The Magic of Tube-Chop

TubeChop  is a handy little tool in which you can “chop” or shorten a youtube or TED educational videos to later be used in the classroom. For my first test using this tool, I decided to use a video that I’ve already used in the classroom and that I plan to use over and over again because I find it absolutely adorable and such a perfect short video to use when learning animal vocabulary.

Une petite fille raconte une histoire is the name of the video and here it is in it’s full length.

Here is my Chopped video

The vocabulary students would be learning/reviewing in this video are:

un singe- monkey

un hippopotame- hippo

une crocodile- crocodile

un chauve-souris- bat

une girafe- giraff

une grenouille – frog

un lion – lion

Verbs and expressions:

se réveiller- to wake up

manger- to eat

payer- to pay for

se perdre – to get lost

Qu’est-ce qui s’est passé? -What happend?

sauter – to jump

se bagarrer- to fight/ struggle

Other vocabulary terms:

une boite- box

pauvre -poor

les arbres- trees

les montres – monsters

les phantomes -ghosts

haut- high

les fraises – strawberries

un casque- helmet

une epee- sword

un bouclier- shield

les pouvoirs magiques- magical powers

The goal of the activity I would do in class with this video is to have students practice their listening and writing skills in FRENCH.  (They would notice the english translation accompanies the video.)

The first time watching the video, students will write down in French at least 8 vocabulary terms they already know and any other terms they hear.

After watching the clip twice, we will then go over the vocabulary terms that the students wrote down.  I will provide them with other terms mentioned in the clip, (above).

To test the student’s understanding, they will then watch the clip for a third time and will use their knowledge of French vocabulary and the use of context clues to be able to answer the following questions in French: (The questions would also be asked in French.) Students will watch the clip 2 more times in order to answer the questions.

1. The story the girl is telling is from a child’s book and TV show you way know, what is it? What is this show called in French?

-Winnie the Pooh, “Winnie l’oursin”

2.  In the beginning, she mentions baby monkeys.  What happend to them and where were they?

-They were lost in the trees.

3. Why could the animals in the box not eat?

-They were poor and couldn’t pay.

4. Why did winnie l’oursin and Tigre go into the woods?

-To find strawberries.

5. Who did Winne and Tigre meet in the woods and why was she mad about what they took? (answer to number 4)

-Winnie and Tigre met a witch and the strawberries were hers that Winnie and Tigre took.

6. Who won the battle and name three things he was wearing.

-The lion won the battle and he was wearing a helmet, a sword and a shield.


Therefore as a result of this activity, students will have thouroughly reviewed animal among other vocabulary terms in order to answer correctly at least 5/6 of the questions.  To practice their speaking, I could have students speak with a partner the answers they came up with and then express their opinions of the video.  As another follow-up activity, students could be asked to create an alternate ending. Instead of the ending with the lion, students would need to insert another animal into the final scene and explain what this animal did to either save the day or either be defeated by the witch.  The anternate ending would be a good activity for an upper level class, maybe French 2 or 3.  This video could easily be used with even a 7th or 8th grade French class since the vocabulary terms are quite simple and because of the English subtitles.


2 thoughts on “The Magic of Tube-Chop

  1. I’d prefer to have French subtitles, especially for upper levels. But for lower level French classes, the vocabulary in this video would be good for them and the English subtitles would be helpful in my opinion since they would be hearing the French word for the English. When they read the word monkey, which they would’ve learned means “singe” they would then expect to hear this word and so they would, (hopefully) hear this expected word a little more clearly. When native French speakers speak, they can speak at a level that is hard to understand for French language learners, even if they KNOW the words being said, the fact of them being said so fast makes it more difficult. Therefore, I think the English subtitles would be helpful at lower levels, EVEN though I’d still say that I’d prefer to have French subtitles.


  2. I’m glad that you are having the students view the clip various times. With the activities you have planned, each viewing should make some of the language clearer. I am curious to know if you think the English subtitles are a help or a hindrance.


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