PERFECT FOR INTRODUCING AND EXPLORING FRANCE!
FRENCH FASCINATING FACTS TASK CARDS AND DIFFERENTIATED RECORDING SHEETS really do help to create a lively language learning environment, and offer a popular alternative to more traditional, teacher-led ’information about France’ lessons. Children can develop their knowledge of
FRANCE - 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.
This resource comprises the following:
20 FACTS CARDS - there are four facts in each of the following topic groups:
geography, country, landmarks, language and food. There are four cards per A4 sheet, making them the perfect size for young learners. The language on each of the cards ranges from fairly basic to more advanced, which challenges and enhances children’s English skills.
RECORDING SHEET CHALLENGE LEVEL 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 LEVEL 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 world heritage sites,
what their purpose is, and perhaps thinking about what other landmarks across the world might also be world heritage sites.
WHOLE-GROUP PRESENTATION/DISCUSSION ACTIVITY, with every fact included in the presentation resource - I’ve found this a really useful means of encouraging and stimulating classroom discussion. 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.
The cards and discussion activity work well across a series of lessons, rather than a single lesson. You can either give each small group of children a complete set of cards to choose from, or any particular number you think is appropriate. Place the cards in a small bowl or tin on the group table - I have an enormous collection of plastic and card stock boxes of various sizes, as they are really useful for any number of activities. Decide how long you want the reading and writing activity to last for, and tell children how many cards you would like them to work with. This is quite a basic way of differentiating the activity. Children can then select random cards from
their bowl. You can also select particular cards yourself if you prefer to differentiate by content or seating plan/learning groups. Print out an appropriate number of recording sheets - you can also differentiate by quantity - for example, if you want to challenge children to complete 8 fact recording boxes in a given time, it’s best to print the sheets double-sided. Choose which challenge level is more appropriate for each child, and whether they will feel more comfortable with two or four recording boxes per sheet. Over time, ensure that all children are given opportunity to complete
Challenge Level Two - I’ve found that most children are more than able to make significant progress with their literacy across a period of time, and engage happily (and realistically) with Challenge Level Two. Remember to tell children how much time they have to complete their activity.
Children do like to discuss their ‘favourite fact’ and what other things they might like to discover about FRANCE, so do given them the opportunity to do so over the school year. They should ideally stick the recording sheets into their workbooks, or keep carefully in their learning/files and folders as both a reference resource and a record of learning, both for themselves and for you - it’s a great way of monitoring progress and assessing learning.
SETS 1 & 2 are also available as a combined pack if you prefer, at the special price of $6.00:
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