French Level 4, Activity 12: Pictionary Review (Online)

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Description: In this activity students will review vocabulary related to the performing arts and theater by playing a game of Pictionary.
Semantic Topics: pictionary, review, performing arts, theater, revue, théâtre, arts du spectacle

Products: Theater pieces, performances

Practices: Supporting the performing arts, attending musical theater performances, orchestra concerts, ballets, etc.

Perspectives: How are the performing arts valued in French culture?

Materials Needed:

  • Word Bank
  • White Boards (via Zoom)
  • Random Number Generator (search on Google)

Main Activity

Important Notes:

  • Make sure that you have screen sharing enabled for all participants. In order to play Pictionary, all students need to be able to share their own Whiteboard through Zoom.
  • Try not to repeat vocab words. If the number generator generates a number that’s already been done, try again until you get an unused number.
    • It might be helpful to highlight numbers that have already been done on the Word Bank document. Just make sure to undo any modifications once you’ve finished the activity.


Aujourd’hui, nous allons réviser le vocabulaire du théâtre en jouant Pictionary. 

1. Pull up a random number generator. This can be found simply by googling “Random Number Generator”

  • Set the max. to 40

2. Choose a student to start the game of Pictionary, and use the random number generator to assign them a number between 1 and 40.

  • This number corresponds to a vocabulary term from the Word Bank document.
  • Send this vocab word to the student directly via the chat. *Make sure that you send it to only them and not everyone*

Quand c’est votre tour, vous allez choisir un nombre entre 1 et 40. Selon ce nombre, je vais vous envoyer un mot dans le chat.


3. Once they have their word, they will then share their screen and select “Whiteboard”

Partagez votre écran et choisissez “Whiteboard.”


4. From there, they will choose “Draw” from the taskbar and begin drawing their vocab word.

Puis, vous allez choisir “Draw” de la barre des tâches et commencer à dessiner votre mot.


5. The other students will try and guess the word based on the drawing.

Les autres doivent essayer de diviner le mot selon le dessin.


6. If they’re having a hard time figuring it out, encourage them to ask their classmate questions.

S’il est difficile de diviner le mot, demandez des questions à votre camarade de classe. Voilà quelques exemples : 

  • Examples of questions:
    • Ce mot, est-ce qu’il est masculin ou feminin ? (Is the word masculine or feminine?)
    • Ce mot, est-ce qu’il est un nom ou un verbe ? (Is the word a noun or a verb?)


7. Repeat these steps until all the vocab words have been guessed or until time runs out.

Nous allons répéter ces étapes jusqu’à la fin de l’activité.


Ask the following question(s) to finish the activity:

  • Avez-vous des questions ? (Have any questions?)

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