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.
Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:
- summarize the history of France
- list and map key landmarks of France
45 to 90 minutes
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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).
- 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
- Begin by displaying the photograph of the French flag for the class.
- Can anyone name the country that is represented by this flag?
- Show the class the photograph of the French bread.
- What kind of bread is this?
- Display the photograph of the Eiffel Tower for the class.
- Where is this landmark located?
- Pass out the copies of the France Lesson for Kids: History & Facts text lesson.
- Tell the students to take turns reading aloud a few lines each from the introduction and 'Viva la France!' section of the text lesson.
- Did anyone guess that all three photographs feature French things?
- What is the capital of France?
- Have the class take turns reading aloud a few lines each from the 'French History' section of the text lesson.
- Where did France get its name?
- What is a monarchy?
- What caused the French Revolution?
- Who was Napoleon Bonaparte ?
- What role did France play in World War I?
- Is France still ruled by a monarch?
- Ask the class to take turns reading aloud from the 'Famous Regions and Landmarks' section of the text lesson.
- Use the map of France to show students the locations of the Eiffel Tower, Provence, Mont Saint Michel and Cote d'Azur.
- Instruct the students to take turns reading the remainder of the text lesson at this time.
- Show the class the photograph of the Mona Lisa.
- Can anyone identify this painting?
- Where is it located?
- Have any of you tried any of the French foods mentioned in the text lesson? If so, how did it taste?
- Review key points from the text lesson with the class before continuing.
- Pass out the worksheet and tell the students to complete it using what they learned about France from the text lesson.
- When all students have finished the worksheet, review each question and answer with the class.
- Return the students' attention to the flag of France.
- Tell the class to use the red, white and blue construction paper to create their own flag of France, cutting and gluing the pieces together accordingly.
- When each student has finished their flag of France, ask them to think about what they learned about France. With this in mind, ask each student to write the one fact that they think is the most interesting thing about France on their flag.
- Once all students have written their one most fascinating fact on their flag, have them take turns sharing their selected fact with the class.
- How many of you would like to visit France someday? Why or why not?
- Take the class on a virtual field trip to France.
- Have students build a model of the Eiffel Tower out of toothpicks and Popsicle sticks.
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