An entire year of French 1 Resources!

These resources for French 1 will last you the entire year, and the resource pack continues to grow!

It's hard to teach beginning French students!  They need so much structured practice in order to master those basic skills. Speaking doesn't come naturally for them, spelling is not easy, and they often freak out if you try to speak too much French from the start. Whether you're a veteran teacher, a new teacher, or somewhere in between, you need to have a ton of supplementary materials to reach all your learning styles.

Here are some of my favorite resources for French 1 classes:

1.  School supplies 

You need to get your students speaking and listening right away, and a logical place to start is with school supplies. They will use that vocabulary every day they are in your French class, so start with the basics! The speaking activities are geared towards the newest beginners, making the activities really accessible for hesitant speakers.
French speaking and writing activities for subject pronouns, avoir conjugations, plural nouns, and school supplies.

J'ai qui a... ? speaking and listening game for French school supplies

French partner speaking activity for school supplies and the verb avoir

2. Adjectives

This bundle is HUGE! I mean it! It has over 500 pages of resources for teaching adjectives. There are games, speaking activities, projects, an adjective dictionary, plus a printable packet and accompanying PowerPoint show that are available in English or, if you want to use it with more proficient students, there is an all-French version of the packet AND the PowerPoint! Also includes a packet of speaking and writing activities for comparative and superlative adjectives. Take a peek here:

Speaking and writing activities for French comparative and superlative adjectives

3.  Scoot games and task cards

These are by far my favorite games to play, because students NEED to move! It helps them concentrate, it keeps them from getting bored, and did you know that movement helps them learn? So, it's not just for fun, it is effective! (But it is fun, too). Here's a peek at my avoir/être Scoot game:

Scoot game for French beginners using verbs avoir and être

You can get all the French 1 scoot games here.

4. Weather 

Again, this is something you can teach early and use over and over in your class. From colors to clothing to seasonal topics, the weather terms come back over and over.

Speaking and writing weather activities for French teachers

5. Projects

I'm not crazy about tests. It bores me to sit in a quiet room all day. To be honest, it kind of weirds me out. However, watching student presentations (that I can grade on the spot) or admiring my students' projects makes me smile. Plus, real-life learning helps students retain that information so much better, it's more fun for them, and students will get sentimemental when they remember fun projects they did in your class. Can you say that for a test?

These 5 French projects are a great fit for just about any French 1 curriclum!

6. Speaking cards

Students need to speak. They did not take French class to spell verbs on paper. They just didn't. Hesitant speakers need structured activities like the ones found in these speaking cards. Students will thrive with the chance to move, and even your shy speakers will enjoy speaking when the activities are not intimidating. Here's a peek at some cards for practicing -ir and -re verbs.

French -ir and -re verbs speaking activity

7. Reading comprehension

Students need to be able to read texts containing words they don't know, but they need those texts to be accessible. My reading comprehension packets contain 10 reading passages each, and each reading passage has 3 differentiated levels of questions, making it a friendly resource for struggling learners and the most-advanced beginners.

Differentiated French reading passages and comprehension questions for beginning students.

8. Food

We all love to eat, right? The food unit is always my favorite, and the kids love learning food vocabulary. It's even more fun if you have a food tasting day. :)

French food unit speaking and writing acitivities for beginners. Great for French 1 or core French.

Want to have a year's worth of materials and monthly updates?

You can get all of these resources in one huge bundle! That's right, get all of these and many more. In fact, an entire year's worth! I add to it a few times a month, and I will until it is complete. Right now, there are over 3500 pages of activities for French 1!

Once it's done, it will be complete curriculum with a pacing guide and all the resources for French 1 needed to teach that curriculum. It will be a great stand-alone resource or as a really useful supplement to an existing curriculum.

As it is a work in progress, it is currently available for a fraction of the final cost, but every time I add new resources, the price increases. If you are looking for a complete French 1 resource that has engaging materials that actually work, this is it!

So, what do teachers have to say about this resoure and the individual bundles you'll find in this year-long resource? Here are some teacher comments:

"I cannot express how much I love these resources! I've just gone back to teaching after staying home for 15 years. These are such a huge help! Merci beaucoup!!!"

"I have bought several of Mme R's resources before and I find them very helpful. I have been teaching French for many years, but I can really use some new strategies for working with vocabulary retention and I know that these will help. Merci!!!"

"As a beginning French teacher, this is incredible. I cannot tell you how much stress this has lifted from me!!! Merci merci!!"

"Can't say enough how much I appreciate your resources. Hope to see a huge French 2 bundle in the not too distant future!"

"This is an excellent bundle of projects... I particularly like how easily I can adapt my own scores to the included rubrics and project descriptions."

"Love ALL your verb resources! Great no prep lessons for immersion and core. Merci beaucoup!!"

"What a great bundle!!! I am ALWAYS looking for ways to incorporate reading starting in 6th grade. I love how there are three different versions because I can differentiate for kids who are struggling. Please continue to make more of these!!"

"Another great grammar acquisition resource. I love the variety of activities and how they support language acquisition. It is a great way to incorporate grammar instruction in an immersion setting."

Find the French 1 bundle here.

In the bundle, you'll find :

Grammar and vocabulary packets
Speaking activities and assessments
Reading comprehension activities
Guided paragraphs
Writing rubrics
Board games
Bingo games
Scoot games
Task cards
Digital task cards from Boom Learning℠
Word Walls
Exit tickets

Learning French Verbs Should Be Fun!

Learning French verbs should be fun!

Yes, you can make it fun to learn French verbs! Often, when I tell people I'm a French teacher, they tell me that they took French in high school and they had a hard time with all those VERBS! Yes, there are a lot of verbs to learn, and then a lot of tenses on top of all that, but teaching verbs doesn't have to be so boring! Here are some of my favorite ways to teach verbs to beginners.

1.  Teach in context.

Students learn best when the activities are meaningful. Nothing is more ineffective than giving students a vocabulary list, having them repeat 30 words after you, and then writing them down a bunch of times. They just don't learn that way!

Now, if you're familiar with my style of teaching, you'll already know that I don't like translation as a way to learn vocabulary. A few sentences here and there can be really helpful, and sure, students can memorize a list, but the more contextualized words are, the more likely they are to remember them the next day or the next month.

To introduce vocabulary, I show images of the words on the list.  I might use a word wall, a PowerPoint show, or funny pictures I've found on the internet.

Then I provide students with a vocabulary list, and I have them read the words aloud for a few minutes with a partner.  I always start my year with a lot of phonemic awareness, so by the time I'm teaching verbs, students are able to read infinitives with little to no help from me.  After a few minutes, I ask for volunteers (the brave students who love to get up!) to act out some of the words.

By this time, students have heard the words from me, and they've associated them with images. They've read the words and said them out loud, and they've acted them out (or watched someone else act them out). They have already had five different types of practice with the list, and it's only been about 10 minutes!

2.  Make verb drills fun.

Yes, verb drills have a time and place in class! They aren't something you'll want to do everyday, but to help students quickly recall those verb endings, drills can be really effective.  A bit of memorization just makes things easier when you get to the more complicated stuff.  For example, all those spellings words I learned as a grade-schooler make it easy for me to write now. The times tables I memorized in math (and I HATE math) made math homework quicker. Think of the drills as something quick, fun, and effective to do once in a while.

You can do them as written drills like this activity for -re verbs.

Verb drills and games for French -ir and -re verbs

Or you can do them as oral drills like this fun dice activity here.

3.  Use technology.

Digital task cards are an amazing way to let students practice their conjugations, because let's face it, students love their screens! The cards are visually stimulating and because they are self-checking, students know exactly what they need to study. Use them for whole play in class, assign a set as homework, or let students who finish quickly work on a device while others are finishing a task.

Digital French -ir and -re task cards from Boom Learning

4.   Play games in class.

Yes, make those verb drills a game! Use your whiteboard or use individual white-boards to have board races. Play board games. Let them have fun with verbs and they'll see that it isn't all just boring conjugation work.

5.  Provide ample opportunities to speak.

The real key to language acquisition and retention is speaking. Students aren't taking French to spell verbs on a paper. They want to talk, and they need a lot of practice in order to be comfortable doing so. Speaking cards like these provide students with a non-threatening activity that can be structured many different ways, so even the most reluctant speakers will take the risk to speak. Each set of cards includes six different ideas for using them, so it's easy to always keep it new and exciting, even if you  frequently use speaking cards.

French -ir and -re verb speaking prompts for beginners

These -ir and -re resources are available in THIS BUNDLE.

You can find all of my bundles HERE.