Learning Objectives
* to listen attentively and understand more complex phrases and sentences (O5.3)
• to manipulate language by changing an element in a sentence (KAL)
• to look and listen for visual and aural clues (LLS)
Possible Teaching Activities
• Display the planet names on the board and practise their pronunciation. (see adjacent)
(Jackie Berry's ppt's have the soundfiles embedded to help with pronunciation)

• Use starter ppt adjacent to arrange planets in the correct order

• Race against the clock to place the planets in order - see online game link adjacent
Planets in order against the clock game
• Use the Mercure et Pluton Sentences PPT (see adjacent) to intoduce the idea of
proximity to the sun and build very simple sentences
eg. Mercure est près du soleil. Mercure est une planète chaud.

• Use some objects in the classroom, eg la porte, le tableau, to illustrate the concept
of près de and loin de.

  • Invite three children to the front to take on the role of the sun, Mercury and Pluto.
  • They greet the class and introduce themselves as the planets,
eg Bonjour, je m’appelle le soleil

  • Invite the children to stand in the appropriate position to show their distance from the sun.
  • Ask the class differentiated questions, eg:

Mercure est loin du soleil? Oui ou non?
Pluton est une planète froide ou chaude?
Décrivez Mercure (Describe Mercury).
  • Give children time to whisper the answer to their partner before putting up their hands.
  • Children portraying the planets could use gesture and drama to support meaning.

You can watch this lesson being demonstrated by
teacher Kati Szeless and her class on
  • Invite seven other children to be planets and to stand in their appropriate places in the line.
  • Present the planets using the qualifiers assez (quite) and très (very),
eg Uranus est une planète froide. Saturne est une planète assez froide. Neptune est une planète très froide.
  • Ask children to discuss the meanings in pairs.

  • Give a simple description of a planet, eg Je pense à une planète qui est assez chaude.
  • Children suggest a planet.
  • Encourage them to use full sentences in their replies.

Extension: Children describe the planets for the class to guess.