French digital escape games can be a fun way to practice the language and learn about the history and culture of the French-speaking world. Learn about the holiday of l’Armistice/Le Jour du Souvenir in this digital game for French learners.
November 11 marks the anniversary of the Armistice ending the fighting in World War 1 and is known as Le Jour du Souvenir. This digital escape game teaches students about the events of that day as well as how we remember those who sacrificed so much. Topics include:
- les bleuets de France
- the signing of the armistice
- the last French soldier to die in WWI
- the fields of Verdun
The game includes two different version: one that is entirely in English, and one that has the clues in English (since it can be difficult for non-native speakers to catch the nuances in the clues) but the sites and videos where they will find the answers are in French. Students will know that they have the correct code to unlock each lock as the form will tell them if they are correct or incorrect. They can show you that they’ve solved the puzzles by taking a screenshot of the final screen.
The teacher guide includes instructions on how to reach the site, directions on how to play the game, and the answer key for the French and English games just in case you get stuck. There are two different websites where the game is hosted – one in Google sites, the other hosted on digitalescapegames.com. Please check on your school network before you assign the game to your students, as some networks do block access to sites hosted outside of your district’s network.
What teachers have said about this French digital escape game:
“My students really enjoyed this game! It was extremely challenging, but they were so satisfied when they solved the clues. It really encouraged them to read closely. I did have to give them a few hints. I only used the English version because even that took a long time for them to solve. I did feed them the clue to the date lock because in 2020, I figured it would be pretty impossible to lead them to the date from 2019. This was the first escape room activity I’ve done and I will be doing more!”
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