This is a fun and engaging way for students to practice verb forms or any type of vocabulary. I call this shipwreck (Naufrage, Naufragio, Hǎinàn-海难, Schiffbruch, Naufragium). The board has 1oo squares, you can use fewer or more depending on the level of your students.
In the example below there are subjects and infinitives in each box. Students play against an opponent and choose a box. He then says or writes the correct verb form. The example below has the student put the verb in the past tense in French. If the opponent agrees that it is correct, the player gets to color in the square with his color, then it is the opponent’s turn. If the opponent does not agree with the response the teacher is summoned to verify. If the answer is not correct the player loses that turn. When a player gets three boxes in a row of his color he gets a point, which is recorded on the bottom. Each play has a different color and employs a blocking strategy to try to prevent the opponent from getting three boxes in a row. This works well with vocabulary (students either translate or use the word in a sentence) or adjective/adverb forms as well.
You can make these activities in a WORD Document or you can download these activities that are ready to use:
In an effort to try to cut down on the number of drafts that students need to write, particularly when the language issues are in the areas of spelling, accent placement, verb forms and adjective agreement, try using this approach. Give the students the topic in advance of an in-class writing assignment along with the prep sheet (see example below). The prep sheet is for student use and reference during the writing assignment in class. The left hand side has room for brainstorming and outlining, while right hand site has spaces for nouns, verbs in the infinitive, verb conjugation tables and any other grammatical or mechanical language element that students need to focus on. Students then write in class and use this sheet, which they have completed on their own based in the topic. This information is essentially what students will need to reference when working on additional drafts that the teacher has corrected. This approach has students notice and reference on their own and will most likely make an additional draft unnecessary. Try having students write on a topic with and without this type of sheet and see how the student work is different. The grammar topics on the right side should reflect the topic and what the teacher wants the students to use while writing.
This handy reference for students has verb forms on both sides. I photocopy it on card stock (two-sides) and cut it into strips so that students can put it in their books, usually in the lesson we are currently studying. My students really like having this easily accessible reference so that they don’t always have to go looking through their book for verb forms when speaking and writing. The example below is for beginning/intermediate students, but more advanced students would benefit from more advanced verb forms and conjugations.
This handy reference can be made in a WORD document by making columns or text boxes. You can also download them completed in French and Spanish here: