Surfing the Net with Kids: France

Surfing the Net with Kids: France

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July 10, 2002

Dear Reader,

Yesterday I spent the day adding an archive to the Internet
Tips feature of the Printables Club. Members can now browse
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Today’s France topic is accompanied by the following games:

Streets of Paris Scrambler
Arc de Triomphe Jigsaw

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See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
“Surfing the Net with Kids”

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On July 14, 1789, a huge crowd of Parisians captured the Bastille fortress, forcing King Louis XVI’s troops to withdraw. Bastille Day is a French national holiday (akin to our 4th of July) celebrating the birth of the French republic and the end of royal rule. July is also the month of France’s largest sporting event: le Tour de France, a 2000-mile cross-country bicycle race.

Embassy of France: Just for Kids


Start your tour at the French embassy in Washington D.C. with an interview with the French ambassador, François Bujon de l’Estang, and an audio clip of the French national anthem (both clicks found on left-hand side.) Then move on to explore the rest of the site with the circular menu in the middle of the page. Great clicks include France at a Glance (national motto is ‘Liberty, Equality, Fraternity’), Life in France (“The French own the most pets in the world: 25% have least one cat and 38% have dogs”) and Art & Culture.

Official Site of the Eiffel Tower


The most well-known monument in all of Europe is Paris’ Eiffel Tower. Built in 1889 for the Universal Exhibition in celebration of the French Revolution, it features 1665 steps and has hosted 200 million visitors. Visit its official Web site for Facts & Figures and The Tower at Leisure, which includes: several 360 degree panoramic tours, a video gallery, postcards to send, three fun Flash games and a quiz sweepstakes with the opportunity to win two Eiffel Tower entrance tickets. Nice, but what about the airfare?

Oxfam: French Virtual Journey


Click on the topics on the left-hand menu to take a virtual “journey through France and experience the culture, cuisine and scenery of this beautiful and diverse country. Find out why France is world famous for its cooking, and learn how to make a Crêpe. Read about the biggest annual sporting event in the world, and see what the French like to do in their spare time.”
Notable clicks include the fast facts found in the Guide Book, and the printable quiz with answer sheet (even though it is not interactive.)

Tour de France in 80 Stages


The title of this excellent guide to France, published by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
“alludes to Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in Eighty Days and to the famous cycling race held in France every July.” It can be explored by drilling down through the twelve top-level topics, and using the Summary link to return to the entry page. Although it lacks illustrations and interactivity, Tour de France is a great resource for researching middle and high-school reports. As an added bonus for classroom teachers in need of handouts, each page is downloadable as a Word document. Just right mouse-click on the Download link, and choose Save Target As.

ZipZap France


Just for kids, colorful ZipZap is full of hidden treasures, such as crosswords and exercises, but is often confusing to navigate, with unexpected dead ends and circular links. But if you’re not in a hurry, just follow your mouse and see where it leads you. I thought the section on the development of the European Union (born in Paris in 1950) was particularly good.

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