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What Is That Room Called in French?

written by: Audrey Alleyne • edited by: Elizabeth Stannard Gromisch • updated: 7/12/2012

Use this French lesson on all the rooms within a house to practice describing things along with adjectives they have already learned. Use extension vocabulary connected to a house such as gardens and trees as a bonus.

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    Grade, Duration and Objectives

    This lesson plan works well with young elementary students in grades three to five and the duration of for this lesson is approximately 20 to 40 minutes.

    Once complete, your class will be able to identify the rooms of a house using the French language through oral and written exercises.

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    Ask your students to cut pictures from magazines beforehand at home or in class, in preparation for this French lesson plan. The teacher should also provide flash cards of various rooms in a house. Poster boards can be used to create diagrams of various types of homes for students to label. Students can also use plastic construction materials to construct a miniature house.

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    Request students work in groups writing simple sentences describing the rooms. They will then read sentences in class and receive corrections. Students are then quizzed on vocabulary.

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    Written Activities

    Here are some sentences that students can compose on rooms of the house, and reinforce learning by oral practice:

    1. Voici ma maison. Il y a huit pièces dans ma maison.

    This is my house. There are eight rooms in my house.

    2. Il y a une cuisine, trois chambres à coucher, une salle à manger, un salon, une salle de bain et un cabinet de travail.

    There is a kitchen, three bedrooms, a dining room, a living room, a bathroom and a study.

    3. Ma chambre est grande, mais la chambre de mes parents est plus grande.

    My room is big, but my parents’ room is bigger.

    4. On mange dans la cuisine et aussi dans la salle à manger.

    We eat in the kitchen and also in the dining room.

    5. Ma maison est entourée d’arbres.

    My house is surrounded by trees.

    6. Nous avons de beaux tableaux dans notre salon.

    We have some lovely paintings in our living room.

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    Assessment With a Quiz

    The teacher should subsequently use the vocabulary in the written sentences to provide a quiz. Here are some questions that can be asked:

    1. Est-ce que sa maison est entourée d’arbres?

    Is his/her house surrounded by trees?

    2. Ont-ils un grand jardin?

    Do they have a big garden?

    3. Est-ce qu’ils mangent dans la cuisine ou dans la salle à manger?

    Do they eat in the kitchen or in the dining room?

    4. Avez-vous un cabinet de travail dans votre maison?

    Do you have a study in your house?

    5. Est-ce qu’elle a une belle chambre?

    Does she have a beautiful bedroom?

    6. Est-ce que vous avez des tableaux dans votre maison?

    Do you have any paintings in your house?

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    Further Evaluation

    Change from the masculine to the feminine form:

    Example: C’est joli. C’est jolie

    1. C’est grand. ______________

    2. Ils sont beaux. _____________

    Create a contrast sentence using the following elements:

    Example. Chambre/parents/grand = La chambre de mes parents est plus grand.

    3. maison/petite/sa

    4. ce jardin/beau/moins

    5. Paul/chambre/grande

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    Practical Activities

    Creativity and group works can go a long way in aiding with learning vocabulary. They will enjoy collating their magazine pictures in scrapbooks, while others will test each other with flash cards showing the rooms and English words on one side, and give the French equivalent for points. Other students who like drawing can create diagrams of various types of homes on poster boards; while yet others can engage in constructing a miniature house for the pleasure of all the other students to have fun labeling rooms.

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    Labeling the Rooms

    These are some easy and fun ways to practice vocabulary in a French lesson on rooms of the house. Teachers should also encourage students to label the rooms and furniture at home in French as an extracurricular activity. Younger students who have doll houses can also learn vocabulary by labeling rooms in them.