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Un éléphant ça trompe – parent/teacher intro

Welcome to lesson 6 – Un éléphant, ça trompe.  Click play to watch the video instructions (3 minutes) or read the transcript underneath the download link below:

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Supplies for next week – add 2 yellow, 2 green, and 2 red apples to your grocery list

Click here to download student worksheet-elephant

Worksheet solution – circle answers:

elephant-circle answers


(middle section of worksheet is a preference question, so no solution is necessary)

Worksheet solution – elephant parts:

Worksheet solution - elephant parts






Sheet music

(Optional) – sheet music for the musically inclined: Mama Lisa’s World

(Optional) – sheet music for the musically inclined: Thierry Maucarré (scroll down to number 8)

Painting images

Google image search for animal oil paintings (please preview results before showing to your children)

Google image search for animal watercolour paintings (please preview results before showing to your children)


Video transcript:

Welcome to lesson 6 – Un éléphant ça trompe.  This song is another earworm, but honestly it’s one of my favourites.  My son really loves elephants so he loved this song even more than the others.  The videos for this one are extra cute as well.

One thing to note here is that the song title is a play on words.  An elephant has a trunk, which in French is une trompe.  The word for trick, as in to deceive, is also trompe (a verb).  A French pun that really doesn’t have the same effect in English, but it’s still fun.

This song also introduces some counting.  The song starts out with un éléphant.  The second time through, it’s deux éléphants, then trois, etc.

Supplies for this lesson – some socks, preferably clean and as long as possible, like soccer socks, or knee-highs, or dad socks – one per child.  When they hear the song, they can hold the sock up to their nose, pretend it’s a trunk, and sing along.  If you have a larger group of kids, you can start with them all seated except one for the first round, and then each time the song adds an elephant, have one more child get up and dance with the song.  Eventually you’ll run out of kids, and they can all just keep dancing.  This ridiculously simple and silly, but was a huge hit with the group of kids that I had doing these activities at my house each week.

Watercolour paints – just those simple, cheap ones are fine – for the students to do a watercolour painting at the end of the lesson.  If you don’t have watercolour paints, just use markers or crayons and pretend.  The song talks about oil painting vs watercolour painting and how oil is more difficult, but is nicer than watercolour.  I will ask the children whether or not they agree with that statement.

You can do a simple google image search for oil paintings and watercolour paintings and chat with your students about which ones they like best.  I’ve given you some links for that below, but please make sure you preview the results that come up before you show them to your children.  Search results change and who knows what will pop up when the links go into your computer.

One quick note about supplies for next week – you’ll need some different types of apples.  Just two of each type is fine as you’ll cut one into small pieces for a taste test, and leave the other whole as an example.  Get two green, two yellow, and two red apples. Add those to your grocery list before next week so you’ll be good to go.

Ok, ready for the student section?  Allons-y!






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