All About France – Country Study Ideas

Country studies are so much fun and give students the opportunity to explore a new culture and way of life. They can also cover a range of subjects across the curriculum and are brilliant for thematic learning. Here are nine ideas for teaching a country study all about France!

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France Facts

I love to develop my students’ map work skills during a country study. A key part of this is to identify and label the capital city Paris on a map. Looking at key locations as well as any surrounding seas is also great for developing your students’ map skills.

All about French Food

Food tasting is a great way to learn all about French culture, but make sure that you check student allergies before the food tasting with a note home to parents. Students could even make their own French recipe or dish. Play French music at the same time to enhance the experience!

French Words

Learning basic French words and phrases is another way to immerse your students in the country study. Try to use these in other contexts in the classroom, such as greeting students in the morning or when answering the register.

Sight Seeing

France has many iconic landmarks which are so much fun to learn about. Help your students to explore  France and its history by investigating some key sights. The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe are all great landmarks for your students to learn about.

Festivals

A key part of exploring a country’s culture and history is through festivals. Bastille Day is a key event in the French calendar and learning about its history and how it is celebrated will give students an insight into the country and its people.

Events

The Tour de France is possibly the most well known of all cycling races and is held in France during July each year. This iconic race is great fun for your students to learn about.

Postcards

After teaching the French facts throughout the country study, I love getting students to write postcards, imagining they have been on holiday to France. They really enjoy applying what they have learned and writing about France in a postcard home.

Favorite Facts

After teaching my students about France, a fun way to reflect on the country study is for students to record their favorite facts from the study. This is great way to embed their knowledge and recall the key facts that they enjoyed learning about.

Word Search

A France word search is another way to reflect on and recall their learning. It also helps to embed key vocabulary.

 

Finding quality resources and information for a country study can be time consuming, but I have done the hard work for you with this great France country study.

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Included is Powerpoint teaching presentation all about France, no prep required and ready to go to save you time! All of the information for the activities included in the unit can be found in the Powerpoint.

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The activities included are differentiated on two levels to suit the different leaners in your class.

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As well as France, I also have a range of other country studies you may want to check out:

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Teachers Pay Teachers in the UK!

Hi Everyone,

Happy Summer to those of you who have broken up from school already! I still have six weeks to go until the end of the year, so if you’re like me and still not finished, I hope you have a great few last weeks at school before the holidays!

Last week I had an exciting day on Wednesday when I met with Karen and Talya from the Teachers Pay Teachers team and other UK sellers at the first TpT UK meet up! It was great to meet with others who were involved with the site and discuss TpT. Karen and Talya came all the way over from the US to meet with us to discuss ways to make TpT work even better for those of us over here in the UK. I love that TpT is always looking for ways to improve and seeking out opinions of its users, even it means travelling all the way across the Atlantic Ocean to do so!

Karen and Talya met with sellers in Liverpool and also in London during the week. I travelled to the Liverpool meet. We met at the Hard Day’s Night Hotel, which is a Beatles themed hotel in the centre of Liverpool. A great location for getting a feel for the culture of the city. We had a great evening of eating, talking and sharing thoughts and ideas. I am really excited about the potential that TpT has in the UK and the new developments that TpT are planning for us over here. Thank you Talya and Karen for coming all this way to see us and thanks TpT for thinking about us!
Slide01-1After the meet I was inspired to get started on creating a few UK-specific resources. My first is a set of UK Coin Recognition and Addition Task Cards. Each task card has 4 to 5 UK coins which students must recognise and then add up to find the total amount. The cards are differentiated on three levels with three different sets of 12 cards each. Check them out!

 

Teacher Appreciation Sale!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! To celebrate and say thank you for all the hard work teachers do, Teachers Pay Teachers will be holding a site-wide sale on May 5th and May 6th. My store will have 28% off all items. Get ready to bag yourself a bargain!
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What Did You Buy?

Hi all,

So, did you manage to clear out your wishlist in the Teachers Pay Teachers sale? I certainly made a dent in mine! I snagged some fab clip art and some display sets for the mountain topic I am currently teaching. Take a look at my purchases!

I’m always on the look out for fabulous clip art and there are so many amazing creations on TpT. I saw these Gold Metallic Glitter Papers by Sonya DeHart and I just had to have them! They are gorgeous!

I also bought this Mega Value Borders Pack from Pink Cat Studio. There are so many different color combinations that there will be something there to suit any project.
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Paula Kim had an AMAZING sale on and I took advantage of her Stacking Borders Value Pack. These will some in sooo useful for so many things! I also bought her Decorative Tape Clip Art. So cute!
 
I love Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs for Math clip art and I bought this fabulous Planes and Graphs Clip Art to add to my collection!
 
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I’ve recently discovered Treetop Displays and I just love their clear, informative posters which have stunning photographs! I’m currently teaching a mountain topic so I purchased a Mountains Information Set  and a Mountains Photo Set – both of which will be on my classroom wall next week!

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What did you buy in the sale?

Halloween

Hi everyone,

So, Halloween is nearly here! Do you have plans for some spooky classroom activities this week? Halloween is a fantastic opportunity for creative writing and there are plenty of activities to help fire your students’ imagination at this spooktacular time of year!

Here are some of my favorites:

Setting Descriptions
Get your students to imagine they are in a haunted house (or other equally spooky location!Encourage them to use their senses to describe the setting. What can they hear? What can they see? What can they smell?

Character Profiles
Halloween is the perfect opportunity for some creepy character description. Students could describe a well known character such as Dracula or Frankenstein or they could make up their own spooky character.

Adventure Stories
Have a go at creating a Halloween-themed adventure story with some spooky characters and eerie settings.
Students could write instructions for their favorite Halloween party game. You could even follow the instruction and have a go at playing the games!

Poetry
I’ve been using my Spooky Halloween Writing Paper for some extra inspiration! Just click on the picture below to go directly to my Teachers Pay Teachers Store to grab them.

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Flash Freebie – 200 Facebook likes!

Hi there everyone,

Yay! I’ve reached 200 Facebook likes! To celebrate I’ve made my Place Value Task Cards FREE in my Teachers Pay Teachers store for the next 24 hours. I know many of you are teaching place value at the beginning of the year and this set helps students to reinforce their understanding of place value up to 1000 in a variety of ways! Check them out by clicking on the image below.

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100 TpT followers!

Hi everyone,

I want to tell you all about my milestone!!! I’ve finally reached 100 followers on Teachers pay Teachers! I’ve been watching that little number go up and today it has finally hit 3 digits!! To celebrate I’m holding a flash freebie on my Guided Reading Task Cards for the next 24 hours!

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Grab them while they’re FREE!

Science Experiments

Hi everyone,

As I wrote in my previous post, I start back to school on Monday so this past week I have been in school getting my classroom set up, tables organised and displays sorted. I created a large Science display board and I want to particularly focus on investigation skills. It can be difficult for children to remember and follow the processes involved in carrying out investigations and so I wanted to give them a visual prompt to help them that they can refer to when carrying out investigations. Hopefully the process will become second nature to them over the year! I created these posters to display on my Science board:

You can grab these posters for FREE on my Teachers Pay Teachers store, so click on the image above to link to my store where you can download this useful freebie!