First week plans: level 1

It’s that time, isn’t it? To share first week plans? I can’t believe how fast July flew and August right behind it!

Last year, lots of readers loved that I shared my first week plans for level one, and I plan on doing a modified version of those this year. Since I got SO many questions about the picture I posted on twitter, I figured I’d share those again.

Thursday, August 17th – first day for students

  • We’re going to start early with an introduction to me, where I’ll be speaking lots of comprehensible French with pictures, gestures, etc.
  • Then, we’ll debrief about what worked and what didn’t, how speaking French doesn’t have to be hard, and what our roles are as teacher and learners.
  • Then, students will fill out a name card – they’ll write their name and draw a picture of something that they like. We’ll use these for the rest of class to do the typical first day circling activity. I call it “names and likes” because I really don’t like that other name.

Friday, August 18th

  • It has not yet been confirmed, but we usually have class assemblies on this day that kills the attendance in morning classes. So we’ll continue with names and likes at the beginning of class.
  • Then, we’ll head into a second day story, and I’ll have students draw along with me. We’ll talk again about how we understood what was happening and anything that was unclear.
  • Then, we’ll fill out student info sheets and I’ll circulate to hopefully get to know students a little bit. I figure this is an easy-enough activity that any absent students can make it up at home and return it.

Monday, August 21st

  • Again, we’ll review names and likes, getting to anyone that hasn’t been previously mentioned due to absence or time constraints.
  • As I mentioned in my last post – I purchased a first day station set that I don’t plan on using as stations this year. There’s a great “which one” activity where students get to know each other in groups, by answering questions that start with “which one (of us) …” and some of them are fun and silly. It also helps me get to know students.
  • I’ll also hand out syllabi this day, and maybe we’ll do the “syllabus scavenger” hunt, but I’m not really sure. If we do this activity, I need to shorten it significantly — it’s way too long for me to want to look over.
  • If time remains, we’ll start the crepe talk.

Tuesday, August 22nd

  • Today we start proficiency talks! We’ll read over the crepe sheet individually and as a class and talk about what that means.
  • Then, as a group, we’ll make a proficiency analogy. I plan on leading students through “bike riding” and what each level would be as you’re learning to ride a bike. Then, I’ll set students free to make their own scale. I’ll probably make a template for this on google drawing so that students can do it easily and we can practice submitting to Schoology and pairing our Google Drive to it.
  • If time, we’ll talk about what we think our goal is, and we’ll star it on the proficiency path from Shelby County Schools. I will collect, and these will eventually go in our interactive notebooks.

Wednesday, August 23rd

  • We’ll finish any proficiency activities we didn’t get to yesterday.
  • Then, we’ll start with introductions: “Bonjour, je m’appelle ______” We’ll hopefully get a chance to add on with “j’aime” if we remember those name and like activities.
  • If there’s time (Wednesdays are shortened classes at my school), we might start the good/bad ball activity that I stole from Sara Elizabeth, but I’m not sure if she posted about.

Thursday August 24th and Friday August 25th

  • In the state of Ohio, we’re required to do student growth measures, which we call SLOs (I think it stands for Student Learning Objectives, but after 4 years of only calling them SLOs, I don’t really know for sure) – in which we give a pretest and the same posttest at the end of the year. This is especially terrible for level one morale, since we do reading, writing, listening, and speaking, but it needs to be done. I coach students through by saying “this is the only assessment in my class that you won’t know the answers to, I promise!” and with lots of “don’t guess – this is the only time it’s okay to leave answers blank.”
  • We’ll cover listening and writing on Thursday and reading and speaking Friday. Speaking will be done through Flipgrid just to save time asking questions students can’t answer. I say, “listen to the question. If you can answer it in French, make a response, but if you can’t, don’t respond.” I rather have 1-2 videos to listen to than 100+ “I don’t know” videos.
  • SLOs are a huge pain in level one, but I grin and do my best. I refuse to let it damage the rapport I build with these kids.


The week after, we’ll probably get into cognate stations and setting up our interactive notebooks. I’m trying to decide when and what to do with the super seven verbs this year since I failed terribly at them last year.

What are your first week plans? I’d love to see the link to your blog or your ideas in the comment or on twitter! Sharing is caring!


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  1. Love this!! Thank you so much!! I’ve been learning lots about CI, but just teaching levels 4, 5, and AP… But this is my first year with French 1 since 2007!! I need all of the help and support I can get!! Merci mille fois!!

  2. I forgot about including proficiency exploration first week! I have a proficiency station in play right now but really need to spend time as a whole class on this. I’m thinking about having students write some of their own I CAN statements based on standards. More of that personalized learning stuffs. Great post!

    1. I think that spending a little time at the beginning to introduce is necessary – but not too long. Let them get a basic understand and then let it pop back up as needed. Hope your first week rocks!

  3. Hi! Thank you for sharing this! I love the “Which one?” station and I’m wondering if you modified this to do in French. Thinking of modifying/simplifying questions and using with students I have had before in 6th/7th grade. I already know them, and this way they get the TL practice. Thanks!

  4. I love your info syllabus. Do you think I could use yours for my Spanish class? is there any way you could share it with me? Thank you!

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