Here's a four week unit plan on France that I designed for my ten year old daughter. Many of the read alouds and activities included my five year old son as well. We are just wrapping up this unit and it's been a lot of fun, so I thought I'd share it here. This is by no means a comprehensive study of France. Instead, it's a sampling of history, music, art, food, and geography with emphasis on topics that were of particular interest to my daughter. Because we did this during the summer, it's a four day plan. We saved one weekday for trips to the pool, the zoo, friends, picnics, etc...
Day 1: Overview/geography: Label and color outline map of France, browse websites: see Cool Planet, National Geographic kids, Time for Kids, and this site.
Day 2: Went to coffee shop to read Charlemagne and the Early Middle Ages part 1. Take notes by writing one summary sentence for each bold topic heading.
Day 3: Finish book, part 2...take notes
Day 4 Watched PBS documentary Marie Antoinette (some mature content)
Day 1: Write up notes from Charlemagne book into a short(2 page), illustrated, synopsis.
Day 2: Finish Charlemagne/Middle Ages synopsis, read about Joan of Arc in The Daring Book for Girls
Day 3: Read: France, Enchantment of the World , write ten new and/or interesting facts about France learned from book
Day 4: Baguettes and berets
Day 1: Read: France (another overview book), write ten more things learned about France
Day 2: Versailles, explored this website
Day 3: Linnea in Monet's Garden- read book and watched movie
Day 4: Monet art day...gave each kid a canvas, q-tips, and paint and asked them to dab at the canvas to create an Impressionist look, used a Monet bridge and waterlily painting for inspiration.
Day 1: Edgar Degas, read: Edgar Degas, Paintings that Dance , What Makes a Degas a Degas, I Dreamed I was a Ballerina, and Degas and the Little Dancer, wrote a brief synopsis, sculpted a dancer from beeswax
Day 4: watch The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Other: we kicked off the unit study with a Bastille Day picnic and watched portions of the Tour de France
Listening: French Playground
Picture Book Read Alouds (Grace and Trent): Eloise in Paris
Katie Meets the Impressionists
Poor Goose: A French Folktale
Madame La Grande....
The Red Balloon
Read Alouds chapter books
The Lacemaker and the Princess
A Cat Abroad ( the chapters A Cat in France and A Cat on the Riviera, I left out a few parts...this book isn't specifically written for children)
This was originally posted in August of 2009