How We Celebrated Chandeleur Virtually

Well, I've been trying to post my new hybrid and virtual ideas related to holidays before the holiday actually occurs so that readers have an opportunity to use any resources they like in their own lessons, but in this case, I'm a little late to the game with this post on Chandeleur, which occurred on February 2.  I figured that many of these ideas could be of use to readers next year or at any time for any type of virtual taste test, so I'll share it now.

In this post, I shared how we did our first virtual taste test of the year for National French Week.  Whenever asking students to buy or prepare a dish at home, it is important to have an alternative for students who may not be able to obtain the dish or ingredients.  For the National French Week taste test, I offered to provide students with a treat if they asked me.  For the Chandeleur taste test, I asked students to prepare a batch of sweet or savory crêpes at home.  For the students who weren't able to make crêpes, I couldn't very easily provide them with ingredients, so I devised a non-food alternative (and any student was technically free to choose this, they didn't have to have "extenuating circumstances").  The alternative option was to either draw/design an ideal crêpe and list what would be in it, or find a photo of an ideal crêpe, but they must be prepared to describe what's in it (in other words, don't just save the first image you find on Google without learning about what's in the crêpe).  I provided students with a document laying out these options, as well as a description of the difference between sweet and savory crêpes, links to batter recipes, and ideas for fillings.  See the document below, or click here to view it full size.


Students were given this information well in advance so they could plan ahead.  Then, leading up to Chandeleur, students learned about the holiday with the Nearpod lesson below, which includes some facts in French followed by a Time to Climb.  Email subscribers will have to view this post on the blog to see the Nearpod and videos below it:


Then, we watched the videos below. Please contact me if you would like me to share a subtitled version of the videos with you.




After Chandeleur, students sent me photos of their crêpes, since a Zoom screenshot simply doesn't do it justice.  Here are some of their creations (plus a behind the scenes batter photo!):









Finally, after our virtual taste test, students had a follow up assignment, in which they had to answer the following three questions:

1. What kind of crêpe did you make/draw/find online? Was it sweet or savory? What was in it? If you made it, did you enjoy it?
2. Describe one crêpe that another student made or designed that you'd like to try. If you were absent, name another type of crêpe you've heard of or seen that you'd like to try.
3. Name one fact you learned about crêpes recently (for example, how they are made, what they represent in Chandeleur, where they originate, what types exist, etc.)

Here are some of the things they said in their responses:





















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2 comments:

  1. Hi there from Canada! Thank you for your inspirational blog. I have a question regarding the very creative manner in which your student respond to you. Is it a particular program or website which enables you and your students to give such cool feedback?

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  2. Thanks for your question! The students actually submit their feedback as plain text on Canvas, and then I select some highlights and create these images on Canva to make them more visually appealing to share on the class blog and school's social media channels.

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