www.jigsawplanet.com allows you to create online jigsaws from any image. Free and easy to use, you can then share the link or embed into a webpage. This has a number of potential uses but would make an excellent homework task. In his blog, Richard Byrne (@rmbyrne) suggests importing wordles. This would work really well for languages but I have been playing around with other options too. Players can opt to look at the completed image at anytime with the tap in the bottom left corner. There are a number of different piece shapes available also and you can alter the difficulty when creating. If you connect two pieces together correctly, they stay together. I have made some examples below.
Suggestion 1 - wordles etc with key words are a good idea but you could also input word swirls, waves or love hearts created on festisite.
Suggestion 2 - like the example I made above, you could label images. I made this one by labelling up the pictures with text boxes in power point and then opted to save the power point as a JPEG rather than a show. It was still a little large, so I cropped the image before using.
Suggestion 3 - You could input questions and answers or an example piece of writing like for a controlled assessment. EXAMPLE
Suggestion 4 - For a more traditional jigsaw, you could make hard copies as an in-class challenge. Print screen, stick onto card and cut up.
On Saturday I attended the MFL show and tell in york organised by the lovely @suzibewell. I listened to fab MFL colleagues sharing a wide range of ideas and came away with lots of inspiring ideas. One of my favourites was the idea of trash or treasure, presented by Clare Seccombe @valleseco. The idea is you tell students which type of words to find, for example adjectives or numbers, and these go in to the treasure chest.
For more information, I recommend taking a look at Clare's presentation.
I have made some treasure boards in English, French and Spanish which can be downloaded here.
I have also created a cardboard treasure chest using the app foldify. For a more kinaesthetic approach, I am going to give these to students along with a plastic beaker for a bin. You can download a pdf version of the treasure chest template.
I have been teaching languages for 13 years. I enjoy finding and developing new ways to engage students with their learning. This page is designed for sharing anything and everything that may be of use to others. Enjoy!