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Map Quest: Find the Perfect Hideout

French Language – Inspired by Carmen Sandiego Episode 9, kids try to locate the best French-speaking hideouts

Where Would YOU go?

In Episode 9, Carmen travels to Tahiti to stay hidden from her rivals. Kids pinpoint other French-speaking locations where Carmen could hide.

Activity Instructions

Kids locate the perfect French-speaking spot to get away from it all.

Estimated time: 15-20 minutes
Materials needed: Writing supplies, an atlas, map, or Google Earth™, and Internet access

  1. Explain that early in this episode, Carmen is on a beach in Tahiti, French Polynesia, where she thinks nobody will find her. As a class, find Tahiti on a map. What makes it a great hideout? Have your class brainstorm a list of characteristics of a great “hideout.” You might give kids the following French expressions to help them discuss the topic: isolé(e) (isolated), bien caché(e) (hidden), pas très populaire (not very popular), pas très connu(e) (not well known), loin de tout (far from it all), difficile d’accès (hard to get to), inconnu(e) (unknown), désert(e) (deserted).
  2. Break the class into small groups and have them find more perfect French-speaking hideouts all over the globe. Have your kids present their hideout locations to the class in French, including the reasons why they chose them.