French Level 4, Activity 03: Sauvons la planète / Save the Planet (Online)

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Description: In this activity students will practice discussing environmental issues and their own ecological footprint. They will also practice sharing ways in which they can reduce their environmental impact.
Semantic Topics: Environment, ecological footprint, environmental impact, l’environnement, empreinte écologique, l’impact sur l’environnement, le conditionnel, the conditional tense

Products: Environmental activism

Practices: Learning one’s ecological footprint

Perspectives:  The value of nature, understanding current ecological issues and suggesting things we can do as individuals and a society to help create a more sustainable future

NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard 1.1: Students engage in conversations or correspondence in French to provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Standard 1.2: Students understand and interpret spoken and written French on a variety of topics.
  • Standard 2.1: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures of the francophone world.
  • Standard 3.1: Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through French.

Idaho Content Standards for World Languages:

  • COMM 1.1: Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.
  • COMM 2.1: Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
  • COMM 3.1: Present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media in the target language.
  • CLTR 1.1: Analyze the cultural practices/patterns of behavior accepted as the societal norm in the target culture.
  • CLTR 1.2: Explain the relationship between cultural practices/behaviors and the perspectives that represent the target culture’s view of the world.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements

  • I can discuss various environmental issues that are relevant today.
  • I can discuss the effects of these environmental issues.
  • I can discuss methods of conservation.

Warm-up

1. Begin the activity by opening the Google presentation and introducing the Can-Do statements.

2. Introduce the topic (la nature) and ask the students to answer this question :

  • D’après vous, quel problème écologique est le plus pressant ? Pourquoi ?
    • What environmental issue do you think is the most important? Why?

Main Activity

For small groups : (4 or less)

1. Have the students go to this link (Ecological Footprint Calculator) and take the test. (*try to limit this part of the activity to no more than 5-7 mins.)

Utilisez ce lien pour accéder le “Ecological Footprint Calculator” et prenez le test. *N’oubliez pas de changer la langue au français !

  • Copy-paste the link into the chat.
    • Remind them to change the language of the test from English to French before starting.
  • This function can be found on the upper right hand corner of the site.

 

2. Once they’re finished, have them ask each other questions about their results.

Maintenant, vous allez partager vos résultats avec le groupe. Je vais choisir une personne de commencer la discussion. Cette personne doit choisir quelqu’un de répondre à une question (les questions sont dans le chat). Puis, la personne qui a répondu, va choisir une autre personne, demandez une question, etc. N’oubliez pas d’utiliser des phrases complètes.

 

Questions to ask your partner: (Copy-paste these in the chat!!)

  • Combien de planètes nous faudrait-il si tout le monde vivait comme vous ?
    • How many planets would we need if everyone lived like you?
  • Quelle est la taille de votre empreinte écologique ? Votre empreinte carbone ?
    • What is the size of your ecological footprint ? Your carbon footprint?
  • Comment pouvez-vous réduire votre empreinte écologique et/ou votre empreinte carbone ?
    • What are some ways you could reduce your ecological and/or carbon footprint?

 

For large groups : (5 or more)

1. Have the students go to this link (Ecological Footprint Calculator) and take the test. (*try to limit this part of the activity to no more than 5-7 mins.)

Utilisez ce lien pour accéder le “Ecological Footprint Calculator” et prenez le test. *N’oubliez pas de changer la langue au français !

  • Copy-paste the link into the chat.
    • Remind them to change the language of the test from English to French before starting.
  • This function can be found on the upper right hand corner of the site.

 

2. Once they’re finished, pair them off and have them ask each other questions about their results in breakout rooms.

Maintenant, je vais vous mettre dans les Breakout Rooms. Discutez avec votre partenaire vos résultats en demandant ces trois questions.

Questions to ask your partner: (Copy-paste these in the chat!!)

  • Combien de planètes nous faudrait-il si tout le monde vivait comme vous ?
    • How many planets would we need if everyone lived like you?
  • Quelle est la taille de votre empreinte écologique ? Votre empreinte carbone ?
    • What is the size of your ecological footprint ? Your carbon footprint?
  • Comment pouvez-vous réduire votre empreinte écologique et/ou votre empreinte carbone ?
    • What are some ways you could reduce your ecological and/or carbon footprint?

 

3. Return to the main room and have each person share at least 2 of their partner’s answers.

Vous devez partager avec le reste du groupe au moins 2 des réponses de votre partenaire.

Wrap-up

Ask the following question(s) to finish the activity:

  • Est-ce que les résultats de votre calculatrice d’empreinte écologique vous ont surpris ? 
    • Did your results from the Ecological Footprint Calculator surprise you?
  • Est-ce qu’ils (vos résultats) vous ont inspiré de changer un élément de votre vie ?
    • Have they (the results) inspired you to change an element of your life? 

End of Activity:

  • Can-Do statement check-in… “Where are we?”
  • Read can-do statements and have students evaluate their confidence.
  • Encourage students to be honest in their self evaluation
  • Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future activities!

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements

  • I can discuss various environmental issues that are relevant today.
  • I can discuss the effects of these environmental issues.
  • I can discuss methods of conservation.

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