Smartboard activity for pronouns

Last week, I was on a mission…I wanted to create a Smartboard activity where my students had to replace direct and indirect objects in a sentence with the corresponding pronouns and then rearrange the sentences.  I’ve had the idea in my head for a while now, but not being completely adept with Smart Notebook, I was having difficulties putting it together.  I was really close when I finally decided to ask the resident Smart Notebook expert in my school.  She helped me tweak what I had and presto — my Smartboard activity finally came to fruition!  Thanks A.D!

This is a sample of the activity.  I did the first one with the students.  When I touch the object of the sentence, it fades out and the pronoun pops up.  They loved it…They were saying things like: “That’s so cool!” or “It’s magic!”  I like it because it’s a good activity for the kinesthetic learners in the class.  Hopefully the act of physically placing the box in the correct place in the sentence helped to reinforce the word order.  That is my hope at least!

All in all, I think it worked well.  The only thing I don’t like about doing it this way, is that only a few students get to go to the Smartboard and try it.  I can upload the activity to my class Moodle, but not everyone will necessarily go out of their way to try it.  I think that I may use this as a learning centre activity in the future, where students rotate through a variety of activities and more students get to work on it.

They have their practice quiz tomorrow, so we’ll see how that works out.

I also wanted to give them some oral practice with this concept, so I had them play “Le Morpion” in partners.  They basically played a game of Tic-Tac-Toe.  In order to be able to put an X or an O on their pages, they had to be able to correctly replace an object with its appropriate pronoun and reformulate the sentence.  This is a great activity for getting students to speak in French.  I use stapled file folders so that they can hide their papers from each other.  It’s a little thing, but I think they enjoy the game more because it adds to the whole “We’re playing a game!” feel to the activity.  You can get a copy at my TpT store.

Thanks for reading!


About Mme Martin

I am a high school French teacher in Ontario, Canada. I've been a teacher for the last 14 years and I love what I do. I am always looking for ways to improve my teaching by learning from my colleagues, reading, attending conferences and workshops. I also completed a Masters of Education degree, specializing in Second Language Acquisition. My goal is to increase students' oral fluency in French and I would like to share this journey with you in the hopes that you will find new ideas and be inspired to do the same. I will let you know what I try in my classes and what works and what doesn't. I hope you will find a wealth of ideas to use in your class.
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