The Little Prince's Lake Atitlán in danger

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In Guatemala, Lake Atitlán, which inspired the work of the Little Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupéry, is a victim of human pollution. Let's take a closer look at why the country's top tourist destination is now in jeopardy.

In Guatemala, Lake Atitlán, which inspired the work of the Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, is a victim of human pollution. The country's main tourist destination is now said to be in jeopardy.

"" There are not many crabs or fish any longer ", laments Tomas, a 71-year-old fisherman on Lake Atitlán in Guatemala, whose beauty would have inspired Antoine de Saint-Exupéry for his" Little Prince ", but now suffocated by pollution. "

“After a plane crash in 1938, the French writer had spent several months at the lake, the time to get back on his feet. According to the inhabitants, he would have found inspiration in the beauty of the landscape, between the clear waters of the Atitlán and the three volcanoes that surround it, to write his masterpiece. "

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Your challenge

Are you ready to test your knowledge of written French? Surrender here to make a hole dictation from sentences taken from “The Little Prince”.


Disciplines and levels targeted

  • Geography (lower secondary school)
  • Cultural geography (Secondary 5)
  • French (all levels)

Targeted dimensions of digital competence

  • Develop and mobilize your information culture
  • Harnessing the potential of digital technology for learning
  • Communicate with digital
  • Collaborate with digital

Suggested digital tools

  • Quizizz, Plickers or Formative
  • Interactive document for TNI
  • Acrobat DC (to annotate a PDF document)

Educational intention of the guide

The activities proposed in this guide aim to get to know Antoine de Saint-Exupéry better, become familiar with the work of the Little Prince and the other publications of the famous writer as well as to raise awareness of the pollution problems of Lake Atitlán.

Objectives of the activities

  • Locate Lake Atitlán on a world map;
  • To relate the major events in the life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry;
  • Watch extracts from the film The Little Prince to give your interpretation;
  • Explain a quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in his words.

ACTIVITY 1: A choking lake

Start this activity by presenting headlines decrying the current situation surrounding the pollution of Lake Atitlán, Guatemala.

Also present to the class this short video report.

Continue by locating the famous lake on a world map and browse the proposed photo gallery to appreciate the beauty of this tourist site.

Check your students' common understanding by questioning them.

Here are some sample questions:

  • In what year did Antoine de Saint-Exupéry have a plane crash?
  • What is the name of Guatemala's main tourist attraction?
  • How many meters above sea level is Lake Atitlán located?
  • What are the dimensions of Lake Atitlán?
  • What are the causes of the pollution of the famous lake?
  • Etc.

Use a digital app such as Quiz, Plickers (ideal option when digital devices are not available for everyone) or Formative to add a playful dimension while collecting data on the responses of each student.

ACTIVITY 2: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in brief

Start this activity by asking your students what they know about Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, famous writer and aviator emeritus.

Introduce this short video recounting his journey in one minute.

Display this file on the interactive whiteboard so that the students, in small groups, can go and associate the dates with the statements.

Click on picture to enlarge.
Download the file in ActivInspire format (.flipchart)
Download the file in SMART Notebook (.notebook) format
No BIT? Download the SMART Notebook version and open it using
of the online application SMART Notebook Express.

ACTIVITY 3: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Ask your students if they are able to name quotes from The Little Prince or Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

Then, in a large group, present these famous quotes from the author or those specifically taken from The Little Prince and select a few at random.

Invite your students to choose one of them, explain its meaning, and come up with their own interpretation using one or a few examples.

If desired, distribute this working outline by printing it or by sharing the file which can be annotated on the tablets.

Click on picture to enlarge.
Download the file in PDF format (.pdf)


Present excerpts from the movie The little Prince to discuss conceptions and different representations of children.

  1. The death of the rose
  2. The meeting of the little prince with the fox
  3. Draw me a sheep
  4. Song of the Little Prince: I have it in my heart

Official page of the work of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry on Facebook.

Watch the tale for children: The Little Prince

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