This “lapbook du printemps” is a fun, new, and engaging way to introduce, practice, or review spring-related vocabulary, farm vocabulary, and life cycle key concepts as well. Students also get to practice reading and writing, too.
Everything comes in B&W and color because the idea is for students to use the B&W pages whereas the color alternative has been included for teachers to create a lapbook sample in case students need a reference.
Lapbook du Printemps
Check out the pictures and descriptions below to see the components of the lapbook du printemps and keep scrolling to the end of the post for a selection of spring-themed and farm-themed videos to be used in the classroom.
FOLDABLE MINI-BOOKS: fruits and vegetables
I’ve included different versions of each mini-book. Essentially, there is one mini-book for fruits and another one for vegetables.
The main goal is to introduce, practice, or review names of fruits and vegetables in French.
As there are two versions for the text, you can have students working with “j’aime les (fruits and vegetables)” or “je mange des (fruits and vegetables)”.
For each sentence, there are three task options:
– read the text and color the images
– fill in the blanks in the sentence with the target vocabulary and color the images
– read the text and draw the fruits and vegetables according to the text
I’ve included instructions on how to fold the mini-books in the file, but if you need a video tutorial, click here.
INTERACTIVE MATCHING ACTIVITY: farm animals
Take the old matching game, i.e. matching words to images, and add interactivity to it. How?
By creating a pocket to hold the cards that students will be creating.
There are two versions of the cards.
In the first one, the names of the farm animals will be at the top. Once the card is inserted into the pocket, students can only see the words. They have to read the word aloud and visualize the animal it refers to. Then, they slowly remove the card and check to see if the animal is the one they had in mind.
In the second version, the names of the animals will be at the bottom of the card. When slowly removing the cards from the pocket, students will first see the animal and they have to say its name before revealing the word.
WRITING PROMPTS: “What does the farmer say?” and “Le jardin au printemps”
To complete the right side of the “lapbook du printemps” while still keeping the farm theme, I’ve added this simple, yet fun writing prompt. After introducing or reviewing key farm vocabulary and discussing with students the things a farmer would say, kids complete the speech bubble. This is a task that will be great for all level students because they can write as much as they are capable of. If they’re struggling students, they can write just a couple of words or a very simple sentence. If they’re gifted, they can complete more than one bubble. Just remember to make extra copies if necessary.
There are two versions for this flip book. Students can use the version with the pre-selected images and write their story according to the pictures. The images have been selected to incentive the practice of sequencing. The second version gives students more freedom to create. They have nine images to choose from in order to create their own garden/spring story. I’ve included other suggestions of use in the file.
FOLDABLE FLAPS OR PETALS: life cycles (butterfly and frog)
I’ve included two options of foldable flaps in the lapbook du printemps: a “liftable” flap and a “petal” flap.
They’re both fun and effective. The difference might be in how much you expect your students to write about life cycles.
But before I explain the different uses, I would like to point out that I have not added any words to the flaps. There are only images. That has been the best way I have found to allow for more flexible use by the teacher.
If you’re introducing life cycles to younger students or to students who are new to the language, you might just want to focus on the names of the stages which a butterfly and a frog go through.
Butterly: l’oeuf, la chenille, la chrysalide, le papillon
Frog: l’oeuf, le têtard, le têtard avec pattes, la jeune grenouille, la grenouille adulte
Under each of the “petals”, students should write the name of the stage the image illustrates. They can write on the petal itself or on the notebook/lapbook under the petal.
The petal flap might also be easier for younger students to cut and paste.
This type of foldable allows more “room” for students to take notes as they can write sentences under the flaps describing the stages in the life cycle.
Choose the foldable that best meets the needs and skills of your students.
List of spring-themed videos
If you’d like to complement your lesson with videos, here’s a list of spring-themed videos in French:
And farm-themed videos in French:
To learn more about lapbooks, visit the French lapbooks page.
I hope your students have fun putting together this lapbook du printemps!
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