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A few years ago, I retired from my position as head of Modern Languages, a bit fearful of the "R" word. But to date, it has been nothing but fun! Canadian law requires school-aged actors to study with a qualified teacher when they’re off-camera. Many of our young actors are in immersion French so I've found a happy little niche, teaching a few days a week as an on-set tutor and moving in inspiring and creative circles! Furthermore, I get to share resources here! Vive la retraite!

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A few years ago, I retired from my position as head of Modern Languages, a bit fearful of the "R" word. But to date, it has been nothing but fun! Canadian law requires school-aged actors to study with a qualified teacher when they’re off-camera. Many of our young actors are in immersion French so I've found a happy little niche, teaching a few days a week as an on-set tutor and moving in inspiring and creative circles! Furthermore, I get to share resources here! Vive la retraite!
Avez-vous bien compris LUPIN1?
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Avez-vous bien compris LUPIN1?

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LUPIN 1 is based on the hit series whose modern hero is obsessed with Marcel Leblanc’s gentleman-cambioleur. Students will match the sentence fragments printed on the edges of the triangles to reconstitute the 18 statements about episode 1 and to “build” their pyramid. A cooperative activity suitable for francophone, immersion students and advanced students in core French. To be sure that this activity is right for your students by, try the free "futur simple” triangle puzzle at: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/le-futur-simple-a-triangle-puzzle-6450469
A word game for tired teachers
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A word game for tired teachers

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Scribblescrabbles are a portable hybrid of Scrabble and crossword puzzles. I’ve made this one for teachers of English, French and Spanish who are desperate for meaningful but fun work at the end of the school year. You’ll discover that it is flexible enough to work well for all levels of ability. Happy holidays to all!
Twelve Christmas Rebus Puzzles
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Twelve Christmas Rebus Puzzles

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Here are 12 more rebus puzzles for students who enjoyed the free rebus “A little Christmas Rebus to decipher! (The Little Drummer Boy)”: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/another-little-christmas-rebus-to-decipher-6454697 Thanks to their texting skills, today’s kids “get” the principle behind rebus puzzles intuitively. The “Twelve Christmas Rebus Puzzles” start with simple thematic phrases like “baking gingerbread cookies” and builds to a 3-page invitation to students to make their own rebus. The invitation is, of course, in rebus format! An activity tailored for the run-up to the holidays.
Quinze expressions avoir  illustrées (PPT)
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Quinze expressions avoir illustrées (PPT)

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Les quinze expressions - avoir - illustrées - sont: to be thirsty - avoir soif, to be hungry - avoir faim, to be cold - avoir froid, to be hot - avoir chaud, to be wrong - avoir tort, to be right - avoir raison, to be sick - avoir mal, to be x years old - avoir x ans, to need - avoir besoin de, to be ashamed - avoir honte, to be sleepy - avoir sommeil, to be afraid - avoir peur, to be slap happy - avoir le fou rire, to be lucky - avoir de la chance, to feel like, to want - avoir envie de, J’espère que vous en serez vachement content! Click here for the free activity, ‘Let’s get to the bottom of LES EXPRESSIONS AVOIR’, to solidify the concept in an entertaining way: http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Les-expressions-avoir-a-review-game-6312195/
Qui, que et qu'   (les pronoms relatifs )
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Qui, que et qu' (les pronoms relatifs )

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This 11-page tutorial walks students through the differences between the interrogative and the relative pronouns, qui and que /qu'. It also explains the difference between the subject and object pronoun. However, there's also a simple little visual for those students who have not yet studied or mastered that grammatical point in English. The relatively simple gap fill exercise is followed by a more challenging mini-tutorial on combining two sentences using these pronouns and a page of questions.
FRENCH: Où sont les trésors cachés (verbes ER)
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FRENCH: Où sont les trésors cachés (verbes ER)

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Où sont les trésors cachés? (les verbes ER) works well as a full-class, teacher-directed game or as a small group activity. After the fun of the oral treasure hunt, you can also assign coordinates to create an instant written assignment to reinforce the correct conjugation of the verbs. You’ll find that even reluctant learners will be motivated to listen carefully and the promise of “treasure” tends to generate enthusiastic oral participation as well. My answer key is for “le présent” and “le passé composé” but the game works for virtually every verb tense and even the subjunctive mood. I’m proud to say that, globally, this game has been downloaded over 6000 times. OÙ SONT LES TRÉSORS game sheets also are available for the following verbs and themes: Les verbes IR Les verbes RE Les verbes ER, IR and RE ÊTRE et AVOIR Les expressions AVOIR (3 game sheets) DEVOIR, VOULOIR et POUVOIR FAIRE, PRENDRE, METTRE OUVRIR, DÉCOUVRIR, SORTIR, PARTIR SAVOIR, CONNAÎTRE et RECONNAÎTRE Les verbes conjugués avec ÊTRE Les verbes PRONOMINAUX) The 10 premium games bundled. Enter “Où sont” in the search window of my shop to find them: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/Carlav
Triangle puzzle: Vouloir, Pouvoir et Devoir
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Triangle puzzle: Vouloir, Pouvoir et Devoir

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This triangle puzzle focusses on the present tense of the irregular verbs, vouloir, pouvoir and devoir. To solve the puzzle co-operatively, students will have to match snippets of text to form sentences like, "Pour jouer à Minecraft, on doit utiliser son imagination" and "Pour voir mes photos, vous pouvez me suivre (folow) sur Instagram". To make sure this activity is right for your students, test drive another triangle puzzle, the free "futur simple" puzzle: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/le-futur-simple-a-triangle-puzzle-6450469
38 citations du Petit Prince (a triangle puzzle)
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38 citations du Petit Prince (a triangle puzzle)

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38 citations du Petit Prince is a co-operative activity. Students have to match the text printed on the edges of the triangles to reconstitute 38 of the most famous quotes from Le Petit Prince. In the process, they’ll build an image of the fox. 38 citations du Petit Prince is for advanced students studying the novel. Try the free future simple triangle puzzle to determine if this kind of activity is right for your students: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/le-futur-simple-a-triangle-puzzle-6450469
All the ¡Busquemos el tesoro escondido! games
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All the ¡Busquemos el tesoro escondido! games

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Here are all five ¡Busquemos el tesoro escondido! games in one bundle: • LOS VERBOS REGULARES, AR, ER y IR • GUSTAR, FASCINAR y MOLESTAR) • SER y ESTAR) • Dónde están mis regalos de NAVIDAD? and, of course, • AR-ending verbs (the first and free resource)
DIRE OU INTERDIRE?  (Un jeu comme Taboo): L'édition de Halloween
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DIRE OU INTERDIRE? (Un jeu comme Taboo): L'édition de Halloween

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DIRE OU INTERDIRE? can be played by intermediate and advanced students For advanced, immersion and francophone groups: If your students are confident and articulate in French, have them play DIRE OU INTERDIRE? like traditional Taboo®. Divide the class into two teams. Place the deck facedown on a desk. A player from the first group chooses a card and tells his/her team everything s/he can about the word at the top of the card. The only catch is that s/he may not use any of the words listed under the orange and black lines in the descriptions. If the class cannot guess the word within 60 seconds, the mystery word is announced to the class and a player from the second team tries his or her luck. A point is scored each time the mystery word is correctly guessed. It’s usually a good idea for you as a teacher to announce that you will accept synonyms. For example, in Canada, a student might guess “un party (de Halloween)” rather than “une fête”. For intermediate level learners: If your students are uncomfortable giving clues, turn the rules upside down. Tell them to use the words beneath the black and orange banner in their descriptions! This topsy-turvy approach encourages and empowers everyone to participate. You won’t believe what a positive game-changer it is. This package includes 28 Halloween-themed cards, a template for students to make their own DIRE OR INTERDIRE? game and a how-to-play guide.
10 French Bingo Cards for Hallowe'en
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10 French Bingo Cards for Hallowe'en

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Play standard bingo - lines, four corners or full house - with these cards. The list of the vocabulary illustrated on the cards is appended below. If you have access to a laminating machine, protect your cards with a coat of plastic and they will last until you retire! (And then you can give them to a younger teacher!) un balai des bonbons une boum la chair de poule un chat noir une chauve-souris une citrouille au claire de la lune un costume / un déguisement un cimetière crier effrayé un épouvantail faire du porte-à-porte un fantôme un hibou jeter un sort jouer un tour une lanterne citrouille un loup une maison hantée le maquillage la nuit les petits monstres une potion magique une poule mouillée un squelette un sorcier une sorcière une toile d’araignée un vampire
Triangle puzzle: Les verbes conjugués avec être ( ou les verbes DR. & MRS. VAN DER TRAMP)
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Triangle puzzle: Les verbes conjugués avec être ( ou les verbes DR. & MRS. VAN DER TRAMP)

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This triangle puzzle requires students to work in the past tense with verbs conjugated with ÊTRE (or the DR. and MRS. VAN DER TRAMP verbs). To solve the puzzle co-operatively, they will have to match the snippets of text to form sentences like, "J'ai quitté FB le jour où mes parents en sont devenus membres!" If you are not sure if this activity is right for your students, have a look at another triangle puzzle, the free futur simple activity: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/le-futur-simple-a-triangle-puzzle-6450469
2 MARELLES:  les verbes conjugués avec “être” / Dr. & Mrs. van der Tramp
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2 MARELLES: les verbes conjugués avec “être” / Dr. & Mrs. van der Tramp

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Il y a 8 phrases cachées dans chaque marelle. There are eight sentences hidden in each of these two hopscotch games. Le début de chaque phrase est signalé par un petit numéro qui indique le nombre de cases dans la phrase. Toutes les cases qui forment une phrase se touchent. C’est la logique qui détermine l’ordre à suivre. The beginning of each sentence is marked with a number in a circle. This little number also tells you how many boxes make up the sentence. All the boxes that form a sentence are connected. You may move up, down, left, right and diagonally. Let logic guide you to the end of each sentence. Download the free resource, "Une marelle pour accompagner Le Gruffalo” to see if this game is suitable for your class. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/une-marelle-pour-accompagner-le-gruffalo-11288270
C'est Touchant! (un jeu comme Boggle)  pour L'Automne, L'Action de Grâce, L'Halloween et L'Hiver
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C'est Touchant! (un jeu comme Boggle) pour L'Automne, L'Action de Grâce, L'Halloween et L'Hiver

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Embedded in each of the 4 puzzle grids in this bundle are several French words on the themes of L'Action de Grâce, L'Automne, L'Hiver and L’Halloween as well as many more general vocabulary words. The bundle includes • Full-colour copies and BW copies of each puzzle • a thematic vocabulary for each theme • answer keys • a “how to play” guide Try the free TES activity,'Joyeux Noël ('C'est touchant' is like Boggle.)' to see if this activity is for you: https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Joyeux-No-and-235-l-and-quot-C-and-39-est-touchant-and-quot-is-like-Boggle-6150658/
Taming the Times Tables without Tears (GET THE PICTURE? multiplication game)
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Taming the Times Tables without Tears (GET THE PICTURE? multiplication game)

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This self-correcting game pinpoints the Times Tables from 2 through 12. Each deck is comprised of 28 cards. Your students will, literally, "get the picture" by multiplying correctly because after they’ve paired up the factor and the product cards, they can turn them over to check their results. Pairs of pictures that don't match flag those operations that need to be tried again. Because Taming the Times Tables without Tears (GET THE PICTURE?) lends itself to individual practice, it’s ideal for learning centres and for home play. However, once your students have improved their multiplication skills, they can play with two or more decks at once. Or, they can challenge a friend to a multiplication race. Print the sheets on card stock. Merry multiplication mastery.
A triangle puzzle for Richard Howard's English translation of The Little Prince
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A triangle puzzle for Richard Howard's English translation of The Little Prince

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This is a co-operative activity designed for readers who have studied The Little Prince in English. Students are asked to match the text on the edges of the 11 triangles to answer and complete the following Q and A and quotes from the text. I have included a second version of the puzzle based on a freer translation of the original work. What does the narrator of The Little Prince do for a living? • He’s a pilot. When one wishes to play the wit, • he sometimes wanders a little from the truth. According to the fox, it is only with the heart that one can see rightly; • what is essential is invisible to the eye. But I have made him my friend, and now he is… • unique in all the world. My Drawing Number One. It looked like this: • (illustration of a hat) You become responsible, forever, for • what you tame If you tame me, then… we shall need each other. Who helps the Little Prince return to his planet? The snake A Turkish astronomer had presented his discovery to the International Astronomical Congress. • But he was in Turkish costume so nobody would believe what he said. Draw me… • a sheep! How did the Little Prince leave his planet? • With the help of a flock of wild birds.
FRENCH BRAG TAGS / BILLETS "TU PEUX ÊTRE FIER!"
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FRENCH BRAG TAGS / BILLETS "TU PEUX ÊTRE FIER!"

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Because it's hard to find big, bright, text-rich, French motivational stickers, I have designed about fifty “reward cards” to encourage and congratulate my students. My kids like them and I like being able to update them as needed. Many sincere thanks to my (much) younger colleague, who gently suggested that I move into this millennium and label this file as “brag tags”! HOW I USE THEM 1) AS COLLECTIBLES They work as little giveaway rewards for good effort. (I’m from Canada, hockey trading card country. The best compliment I ever got was when one of my boys announced that he was trying to collect the “whole set”!) 2) AS CURRENCY Students may trade in 10 cards for a package of gum or a dollar store /pound shop gift. 3) As a “bon point” incentive A bon point is redeemable for “1 mark on our next test”. Even high school kids love this little card trick. If you go this route, reserve two or three styles (for example, the “vachement bien” and the “de quoi être fier /fière” cards) as the bon point cards.
Instead of French stickers try these QR codes
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Instead of French stickers try these QR codes

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Because it's not easy finding French stickers with meaningful captions and because my students are always looking for an excuse to use their cell phones, I decided to tell them, “I think QR doing a good job” using QR codes. The 34 comments I’ve encoded are listed below. See the enthusiastic reaction the codes generate for yourself by attaching one of the QR comments in the preview to your students’ next assignment. 1 Un bel effort! C’est génial Très impressionnant! C’est un bonheur de t’enseigner! Excellent comme d’habitude! Chouette! Bien fait! 2 Tu vois? Tu es très capable. Bravo! Tu réussis haut la main! Formidable! Tu connais bien tes verbes irréguliers! Vouloir, c’est pouvoir, n’est-ce pas? Bravo! Tu fais des progrès! 1, 2, 3 . . . je peux toujours compter sur toi! 3 Je suis content que tu sois dans ma classe! Je suis contentE que tu sois dans ma classe! Je suis fier de toi! Je suis fièrE de toi! Tu es un éleve de rêve! Tu es unE éleve de rêve! 4 Je savais que tu y arriverais! Wow! Je n’aurais pas pu mieux faire moi-même! Tu as bien réussi cette tâche! Tu t’exprimes très clairement! Bravo! Encore un peu et tu l’auras! J’ai remarqué que tu as vraiment fait de ton mieux aujourd’hui! Je t’en félicite! 5 Tu as écouté très attentivement aujourd’hui. C’est toute une amélioration! Félicitations! Ton comportement était exemplaire aujourd’hui! Félicitations! Viens me voir pour de l’aide supplémentaire. C’est bien trouvé! Je t’applaudis! 6 Ce conjugueur peut t’aider avec les verbes difficiles: http://leconjugueur.lefigaro.fr/conjugaison/verbe Sers-toi de cette ressource indispensable: le dictionnaire en ligne, WordReference: http://www.wordreference.com/ *Tu peux vérifier ta grammaire et ton orthographe à http://bonpatron.com/ Et pour le dessert . . . En récompense de ce travail si bien fait, ce soir tu n’auras PAS DE DEVOIRS!
The  4 Seasons Scribblescrabbles (in English, French, Spanish. . . )
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The 4 Seasons Scribblescrabbles (in English, French, Spanish. . . )

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Unlike Scrabble players, Scribblescrabblers can choose which letters to use for each of their turns. As in Scrabble, however, they will score the most points with the strategic placement of those letters. Download this free Scribblescrabble to see if this activity is right for your students: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/a-scribblescrabble-for-hannukah-6301284 This file includes English, French and Spanish versions of each grid as well as a blank grid for those of you teaching other languages.