Lesson # 4 – French food
French food vocabulary- Free weekly lessons for kids #4
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This week we are learning some French food vocabulary. If your child loves to eat then this will be a great lesson plan for them. There will also be a cheeky little wolf pop up too somewhere so keep reading to find out more!
Let’s start eating!
Start by printing out your French food vocabulary flashcards and cut them all out individually.
A very important question your child will definitely need to learn as they continue is the question ‘qu’est-ce que c’est?‘ (kes kuh say?) (what is this/it?)
When you ask the question, the desired response is for your child to use the phrase ‘C’est…‘ (say…) (it is…)
Do this with all the French food vocabulary cards and explain to your child what the words and phrases mean as you say them.
Once you have gone through all the cards several times you can test your child’s vocab by holding up a card, asking ‘qu’est-ce que c’est?‘ and encouraging their response. Your child can also ask you ‘qu’est-ce que c’est?‘ and if you are both learning together it will be fun to see who remembers the most!
Another way to test vocab is to place the cards face down and to pick up a random card and ask your child what they think might be on the card. If they get it wrong it is good for having to repeat the vocab over and over.
What are you eating Mr. Wolf?
For so long in class I have been playing a game with my students based around thechildren’s game ‘What’s the time Mr. Wolf?’ I use a particularly scary looking shark puppet, which is where our beloved Renée character came from in Tonton’s book
Once you have learnt all of your French food vocabulary. Tell your child that you are going to pretend to be Mr. Wolf (Monsieur le loup) (muhsyur luh loo)
Monsieur le loup is going to stand facing the wall and your child will stand around ten paces back. Your child will take random food card and start to creep towards you counting their steps in French as they go.
Monsieur le loup then turns round all of a sudden and the child has to ask ‘qu’est-ce que tu manges Monsieur le loup?!‘ (kes kuh too monge muhsyur luh loo) (What are you eating Mr. Wolf?) Mr Wolf then replies ‘Je mange une baguette‘ (juh monge oon bag-ette) (I am eating a baguette)
If Mr. Wolf says he is eating the food that is on the child’s card then the wolf gets to eat the child. If it is not the right food then the child gets to creep forward for another few steps before the wolf turns around again. If the child reaches the wolf and he hasn’t guessed the right food then the child is the winner.
This is a really fun game that always causes so much excitement whenever I play it. If you would really like to get in the spirit, I have also come across some really cute looking wolf autumn craft ideas if you wanted some inspiration to create a wolf mask to add some authenticity to the game!
French food vocabulary:
Une pomme – oohn pom
Des frites – day freet
Du jambon – doo jom-bon
Une baguette – oohn bag-ette
Un croissant – uhn cwass-ahn
Un pain au chocolat –uhn pahn oh shoc-oh-lah
Une carotte – oohn car-ot
Une salade – oohn sa-lad
Un yaourt – uhn yow-oort
Du fromage – doo from-arge
Tonton the Tortoise has a wonderful new picture book that is perfect for starting your child on a path to loving languages. Full of new characters, Tonton goes on a journey around the park making lots of friends…one friend in particular is extremely memorable!
‘Tonton Makes Friends’ teaches children how to say their name and how to ask others’ names with lots of fun and laughter!