Laissez les bon temps rouler! Mardi Gras is a fun opportunity to insert a little culture into your French classes and this reading/listening activity will do just that!
Start students off with a colorful infographic highlighting several Mardi Gras statistics in New Orleans. Did you ever wonder how many beads get thrown during Mardi Gras season or much King Cake is eaten? Curious about how many parades there actually are or how many people show up at Mardi Gras each year? If so, you'll find some answers here! Along with the infographic, your download includes an IPA-style reading activity that will have students hunting for context clues, supporting details and making inferences. The text I wrote for this activity is fairly simple and I find that it works with my level one students!
For a little more of a challenge, you can add in the listening activity that goes along with a French-teacher-favorite - an "1 Jour 1 Actu" video about the origins of Carnaval. You can preview this short video here: https://youtu.be/xh30zFDqDJ0
The accompanying questions will ask students to identify key pieces of information shared in the video. As you probably know, these videos go pretty fast, so it might take beginning level students several viewings to find the answers.
As a special bonus, I'm also including a link to my Mardi Gras YouTube playlist for background tunes while the students are working! Enjoy!
**I've gotten a message or two that some systems won't allow you to enlarge the infographic included in the download. If you run into this problem, please see the "Product Q&A" tab below for access to a Google Doc version that is bigger and copier friendly!**