Author:
Mimi Fahnstrom, Camille Daw, Brenna McNeil, Rylie Wieseler, Amber Hoye
Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
High School, College / Upper Division
Tags:
  • Adjectives
  • Environment
  • Français
  • French
  • L'environnement
  • Les Adjectifs
  • Les Prépositions
  • National Parks
  • Nature
  • Parcs
  • Parcs Nationaux
  • Parks
  • Prepositions
  • License:
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Language:
    English, French

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

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

    Overview

    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.

    Activity Information

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    National Parks / Les parcs nationaux 

    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 State Content Standards

    • 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

    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

    Main Activity

    Les parcs nationaux de France

    • Notes about the Google Slide:
      • `Use the Table of Contents (slide 6) 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 6) 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

    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?)

    Cultural Resources

    Official French Listing for their National Parks

    Description and Map of All French National Parks

    France's Mercantour National Park, a hiker's paradise

    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.