Learning Objectives
• to make simple sentences and short texts (L5.2)
• to recognise the typical conventions of word order in the foreign language (KAL)
• to apply grammatical knowledge to make sentences (LLS)
Possible Teaching Activities
• Use picture flashcards or images to recap the names of the nine planets.

pronounciation recap of planets
• Play Passez le ballon (Pass the Ball) - see adjacent
Passez le ballon activity
• Play pairs online or with flashcards to match the planets and see how many children can remember from last week.
online game pairs planets
• Show flashcards (adjacent) of the planets. Ask children simple questions about the planets,
eg Quelle planète est rouge/verte/grande/petite/bleue/rapide?

Soundfile from Babelzone
• Ask some differentiated questions to include all of the children:
Mars est une planète bleue. Oui ou non? (accept a thumbs up/down response)
Mars est une planète bleue ou une planète rouge? (oui/non or rouge/bleu etc. would be appropriate responses)
De quelle couleur est Mars? (eliciting the response) 'Mars est une planète rouge.'
Use this Planet sentences oui/non game
to support this activity.
  • Try the making sentences about planets activity (adjacent) as a whole class.
  • Discuss what the children notice about the sentences in English.
Making sentences about planets activity
  • Children work in pairs to think of a rule to help them build descriptive sentences, eg colour-adjectives come after the noun.
  • They write their suggestions on mini-whiteboards and feed back to the class.

  • let students explore 'les neuf planetes' website (adjacent)
  • or try watching the bilingual French/Americal Planet video - a real TV clip about Mercury and Venus in French (adjacent)...