Paris: City of Light (Grades K-5)
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Paris has long been considered one of the world’s most historically important cities and is also packed with iconic images. Explore the unforgettable buildings that took centuries to complete, such as Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, and the Arc de Triomphe. Students will gain insights into the reasons why Paris’ significance is so timeless.
Video length: 15:02 minutes.
Learning Resources with this Video*
Quizzes – PDF & Online
If I Went To Paris
Draw A Scene – Paris: City Of Light
Country Report – France
My Own Stained Glass Window
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Paris: City Of Light
Have students print out a map of Paris and identify where the sites in the video are located.
Build the Eiffel Tower
Use various craft materials to build a model of the Eiffel Tower. Discuss how a model is a smaller version of a large structure.
Become "The Thinker"
Ask students to pretend that they are “The Thinker” in the famous statue. Prompt students to write about what he is possibly thinking about.
Label items in the classroom in French.
Independence Day around the World
Compare/contrast celebrations such as Bastille Day (France) and National Revolution Day (Cuba). Explore the similarities and differences between Independence Day traditions in America and other celebrations around the world.
Listen to music from France.
Have students write a report about France including: landmarks, population, how it is similar to the United States, history (how it came to be), type of government, economy, famous sites, architecture, interesting facts, languages spoken, food, etc.
If I Went to Paris...
Students create a list/powerpoint of their top five notable sites that they would like to visit and explain why.
Explore the French Language
Create a T-chart with English words in one column, and French words in the other column. Compare/contrast words that are similar (bleu/blue) and words that are different (pomme/apple).
Greetings Around the World
Explore different ways to greet people across various cultures (Bonjour in France, bowing in Japan, Hola in Cuba, etc.).
International Landmark Geometry
Identify geometric shapes found in the famous structures such as the Louvre Pyramid in France and the Tower of Westminster in London. Create structures using various geometric shapes (toothpick tower, etc.)
Explore signature foods from France.
Create a recipe for a dish seen in the video from the country/city (uses fractions, measurements, + directions).
Stained Glass Art
Create stained glass art inspired by the windows from the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Recreate famous pieces of art from France, e.g. the Mona Lisa.
Have students research French festivals at the local, state, and national levels.
Write a story with Paris as the setting. The main character could be from another country (compare and contrast characters).
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Topics Covered In This Video
Location & facts about Paris
Hôtel Des Invalides
Notre Dame Cathedral
Place de la Concorde
Grand Palais/Petit Palais
Arc de Triomphe
Palace of Versailles
Famous bridges over the Seine
Parisian daily life & lifestyle