Dix Points, or Ten Points, is one of the French learning games recommended by experts at About.com. You'll need the following supplies to carry out this activity in the classroom.
- A list of French vocabulary words you'd like to emphasize with your students.
- A tennis ball.
- A small cardboard box or crate.
- A small plastic cup that is wide enough to hold the tennis ball.
- Good tape or poster gum.
- Colored tape or chalk.
Steps to Setup the Game
- Put the box against your front classroom wall.
- Attach the cup with the tennis ball to the bottom of the box with your strong tape or poster gum.
- Mark a "free throw line" with chalk or colored tape about 10 or so feet in front of the box.
Place students into four groups. Ask each group to pick a name (preferably one in French, but this depends upon their language level.) Write each team name on the chalkboard.
One person from each team will stand up to be the "answer representative" for their group.
Ask the entire classroom a question related to your French vocabulary lesson plan, such as "What is the number one in French?"
Call on the first student to raise his or her hand. Other team members may help the "representative" student, but only that student should give the answer for each group.
If the first student gives the wrong answer, gently tell him that answer is incorrect. Call on the next group representative.
Once the right answer is given, assign that team one point on the chalkboard. At this point, the team has a chance to score more points by using the "free throw" setup. Have the representative of the winning team stand at the free throw line and throw the ball toward the cup. If the ball lands in the crate, that group gets one extra point. If the ball lands in the cup, the team gets ten or "dix" points!