The evolution game of pierre, papier, ciseaux is one of my absolute favourites for motivating my students to speak French. The students love this game and jump at the opportunity to get out of their chairs and practise their dialogues. I found this game on Chris Fuller's Blog and have adapted its use for French. Basically it goes likes this...
All the kids start off as eggs (they make an egg shape over their heads), and the idea is to evolve up to a superhero! Eggs – chickens – birds - elephants – superheroes.
Students go around the room practsiing a dialogue with other students. e.g. D'ou viens tu? Je viens de l'Angleterre. Once they have finished their conversation they have a game of rock, paper, scissors. The student who wins becomes a chicken (and flap their chicken wings),and the student who loses stays as an egg (make an egg shape over their heads).
The conversations continue. Students have to find someone in the room who is the same stage of evolution as them i.e. chickens talk to chickens and eggs talk to eggs. And so it continues….as you win, you move up the evolutionary scale - Eggs – chickens – birds - elephants – superheroes.
Once I have two students who have become superheroes I ask them to stand in front of the class while the other students sit down. The two superheros practise their dialogue and this time the winner of rock, paper, scissors is the ultimate winner. I give out house points and stickers as prizes. Here is the PPT slide I project to remind the students of the evolutionary progression.
I have been teaching French and Spanish for 13 years. I qualified and started teaching in the UK, and I currently work at Shanghai Community International School, China. I have experience teaching GCSEs and IB DP and MYP. Find out more about me within these blog pages or below at LinkedIn.