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:
- list key nuances of French culture
- give examples of French pastries
- name a famous French artist
- discuss the influence of religion on French architecture
- 30 minutes for instruction
- Up to three hours for the activity
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event or topic; describe the differences in focus and the information provided.
- Photographs of France
- A world map
- Paper copies of the text lesson French Culture Facts: Lesson for Kids
- Photocopies of the worksheet French Culture Facts: Lesson for Kids
- Eclairs, croissants, and crepes
- A photocopy of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
- Heavyweight craft paper
- A photograph of the Eiffel Tower
- Butcher paper
- A soccer ball
- 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.
- Create five stations in the classroom, each one labeled with one of the following: 'Boulangerie,' 'Musée du Louvre,' 'Tour Eiffel,' 'Des sports,' and 'Mode'.
- Place the eclairs, croissants, and crepes in the Boulangerie Station.
- Hang the photograph of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa at the Musée du Louvre Station. Place the paper, paint, and paintbrushes in that station as well.
- Place the Eiffel Tower photograph, butcher paper, and crayons in the Tour Eiffel Station.
- Put the soccer ball in the Des Sports Station.
- Add some of the butcher paper and crayons to the Mode Station.
- Explain to the class that they will be engaging with French culture in their very own classroom. Tell them the meaning of each of the French words in each station before inviting them to take turns visiting each one. They should taste the pastries, paint their own version of the Mona Lisa, draw the Eiffel tower on the butcher paper, practice simple soccer moves in the Des Sports Station, and create their own fashion designs in the Mode Station.
- Teach students simple French words.
- Take a virtual field trip to France.
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