in the pictures in this blog post) is called Une autre maman by Jill Eggleton, and published by Chenelière.

Looking for a fun way to get your French primary students speaking more, and to help them understand what they read? Check out this blog post for instructions and ideas for creating EASY puppet shows with your students to go with your shared reading books!


(If you work for the CSAP like I do, as far as I know, the board bought a copy of this book for all of the maternelle classes this year!)

If you don't have access to big books, many other simple storybooks can work, too. Again, you want simple text and 2-5 characters.

A few that come to mind (affiliate links) are: Gros grognon, Bzz fait l'abeille, the Gérald et Rosie books, and J'ai besoin d'un câlin.

Once you have chosen your book...


After you have chosen your book, spend the week reading it during shared reading and doing other activities with it.

You want your students to know the book inside out and backward!

Une autre maman has suggestions for activities right inside of the book.

(If you are looking for activities to do with Gros grognon or J'ai besoin d'un câlin, I have reading strategy packs to go with each of those books in my TPT store.)

After practicing the book all week, I like to plan to practice and perform the spectacle de marionnettes on Friday.

You will need to divide your class into groups depending on the number of characters in the story.

For Une autre maman, I had planned to have four groups of four students - I have 16 students so it would have been perfect.

Naturally, three of them were absent on puppet show day... but we made one group of five with two serpents and it all worked out fine, so you can totally double students up!

Puppet time


Next, you will need to make puppets. I find black and white clip art on TPT of the characters I need and print them out.

Easy!

Have your students colour in their puppets and tape a craft stick to the back.

Looking for a fun way to get your French primary students speaking more, and to help them understand what they read? Check out this blog post for instructions and ideas for creating EASY puppet shows with your students to go with your shared reading books!
(If you can't find an emu and use an ostrich like me, it's okay. Really!)

Looking for a fun way to get your French primary students speaking more, and to help them understand what they read? Check out this blog post for instructions and ideas for creating EASY puppet shows with your students to go with your shared reading books!


You can also have your students draw the characters themselves.

I usually print out the clip art because this is a communication orale/lecture activity for me - not an art activity.

Also, I get my students to decide who is going to be which character among their groups.

I find it can help with "chicanes" to have one of each character right in front of them - otherwise, you may end up with two students thinking they are (and therefore both drawing) the same character.

And, if your students draw the character themselves, you may end up with teeny tiny puppets that are hard for the audience to see.

But it's completely up to you!

Speaking of deciding who is going to play which character - we often have a few disagreements. ;)

We use "rock, paper, scissors" to solve them.

It's binding in our class, ha!

Practice makes perfect


Once the puppets are ready to go, students get back into their groups and practice.

Depending on the story, I will either float between groups to make sure they stay on task and let them handle the whole script on their own, or I work with one group at a time using the big book.

Using the big book as the script is helpful if you are going to perform for other classes because it ensures everyone performs the same play they practiced ;)

The shows they come up with on their own are awesome and hilarious, but our five-year-olds can have a hard time remembering how to stay on track and follow the same script during subsequent performances - especially since most of them can't efficiently write the script down to reread later.

When you use the big book, you read the story as the narrator, and stop and let your students do the speaking parts in character.

It helps everything stay organized, and means you need fewer rehearsals :)

Looking for a fun way to get your French primary students speaking more, and to help them understand what they read? Check out this blog post for instructions and ideas for creating EASY puppet shows with your students to go with your shared reading books!


Performance time


Finally, it's time to perform! 

We usually do performances for our classmates first (one group at a time), and if those go well, we go on tour and each group performs for another class in the school. 

During those performances, I get the non-performing groups to read along with me, choral-style, as the narrators.

I also spread a green plastic tablecloth from the dollar store over a table for my students to perform behind. 

This magic tablecloth seems to be the inexpensive special touch that makes it a "real" show! 

We even bring it with us when we go on tour ;)

After we are done performing, the puppets go in a basket for the next week or so and my students often return to their puppets to put on little shows during free play. I love it!!

If you need some more ideas...


If you are still looking for a bit more guidance in having your students perform a puppet show after reading a story together, check out my latest reading strategies pack on TPT

It goes with the book J'ai besoin d'un câlin by Aaron Blabey, and inside, I provide instructions for a puppet show and the clip art you will need for each character. 

There are also other activities to do to help teach and practice reading comprehension strategies all week long!

Click right here to see it on TPT.

If you give this a try, I would love to know about it!

Write me a comment below and let me know if your students had fun :)

Looking for a fun way to get your French primary students speaking more, and to help them understand what they read? Check out this blog post for instructions and ideas for creating EASY puppet shows with your students to go with your shared reading books!


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Making French End-of-Year Memory Books

The end of the school year is sneaking up on us once again.

I am sure you know that this can be a stressful time of year for some of our students, as they realize that big changes are on the horizon. For our students who crave stability, they can feel anxious about the idea of going to a new teacher, learning a new routine, and making new friends.

So, what can we do to help?

One thing that I love to do every year to help ease the transition of my students into grade one is create end of the year memory books together. Creating a memory book helps my students focus on the positives of the year we spent together, and feel relieved knowing that they can always look back and remember their year with me.

And, it is fun for me to look back, reflect, and remember, too!

Sending home a memory book with your students can also help invite and encourage conversations at home about the highlights of your students' year, the things that they learned, and the special activities they did. Those parents who feel like getting their child to talk about their day is like pulling teeth will especially appreciate this activity!

I have an end of the year memory book available in French in my TPT store. It is great for just about any elementary grade - it features five cover page options (Mes souvenirs de la pré-maternelle/maternelle/1e/2e année/l'école) and 22 different pages to complete for the inside. 18 of the 22 pages include both lined and unlined versions.

Inside page options include:

My Fave FREE French Summer-Themed Resources

The end of the school year is almost here! And let's face it - this time of year can be HARD.

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the kids are ready for a BREAK. It can be challenging for them to focus with the beautiful weather calling their names, and I'm sure that you can use all the help you can get.

There is absolutely no shame in gathering up all of the fun and free summer-themed resources en français that you can find to help keep your students happy and engaged while you hang on and enjoy the ride!

Here are five of my favourite FREE resources in French that are perfect for this time of year!



1. EEK! REQUIN

I have posted about this game before, but in case you missed it, it is a freebie both in my TPT store and in my Free French Resource Library. It offers your students one last chance to practice their letter recognition before vacation. And, it's engaging and fun - no one wants to roll an EEK! and get eaten by the shark!



Grab in here in my TPT store, or you can find it in the Seasonal/holiday section of my Free Resource Library.

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2. OÙ EST LE CRABE? EMERGENT READER

This adorable resource is from Madame Angel. It's interactive and super cute! Your students will read each page and glue a crab in the right place. Perfect for the end of maternelle - and your students can use it to practice reading throughout the summer!



3. LES ACTIVITÉS D'ÉTÉ - MINI POSTERS

This freebie is also from Madame Angel. There are 16 mini posters that depict summer activities for you to display in your classroom, use for games, charades, and more!



4. ÉTÉ - VOCABULAIRE

Speaking of vocabulary, French Buzz has a free pack of 46 summer-themed words in her TPT store. The long format is perfect for punching a hole in the top corner of each, putting them on a binder ring, and adding them to your writing centre.



5. CARTES BONNES VACANCES

This freebie is for you! I made these postcards that are perfect for sending home with your students at the end of the year. There is a version to say thank you for a gift as well as bonnes vacances, and a version with just bonnes vacances.



To save on ink, I like to print these two slides per page to make them smaller!

You can find this freebie in my TPT store or in the Free Resource Library as well.

I hope some of these freebies are useful to you! You are in the home stretch now - you can make it :)

Let me know in the comments if you have come across any other great summer-themed freebies en français!


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