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Attached below are PowerPoints with French numbers from 0-31, 32-69 and mathematical operations. Audio included!:

French Numbers 0-31
French Numbers 32-69
Les Operations Mathematiques

Below is a link to a Youtube clip that I found with numbers 1-20 written and pronounced in French. Whenever I have played this video, the students seem to LOVE it!

A fun activity to do with your students is to create a Voki avatar. The free version of Voki is simple to use and allows you to create avatars and 60 second recordings without requiring you to sign up. This website is great for students with little experience using the French language! Once a Voki is completed, You can either access the link or choose to e-mail your Voki.

Here is a link to the Voki Website:

I had my students each create a Voki after learning how to count to ten in French. Below, is an example Voki that I created along with a script for the students to follow when creating their own Vokis:

Voki Script

A fun game to practice French numbers to ten is to have students stand in a circle and call out a French number. Rotating around the circle, have each student state a letter in the proper order to spell the number. As students incorrectly guess the following letter in the number, they sit down until all players but one are out. An alternative to this game is to have students sit out for two rotations around the circle then join back in.

As written in the FSL Program of Studies, students must learn the French written form of numbers 0-31. The can be somewhat boring for your students. A funner way to integrate technology when teaching this concept is to have your students create Wordles with written numbers in French from 0-31. An extension of this activity could be for students to partner up and take turns pointing to the French written words for different numbers that one partner calls out. The Wordle website and an exemplar are located below:

Numeros 0-31 Wordle

Below is a French numbers crossword I designed to practice spelling of “les nombres” from 0-20 (In case the Wordle didn’t appeal to you):

French Numbers Crossword 0-20

An engaging game for students to practice learning French numbers is “Shake a Number.” For this game, students form groups of two to four. Students are then given an empty pop bottle with bingo chips inside that each have a number written on them from 0-31 on them.  The first player begins by shaking the bottle and drawing a chip. If the student can correctly pronounce the number drawn, he or she scores a point and it becomes the next players turn. The first player to reach ten points wins.

Attached below is a PowerPoint that I created about eleven different French colours. I recorded audio into the file, so all that you have to do is click the play button and listen to the words with your students. Having your students repeat back each word is a fantastic way to get them practicing oral speaking skills!:

French Colours

The following video is a fantastic (and bizarre) resource that engages grade four students who are too old for many instructional videos about French colours.

Sara Jordan also has a fantastic song about colours called “les couleurs.” There is an instrumental version of this song available where you can record your students singing along. This song and many other Sara Jordan’s songs are available to purchase through iTunes or by clicking on the following link:

One suggestion for students to practice their colours in French is to create paint sample flashcards. The French word for each colour can be written on the back of the paint samples. Students can use the cards to quiz each other and compete to see how many colours they can correctly identify. Example flashcards are shown below:

Colours Flashcards
The following document contains a colour by numbers page that I designed.  This following attachment is best used as a Thanksgiving activity. Please download the activity, as the web browser cannot detect accents in the document:

French Colours Turkey

Another activity that you can give to your students is a French colours word scramble, where students try to unscramble words to spell the correct colour:

Colours Word Scramble

A fun game that can be used to practice French colours is “Les Quatres Couleurs.” Similar to “Four Corners,” each corner of the classroom or play area is designated a colour. The teacher (or a selected student) comes to the middle of the room. He or she then closes their eyes and counts to ten (in French if possible). While counting, all of the other students choose a corner. Once the teacher or selected student has counted to ten, he or she calls out a corner (for example: bleu, violet, rouge, vert, etc.). All of the students in the corner that is called are then eliminated and sit off to the side. The game continues until all students have been eliminated or the caller chooses a corner that has no students present.

Below are two links to Jeopardy and Who Wants to be a Millionaire games that I created to review colours, numbers and classroom items in French:

Colours and Numbers:

Classroom Items:

To assess student knowledge of French colours, I have included an evaluation page below. This page is differentiated so that you can ask your students about “les couleurs” with either a visual or written word:

  Les Couleurs Assessment

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