Chinese Teacher Resources

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The Poetry of Chinese Immigration

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Numerous people from China immigrated to the US during the era of industrialization and expansion. Provide your class with a glimpse into the life of a Chinese immigrant through the poetry they left behind. They then compose a poem of...
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The Language Garden

For Students 7th - 9th
In need of an informational text passage and set of comprehension questions? Critical thinkers can build reading proficiency while learning about the world's languages. They'll read a seven-paragraph article about and respond to short...
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Chinese New Year – Reading Comprehension

For Students 4th - 7th Standards
Traditions surrounding the celebration of the Chinese New Year are the focus of a reading comprehension worksheet designed for intermediate level language learners.
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The Joy Luck Club: Figurative Language

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Amy Tan uses vivid figurative language to deepen and enrich her writing. Use the fifth of ten lessons on The Joy Luck Club to demonstrate the impact of figurative language, particularly similes and metaphors, on plot and character. Young...
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Chinese Language

For Students 4th - 7th
This handout provides a very simple introduction to the two primary Chinese languages, Mandarin and Cantonese. It also includes two Chinese symbols.
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Analyzing Characters in Chinese Cinderella

For Students 6th - 8th
Study the characters and the way they're developed in Chinese Cinderella. The first page talks about all of the ways a reader can learn about the characters. The next two pages encourage the reader to analyze implied examples (shown) and...
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Becoming American: The Chinese Experience

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students examine the experience of Chinese American immigrants in the PBS series BECOMING AMERICAN. ESL learners investigate and explore their own identities within a multicultural context.
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The Archer and the Sun

For Teachers 1st - 2nd Standards
Reinforce reading comprehension with a instructional activity about The Archer and the Sun, a Chinese folktale. Kids learn some background information about Chinese culture before reading the story, and answer literacy questions as they...
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Understanding Chinese Culture Through Music

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders research ancient Chinese culture. In this Chinese culture lesson, 5th graders examine ancient Chinese culture through the use of music. Students use primary and secondary sources to locate information about ancient Chinese...
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Grover and Megan Visit the Moon

For Teachers Pre-K - K
A young girl named Megan tells Grover what she has learned about Chinese culture. She shares a story involving the moon, and other things she has learned in her Chinese language class. She also talks about moon cakes, and a myth...
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Lesson: More Than a Dollar's Worth of Meaning

For Teachers K - 5th
The Chinese, Dish with the Eight Buddhist Emblems contains symbols and visual references for learners to explore. They search for Buddhist symbolism on the dish and then they use their observation skills to locate and explore the meaning...
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Chinese Writing

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders explore Chinese culture. In this Chinese writing lesson plan, 7th graders explain the differences between written and spoken Chinese as well as how the current Chinese writing system was formed. Students identify simple...
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Splendid China: Chinese Folktales

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Students investigate Chinese culture by reading their folk tales.  In this creative writing activity, students practice identifying the different elements in a folk tale and examine the related vocabulary.  Students organize thoughts for...
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The Rigors of Learning a New Language

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners read an autobiography of a peace corps volunteer studying Chinese. In this cultural acceptance lesson, students compare the dialects of Chinese with English dialects. Learners discuss the differences in learning and teaching a...
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Chinese New Year

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students explore the history and traditions of Chinese New Year. They get involved in practicing traditional Chinese skills (use chopsticks, make paper cut) through activities. Students increase interests and motivations in learning...
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Intermediate Level Thanksgiving ESL Lesson Plan

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Cranberries, cornucopias, and pumpkin pies, oh my! Thanksgiving holiday worksheets, designed for middle and high school English language learners, are a fun treat for all.
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Culturally Relevant Literature for English Language Learners

For Students 4th - 12th Standards
No matter the culture, reading has the potential to unite. A workshop for teachers helps educators find culturally relevant literature to bring into their classrooms. Although designed for those who instruct English language learners,...
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Learn Chinese (Mandarin) - MindSnacks

For Students 6th - Higher Ed
Acquire over 1000 Chinese words while playing games! Mandarin Chinese, one of the most desired languages in business and technology, is the focus of this teaching tool. Users will pick up vocabulary and practice tones, all while tapping...
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Production of the Four Tones of the Chinese Language

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students pronounce the four tones of the Chinese language. They play a red light-green light game in which they advance if they say words correctly.
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In The Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson - Activity Book

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
Moving to a new country isn't easy, as Shirley Temple Wong learns in In The Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord. A series of language arts activities carry readers through the novel, addressing the story's themes,...
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Chinese New Year

For Students 5th - 8th
Provide language learners an opportunity to practice their reading comprehension and speaking skills while learning about Chinese New Year with a packet packed with worksheets and activity suggestions. Zhu ni hao yun. (Good luck).
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Chinese Game: Peace on Earth

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students explore the function of Chinese characters. In this language study lesson, students participate in a game that requires them to practice writing Chinese characters.
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Chinese Food and Language

For Students 6th - 10th
In this Chinese food and language instructional activity, students respond to 4 short answer questions and complete 1 graphic organizer pertaining to the culture of China.
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Opportunity and Danger

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Learners analyze the immigrant experience. In this Chinese immigration lesson, students research Internet and print sources regarding the topic. Learners also watch videos regarding the topic and interview immigrants or children of...
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China: People and Places

For Teachers K - 5th
Learners compare the Chinese and English languages. In this Chinese language lesson, students identify how the writing system in China uses different characters than the letters in the English language.  Learners practice rewriting...
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China: Culture and Young Adult literature

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders are introduced to Chinese language and culture to make Asian reading selections in literature circles more meaningful. They write about Chinese characters, work on oral speaking, and read Asian books and then have...
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The Rigors of Learning a New Language

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars examine the experiences of a Peace Corps volunteer learning to speak Chinese. They read and discuss an essay written by the Peace Corps volunteer, analyze a map of China, and discuss the author's difficulties in learning...
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Chinese Pictograms

For Students 6th - 12th
In this Chinese writing worksheet, learners identify what and how to write Chinese pictograms. They explain in what ways each pictogram represents and how the combinations of symbols create a word or idea represented. Then students...
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"One Evening in the Rainy Season" Shi Zhecun

For Teachers 12th
Did you know that modern Chinese literature “grew from the psychoanalytical theory of Sigmund Freud”? Designed for a world literature class, seniors are introduced to “One Evening in the Rainy Season,” Shi Zhecun’s stream of...
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Discovering Angel Island: The Story Behind the Poems

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Poems carved into the wooden walls of the Asian immigrant prisons on Angel Island provide upper elementary graders an opportunity to study not only the story behind the poems but to also focus on the figurative language employed by the...
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Beginner Level Thanksgiving ESL Lesson Plan

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Thanksgiving is a cherished tradition in the United States and Canada. Introduce the beginnings of the Thanksgiving celebration with a resource that features reading comprehension activities, vocabulary exercises, and a short writing...
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Languages in Contact, Socio-spatial Diversity: Language Varieties

For Teachers Higher Ed
Spend some time considering the functions and types of language such as vernacular, standard, and pidgin. This lengthy presentation would benefit a college-level linguistics course with its accurate descriptions and plenty of examples....
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Confronting Two Challenges--One Physical, One Intellectual

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine the challenges of a new language and culture. In this cultural instructional activity, student read Running by Peter Hessler and discuss obstacles faced, including the language barrier. Students write an essay about a...
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Decorating Objects....And Re-Decorating

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students decorate cups or bowls with thematic designs that represent Chinese culture. In this decorating lesson plan, students will decorate their cups or bowls and then “sell” these works of art to partners role-playing as French...
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Taoism vs. Confucianism in the Period of the Hundred Schools

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Young scholars compare and contrast Taoism and Confucianism. In this Chinese history lesson, students interpret primary sources from the Tao-te Ching and Chuang Tzu in order to study the influence of religion on China's government.
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Google Translate

For Students 1st - 12th
Not sure how to translate a word, phrase, or paragraph? No worries. Simply paste in, type, or dictate your text, select the initial and desired language, and up pops your translation. Better yet, the app will read the text to you in most...
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Chinese New Year—ESL Lesson

For Students 9th - 12th
Language learners read a passage about Chinese New Year celebrations and then complete a series of reading comprehension and grammar exercises based on the passage.
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The Art and History of Japanese Calligraphy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Chinese and Japanese calligraphy is beautiful and significant in both culture and tradition. Engage your class in this expressive fine art form through a lesson on using, holding, and creating brush strokes common to Japanese writing...
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Imagining China through Words

For Teachers 6th - 8th
When Europeans first came back with tales of China, they provided vivid written accounts and minimal visual imput. This resulted in art rendered mostly from descriptive language. Learners explore this phenomena by listening to...
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Can It Happen in America?: Taking Social Action

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Class members investigate the Jim Crow Laws, Executive Order 9066, the Chinese Exclusion Act, and the Indian Removal Act to gather information about not only the challenges encountered by diverse groups of Americans, but their...
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Jay Chou: Famous People (ELL Assignment)

For Students 7th - Higher Ed
This 13-page assignment was designed for English language learners and includes a one-page reading on the Taiwanese entertainer, Jay Chou, and 10 activities/exercises that address listening and reading comprehension, speaking, vocabulary...
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Introduce Chinese Culture in English : ESL, World Cultures

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students develop the ability to use English to introduce or describe Chinese culture to people from other countries by having them design and produce a video clip that features specific Chinese food or culture.
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Silly Stories: English Language Development Lessons (Theme 1)

For Teachers 2nd
ESL/ELD learners are provided extra support with the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt thematic units on silly stories by this packet of activities, exercises, and practice sets.
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"Weighing the Elephant"

For Teachers K - 12th
Can your class solve the problem presented in the Chinese folktale, "Weighing the Elephant?" Read your class the description before having them attempt to solve the problem. After they've come up with an answer (or attempted to!), finish...
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Chinese Language

For Students 7th
In this Chinese language worksheet, students read about the two main languages, Cantonese and Mandarin. They see how the symbols represent words. There are no questions with this worksheet.
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The All-American Slurp

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Explore Chinese culture and customs with your class and allow them time to connect and compare their own experiences with experiences of character a from the short story The All-American Slurp. They create a short presentation on some...
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Eighth Grade Language Arts Assessment 2009-2010

For Students 8th
What makes this assessment unique, is the subject matter of the passages.  Young readers learn that the aboriginal name for Ayers Rock is Ulura, that a French film about Cinderella saved the movies, and that the Chinese were producing...
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Behind the Great Firewall of China

For Students 11th - Higher Ed Standards
Here’s a hugely important video that is difficult to understand and impossible to show in most classrooms. “China is complicated,” says Michael Anti, a Chinese blogger. Anti takes viewers behind the Chinese Internet firewall, to reveal...
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The Rigors of Learning a New Language

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students consider the immensity of the the task the author undertook to learn Chinese. They examine the rigors involved in learning another language-particularly one as notoriously difficult as Chinese and compare aspects of Chinese...
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Chinese Number System

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders explore the Chinese number system. In this Chinese numbers lesson, 7th graders learn to count from 1-20 in Chinese, write from 1-20 in Chinese, and figure out the pattern for counting to 100.
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"Chinese in the Frontier West: An American Story"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students substantiate a generalization by providing supporting details. They apply visual and oral information to a piece of written work and formulate at least three generalizations they think may characterize the experience of...
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Chinese Writing

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders discover Chinese written communication. In this world history lesson plan, 6th graders discuss the sound, image, and meaning of Chinese characters and then create a Chinese symbol.
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The Language Garden

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students explore threats to minority languages. For this global studies lesson, students read an article about minority languages in the world. Students then complete tasks to show their comprehension of the article. The reading is not...
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Foreign Language And Culture

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students consider the importance of appreciating a different culture in connection with the language associated with it. They explore how international politics, celebrations and relations are affected by language and culture.
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Title of Segment: Balance of Trade

For Teachers 2nd - 12th
Students take a closer look at the balance of trade. In this current events lesson, students watch PBS video clips about American trade with China. Students research Chinese production and consumerism in order to determine how world...
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Chinese Food and Communication

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars investigate using Chinese language terms for food to describe different dishes and for identification purposes. They conduct simple conversations related to the subject matter.
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Celebrate the Chinese New Year

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students are encouraged to show appreciation of Chinese culture through celebration. They can choose from a portable puppet theater for a presentation, make a dancing dragon or make dragon paper lanterns to display. Students are allowed...
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Chinese New Year

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore Chinese New Year. Students view the pictures from Chinese New Year's Dragon and The Four Dragons by use of the document camera. Students complete a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting their New Year celebration with...
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Orville and Wilbur Wong and the Fantastic Flying Machines

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Upper elementary and middle schoolers examine the role of Chinese immigrants in America. They investigate literature, history and cultures of Chinese-Americans. This ambitious plan takes two weeks to complete, and it brings in elements...
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Confronting Two Challenges-One Physical, One Intellectual

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine how the author confronted the challenges of a new language and a new culture. They examine how the author's penchant for running featured in his adjustment to the culture of Fuling and in his learning of the Chinese...
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Mapping Cultural Universals

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students identify the correlations between many nations.  In this geographic culture lesson, students create maps based on nationalities, languages and religions.  Students present their maps to the class.
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Journalism: Foreign Language Summer Program for Teens

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students research the new Foreign Language Academy and other free summer programs at colleges for teens. They write features stories about the opportunities and interview deans and university officials. Students also interview school...
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Chinese Calendar

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders listen to a Mak Kam's, "My Chinatown: One Year in Poems," before locating China on a map. They discuss the Chinese language and culture, comparing it to the American culture. They determine which animal sign they were born...
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Languages of the World 2

For Students 5th - 6th
In this geography instructional activity, students investigate the languages spoken in different countries of the world. Students read the names of 20 countries and write the principal language of each country.
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Languages of the World

For Students 4th - 6th
In this languages of the world worksheet, students skillfully match a wide variety of thirty countries to the languages spoken in each country at the present time.
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Top World Languages Quiz

For Students 6th - 12th
In this online interactive geography quiz instructional activity, students respond to 50 identification questions about world languages. Students have 5 minutes to complete the quiz.
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The Legacies of Africa and China

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders analyze the contributions of early civilizations in Africa and China. In this world history lesson, 7th graders  research Internet and print sources regarding scientific and cultural attributes of Africa and China....
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China Rocks! Chinese Calligraphy on Stone

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Learners explore the art of calligraphy through writing Chinese characters. They view a Power Point as an introduction to Chinese calligraphy and practice writing Chinese characters. In groups, they visit centers to explore the history...
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Asian Rhythms

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Learners experience another culture through a unit that explores instruments, spoken language, and calligraphy. Students experience the Asian culture first hand through a Taiko Drum Concert, as well as lunch at an Asian Buffet &...
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China: Land Beyond the Wall

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
An excellent series of five lessons on China awaits you and your young geographers. In these lessons, learners engage in hands-on activities, watch streamed video, access websites, and complete activities in cooperative groups in order...
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Religion Through Language Arts & History

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students explore the principal religions which are alive today: Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and the Philosophies of the Chinese. They determine that there are scientific explanations for many of the subjects that...
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Chinese, Japanese and Korean Numbers and Luck!

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Young scholars explore numbers in Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. They discuss numbers and practice writing and speaking numbers 1-10 in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. As they create a chart of the three countries' numbers, they...
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Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Language Basics

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Young scholars in seventh and eighth grade Introduction to Foreign Language class are introduced the basic greetings, farewells, courtesy words, and basic phrases in Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Korean. In pairs, they create a very...
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Readers' Theatre with African and Chinese Folktales

For Teachers 4th
Students investigate genre of folklore, specifically African and Chinese folktales, and script and perform folktales with examples from The Magic Brocade and Fire on the Mountain. Seven lessons on one page.
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Countries and Languages Word Search

For Students 3rd - 8th
In this countries and languages activity, students complete a word search, choose the correct language, listen and match languages, and more. Students complete 3 activities.
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Exploring Chinese Literature

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders explore China through literature. In this exploring cultures and languages lesson plan, 7th graders infer and explain the importance of rice and the principles of Confucianism in China by reading and evaluating...
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Learning Chinese the Challenge Way

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students conduct extensive research that integrates reading, writing oral language development and web authoring. They construct a web site to reflect different aspects of their investigational experience. Students work in small groups...
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New York State Testing Program: English/Language Arts Book 1, Grade 4

For Students 4th
In this 4th grade English/Language Arts standardized test practice worksheet, 4th graders read 2 fictional selections and respond to multiple choice and open-ended questions regarding the pieces. Students also read 2 non-fictional...
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Monsters versus the Monstrous

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders explore China. In this Chinese history lesson, 8th graders write an expository piece considering the teachings of Confucius and the imagery of monsters in Chinese culture.
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Children in China

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students complete a variety of activities relating the culture and children of China. They create a number book using calligraphy, design and construct a mask, read and discuss a variety of books, eat with chopsticks, and write a short...
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Understanding Tiananmen Square

For Teachers 7th - 12th
William Bell's Forbidden City is used as the basis of a study of China, Chinese culture and government, and especially of the events in Tiananmen Square in 1989. Class members select a topic for Internet research and then prepare a...
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Chinese Takeout

For Teachers 6th - Higher Ed
Students use digital photography to illustrate a story. They research examples of narratives to determine how to choose photos that meet a specific purpose. Students research examples of narratives.
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Distinguishing Between the B and P sounds in Initial Positions

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders practice pronouncing B/P sound words correctly in Chinese.
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How Cultures Differ "Two Different Perspectives on the Same Event

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars read excerpts from Peter Hessler's River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze and discuss his difficulties in learning the language, cultural clashes and how cultural perceptions shape our understanding of the world.
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Good Will - Three Chinese Stories

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students listen to The Seven Chinese Brothers and identify tall tale elements in it. They brainstorm ways they could help each other in school. They create a banner reflecting the style and art of Chinese decorations and clothing in the...
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Chinese Ice Sculptures Melting

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students examine, critique and study a newspaper article on a famous ice festival in China that is being affected by rising global temperatures. They complete three worksheets on the article that deals with comprehension questions, a...
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Chinese Minority Cultures

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders identify the elements that characterize culture in literature. Students analyze the representation of Chinese minority peoples through textbooks. Students identify and interpret the differences among the people of China.
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East Meets West Quiz

For Students 8th
In this East meets West quiz instructional activity, 8th graders answer 30 questions in 6 rounds of the quiz, about geography, inventions, religions, art, schools and language with questions written in Chinese and English, including...
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Chinese Zodiac

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders participate in a lesson that focuses on the concept of the Chinese Zodiac. This lesson is the second in a series. They need prior knowledge of the concept. Students are introduced to simple pictographs in Chinese.
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Creative Writing and Analysis

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Pupils read and analyze poems by Li Po and Wang Wei. They answer discussion questions, identify the elements of the poems, examine and discuss Chinese landscape paintings, write an original poem, and write a comparison/contrast essay.
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The Power of the Image: Understanding Symbols in Buddhist Art

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students discuss symbolism in art, examine various images of compassion in Buddhist tradition, analyzing components of the concept, and then produce their own images of compassion through art.
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Understanding Chinese Culture Through Reading

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Students examine the Chinese culture. They discuss the Chinese zodiac, identify their animal on the zodiac, listen to a Chinese folktale, and write an essay reflection on the Chinese zodiac or Chinese culture.
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The Simple Present: Affirmative and Negative Statements

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
The present tense is a helpful skill to review in any language arts classroom. Focusing on statements made in the affirmative and in the negative, a slideshow presentation guides pupils through grammar rules and examples for the simple...
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If Our Classroom Were the World

For Teachers 6th - 7th Standards
It's a small world after all. Classmates consider world population, languages, and religions in a cross-curricular lesson. Applying percentages and proportions, they determine what the class make-up would be if the class represented the...
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Coming of Age Readings: Experiences in Korea and by Asians in America

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Bring multi-cultural experiences and literature into your language arts class with this lesson. Here, young readers explore the points of view of first and second-generation Asian immigrants with a list of various fiction and nonfiction...
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Mandarin Lesson Plan

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders investigate how to order and speak different phrases in Chinese that would be useful in a Chinese restaurant. In this Chinese lesson plan, 5th graders match names of food and phrases in the English and Chinese language.
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Korean War Overview

For Students 8th - 11th
Your students will be able to understand the dynamics and details of the Korean War after viewing this video, which discusses the political and economic influences over Korea after WWII. From General MacArthur to Kim Il Sung, all of the...
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India 1500 BCE-600 BC and Southeast Asia 50-1025 CE

For Teachers 9th - 11th
This is one of those well-done resources that a high school social studies or history teacher can't be without. This PowerPoint covers both ancient Indian and Chinese history and civilization beginning in the year 1500 BCE. The caste...
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Helping Others

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore philanthropy. In this service learning lesson, students read The Seven Chinese Brothers, identify the elements of the story, and then go out in the world to help others by sharing their talents.
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Verbs: Future

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
As part of their study of future tense verbs, language learners engage in activities, read fables, and sing songs. The 25-page packet includes detailed lessons, worksheets, graphic organizers, and answer keys for assessments.
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Count the Stars

For Teachers 4th - 10th
Students research information about China and its languages and counting systems. They identify Chinese characters for numeral from one to ten and then create a counting tool to assess Chinese numerals and represent the Chinese culture.
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Life of a Chinese Emperor Through Art

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students create an invitation to the Chinese Emperor Qianlong's birthday party using historical knowledge of the Emperor and customary practices of the time. This lesson suggests using Microsoft Publisher for creation of invitations.
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Learning Numbers In Chinese

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students study how to say the numbers 0-10 in Chinese and say the number of different objects and telephone numbers.
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Chinese Classroom Internet Activity

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers use the internet to complete an online activity in Chinese. Using the weather section, they research the weather conditions in Hong Kong and other popular cities in China. They answer Chinese questions in Chinese about...
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Teach21 Lesson: Reading Cuisine, Lesson 12/16

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Satisfy your students' writing palates with this lesson, which introduces a writing activity about their favorite foods. After seeing a demonstration on the outline with an example about Chinese cabbage, students write their own outline...
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Imagining China Through Words

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students create a drawing from a written description to examine images of China in European art. In this art analysis lesson, students create a visual image from a written description of an object. Students compare their image to the one...
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Would Rather

For Students 3rd - 6th
Design mini conversations around deciding what you and a friend would prefer to eat, drink, do, etc. While the example conversation isn't very descriptive, you could easily provide a better model for your English language learners to...
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Symmetry with Shapes

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Learners analyze a symmetrical stamp design with an equal balance of light and dark to create a pattern in succession. In this shape design lesson, students review concepts of sign, symbol and language across cultures. Learners analyze...
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Proper Adjectives

For Students 4th - 6th
The identification of proper adjectives is the focus of this language arts worksheet. Students identify proper adjectives in four phrases, then place a proper adjective of their choice in three other sentences.
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Interactions: A Cross-Cultural Perspective

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Examine author's purpose in different literary genres with this language arts lesson plan. Middle and high schoolers read descriptive paragraphs and poetry, and respond to questions about their literary elements. They then respond to...
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In The Leaves Lesson Plan

For Teachers K
Students are exposed to Chinese characters. In this multicultural early childhood lesson plan, students identify objects by using folding cards which have Chinese characters on one side and the English equivalent on the other.
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The Year of the Rabbit

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Learners explore a portion of the Chinese Zodiac with projects centered around the year of the rabbit. Students research types of rabbits, actual and fictional. Working in groups, they create a written or multimedia presentation.
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Creating Characters

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students identify simple pictographs and ideographs from Chinese writing. They create their own images, and combine characters to communicate ideas to one another, introducing basic foundations of how elements of the Chinese writing...
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Basic Linguistics: Fun Trivia Quiz

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
Meta-cognition can transform learning. If your syllabus includes linguistics to enhance learners' comprehension and expression in English, here is an interactive online quiz to assess what they have learned. Titled "Basic Linguistics,"...
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Chinese Dialect Exercise

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students are exposed to the obstacles in communication created by the presence of dialects, and made aware of the usefulness of a common writing system available to speakers of all dialect forms.
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Chinese New Year: Paper Lanterns Lesson Plan

For Teachers 1st
First graders examine a typical Chinese New Year celebration. As a class, they identify the traditions and values used and discuss how they are unique to China. To end the lesson, they take measurements to make their own paper lantern...
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The Chinese New Year

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Pupils read and discuss articles about the Chinese New Year.
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Chinese New Year

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders examine the culture and celebrations associated with Chinese New Year in this unit of lessons
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Who Are These Chinese People?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research the Han, a main Chinese ethnic group and the Hui, another numerous group. They write a paper about the Hui including geography, religion, eating habits, languages, politics and customs.
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Writing & Language

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine Chinese and East Asian writing characters. They discuss how their writing systems differ from others found in the world. They practice reading and pronouncing Chinese and Japanese names and words.
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Korean Language, Culture & History

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students locate Korea on world map, outline Korea's regions and important cities, read Korean script provided by teacher, practice writing Hangul, compare Korean language with Chinese and Japanese languages, and explore history of Korean...
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Foods and Languages of the World

For Teachers Pre-K
Students create their own ice cream sundae given various toppings from around the world. In this foods and languages of the world diversity lesson, students develop an understanding of diversity in culture, family structure, ability and...
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ESL: Country-Nationality-Language

For Students 4th - 6th
In this ESL country/nationality/language activity, students match descriptions of people and the countries they are from to their language or nationality. Students may click on an answer button for immediate feedback.
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Culture of China

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders explore the oral language of the Chinese, retell folk tales, and eat with chopsticks. They view a slide show of China to examine what life is like in China. They memorize three Chineses phrases and note three differences...
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Dream in color

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore the artwork of Xu Bing and read Monkeys Grasp for the Moon to understand the traditional Chinese folktale. In this word play lesson  students work in groups to recreate the Monkeys environment.  Students discuss the...
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Word Play

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers examine the history of Chinese American artist Xu Bing. In this multicultural instructional activity, students collaborate in small groups to identify letters in the artist's work, and brainstorm how they would create...
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Changing Places

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students investigate the Chinese-American immigration experience. In this assimilation lesson, students watch "Becoming American: The Chinese Experience" and then participate in classroom activities regarding the topic. The activities...
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The Archer and The Sun

For Teachers 1st
First graders explore Chinese folktales. In this Chinese folktale lesson ,students read Chinese folktales, locate China on a map, and color the Chinese flag. Students are given sentence strips to hold and must arrange themselves in the...
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Making/Building Kites

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Learners explore kite making.  In this cross curriculum fine arts and ancient Chinese history lesson plan, students activate prior knowledge about how kites were used in ancient Chinese culture.  Learners sketch an original kite design,...
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Timeless Treasures

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders research specific cultural and scientific legacies of African, Greek, Roman, Chinese, Arab, and European civilizations.  In this World History lesson, 7th graders create a visual presentation of their civilization. ...
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Poetry With the Sages

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Young scholars write poems and input them into a word processing program.  In this poetry lesson, students listen to Chinese poems and draw mental images. Young scholars compose poems and illustrate them. Students share their work.
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The Great Wall of China

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders watch the video "Great Wall of China". They use the template to design their own postage stamp to show something learned about the Great Wall. They determine a presumed price for the stamp in Chinese currency and ...
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Who Said It First? Scavenger Hunt

For Students 3rd - 6th
In this original languages instructional activity, students utilize the Internet to access one specific website to find the original languages for eight unique words. Students draw a line from each word in column one to its original...
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Searching for China: A Full WebQuest

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Young scholars research the six key aspects of Chinese culture. They examine problems and issues from different perspectives and look in to the nature of international relations in an interdependent world. All of this is accomplished by...
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Learning English in China

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Learners investigate economic growth in China. In this current events instructional activity, students review a news report about the 2008 Summer Olympics in China and the push for young people in China to learn the English language. An...
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Sunken Treasure

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Go on a treasure hunt with your language arts class! They read "Treasure Hunt" and "Exploring the Titanic," then create a final product by taking part in an unusual art activity.
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Philosophy - Ludwig Wittgenstein

For Students 11th - Higher Ed Standards
Why does communication between people go wrong? According to Ludwig Wittgenstein, it's because the words we use make pictures in our minds but do not create the same picture in the minds of our listeners. Introduce young philosophers to...
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Wells Fargo History Museum: Curriculum Guide

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Learn about the California Gold Rush from an institution that has been in place since the early days of the American West: Wells Fargo History Museum. From domain-specific vocabulary review to group research projects, an expansive packet...
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In the Leaves

For Teachers K - 1st
Students recognize that printed material provides information.  In this Chinese language lesson, students identify Chinese characters and symbols using a set of folding cards that have pictures, characters and words. Students listen...
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Pam Wu's Teaching Portfolio

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Learners explore the Chinese New Year through Scholastic News magazine. In this cultural awareness lesson, students use a thinking map to develop their critical thinking skills pertaining to the Chinese New Year. Learners compose...
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Yaks, Yurts, and Yogurt: A Look at China's Autonomous Regions

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students are introduced to five Chinese geographical areas. They, in groups, research these areas and develop presentations including information on the physical characteristics, climate, elevation, agriculture and language.
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Country: China

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Students use the Internet to explore the language, culture, history and food of China. They practice writing Chinese characters and participate in hands-on activities.
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Correct/Incorrect Capitalization

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this on-line language arts worksheet, students complete 10 multiple choice questions where they choose the 1 sentence that either has correct or incorrect capitalization. Students can check their answers at the end of the worksheet.
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Lon Po Po

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Learners read the story Lon Po Po  which is a Chinese version of Little Red Riding Hood. In this reading lesson plan, students go over vocabulary words, and answer comprehension questions about Lon Po Po.
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All You Need is Love

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students read the writings of Confucius. In this culture lesson, students discover the thoughts of Confucius about love. Students make inferences about the writings and Chinese philosophy.
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The Joy Luck Club: Symbols

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Focus on symbols from Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club with a rich lesson plan. Young readers discuss the meaning of the section titles from the novel, including "The Twenty-Six Malignant Gates," and write a short essay about Tan's use of the...
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Japanese Writing

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders examine Japanese writing. In this exploring languages and cultures lesson, 7th graders examine the differences between kanji, hiragana, and katakana writing.
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Folk Tales Project

For Teachers K - 12th
Students explore folk tales originating from other countries. They examine the countries language, culture, and values while reading their folk tales.
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ESL Holiday Lessons: Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

For Students 6th - 10th
To practice their emerging language skills, English Learners read an article, "Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking." They complete six matching questions, 29 fill-in-the-blanks, 30 multiple choice questions, 12 word scramble...
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Write Your Own Folk or Fairy Tale

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students analyze folk and fairy tales. In this language arts lesson, students discuss the elements of a tale determining what the differences are between folk and fairy tales. Students then write their own tales using the graphic...
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English Vocabulary Skills: AWL Sublist 8 - Exercise 1a

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive English vocabulary skills worksheet, students answer 10 matching questions which require them to fill in the blanks in 10 sentences. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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English Vocabulary Skills: AWL Sublist 8 - Exercise 1c

For Students 9th - 12th
For this online interactive English vocabulary skills worksheet, students answer 10 matching questions which require them to fill in the blanks in 10 sentences. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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English Vocabulary Skills: AWL Sublist 9 - Exercise 3b

For Students 9th - 12th
For this online interactive English vocabulary skills worksheet, students answer 10 matching questions which require them to fill in the blanks in 10 sentences. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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English Vocabulary Skills: AWL Sublist 9 - Exercise 2b

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive English vocabulary skills worksheet, high schoolers answer 10 matching questions which require them to fill in the blanks in 10 sentences. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Intro to China

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Understanding the global interconnection between people of other nations is extremely important in our ever-shrinking world. Emergent global thinkers examine the significance of Chinese culture, religion, and political power. They then...
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Writing about Routines; ELA/Computer Technology

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders use a blog to communicate with pupils from China. They choose a school routine they wish to write about and discuss it in a group. Next, they write a post for a blog site. Before posting, entries are peer edited and...
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Finding Meaning in the Badge

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Children who are three to five years old study two rank badges from the Qing dynasty to develop an understanding of social rank, language skills, and symbolism. The activity is discussion-based and requires learners to compare and...
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Communicating with Symbols

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Before kids analyze a Chinese dish filled with amazing images, they research the meanings of various plant and animal symbols. They use their research to decode the meaning of the expressive artwork on the dish and then use symbolism to...
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News and Newspapers: Across the Curriculum

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Did you know that the Chinese Court Gazette is the longest continuing news paper in history? In addition to some great background information, this resource includes suggestions for activities across grade levels and across the curriculum.
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Assessment Preparation: Word Origins—Etymology

For Teachers 6th - 10th
For this etymology worksheet, students use a dictionary to look up 13 vocabulary words. For each word, they write the base word and its etymology, including its origin and the approximate time period in which the word was introduced into...
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The Stories of Status Symbols

For Teachers K - 5th
A good writer needs to be observant and have an imagination. Hone those creative writing skills with an activity inspired by a very old Chinese artifact. Learners examine the piece Mandarin Duck Rank Badge, and then write a story from...
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Affidavit and Flyers from the Chinese Boycott Case

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students divide into small groups and study one of the three union flyers. Groups share their findings with the whole class and clarify unfamiliar vocabulary terms.
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Research Project

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students explore Chinese New Year, complete a cyber hunt, and write a report which includes pictures, using the information they found.
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Discovering Angel Island: The Story Behind the Poems

For Teachers 4th - 10th
Students watch a video, view websites, and discuss the Chinese Exclusion Act that took place on Angel Island. In this Chinese exclusion act lesson plan, students discuss the interrogations that went on and fill out worksheets bout the...
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I Hate English!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Pupils listen to quality literature, examine the Chinese culture, and participate in an oral activity.
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Touring Disneyland

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students in a Chinese ESL class practice and role play asking and giving directions and how to get to various locations in Disneyland.
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The Tank Man

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the events surrounding the confrontation at Tiananmen Square between Chinese forces and "The Tank Man." They discover how censorship affects what the media reports and what the public learns. Students research China's...
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Language Arts: Biography and Autobiography

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine autobiographies and biographies through a series of reading and writing exercises. By writing journals during this semester-long course, they improve writing skills and discover their own voice. Among other activities,...
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Areas and Volumes - 2D Shapes

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Unfortunately for young mathematicians, the world isn't made entirely of parallelograms, triangles, and trapezoids. After first learning the area formulas for these common shapes, students apply this new knowledge to determine the area...
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Article or No Article?

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
Determine where an article should appear in a sentence with a grammar worksheet. Individuals read ten sentences and place the, a, or an in the space provided, or note that no article is needed.
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Cold War Paragraph

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
By the end of the 1970s, who was "winning" the Cold War? Your young historians will make an argument on this topic in a very well structured paragraph, focusing on either the political, technological, or economic competition between the...
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Chinese Newspapers

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students investigate the role of Chinese newspapers in the Australian Chinese community, both in the early 20th century and today. They identify the role of ethnic newspapers.
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Chinese New Year: Paper Lanterns

For Teachers 1st
First graders study the celebrations of Chinese New Year. They practice measuring and cutting to make paper lanterns.
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Understanding History Through Oracle Bone Study

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students study the Chinese characters and oracle bone inscriptions in order to understand the relevance of language to the reflection of cultural values. They examine the appearance of an oracle bone and the use of oracle bones in...
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How I Became Me

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine their own identities and read about the experiences of adopted Chinese daughters celebrating the Jewish rite of passage, the bat mitzvah. They write personal poems or speeches illustrating how their identities evolved.
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"For the Birds" [part I]

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Students identify birds that appear in Chinese and Japanese art, learning about their physical characteristics, classifying them according to scientific principles, and exploring their habitats and migration patterns. This is part one...
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Voices From Your Heart

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students create individual representations of Chinese calligraphy symbols in this cross-curricular lesson for the elementary Language Arts or Art classroom. One enrichment activity is included.
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Symbolism: Finding the Hidden Meaning In Chinese Art

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners study and interpret Chinese art to find its symbolism, or the "hidden meanings" in this middle level lesson plan well suited for the Language Arts or Art classroom. An enrichment activity is included that allows each student to...
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The Language of Flowers And Trees

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the symbolism of flowers and trees in Chinese and Japanese art. This activity meets state standards and includes two possible activity extensions or activity enrichments.
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"Wine Jar with Fish and Aquatic Plants," China Collection Highlight

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Any piece of art can be a jumping-off point for cross-curricular lessons or discussions. "Wine Jar with Fish and Aquatic Plants" is a beautiful piece that hails from China; learners will use it as they engage in three different...
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China Keeps Peg but Diversifies Holdings

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
By examining data from the U.S. treasury, Sal shows scholars the large discrepancy between US exports to China and US imports from China in 2009. He also examines foreign-owned assets in the United States, pointing out China's position...
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Wushu Were Here

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students create a fan-shaped story screen that explains 4 major points surrounding various facts, myths, expressions, or story elements in Chinese history, culture and/or literature.
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From the Hat’s Point of View

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Here is a lesson plan designed for pre-schoolers and kindergartners that will pique their imaginations. They study images of a very interesting ceremonial hat from China's past called a Summer Official's Hat. These hats were worn by...
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Designing a Dish

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Students locate the symbols on the Chinese Dish with Eight Buddhist Emblems. In this visual arts instructional activity, students study the dish and the meaningful symbols painted on the dish. Students create their own artistic symbols...
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Food Adjectives

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Language learners must decide whether the adjectives listed describe the taste, shape, color, texture, or origin of a variety of food words.
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Peaceful Poetry

For Teachers K - 8th
While the procedure for this lesson leaves much to the imagination, the idea is sound. Budding authors will observe nature for a few minutes, and then compose a short, peaceful poem which describes what they see, feel, and hear. They...
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ABA Form in Music

For Teachers 4th
Patterns happen everywhere, in music, math, and language! Fourth graders listen to the "William Tell Overture" visualizing the patterns that they hear. They then discuss and write an ABA poem that matches the ABA form found in the music...
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New Year Celebrations Around the Globe

For Teachers K - 6th
Students view art images of Norman Rockwell's family traditions and celebrations. They search the internet for information, and complete reflective and creative writing and sketch assignments. Students recognize and name emotions shown...
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My Likes And Dislikes

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students practice conversational conventions when expressing their likes and dislikes, with a partner. Individually, they write a paragraph explaing a tiem when they felt acceptance or rejection.
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Chinatowns and Chinese Communities in America

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders recognize that Chinatown, as an example, can depict how ethnic groups in general are developed.
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The Perils of Translation

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students discover the challenges of translating poetry written in a character-based language through the study of Lao-tzu's work, Daodejing. This lesson includes possible extensions and evaluations.
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Timeless Treasures

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders use presentation software to describe specific cultural or scientific legacies of the African, Greek, Roman, Chinese, Arab and European civilizations. They explain the impact of these legacies through the writing of a...
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Where In The World?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers in a foreign language class examine the geography of a country that speaks the language. In groups, they use a template of a map to locate each geographical features. They also practice saying the new vocabulary in the...
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Seems Like a Million Bucks

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore philanthropy. In this service learning lesson, students read Sam and the Lucky Moon, identify the elements of the story, and examine the benefits and costs of giving.
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Words And the Images They Create

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore how the written languages of China and Japan evolved, creating representations of Chinese and Japanese Poetry. Emphasis is placed on small, cooperative learning groups.
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Folktales (African American, Chinese, Japanese and Korean)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students participate in a variety of activities that are concerned with comparing different cultures through the literary genre of folktales. The stories are used to stimulate student interest and provide a context for how a society...
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A Study of China with Lon Po Po, a Chinese Little Red-riding Hood

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders study and identify the elements of a story such as. setting, character, plot, and theme, using two versions of the folktale Little Red-Riding Hood. They use the Internet to locate more information on the author Ed Young.
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Human Nature: Good or Evil?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Whether humans are inherently good or bad is a question that has occupied philosophers for many years. Invite your pupils to consider this question with an essay. Learners must choose between the theories of Locke and Hobbes and back up...
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Honesty

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students examine what a "folktale" is and about Chinese culture. They determine what it means to be honesty, and the importance of being an honest person and then examine how to plant a seed and watch a plant grow as they take care of it.
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The Third Question

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students reflect upon the rewards of providing services to others, and whether by giving they might perhaps be gaining at the same time. They explain how or why Knowing a foreign language can help people make new friends and build a new...