French Culture 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.

What can your students tell you about French culture? Immerse them in the basics with help from this lesson plan that features an informative text lesson. A day in France activity connects students to the culture in the classroom.

Learning Objectives

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

  • list key nuances of French culture
  • give examples of French pastries
  • name a famous French artist
  • discuss the influence of religion on French architecture

Length

  • 30 minutes for instruction
  • Up to three hours for the activity

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.1

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.2

Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.6

Compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event or topic; describe the differences in focus and the information provided.

Materials

Instructions

  • Begin by displaying the photographs of France for the class.
    • What do the photographs have in common?
    • Did you guess that each of the photographs is of France?
    • Have any of you been to France?
    • Can you name anything unique about French culture?
    • Who can locate France on a world map?
  • Pass out the paper copies of the text lesson to each of the students.
  • Have the class take turns reading aloud, a line or two each, from the introduction 'Oh La La!' and 'Let's Start with Dessert' sections of the text lesson.
    • According to the text lesson, what is the country of France known for?
    • What types of things are made at French bakeries?
    • What is an eclair?
    • What do French people like to have for breakfast?
    • What do the French call pancakes?
  • Tell the class to take turns reading aloud from the 'Amazing Art' section of the text lesson.
    • What is the name of France's most famous museum?
    • What famous painting hangs in the Louvre?
    • Can you name some French artists?
  • Ask the students to take turns reading aloud from the 'Religion and Architecture' section of the text lesson.
    • What is the most popular religion in France?
    • How does religion influence the architecture of France?
  • Have the students to take turns reading aloud from the text lesson, this time from the 'Sports and Fashion' section.
    • What are the most popular sports in France?
    • Why is France considered by many to be the fashion center of the world?
  • Tell the students to take turns reading aloud from the 'Lesson Summary' section of the text lesson.
  • Hand out the photocopies of the worksheet, one to each student.
  • Instruct the students to work independently to complete the worksheet.

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