Please enter details about your text in the form below. Once you have created and saved your page, you can attach files to that page by clicking on the 'Files' button at the bottom of the page.

Remember to use the tag feature at the side to enter keywords which will allow other users to search efficiently.


Contributor: Nathalie Paris

Language of text: French
Type of text: Other
Author or source: Jeanne Ashbé, published by Pastel
Intended age of students: Key Stage 1/2
Source reference: 9782211239059

Attached files:
More about this story and others at

No files attached to this page.

This is a book telling a story around the French nursery rhyme "un petit canard au bord de l'eau".
The text is short and the illustrations very clear, so you can read the story all the way through in French and watch the children get drawn into it.
On second reading, you can say the writing on each page and the children can repeat it after you, including the onomatopoeia which are great fun. On third reading, encourage the children to join in with actions as well to represent what happens in the story (you can agree those with them beforehand). If you have puppets of ducks, you can re-enact the story... If not, the children could cut out outlines of ducks on cardboard and stick them on lollipop sticks so they have their own puppets!
You can then focus on teaching the rhyme part of the story so that your children memorise and internalise it.

This book is so simple and easy... but you can do so much with it!
There is so little writing that the children can easily pick it up and learn it... however the sounds in the story are harder than they look!
To practise a certain sound, for instance "on", you could ask the children to write it on their mini white boards and hold them up when they hear it, but let them see the writing at first, then remove it to see if they can still spot it. This is a very good exercise. This can be repeated with easier or harder sounds.

With this book, the children will be able to join in with a popular French rhyme, possibly even recite it off by heart and write it if your focus is on reading and writing the story.
They will be able to hear, say and write certain French sounds with increased accuracy (some are difficult!).

Topics or themes:
introduction to French and "bonjour"; introduction to the sounds "on, ou, eau and oin" (can focus on one only or several of them).

singular and plural of nouns and verbs


How much time required:
1-2 lessons

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License