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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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10/1/2005 3:10:24 PM

jpratt
jpratt
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Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas - Jeapordy Game
Hey Christine,

Is this game computer based? Have you used it in the classroom? Would I be able to use a projector for this game (assuming that it is on a web site). I think that I have seen this used for math and science classes.


Thanks,

jemila
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10/1/2005 3:41:07 PM

ccelis
ccelis
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Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas - Jeapordy Game
I haven't used it...but I think it would prove useful as a review before a test. I would use an LCD projector and make it a class game - boys against the girls is always fun!

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Christine Celis Irving Middle School 323.829.8032
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10/10/2005 8:48:33 PM

ccelis
ccelis
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Subject: Jeapordy Game - 5 Major Religions of the World
I absolutely enjoy bringing games into the classroom - it makes the kids so motivated to learn. Anyway, here's another Jeapordy-like game. The five categories include the 5 major religions of the world. This can be so easily adapted if you want to change any of the questions to make it more effective for your students. ENJOY!!!

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Christine Celis Irving Middle School 323.829.8032

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12/2/2005 12:58:30 PM

kfenimore
kfenimore
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Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
The book Ruby's Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges shares a story of a girl growing up in China. The pictures are beautiful done and the story is well written. This story could be shared from 2nd-5th grade.

There are many different extension activities that you could incorporate with this book.

1. Students could write their own autobiography since the story discusses her life
2. Students could write a poem since Ruby shares a poem she wrote in the story
3. Students could write about a celebration from their culture because Ruby talks about Chinese New Year
4. Students could write about family traditions and relationships
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12/7/2005 11:03:17 AM

kwalsh
kwalsh
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Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
Little Oh by Laura Krauss Melmedis a folktale-type story involving an origami girl that comes to life.

During reading, the students could discuss how the illustrations help in comprehending the text. They could also discuss the style of the illustrations. There is one particular landscape illustration that has a lot of empty space. This discussion could lead to a larger one about how space is used in painting.

After reading the story, the students could practice making origami, take a well-known folktale and rewrite it with a new twist, or compare and contrast Little Oh, with Pinnocchio or another come-to-life story.
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12/14/2005 10:22:51 AM

kfenimore
kfenimore
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Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
I think it would be beneficial to incorporated Chinese art and music into the classroom. I really like the idea of teaching the students different Chinese characters through the use of watercolors and paint. My students are currently learning to speak Chinese trough physical education. At the beginning of their PE class, the teacher reviews Chinese characters and words that the students have learned. I think it would be beneficial to start a word study book for Chinese characters. This journal could be used for new vocabulary words the students learn. The students could paint the new characters and write the meaning or the word. This could become an excellent resource that the students could continue to add to and use as a reference.
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12/14/2005 11:16:23 AM

kfenimore
kfenimore
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Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
Origami is a great way to incorporate Chinese art into the classroom. There are numerous books that provide step-by-step instructions. The students will benefit from learning how follow directions and procedural steps while making an animal or object to share with friends and family.

Another idea I had was to incorporate Chinese art is the use of tangrams in Language arts or mathematics. The Tangram idea comes from China. The students can create their own tangram design to represent something they have learned about the Chinese culture
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12/17/2005 2:24:16 PM

ccelis
ccelis
Posts: 31
Subject: I fold for math!
I absolutely agree with you. Origami poses so many benefits to our students. They gain an appreciation of a different culture and perhaps open a doorway to further exploration and increased tolerance of differences. Additionally, students must watch closely and listen carefully to specific instructions and then carry them out with neatness and accuracy in order to be successful (this is often something that we really need to work on with our students). Transforming a flat piece of paper into a three dimensional crane (or other origami figure) provides a unique exercise in spatial reasoning. It’s also an excellent tool for teaching symmetry. Moreover, the fundamental idea of “whatever is done to one side” must be done to the other” leads to algebraic reasoning.

As a mathematics teacher, I use origami quite often in my classroom. I have discovered that children who are not "stars" in other academic areas are often quick to learn origami and help their classmates master the steps. This boosts self-esteem and drives motivation to do finish the lesson. I believe that origami engenders a patience that leads to pride in one’s work and the ability to focus one’s energy. Students are always eager to learn another fold.

One book that I particularly enjoy using with my students is titled Origami Math (ISBN: 0439539927), which is geared towards 4th- 6th grade students. The folds aren’t too challenging and there is a good selection of folds to choose from.

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Christine Celis Irving Middle School 323.829.8032
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12/19/2005 10:33:51 AM

ccelis
ccelis
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Subject: Literature and Origami
SADAKO AND THE THOUSAND PAPER CRANES, by author Eleanor Coerr, is a wonderful and truly powerful children’s novel. The story is depicts Sadako Sasaki, a young Japanese girl, who experienced the atomic bombing at the age of two. Struck by leukemia ten years later due to the effects of radiation, Sadkako folds 1000 paper cranes for the gods in a desperate hope to make her well again. Surely, this story symbolizes the long-term consequences of war and one person’s ability to create change. I think it’s a great tool to use with children of all ages.

One useful link I found to use with this poignant book can be found at the Kids Peace Station Hiroshima. This is a great website in which students can watch an animated clip about Sadako’s life and the effects of the atomic bomb. It even has a link in which kids can write letters to Sadako and post their letters on the Internet. One last idea for your class is to actually construct 1000 paper cranes, string them on garlands of 100 cranes each, and send them to Japan. The address is as follows:

Children's Monument in Hiroshima's Peace Park
Office of the Mayor, City of Hiroshima
6-34 Kokutaiji-Machi, 1 Chome Naka-ku, Hiroshima 730 Japan.

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Christine Celis Irving Middle School 323.829.8032
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1/4/2006 12:50:47 PM

cashb
cashb
Posts: 89
Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
Great lesson! I use one much like this for my fifth grade students. There are many other books that lend to this type of unit; "Number the Stars", "In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson", "Zlata's Diary" etc.

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Becky Jo Cash PVPUSD, Point Vicente School 30540 Rue de la Pierre Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 (310) 377-6972 x 217
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1/5/2006 7:20:27 PM

babrown
babrown
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Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
I too have used the previous mentioned books and oragami in the classroom. They are great. I started working on my lesson plans during winter break and I picked up a great book. It is called Science in Ancient China by George Beshore. It is a short children's book, but very informative for its level. It includes Alchemy, medicine, math, and star gazing.
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1/9/2006 6:17:31 PM

cashb
cashb
Posts: 89
Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
01/09/06
Good Math Books; Japanese not Chinese. Good cultural lessons as well as good math lessons.

Anno, M.. Anno’s Mysterious Counting Jar, Dowaya, N.Y., Tsubo No Naka, 1982
Great illustrations and nice visual for students to understand exponential growth.

Anno, M.. Anno’s Magic Seeds, New York, N.Y., Philomel, 1995
Wonderful way for students to understand consumption or exponential growth.

Anno, M.. Anno’s Math Games III, New York, N.Y., Philomel, 1982
Geometric and Graph mathematics good for students who need visuals to better achieve in the “Measurement and Geometry” mathematics strands.

Anno, M.. Anno’s Counting House, New York, N.Y., Philomel, 1982
Multi’level. Students learning to count, add, or multiply can get something from this.

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Becky Jo Cash PVPUSD, Point Vicente School 30540 Rue de la Pierre Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 (310) 377-6972 x 217
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1/9/2006 6:18:53 PM

cashb
cashb
Posts: 89
Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
01/09/06
Fairytale parallel
Young, E.. Yeh-Shen, A Cinderella Story from China, New York, N.Y., Philomel Books, 1974
Basically this is the Cinderella story that we know but with a twist of Chinese influence.

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Becky Jo Cash PVPUSD, Point Vicente School 30540 Rue de la Pierre Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 (310) 377-6972 x 217
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1/9/2006 6:20:45 PM

cashb
cashb
Posts: 89
Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
01/09/05
Novel type reading
Wilkinson, C.. Dragon Keeper, New York, N.Y., Scholastic, 2003
This one is a good novel for the intermediate reader 4th or 5th grade. On the level of Harry Potter Books.

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Becky Jo Cash PVPUSD, Point Vicente School 30540 Rue de la Pierre Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 (310) 377-6972 x 217
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1/9/2006 6:21:51 PM

cashb
cashb
Posts: 89
Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
01/09/06
Reluctant Readers Choice
Robertson, L.. The Best Book of the Martial Arts, New York, N.Y., Kingfisher, 2002
This book is an interesting hook for younger boys because of the topic. However the underlying introduction to ancient origins are provided in brief.

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Becky Jo Cash PVPUSD, Point Vicente School 30540 Rue de la Pierre Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 (310) 377-6972 x 217
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1/9/2006 6:24:21 PM

cashb
cashb
Posts: 89
Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
01/09/06
Immigration story, good for 5ht grade history.
Hoobler, D and Hoobler, T.. We Are Americans, voices of the Immigrant Experiment, New York, N.Y., Scholastic 2003
This book is an introduction of several cultures into America. There are portions of the book that talk about Asian immigrants.

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Becky Jo Cash PVPUSD, Point Vicente School 30540 Rue de la Pierre Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 (310) 377-6972 x 217
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1/9/2006 6:25:43 PM

cashb
cashb
Posts: 89
Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
01/09/06
Elementary presentation of Chinese and Japanese history.
Rambeau, J.. China Boy, San Francisco, Field Educational Publications Inc., 1968
This book is told in the voice of a young china boy. It speaks of Chinese history through WWII.

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Becky Jo Cash PVPUSD, Point Vicente School 30540 Rue de la Pierre Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 (310) 377-6972 x 217
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1/9/2006 6:26:40 PM

cashb
cashb
Posts: 89
Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
01/09/06
Literaure Based
Clement, C.. The Painter and the Wild Swans, New York, N.Y., Dial Books 1990
Beautiful Illustrations! A story of the migration of the swans.

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Becky Jo Cash PVPUSD, Point Vicente School 30540 Rue de la Pierre Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 (310) 377-6972 x 217
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1/9/2006 6:27:42 PM

cashb
cashb
Posts: 89
Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
01/09/06
Fairytale version… cultural influence
Zoehfeld, K.. Mulan, New York, N.Y., Disney Enterprise Inc., 1968
No words necessary here, we all know Disney’s work.

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Becky Jo Cash PVPUSD, Point Vicente School 30540 Rue de la Pierre Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 (310) 377-6972 x 217
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1/9/2006 6:29:00 PM

cashb
cashb
Posts: 89
Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
01/09/06
Poetry – interesting introduction to the literature base…
Wyndham, R.. Chinese Mother Goose Rhymes, New York, N.Y., Philomel Books, 1968
A book of poetry. Wonderfully Illustraited.

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Becky Jo Cash PVPUSD, Point Vicente School 30540 Rue de la Pierre Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 (310) 377-6972 x 217
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