It’s a long time since I posted a Friday freebie so I’m going to make it a good one. A virtual trip to Paris! You can make a whole lesson out of this- I did it last year and it was a huge hit.
I set my classroom up in to with the tables at the sides and the seats placed in rows of 3 with a central aisle so it looked as much like an aeroplane as possible (!) Then I greeted the pupils at the door with this ‘boarding pass’ and showed them to their seats. The pass gives them something to do while the others sit down and it has a QR code they can scan when they get home which links them to the video I show.
Next I show them this video from my You Tube channel.
It takes them on a tour of some of Paris’ most well-known landmarks. There is some simple vocabulary displayed throughout the video so depending on the age of your pupils you could translate or pause the video and encourage pupils to translate or ask them to note down on mini whiteboards/ in books.
Next we use Google Earth to see an aerial and 3D view of Paris. Pupils could do this on ipads or with VR headsets if you are lucky enough to have them. Otherwise simply displaying it in the interactive whiteboard is really good fun. https://email@example.com,2.2944813,138.6453322a,666.61608691d,35y,0h,45t,0r/data=ChIaEAoIL20vMDJqODEYAiABKAI
Finally we finish with this comic strip which is differentiated- version one has simple words for them to undertsand such as ‘La tour Eiffel’, verison two is longer sentences ‘j’ai vu la tour Eiffel’ and version three is blank to encourage them to write their own descriptions.
So…I hope these will be useful if you do a Paris project or a celebration day. My favourite thing to do is to put up a green screen at the end of this lesson so pupils can pretend to be posing in front of Paris landmarks. Then they can use an app to select a picture of Paris so it looks like they were really there and took a selfie!
Betsy Belle (aka Michelle…I really need to drop the weird pseudonym but it’s kind of a bit late now!)