Are you a newer teacher who could use some guidance and French lesson plans from a veteran teacher? Perhaps you teach multiple levels of French classes at once (3-5 preps). Do you wish your students were more interested and engaged? Maybe you’re looking for fresh ideas to spice up your class? Does trying to do it all exhaust you?
What if you could get ready-made, teacher-created French lesson plans that your students will love?
Believe me, I know what it’s like to feel overwhelmed with prepping for multiple classes, to struggle to get students to learn tricky French concepts, and to be tired and a little burnt out. I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t work in class. There is no need for teachers to spend hours, weekends, and vacations reinventing the wheel.
In this post, I’ll be sharing my favorite French lesson plans, the ones which spark joy so that both my students and I love coming to class each day. (Well maybe not every day, but most days). 🙂
All of the categories are organized alphabetically: culture, games and fun, holidays, speaking, writing, and vocabulary and verbs.
Culture Lesson Plans
Most textbooks don’t teach enough culture and this is what students love to learn the most. My Francophone Countries Bundle is instant culture for the whole year. Each week, pick a Francophone country and plan a cultural Friday where you show 6-8 colorful photos from the country, color a country flag, learn interesting facts and travel virtually with a few short video clips. Also includes large flags to hang in class, map practice and quizzes, nationality practice and quizzes, country-capital practice, speaking activities, etc. This is one of my most popular resources.
Print these euros on cardstock and laminate them for classroom manipulatives. Great for practicing numbers and conversation skills. We set up a marketplace in class with clients and customers. Students love this!
French Games and Fun Activities
Do you ever run out of fun review games to play? I know that by March, I’m pretty tapped out and on the hunt for something new. Re-energize your class by designing paper T-shirts, enjoying authentic food at your own language cafe, playing classroom sports, singing songs, writing fairy tales, and reviewing verbs and vocabulary with fun games. Your students will learn a ton, but won’t even notice because they’ll be having such a blast.
This is a PPT presentation based on the game, “20 Clues”. Students read each clue in French and try to guess the famous person. Each student writes a guess for each clue. The student with the first correct guess gets to read and click the next set of clues. Follow up by having students write their own set of clues for homework. More advanced students do a famous Francophone research project and presentation. It’s also the perfect resource for sub plans. Just print the English translations of the clues and sub instructions, and you’re good to go.
Picked some of my favorite inspirational quotes and made them into class decorations with beautiful photos. I hang up a new one every week or so. The kids love deciphering what they mean.
French Holidays Lesson Plans
Textbooks rarely include activities for holidays, but they’re a great opportunity to learn new vocabulary and culture. Each of these bundles has enough resources for each holiday for your whole teaching career! Seriously, tons of stuff! Perfect for all levels of French language learners.
Need some time to bake pies and clean the house before your guests come or to pack before you travel? These print and go writing activities, lesson plans, games, and crafts have everything you need to make it through the last 3 days before Thanksgiving break.
Use these vocab expressions, games, speaking and writing activities, crafts, and cheesy love songs to guarantee that every student has a special day (at least in French class). Speed dating, vocab games, serenades, fortune tellers, memes, etc.
French Speaking Activities
40 speaking situations to use for quarterly oral exams or as speaking activities in class. A variety of scenarios for all levels ordered from easiest to hardest.
This makes the perfect final project for juniors or seniors. Using vocabulary and verb tenses that they’ve learned throughout the year, students work in groups to write and illustrate fairy tales. Step-by-step instructions with rubrics, transition words, and peer edit sheets. All self-guided work – the perfect cure for senioritis!
100 transition words for beginners to AP students. 3 levels of words with sample sentences for each. Dramatically improves their writing. No more choppy sentences!
This yearbook page for French class is a fun writing activity to review favorite moments from the year.
French Verbs and Vocabulary
I got so sick of traditional flashcards that didn’t work very well, so I invented these flashcards with a photo on one side and the word in the target language on the other side. Students tape them directly into their notebooks and practice writing underneath the flaps. No more lost or misspelled flashcards! Great for visual learners. Can also be cut into manipulatives for a variety of class games.
A more advanced version of INB flashcards. These strips of paper tell a small story. Students fill in the blanks in the stories on one side and then fill in more parts of the story on the other. Lastly, they write the complete sentences in their notebooks. Such great sub plans!
Add some pizzazz to your food units and classroom marketplaces! Flashcards, game ideas, video clips, etc.
Phew! That’s a lot of stuff!
You can purchase these lesson plans individually or save 25% and get them all as a French lesson plans bundle.
I know this is a major investment, but trust me, it will save you hours and hours of time, plus it will make coming to class more fun for you and your students. And if you don’t trust me, here’s what other teachers say:
* “Wow!! So many great ideas and a wonderful resource! I am looking forward to using this in my classroom for all of my French levels!”
* “This bundle has saved me countless hours of research and constructing my own worksheets. The slideshows and sheer number of activities in this bundle are worth every penny.”
* “A treasure trove! A gold mine!! Thank you for all of your work and making it available. It’s worth every penny.”
Sound good? Here’s the link to purchase it: My French Lesson Plans.
If the price is just too much right now, consider treating yourself to 1 or 2 of these French lesson plans. Always helps to add a few new tools to your teacher tool belt.
Or if you’re strapped for cash, but want some new French lesson plans, join my Free Resource Library. I’ll be adding new items all year long. Not sure what this is? Read more about it in this blog post.