Les chaussettes

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Les chaussettes

Contributor: Nathalie Paris

Language of text: French
Type of text: Other
Author or source: Matthieu Maudet
Intended age of students: Key Stage 1/2
Source reference: 9782211230964

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This is the story of a little girl who is looking for her socks... however her socks turn into animals, which makes it hard (but fun!) for her to catch them!
I want to share the story with children as they will enjoy the simple text and the beautiful, simple and clear pictures; it is an easy story for everyone to be able to understand whether they know much French or not... and can lead to developing so many linguistic skills!!

The text is accessible yet so rich that you can pick what you want to focus on with your children and build on it; for instance this story could be exploited to teach/reinforce positions: the socks are "sous le lit" but where else could they be hiding from Josette?! The children may even want to bring old socks in and if you have time make their own chosen sock puppet... who doesn't love a sock puppet?! Plus any sort of puppet comes in handy in languages lessons!!

After sharing the story, the children can write their own simplified version with "Hé! Je ne suis pas une... Je suis..."; they can turn their socks into anything they like and use the dictionaries if necessary. This will enable you to develop the vocabulary of animals and/or the negative form of "être". They could even use a different simple shape to start with, eg another item of clothing: "je ne suis pas un pantalon!" If you choose a masculine word next you can talk with the children about agreement.

Topics or themes:
Clothes; animals; positions

Negatives; the imperative; masculine and feminine; agreements


How much time required:
1-3 lessons

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