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Please use this forum to share ideas, materials, and methods for teaching about Asia that are appropriate for elementary children. Please also note the social studies, literature, and other discipline-specific threads in the "Asia in My Classroom" forum.
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11/23/2003 8:31:08 AM

Clay Dube
Clay Dube
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Subject: Elementary School Ideas
Let's use this area to discuss curriculum materials and activities to use with elementary school students. Where possible, please include information about the skills being developed and any content standards that are being addressed. Please change the subject line to reflect the theme of your post.

-- What Asia-specific topics do you try to raise with your students?

-- For what topics (e.g., watercolors, family roles) do you use Asia-related examples?

-- How have your students responded to these? (Perhaps tell us a bit about your students.)

-- What books, films, and activities would you recommend?

Thanks for drawing on your experiences.

Please also use this area to ask questions. For example, perhaps you'd like to teach something on poetry and would like some suggestions on poems from Asia that work well with 3rd graders. Or perhaps you need a science, math, health, art, geography or physical education suggestion. Please ask.
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3/25/2004 9:18:37 AM

sseal
sseal
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Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
I have had lots of productive time spent working on the unit for the seminar. My unit was on the Japanese American internments during WWII, and the possible links to recent events surrounding the war on terrorism. I have not taught my unit yet, but look forward to doing so this next month when my 5th grade class studies the constitution. I found lots of really good resources on the web, and many really interesting books written for both students and teachers. This helped the link between the information and language arts become stronger.
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4/3/2004 2:08:07 PM

Clay Dube
Clay Dube
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Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
Steve --

Please share some of the internment-related websites with our crew via the discussion board.

Since our focus here is on Asia, it might be useful to also discuss Asia-US contacts, since that is part of the 5th grade standards (Perry missions to Japan, the amazing exchange between New England and China that started just as America was becoming a nation).

One site that I think you could use with 5th grade kids, at least you can use the idea and images, concerns the gifts that were exchanged by the US and Japan at the time of the Perry expedition (1853-4). Take a look at http://blackshipsandsamurai.com/ and check out the "gifts," "portraits" and other sections for some ideas.

We brought Shigeru Miyagawa, one of the MIT prof. who created the site to LA for a session with our teacher affiliates last November. It was excellent. He also has a great cd-rom for introducing students to ideas about ethnicity and identity. Learn more at http://www.starfestival.com
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4/17/2004 9:15:55 PM

sseal
sseal
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Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
Here are some of the web resources I found on the case of Japanese internment.

on Japanese Americans in the US prior to WWII this webquest is very good at www.hhs.helena.k12.mt.us/teacherlinks/Oconnorj/japan.html

The Truman library has lots of photos and documents on the issue at www.trumanlibrary.org/whistlestop/study_collections

US archives are a good resource as well. www.archives.gov

Here are more:
www.owensvalleyhistory.com
www.nps.gov/manz/

I will put more on later
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8/2/2004 2:23:08 PM

apeel
apeel
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Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
My experiences are with the second grade curriculum. I usually end up exposing my students to Asia with holidays. Although I would like to expand on my own knowledge of Asia in order to teach it, I inevitably end up talking about the Chinese new year. I have amanged to expand my lessons to art and music though. I try to teach my kids how to write some Chinese characters and explain how they are written from top to bottom. The kids get a big kick out of this, especially because they use watercolor paint and a paintbrush to write with. I also have managed learn how to teach a traditional Japanese dance from our third grade teacher. All children love movement and always giggle at the sound of the Japanese music which is so different from what they are used to hearing. This also manages to satisfy the dance standard we have in second grade. Just two ideas of things I have done that really get students to interact with learning about Asian cultures.
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8/2/2004 3:34:08 PM

jharrington
jharrington
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Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
I want to introduce a book that might help teachers who teach young children. The book is called "Anti-Bias Curriculum: Tools for Empowering Young Children." By, Louise Derman-Sparks and the A.B.C. Task Force. The book offers an arry of approaches that deal with an anti-bias curriculum. For example, it explains how to set up an anti-bias environment and how to integrate anti-bias content into daily classroom environments. The book explains about racial differences and similarities; it teaches children about disabilities; it teaches about cultural differences and similarities; it also teaches about gender identity. Very importantly it explains how to resist stereotyping and discriminatory behavior. Lastly, a chapter is devoted to working with parents of different cultures.
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8/5/2004 8:11:55 PM

gkim
gkim
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Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
Janice, thanks for the book idea! I'm going to look into getting this book so I could integrate culture into my classroom a little more.

Geny
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8/7/2004 11:39:13 AM

jharrington
jharrington
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Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
Geny,
I just read what you posted about the book I recommended to teachers who teach young children on anti-bias curriculum. On Monday, I will bring the book to class and share it with you. Janice
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8/7/2004 12:37:33 PM

jharrington
jharrington
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Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
When teaching young children (4-5 yrs) it is important to introduce all activities that are age-appropriate. When I want to expose the children to different cultures, I begin by showing the children on a map (globe) where that country is. I explain to the children about some of the traditions. For example, the significance of the "Chinese Children's Hat" and how the child's mother or grandmother hand sews and embroiders the hat to look like a tiger, elephant, pig, dragon, panther, dog, or fish. I explain to the children that in the Chinese culture these animals have lucky qualities that protect the child. I explain to the children that in the old days in China, children weren't given a name until they were one month old. Then on that day the child got his first haircut, and was given his first protective hat. I discussed with the children that the family and friends would have a big celebration with lots of food and present. And, also on that day, the Chinese tradition was to give the child his first pair of tiger shoes. And as part of the Chinese tradition, I explained how the tigers on the shoes have their eyes wide open to protect the child and keep him from tripping when he learns how to walk.

The children are learning about differences, cultural values, traditions/customs. They are exposed to geography (i.e., maps, globes) and the children are able to visually see where the cournty located.

In the classroom, centers are set up for the children to make "Chinese Tiger Shoes" and "Chinese Tiger Hats." One of the greatest experience in teaching young children is they are always curious and they do not lact motivation. The children love to make these projects. They also do not care how the final project looks rather it is the process that they are involved in that is important to them. The children are having fun while learning about different cultures and traditions.
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8/11/2004 9:05:56 PM

gkim
gkim
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Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
Here are some websites that have lists of Asian books for children.

http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/mulasia.htm (This site has books from Southeast Asian countries, which I had a hard time finding on other sites.)

http://www-wsl.state.wy.us/natrona/asianamerican.html (This particular site focuses more on Asian American literature.)

http://old.weber.edu/loda/asian.htm (This site has some books that the other lists don't have.)

http://www.leeandlow.com/ (Lee and Low are publishers of multicultural books for children. I found this under my list of resources from grad school.)

Hope this is useful for elementary school teachers!
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8/13/2004 6:06:32 PM

mchu
mchu
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Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
Thanks Geny!
I printed out some of the list of books--- I plan to get them them weekend. Student discounts at Borders this weekend (20% off).

Amy,
This is for second grade but of course you can adapt this. During the unit, Our Country and It's People, I normally have my students "make" paper suitcases. They each have to fill up their suitcase with things they want to take with them to another country. They can use magazines or draw the things. I normally give them an hour to work on this. Afterward, they have to briefly write a paragraph to explain what and why they brought the items they picked. I normally give them a limit of 8 items. I specifically say they will not be able to go back to their homes so they have to make sure they take things that are important to them or things they will need. We have time to share afterward. This would be a good way to open up the unit so they can see the choices they have to make. Then I read them several books about immigrants. There is so much we can do to integrate Asian culture into our classroom.
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8/13/2004 9:50:39 PM

dlevengood
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Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
Hello elemnetary school teachers! I posted this on web resources, but thought you might find it more easily here. Thought it might be helpful. You have to read to the end to see how it applies to elementary school though.

After our discussion I went out and bought Monkey. I think it would be very accessable to High school kids- pehaps middle school (I haven't gotten very far yet and have been reading for my own pleasure). If you were doing folktales or mythology obviously it would be a good resource or history teachers IT HAS MANY CULTURAL CLUES AND REFERENCES TO CONFUCIONISM so if you want to use certain passages as models then you're smart like me- good idea!

Anyway, I found a great site www.geocities.com/wucheng_en/

It has pop culture influneces- including anime you know you students know and how they've been influenced by this story. It also contains various resources and versions of the story- information on monkies- links galore. Even elementary school teachers could use this site. It also has links specifically for teachers. The name of the site is "Monkey King Central."

Look it up.
DEAN
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8/15/2004 6:04:32 PM

jharrington
jharrington
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Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
This is a great web-site: WWW.Earlychildhood.com. This site has an array of articles that include earlychildhood news. activities and curriculum, arts & crafts, etc. What is really important is the list of multiculture books that teachers can use in their classrooms. Even though the web-site is intended for young children, teachers who teach k-2nd grade can benefit from this site.
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8/15/2004 6:20:33 PM

jharrington
jharrington
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Subject: Re: Multiculture Activities
Here is another web-site that includes many multiculture activities for young children.
www.preschoolrainbow.org

Kdgn-2nd grade teachers can benefit and get great ideas from this site. Check it out.
Janice
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8/15/2004 10:40:16 PM

jharrington
jharrington
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Subject: Monkey King Central Web-Site
Dean,
I found the web-site "Monkey King Central" and you are right....it is very good. I found a lesson that deals with maps. Even though the children I teach are very young, I can still gear it towards their age level.
Thanks, Janice
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1/29/2005 9:21:51 PM

tnguyen
tnguyen
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Subject: Hiroshima
If you want a good resource on the city of Hiroshima and Nagasaki then take a look at www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/abomb/mp08.htm. This website has everything you need to know about both cities in comparison. It has information on both cities' condition before the attack, during the attack, and the aftermath of the attack. It also connects with the Children's Peace Museum. It's teacher and student friendly. [Edit by="tnguyen on Jan 29, 9:23:45 PM"][/Edit]
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1/29/2005 9:25:39 PM

tnguyen
tnguyen
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Subject: Hiroshima
Another great resource for the city of Hiroshima is www.city.hiroshima.jp/index-E.html. This site tells about the origin and history of Hiroshima.
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1/29/2005 9:32:58 PM

tnguyen
tnguyen
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Subject: Current News on Asia
This site is like another LA Times news online. Take a look at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/. It covers everything up to date at your finger tips everyday. I find it real interesting, especially becuase not only does it focus on Asian country, but also America, Europe, and Middle East, and Africa. It has links to usually as something you would see in LA Times.
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9/30/2005 7:57:49 PM

ccelis
ccelis
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Subject: Elementary School Ideas - Jeapordy Game
This is a great link to a pre-made Jeopardy Game for elementary teachers. The categories focus on China's geography, cultures, animals, food, and inventions. Although the questions may be too easy for upper-grade teachers, the template can be easily adapted to make it more challenging.

www.hardin.k12.ky.us/res_techn/download/china.ppt

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Christine Celis Irving Middle School 323.829.8032

Attachments:
Jeopardy - China.ppt
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9/30/2005 11:21:40 PM

rrustamzadeh
rrustamzadeh
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Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
I have noticed that my students enjoy it when I talk about chineese culture and how they do things differently. They like to here things in story formats. So when I teach I try to play the role of a story teller. I can easily notice the reduction of noise in my room when I tell stories. Let it be known that I teach sixth graders.
A better story telling, is showing movies. I have been reading many comments about good chinese movies that other folks have watched. I tried a couple of movie rental places near my house. I could not find any of the topics that I had on my list. What I could easily locate in the international sections were nothing but movies that promoted violence. The titles and cover pictures resembled that. I simply refuse to promote any of that Hollywood style China culture in my classroom. I have enough guilty feelings as a parent to last me a lifetime( Show me a parent who does not!).
Would it be too much if I asked other colligues to give the source of the movies that they share with others. It would really help those of us who are interested in watching the same movies.
Thanks.

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Reza
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