French Level 4, Activity 08: Les parcs nationaux / National Parks (Online)

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Description: In this activity students will practice presenting a French national park of their choice. They will also practice sharing their personal experiences and opinions with national parks.
Semantic Topics: Parks, National Parks, Environment, Nature, French, parcs, parcs nationaux, l’environnement, français, les prépositions, prepositions, les adjectifs, adjectives

Products: Parks, National Parks

Practices: Visiting natural wonders and outdoor recreational areas

Perspectives: France is protective of its national parks, of which there are many! France also has many different climates, so it is easy to find a variety of natural sites to visit.

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 1.3: Presentational Communication – Students present information, concepts, and ideas in French to an audience of listeners or readers.
  • Standard 3.2: Acquiring Information – Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through francophone cultures.

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.
  • CONN 2.1: Access authentic materials prepared in the target language by or for native speakers.
  • CONN 2.2: Analyze the content and cultural perspectives of authentic materials prepared in the target language by or for native speakers.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements

  • I can share my past experiences with national parks.
  • I can share my opinions about different national parks.
  • I can present information in French about national parks.

Materials Needed:

Warm-up

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

2. Ask the students these questions:

  • Connaissez-vous des parcs nationaux protégés aux Etats-Unis ? En avez-vous visité ?
    • Do you know of any protected national parks in the US? Have you visited any?
  • Quels sont les avantages des parcs nationaux ?
    • What are the benefits of national parks?

Main Activity

Les parcs nationaux de France

  • Notes about the Google Slide:
    • `Use the Table of Contents (slide 4) to navigate to each national park.
      • Click the name of the park to be taken to the corresponding slide.
    • Click the cloud in the upper left corner to return to the Table of Contents.

1. In this activity, students will play the role of a tour guide (une guide touristique) for a national park of their choice.

Aujourd’hui, vous êtes des guides touristiques.

2. Share this link with the students via the chat and have them pick 1 national park to read about: (This should take no more than 5 minutes.)

Vous devrez choisir un parc national français de ce lien : Les parcs nationaux de France

  • *NOTE: Make sure each student has picked a different park. NO REPEATS.

C’est essential que tout le monde choisisse un parc différent. On ne veut pas que l’on choisisse le même parc que quelqu’un d’autre !

 

3. Have them consider these questions as they prepare their mini presentations: (share these via the chat)

Puis, répondez aux questions  suivantes pour préparer un mini-exposé  :

  • Quand ce parc national a-t-il été créé ? 
    • When was this national park created?
  • Où est-ce que c’est situé ?
    • Where is it located?
  • Quelle est la taille de ce parc national ?
    • How large is this national park?
  • Partagez avec nous 2 autres faits intéressants sur votre parc national.
    • Share 2 additional interesting facts about your national park.

4. Once they’re finished reading, have them present what they learned about their national park to the rest of the group.

Enfin, présentez-nous sur votre parc national.

  • Use the Table of Contents (slide 4) to navigate to the slide that corresponds with the student’s selected national park.
    • Click the cloud in the upper left corner to return to the Table of Contents.
  • Encourage the students to ask questions about each other’s national parks.

N’oubliez pas de demander des questions a votre présentateur/présentatrice !!

Examples of questions:

  • Souhaitez-vous visiter ce parc national ?
    • Would you like to visit this national park?
  • Pourquoi avez-vous choisi ce parc national ?
    • Why did you pick this national park?

Wrap-up

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

  • Avez-vous un parc national favori ? Si oui, lequel ?
    • Do you have a favorite national park? If yes, which one?

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 share my past experiences with national parks.
  • I can share my opinions about different national parks.
  • I can present information in French about national parks.

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