Comment est-ce que d’autres cultures célèbrent les anniversaires?

Comment ça se compare à ma tradition?

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The main focus is talking about traditional birthday parties. This shows ages, birthdays, dates and places in context. The birthday celebration can be altered to the ages of your learners.

Proficiency Level:

⊕ Novice Mid – Novice High

Length:

approximately 10-15 days

Themes:

⊕ Families & Communities

Talking about these topics:

   ⊕ birthday parties

   ⊕ dates and times of events

   ⊕ gifts, decorations and activities

Using these language skills:

⊕ giving basic information (dates, places, ages, colors, etc)

⊕ giving simple opinions

⊕ inviting

Planning

Objectives

Experiences/Homework

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Assessments

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resources + lesson ideas

Since this is a Planner Unit, we want to begin curating resources and ideas for you to build your own lessons. Some resources may be in other languages to give you an idea of what to look for.

Unit Resources

Optional items you may want:

    • Balloons
    • Decorations (Happy Birthday banner)
    • Birthday cards in French
    • Plastic spoons
    • Gift bags
    • Books about birthdays
    • Rubber stamps (cake, balloon, etc)
    • Dice or coins

    Birthday Wishes and Songs

    Lesson Idea:

    • Bring in instruments and let them sing/play the song.

    Ages

    Birthdates

    GIFTS

    Extend this lesson by doing “I can pick a birthday gift for someone.

    • ages
    • relationships (friend, sister, dad, etc)
    • preferences

    Birthday Items + Decorations

    Extension/Sub Lesson Idea:

    • Listen to a how-to video and make it.

    Party Preferences

    Birthday Traditions

    This could be made into a sub plan. 

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    Possible Resources and Realia: Balloons / Decorations / Birthday cards in French / Traditional games (yard or birthday) / Find a guest speaker to talk about birthdays / Books (library or online)

    Party Decorations

    Get decorations from a local party store or ask on a “buy nothing” group.

    Books & AudioBooks

    Look for these on websites and at your local library.

    Rubber Stamps

    cake, foods, balloons, decorations, piñatas, etc.

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    11 Comments

    1. Erin Juergens

      Working on this via the Spanish version…can you share how you find tweets or other social media posts featuring what you’re emphasizing? For example, you have several that have a date written out. Do you search for these somehow or just save them when you come across them? Merci!

      • Kara Parker

        I search for them using REALLY specific keywords I want to target. So for the birthday ones, I used a combination of “cumpleanos” and “enero.” Then I switched the month. Sometimes it’s a hit, sometimes it’s a miss.

    2. Michele Credeld

      Dear Kara & Megan, I Frenchified the Mensajes-Personajes handout, would it be helpful/ok to link it here? Thanks:)

      • Kara Parker

        Nice! I put it as an additional resource under the same video in Senegal (France). It could be interesting to compare them.

      • Kara Parker

        Thanks Loni! I haven’t heard of Trotro before. Super cute.

      • Kara Parker

        Merci Katina! Is “Petit Ours” a popular cartoon from the target culture?

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