One of my challenges this year has been to find ways to help my year 10s build their awareness of verbs and the different tenses. So - I have created these lollipop sticks, all with "trigger phrases" on them - French on one side, English on the other.
The trigger phrases include phrases or verbs which then require the infinitive, and then triggers for the present, perfect, imperfect and future:
I have selected 8 key verbs from the topic we are currently doing, and put them into a table.
After introducing the idea of the trigger phrases, ensuring that they know which tense goes with which, we can then start playing.
Some ideas that have worked:
- Everyone gets a lollipop stick, then writes the chosen verb in the form they need on their mini-whiteboard.
- Focus on one verb - allow some memorisation time, then people come up to choose their stick, then get to form it. They double their points if they can translate it too.
- Challenge the other team.
- Timed challenge.
You get the gist - I'm sure you can think of some of your own.