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France Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Where is France and what is unique about its geography and culture? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to introduce important facts about France. A hands-on activity provides students with a meaningful French takeaway.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize the history of France
  • list and map key landmarks of France

Length

45 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.2

Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.3

Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.7

Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).

Materials

  • A photograph of the French flag
  • A photograph of French bread (a baguette)
  • A photograph of the Eiffel Tower
  • Paper copies of the text lesson France Lesson for Kids: History & Facts, one for each student
  • A map of France
  • A photograph of the Mona Lisa
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated text lesson, one for each student
  • Construction paper in red, white and blue
  • Scissors
  • Glue

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