Smart Notebook - French
A version of the story with audio support to use in class on an interactive whiteboard.
If you have problems downloading the Smart Notebook file, try the zipped version instead.
Smart Notebook Gallery Collection
The collection consists of over 100 images from the story - backgrounds, characters, places and objects to help you create your own resources and activities. If you have Smart Notebook installed on your computer, when you click on the collection file below and choose 'Open', Smart Notebook will open and a Gingerbread folder will be created in the 'My Content' folder in your Gallery.
It will appear each time you open Smart Notebook unless you choose to delete it.
If you have problems downloading the Smart Notebook collection file on your computer, try the zipped version instead.
If you don't have a Smartboard, or want to use the images in other programs such as Word or PowerPoint, you can also download a preview of the collection as a single zipped file.
A series of 14 lesson plans based on a Thinking Skills approach to language learning.
All lessons in each of the four sections are available for preview.
Exploring Gender 1: Storyboarding
Storyboarding is a good introduction to any narrative text. It encourages pupils to think about the development of a story (they often summarise the story while they are engaged in the activity) and draw on their wide experience of language knowledge.Preview
Exploring Gender 2:
Get children thinking about the characteristics of French nouns right from the start. When sorting cards, they have to look for similarities and differences. These are most obvious in the article (word preceding the noun) which can lead to great discussion, interest and understanding when managed well.Preview
Exploring Gender 3: Kim's Game
A great way to introduce new vocabulary. It gives children a chance to think about how they could go about memorising unfamiliar words and it builds confidence in their own ability to retain vocabulary.Preview
Exploring Gender 4: Dominoes
This activity aids recall within the enjoyable context of a game. It helps pupils to be precise about words, distinguishing between des boutons and des bonbons for example. It can consolidate understanding of gender and plural.Preview
Exploring Gender 5:
Venn Diagram Adjectives
This activity helps pupils to understand the principals involved in using adjectives in French. It gives them time and opportunity to discuss when and why describing words change.Preview
Exploring Phrases 1: Who is it?
This activity introduces pupils to short phrases that people might use to talk about themselves.Preview
Exploring Phrases 2: Action Charades
Charades encourage pupils to listen out for specific information. They need to hear both the action word and who is doing the action in order to carry out the activity successfully.Preview
Exploring Phrases 3:
Auditory Map from Memory
Excellent for getting pupils to think about the characteristics of words and their implications in a sentence. You can use any sentence or group of sentences from the story. More simple ones such as those on sheet 1 focus on gender and position of adjectives, more complex ones can deal with superlatives or verb tenses.Preview
Exploring Phrases 4: Pass the Parcel
A fun way of getting pupils to think carefully about pronunciation and word order.Preview
Exploring Phrases 5: Fortune Line
Encourages pupils to think about how the characters are feeling at different stages in the story. It is developing those vital skills of inference and deduction.Preview
Exploring Sounds 1: Phonic Grid
Encourages pupils to consider phonic rules in French. It can help to develop confidence in reading and matching sound to written word.Preview
Exploring Sounds 2: Odd One Out
This activity helps pupils to recognise and respond to sound patterns and words and recognise some familiar words in written form.
It gives them the opportunity to make links between some phonemes, rhymes and spellings, and read aloud familiar words.
Exploring Verbs 1:
Inside Outside Circle
This activity takes all 45 verbs in the story and encourages pupils to teach them to each other so that collectively they can access the vocabulary in the story.Preview
Exploring Verbs 2: Dominoes
This activity helps pupils become familiar with verbs in their conjugated form. It makes them think about the pronoun as well as the tense.Preview