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Gr 5 Tous les champions!

Tous des champions!

In this unit, students will learn about Olympic games and sports related terms. Vocabulary include winter and summer sports, sports equipments and sites where sports are practised.  Students will also be introduced to accomplished Canadian and international Olympic athletes, as well as to countries famous for their prowess in certain sports.

Les jeux olympiques d'été:

·    l'avrion (rowing)

·    le base-ball

·    la course à pied (running)

·    le cyclisme (cycling/biking)

·    la gymnastique (gymnastics)

·    la natation (swimming)

Les jeux olympiques d'hiver:

·    le bobsleigh (bobsledding)

·    le hockey

·    la luge (luge/sledding)

·    le patinage (skating)

·    le patinage artisitique (figure skating)

·    le ski alpin (downhill skiing)

·    le ski de fond (cross-country skiing)

·    le surf des neiges (snowboarding)


·    des lunettes (glasses/goggles)

·    un bonnet (bathing/swimming cap)

·    un maillot de bain (swimming suit)

·    un costume de bain (swimming suit)

·    une rondelle (puck)

·    un bâton de hockey (hockey stick)

·    des gants (gloves)

·    un casque (helmet)

·    des bâtons de ski (ski poles)

·    des bottes de ski (ski boots)

·    des skis

·    des chaussures (shoes)

·    des chaussures de course (running shoes)

·    une bicyclette (a bicycle)

·    des patins (skates)

·    un costume de bain (swimming suit)

·    une planche des neiges (snowboard)

·    un bateau (a boat)

·    une balle de base-ball (a baseball)

·    un bâton de base-ball (a baseball bat)

·    un traîneau (sleigh)

·    un tremplin (gymnastic springboard/ pool diving board/ ski jump)

·    un costume (costume)

·    un maillot (shirt / jersey)

Les sites sportifs:

·    le gymnase (the gym)

·    le lac (the lake)

·    le terrain (the field)

·    la piscine (the swimming pool)

·    le stade (the stadium)

·    le vélodrome (Biking tracks/dome)

·    la patinoire (the skating rink)

·    la piste (track/lap)

Canadian Athletes:

Ross Rebagliati - le surf des neiges (snowboarding), médaille d'or (gold medal)

Elvis Stojko - le patinage artistique (figure skating), médaille d'argent (silver medal)

Lori Fung - la gymnastique rythmique (eurhythmics), médaille d'or (gold medal)

Grammar Tips:

* Pay attention to the gender of the vocabulary. Is it masculin or feminin? Is it singular or plural?

·    un / le  -> masculin, singular

·    une / la -> feminin, singular

·    des / les -> plural 

Faire / Jouer


* Use the verbs "faire" or "jouer" to express "doing" or "playing" a sport:

1. Faire du sport:

·    du -> use when describing a sport that's "masculin"

·    de la -> use when describing a sport that's "feminin"

For example:

·    Je fais du ski. (Use "du" because "ski" is masculin)

·    Il fait de la natation (Use "de la" because "natation" is feminin)

·    Elle fait du base-ball. (Use "du" because "ski" is masculin)

2. Jouer au sport:

·    au -> use when describing a sport that's "masculin"

·    à la -> use when describing a sport that's "feminin"

For example:

·    Je joue au hockey. (Use "au" because "hockey" is masculin)

·    Il joue au tennis. (Use "au" because "tennis" is masculin)

* Note: Not all sports use the verb "jouer." Most sports use the expression with "faire"


Click on the links below for a variety of on-line resources:


1. AMDSB : Great links to games and resources to practice basic vocabulary

2. Quia : Faire du sport - Java games

3. Hangman : Sports vocabulary

4. Millionaire :  Answer questions about sports and famous players, see if you can be a millionaire!


·    Hockey at TFO : How do you say "knee pads" or "he shoots, he scores" in French? Check out this website to learn how to talk about Canada's national pastime in French

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