Ou est Georges?

Age Range: 5 - 11
By: David Vellani

This is an idea for getting children to talk simply to one another in French.

You need a small soft toy (I have a frog - no pun intended) that will fit into a desk. It should have a French name. Mine is called Georges.

Choose someone who will have to locate the toy and ask them to leave the room or cover their eyes while you give the toy to another child. They should hide the toy. The task is then for the child who left the room to find the toy. They can ask anyone but must say, "Bonjour, Je m'appelle (child's name), et Toi?

The child they have asked should respond with ,"Bonjour, Je m'appelle (their name)," or "Bonjour, Je m'appelle Georges," if they have Georges.

To make the task easier, inform the guesser which table the toy is on (or which part of the class the toy is in).

I find that 3 guesses is enough. If the toy isn't found, then a rousing chorus of 'Ou est Georges?' usually brings him out.

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Ophélie

Here are a few French name ideas starting with mine: Girls: Ophélie, Amélie, Camille, Marie, Ludivine, Renée, Monique, Brigitte, Chantal, Pascaline, Aline, Léatitia, Léa, Charline, Amandine, Juliette.Boys: Valentin, Théo, Léo, Jean, Julien, Ludovic, Antoine, Frédéric, François, Céderic, Jérémie, Léon, Maxime, Antonin, Lucien, Marcel.

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Wendy

My students of all ages love this activity! We do it in French and her name is Fifi, and also in Spanish, and we call her Chi chi, works especially well for grades K - 4. You can also play with where do you live or where are you from and make your animal be from a certain place.

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