French 101 Lab 10 - Jeu de devitte/I spy - Novice Mid

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Jeu de Devitte


In this activity, students are going to practice their prepositions. The lab instructor will read out the steps below and the students will draw what you say on their whiteboard. Students will also play a game of "I Spy" to practice using prepositions. 

Proficiency Level:

Novice Mid


prepositions, items, places, school supplies, I spy, 

NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard 1.1: Students engage in conversations or correspondence in French to provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Standard 1.2: Students understand and interpret spoken and written French on a variety of topics
  • Standard 1.3: Students present information, concepts, and ideas in French to an audience of listeners or readers

Idaho State World Language Standards:

  • COMM 1: Interact with others in the target language and gain meaning from interactions in the target language.
  • COMM 2: Discover meaning from what is heard, read or viewed on a variety of topics in the target language.
  • COMM 3: Utilize appropriate media to present an idea to an audience.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can understand simple instructions.
  • I can name items that I see everyday at school. 
  • I can explain the location of an item.

Materials Needed:


1. Introduce the Can-do's for today's activity. 

2. In this activity, students are going to practice their prepositions. 

3. The lab instructor will read out the steps below and the students will draw what you say on their whiteboard. 

4. When you finish reading through all of the steps, ask the group to turn their whiteboards around. Show them the key (the blue-green paper) with the correct drawing. 

Maintenant, nous allons dessiner sur les tableaux blancs. Je vais lire chaque étape et vous allez dessiner ce que je dis sur votre tableau. Après toutes les étapes, nous allons montrer au groupe nos dessins. Voici un guide pour vous aider si vous en avez besoin.

  • Dessinez un cercle au centre de votre feuille.
  • Dessinez un petit triangle dans le cercle.
  • Dessinez un rectangle en dessous du cercle. 
  • Dessinez une ligne entre le cercle et le rectangle.
  • Dessinez un coeur à gauche du cercle. 

Main Activity

I spy (jeu de devinette) 

1. In this game, students describe the placement of items using the prépositions de lieu. 

2. You will place all of the school supplies randomly on the table. 

3. Students will take turns getting others to guess the item they have in mind by describing its location relative to other items. 

Lors de ce jeu, les étudiants doivent décrire l’emplacement des objets en utilisant les prépositions de lieu. Placez les objets scolaires sur la table. Chacun leur tour, un étudiant devra décrire l’emplacement d’un objet et les autres devront deviner quel est l’objet en question.


Étudiant: “Moi, je vois quelque chose à la droite de la calculatrice et en dessous des ciseaux.”

Un autre étudiant dans le groupe: “C'est le sac à dos!”



If there is extra time, then play the Halloween in Québec video

End of lab:

Can-Do statement check-in... “Where are we?”

  • Read can-do statements and have students evaluate their confidence with cards 
  • Encourage students to be honest in their self evaluation
  • Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future labs!

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can understand simple instructions.
  • I can name items that I see everyday at school. 
  • I can explain the location of an item.

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