FRENCH Thematic Word Banks (Banques de mots)
Help support your French primary students during your writing block with these simple, colourful thematic file folder word banks! Simple to prepare and easy to use, they are like primary-friendly mini dictionaries. Your students will LOVE feeling successful and independent while writing stories, lists, cards, and more — any time of the year!
Help support your French primary students during your writing block with these simple, colourful thematic file folder word banks!
Simple to prepare and easy to use, they are like primary-friendly mini dictionaries. Your students will LOVE feeling successful and independent while writing stories, lists, cards, and more — any time of the year!
- Choose the themes you would like to print. Print all the pages that go with the theme, plus the articles page to go on the back (optional).
- Glue the cover pages each on the front of their own file folder. Next, glue the dictionary pages inside, and the articles pages on the backs. Don’t forget the tabs! :)
- I highly recommend laminating your file folders if you can, so they will last longer.
You can decide how many word banks you want your students to have access to at a time, and how they can access them. I prefer to keep all our relevant themes in a milk crate, and students can flip through them to find the themes/words they need.
These word banks really helpful for students who want to write Christmas stories in September, or about Halloween in June, when you usually wouldn’t have those words out and available.
*Each word also includes a symbol(s) in the corner to show if the word is masculin, féminin, pluriel, or if it starts with a vowel. By providing this information, students are then able to choose an appropriate article that MAKES SENSE in their writing. It helps our second language learners avoid sentences like “J’aime ce le chien!”.
You will need to teach your students how to use the symbols beside each word + the articles page to help them find an article that makes sense for their story. This will likely take a long time to master for many students, and much teaching and review from you. That’s okay! Just keep modelling what to do, and as they are ready, your students will understand and be able to apply their knowledge more and more independently.
Remember, there is no need to print all the word banks if you don’t want to! You can also start with a few, and add more and more throughout the year.
Each theme includes a cover page, file folder tab, and two-page spread of all the words I could think of to fit the theme. There is also one articles page that you will print a copy of for each desired theme.
- L’Action de grâces
- Le jour de la marmotte
- La Saint Valentin
- Le Nouvel an chinois
- La Saint Patrick
- Le printemps
- Le jour de la Terre
- Les animaux
- Les animaux de compagnie
- Le parc
- La maison
- Les fruits
- Les légumes
- La nourriture
- Les contes de fée
- Les actions
- Les insectes
- Les modes de transport
- Les couleurs
- Le camping
- Les jouets
Please note that each word bank is only available in colour.
*This download entitles the purchaser to use it in ONE classroom only. Thank you so much for respecting my time and effort!*