Do you love using French task cards? Me too! I love using them for early finishers, at learning centers, and as a fun way to review in groups. What is my favorite way to use them? With a Scoot game!
Scoot is one of my all-time favorite games to play in French class! Students get to move, it’s fast-paced, and it makes reviewing for tests and quizzes so much more fun! If you need to review French vocabulary or practice verb conjugation with your classes, this is a great replacement for a worksheet.
I love playing Scoot because not only do students get much needed movement in the classroom, but using French task cards to play games is so much fun that your class will fly by! Students won’t even realize how much they’re learning, because they’ll be moving and having fun!
Here’s how you play Scoot with French task cards:
1. Make a list of questions that your classes need to review. You’ll need at least as many questions as you have students. I usually do a mix of French vocabulary and verbs unless I’m reviewing a verb or tense, then it’s primarily French verb conjugation questions.
2. Put each question on a French task card like this one. I usually put four questions per sheet so that they are a nice size to use for games and learning centers.
3. Tape one card on the corner of each student desk. I find that it’s easier to number the cards and place them in ascending order. This means that question 2 would be on the desk next to question 3, and question 4 would be on the next desk.
4. Pass out a Scoot answer sheet like the one shown above for each student.
5. Have students start at the desk they are at. So, if a student has the task card with question 15 on his/her desk, that student would start at number 15 on the answer sheet.
6. Give students a time frame to answer the question on their desks. I like to do 30 seconds, but depending on the age and difficulty of questions, you might do as much as one minute. You can also just watch your students and have them move when you see they are ready.
7. At the end of the time frame, announce “Scoot!” and have the students scoot to the next desk. I say “Filez!” Students will continue to the next desk where they answer that question. They game continues until they’ve completed all of the questions.
8. The student at the last desk will move to desk 1. So, if you have 20 students and 20 questions, the student at desk 20 will answer his/her question and move to desk 1 for the next round. It’s helpful to model the movement of the class with your students before playing the game.
9. When you are all done, check your answers together. I usually give a prize or a free homework pass to the student(s) who answer the most questions correctly.
Just a note on this game: I don’t ever grade this game, because while the movement is really fun and does help student retention and attention, some students might not work as well with the time limits. If you really want to grade them with French task cards, I propose allowing students to work on them at their own pace.
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