Carnival of the Animals Geography Unit Study
Saint Saëns was from France. Let’s learn about this beautiful country and its landmarks!
Purchase and play the game "10 Days in Europe" to learn more about, and practice, your European Geography. Europe was the center of Western art and music in the times of Saint Saëns and still plays a main role in the development and celebration of the arts.
- Play this online game to test your European Geography knowledge
- Here is a French game called Petanque. Play it with your family or friends!
- Choose one of these photos of places in France and try to copy it with art materials. Use pen and ink, watercolors, pastels- anything you have on hand.
- Read about France on this website.
- Print out this map of France. Get out an atlas and label the capital (Paris), the neighboring countries, major rivers and bodies of water, and geographical features that are important.
- Print out the flag and color it in. France has red, white and blue in their flag just like we do. Read about the meaning of the colors in this article. Not everyone agrees what the colors mean!
- Here is a webpage highlighting the wildlife in France.
Paris is the capital of France and has a rich history and many famous landmarks. Saint Saëns was born in Paris in 1835.
- This website shows an interactive panorama of Paris. Direct the camera, zoom in and out, and click on different landmarks to discover some of the sights.
- Here is a video with beautiful footage of 5 top landmarks in Paris. And another travel video showing a 24-hour visit in Paris, including cafes, museums, the streets of the city, etc. (Parents, there is a section of “nightlife” which shows some social drinking. Use your discretion.)
Research one or more of the following landmarks in Paris. Answer these questions: Why was it built? Who built it? When was it built? With what materials was it built? Then recreate it in a sketch, drawing, or sculpture.
- Notre Dame Cathedral (The official site for the cathedral has a children’s section.)
- Eiffel Tower
- La Louvre
- Arc de Triomphe
- Sacre Coeur
The French people are very proud of their beautiful language. Explore the following websites and learn some French words.
- Enchanted Learning has a mini book of French animal words to print off and color.
- This page has the English and French names of dozens of animals, a recorded pronunciation of each, and games you can play to reinforce learning.
- More games can be found at this site.
- The BBC has a list of animal names and their pronunciations as well, with a child speaking instead of an adult.
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