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Contributor: Nathalie Paris

Language of text: French
Type of text: Other
Author or source: Mario Ramos
Intended age of students: Key Stage 1/2
Source reference: 9782211060615

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This is the story of a little boy looking everywhere in his house for his mum and shouting for her... why though??
After looking at the front cover with the children to try to predict what the story is about, I ask them to join in with me every time the child shouts "Maman!". At the end, you may need to write the word "araignée" on the board and talk about arachnophobia for the children to get the punch line, but it will be nonetheless fun!
Depending on your focus, you can read through the story again and ask the children to: count the animals, say what the animals are in French, or say in French what room they are in. After a couple of readings, you can test the children's memory by asking for instance how many monkeys there are, you say a number in French then the children have to say the animal or ask them what room the giraffes are in etc.

This is a story which never fails to make children (and adults) smile.
It is so simple yet so versatile!
This story can be revisited when you learn about numbers, animals or the rooms in the house.
With older children still, you could use it to talk about daily routine as each set of animals is doing a different activity.

Older children could practise speaking then writing, in French, what animals there are in each room, eg Il y a huit cochons dans la salle à manger. They could then write and draw their own version of the story with different animals; the dictionaries would help them.

Topics or themes:
numbers 1-10; animals; rooms in the house; daily routine

the plural; "il y a" structure


How much time required:
1-2 lessons

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