PRIMARY FRENCH FACTS ABOUT FRANCE PAYS FRANCOPHONES PERFECT FOR INTRODUCING AND EXPLORING FRANCE - 40 FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT ALL THINGS FRENCH - WITH PRESENTATION / DISCUSSION ACTIVITIES & DIFFERENTIATED QUESTION CARDS AND WRITING ACTIVITIES
FRENCH FASCINATING FACTS ACTIVITIES really do help to create a lively language learning environment, and offer a popular alternative to more traditional, teacher-led ’information about France’ lessons. I use the activities with quite a wide age-range of learners, from elementary grades to beginning lessons at high school. Children can develop their knowledge of THE FRANCOPHONE WORLD - LES PAYS FRANCOPHONES and through guided whole-group discussion - their home / host country too, in a cooperative, communicative and interactive way, in part independently of the teacher. There is a bonus multi-focus on listening, speaking, pronunciation, reading, writing and spelling, and is a great way of aligning language learning with developing literacy skills in English.
The resource comprises the following files:
40 FACTS CARDS - there are facts in each of the following topic groups: GEOGRAPHY, HISTORY, ART & ARTISTS, FAMOUS PEOPLE, COUNTRY & NATION, LANDMARKS, LANGUAGE and FOOD. There are four cards per A4 sheet. The language on each of the cards ranges from fairly basic to more advanced, which challenges and enhances children’s English and literacy skills.
RECORDING SHEET CHALLENGE ONE - there are two options: either two or four fact recording boxes per A4 page. Children read their selected facts, and copy the information in the boxes. Encourage children to be as accurate as possible with their spelling and punctuation, to pay particular attention to the spelling and accents of the French words that are included, and of course to make sure they are recording the facts in their best handwriting.
RECORDING SHEET CHALLENGE TWO - there are also two options: two or four fact recording boxes in this challenge level. However, there is a more open-ended task: responding to the question “What did you learn?”. This requires children to read their fact card, process the information, and then recreate it in their own words, describing the fact in the context of what they have learned. Encourage children to look for lateral information, such as the existence of other countries where French is spoken, and to think about the continent where those countries are located.
48 QUESTION/TASK CARDS AND ANSWER RECORDING SHEET — the questions have a differentiated range of challenge. The answer recording sheet prompts children to write their answer.
WHOLE-GROUP PRESENTATION / DISCUSSION ACTIVITY - I’ve found this a really useful means of encouraging and stimulating classroom discussion, and really helping to develop childrens’ oracy skills. Children can reflect on what they may already know about France, and share it with their peers. Use the facts themselves to prompt discussion about the home/host country, for example “What is our capital city? Is it also our largest city?”, which really does create a successful cross-curricular learning environment.
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