Mimi Fahnstrom, Camille Daw, Brenna McNeil, Amber Hoye
Material Type:
Middle School, High School, College / Upper Division
  • Commands and the Imperative
  • Endroits
  • Fournitures Scolaires
  • French
  • I Spy
  • Items
  • Jeu De Devinette
  • La Structure Des Indices
  • L’impératif
  • Places
  • Prepositions
  • Prépositions
  • School Supplies
  • Structure of Directions
    Creative Commons Attribution
    English, French

    French Level 1, Activity 10: Jeu de devinette / I-Spy (Online)

    French Level 1, Activity 10: Jeu de devinette / I-Spy (Online)


    In this activity, students are going to practice their prepositions, as well as their school supplies vocabulary. 

    Activity Information

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    I-Spy / Jeu de devinette


    In this activity, students are going to practice their prepositions and school supplies vocabulary by playing a game of I-Spy.

    Semantic Topics

    Prepositions, items, places, school supplies, I-Spy, prépositions, endroits, fournitures scolaires, jeu de devinette, commands and the imperative, l’impératif, structure of directions, la structure des indices


    Games, board games, schoolyard games, games to play in the car


    Different games will be played (practiced) in different social settings, board games (jeux de société) are often played with friends and family, games like I-Spy are often played during car rides and played by young children.


    A fun and interesting way to pass time and bond with others

    • How do you think one's social life is valued in French culture, based on the fact that most French people also really enjoy board games and other similar activities?

    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 Content 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 every day at school.
    • I can explain the location of an item.

     Materials Needed



    1. Begin by introducing the Can-Dos for today's activity.

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

    Dans cette activité, les élèves vont pratiquer leurs prépositions.

    3. The instructor will read out the steps below and the students will draw what you say, using the virtual whiteboard.

     L’instructeur lira les étapes ci-dessous et les élèves dessineront ce que vous dites à l’aide du tableau blanc virtuel.

    4. When you finish going through all of the steps, either ask the students to share their screens or go through the preposition hint cards to make sure they drew the correct drawing.

     Lorsque vous avez terminé toutes les étapes, demandez aux élèves de partager leurs écrans ou passez en revue les cartes-conseils de préposition pour vous assurer qu’ils ont dessiné le bon dessin.


    1. Dessinez un cercle au centre de votre feuille. (Draw a circle in the center of your page)
    2. Dessinez un petit triangle dans le cercle. (Draw a small triangle in the circle)
    3. Dessinez un rectangle en dessous du cercle. (Draw a rectangle below the circle)
    4. Dessinez une ligne entre le cercle et le rectangle. (Draw a line between the circle and the rectangle)
    5. Dessinez un coeur à gauche du cercle. (Draw a heart to the left of the circle)

    Main Activity

    Main Activity

    I-Spy (jeu de devinette)

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

    Lors de ce jeu, les étudiants doivent décrire l’emplacement des objets en utilisant les prépositions de lieu.

    2. Looking at the picture in the presentation, students will take turns getting others to guess the item they have in mind by describing its location relative to other items.

    En regardant l’image dans la présentation, 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 sous la gomme.” (Student: "I see something to the right of the calculator and under the eraser.")

    Un autre étudiant dans le groupe: “C'est le cahier!” etc. (Another student in the group: "It's the notebook!" etc.)



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

    Cultural Notes

    Board games are played in similar cultural situations in France as compared to the United States. They are often played at social gatherings as a way to bond, be competitive, and pass time.

    End of Activity

    • Can-Do statement check-in... “Where are we?”
    • Read can-do statements and have students evaluate their confidence.
    • Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation
    • Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future activities!

    NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements

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