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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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1/9/2006 6:52:04 PM

rrustamzadeh
rrustamzadeh
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Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
For those of you who teach multisubjects( 6th grade history and math): 2 birds with 1 stone

• Break the class into groups
• Give each group a transparent graph paper to cover an ancient map of China
• Give each group a large (2 feet by 3 feet) graph paper to recreate the map based on their scaling knowledge (math standard). It is a better idea to have them create the graph paper using a blank paper, if their inclination allows that)
• Now thy can create China’s natural barriers such deserts, seas, mountains, plateaus, as elements of isolation and rivers as elements of unification and communication
• Now you are ready to give a mini lecture to match the maxi- maps. It will cover at least two history standards and a math standard.
• What do you think? Let me know.


This project does not have to be drawing and coloring. Students can cut and past, or even use paper and glue to make 3 dimentional maps. Let the groups show you how creative they are!!

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Reza
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1/14/2006 10:41:40 PM

bsmith
bsmith
Posts: 31
Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
Thanks K. Fenimore for the tip on the book Ruby's Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges. What impressed me most about the story was that it was inspired by the life of the author's grandmother. (A true insite into the Chinese culture.) It's a story of a young girl's wish to have the same opportunities as her brothers- including a university education! Ruby's gentle manner, and her determination helped her to succeed. I highly recommend this book for it's beautiful illustrations and motivating story.[Edit by="bsmith on Jan 14, 10:54:49 PM"][/Edit]
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1/16/2006 5:35:37 PM

bsmith
bsmith
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Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
First graders may find the traditional haiku too difficult or too limiting with the 5,7,5 syllable scheme but I just found out that there can be different types of haikus. I would have the kids use free-form "brainstorm" words that come to mind when they see pictures of cherry blossoms.
I've done poetry before with first graders using animals of the Rainforest.
I know first graders are capable of producing amazing poetry.


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1/16/2006 5:47:18 PM

bsmith
bsmith
Posts: 31
Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
Pandas
A 4th grade teacher told me about a great website that all kids love.
It brings science to life in your classroom on a daily basis. Instead of watching
a video on Pandas, have your class watch a live Panda cam which provides a window into the world of the zoo's giant panda mother -Mei Xiang, and her cub Tai Shan. The cub was born on July 9 and weighed only 1.85 pounds. In early Jan. , he weighed 27 pounds. It's fun to watch him grow!!
This is at the Smithsonian National Zoo Park. http://national zoo.si.edu/Animals/GiantPandas/[Edit by="bsmith on Jan 16, 10:23:44 PM"][/Edit]
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1/16/2006 5:49:44 PM

bsmith
bsmith
Posts: 31
Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
Another great site for science lessons for elementary students:

http://www.sciencestandslessons.org/

designed to help k-12 increase student learning in the area of science.
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1/27/2006 9:15:24 PM

gmzarou
gmzarou
Posts: 31
Subject: Dance Dance Evolution
Visual and Performing Arts Standards are often overlooked in the elementary grades, and this is a great place to infuse some Asia. For example, when I read these dance standards:

Creation/Invention of Dance Movements
2.1 Create, memorize, and perform complex sequences of movement with greater focus, force/energy, and intent

Application of Choreographic Principles and Processes to Creating Dance
2.4 Demonstrate principles of opposing weight and force/energy, balance and counterbalance, or cantilever

Connections and Applications Across Disciplines
5.2 Describe how dancing requires good health-related habits (e.g., individual and group goals for flexibility, strength, endurance, stress management, nutrition).

I immediately thought of Tai Chi. I've attached a picture of my students attempting the movements. Clearly, they have a ways to go before attaining inner peace. But you can't deny that chi flow!

Attachments:
TaiChi02.jpg
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1/28/2006 10:31:07 PM

gmzarou
gmzarou
Posts: 31
Subject: The Dog in Me
Could be useful...

-m@x

The Chinese Lunar New Year

Saturday, January 28, 2006; Posted: 10:03 p.m. EST (03:03 GMT)

(Reuters) -- Here are some key facts about the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations, which began on Sunday:

# The Lunar New Year, also called the Spring Festival, is the most important holiday for ethnic Chinese and a time when many of China's 1.3 billion people traditionally head to their hometowns to be with family. New Year's Day usually falls on the day of the second new moon after the winter solstice.

# The New Year is celebrated with firecrackers, dragon dances and visits to friends and family. The 15-day New Year season ends with the Lantern Festival, when brightly colored lamps are strung up in parks around the country.

# According to the Chinese zodiac, which is based on a 12-year cycle with each year represented by an animal, January 29, 2006, marks the start of the year of the Dog, which will last for 385 days until February 17, 2007.

# Chinese soothsayers predict that the year augurs well for the global economy but drought and fires could be a problem. Chinese tradition also holds that 2006 will be a year of bad luck for those born under the sign of the Dog.

# Every year the rush of Chinese heading home for the Spring Festival sparks the biggest movement of people on earth, with an estimated 144 million traveling by train during the 40-day peak travel season which began on January 14.

Sources: Reuters, People's Daily Online www.english.people.com.cn
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1/29/2006 12:38:35 PM

gmzarou
gmzarou
Posts: 31
Subject: You name it
http://www.mandarintools.com/chinesename.html

This site takes factors such as your birth date, character traits, and given name to construct a Chinese name for you. The kids love it. It's part of an On-line Chinese Tools website that has everything from a Chinese/English Dictionary to a Currency Converter, Chinese Software, Flashcards, and calendars.

Worth a visit,
m@x[Edit by="gmzarou on Jan 29, 12:39:45 PM"][/Edit]
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1/29/2006 3:07:28 PM

fisakson
fisakson
Posts: 35
Subject: Re: The Dog in Me
m@x,
Thanks for the information. I had posted a question in the Middle School thread about information and ideas about Chinese New Year. I am going to share the information with my students on Monday. Usually, I have calendars that mark the Chinese New Year, yet for some reason this year, none of my calendars had the date in it. We are discussing the Chinese Zodiac as well, lots of fun for 6th graders.

Gung Hay Fat Choy!
Felisa
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1/31/2006 2:05:14 PM

kfenimore
kfenimore
Posts: 32
Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
I teach second grade and at our school we have Big Buddies program where 5th graders comes in to work with my second grade class. I decided to incorporate a lesson celebrating China through art, map skills, and writing. My students first made a Chinese Lantern with their buddy in order to celebrate the Chinese New Year. We spent time discussing the Chinese New Year as a class. When they completed their lantern, they received a map of China. Together they were able to color in the map and answer a number of questions using the map. The students gained map skills along with learning interesting facts about china. Students were able to identify cities and rivers in China and label their map accordingly.
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2/2/2006 12:47:47 PM

kfenimore
kfenimore
Posts: 32
Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
I just taught my students how to write numbers 1-10 in Chinese. The students used a felt tip pen to resemble a calligraphy brush. The students spent time practicing each number. During math time my students paired up and created math problems with another child in the class. Each pair would roll a dice, whatever number the dice landed on, the student would write down that number in Chinese and also the number their partner rolled. Then the students would have to use those numbers to write an addition or subtraction fact to complete. The students enjoyed writing math problems with Chinese numbers.
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2/10/2006 6:52:51 PM

oiwuagwu
oiwuagwu
Posts: 48
Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
I think the Chinese American Museum in LA would be good for a 1-2 hour feild trip. The facilities aren't too big so you wouldn't have to worry about losing any little ones. There is student work posted in the museum as well. It has a small family run business type of feel to it. There is enough art to keep the students interest and it would be easy to incorporate a lesson on Chinese American History.

Click here to view their website

http://www.camla.org/images/garnier1.jpg

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Onunwa K Iwuagwu http://www.onunwa.com LA High School - Ceramics and Basic Art
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2/16/2006 10:46:28 AM

rkieft
rkieft
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Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
In my classroom we do a huge fairytale unit. After a bit of exploration at Barnes and Noble I found many Cinderella Stories from other countries and then the Chinese version of "Little Red Riding Hood" titled "Lon Po Po."
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2/17/2006 10:18:44 AM

babrown
babrown
Posts: 40
Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
Comparing stories from different cultures is fun. I usually compare Cinderella, but this year I switched. I really liked the Peach Boy and discovered there is another story called the Inch Boy (both Japanese tales). I had students brainstorm about books that sounded similar, and then we read Tom Thumb and Thumbling. It was a nice change. I am currently searching for additional stories from other cultures about a small child who accomplishes something no one else thought they would have been able to do.
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2/20/2006 7:46:29 PM

cashb
cashb
Posts: 89
Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
Kim,
I already have the lantern project on our web site but would love to add the math lesson. Can we write it up this week and get it loaded?

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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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2/21/2006 5:40:43 PM

kwalsh
kwalsh
Posts: 60
Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
I've found a great resource if you are interested in teaching your students about symbolism in asian art. It contains a short list of symbols, their meanings, and a 6th grade lesson plan to use.

http://www.clevelandart.org/educef/asianodyssey/html/VirSymbMS.html
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2/21/2006 5:42:23 PM

kwalsh
kwalsh
Posts: 60
Subject: symbolism
Along the lines of symbolism... here is another website that describes and explains the united states great seal.

http://www.greatseal.com/
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2/21/2006 5:45:09 PM

kwalsh
kwalsh
Posts: 60
Subject: symbolism
Finally, the best site i've found yet... This one includes a list of 15 or so animals and what they represent in Asian works of art. I plan on using it as I create my website lessons.

http://www.asianartmall.com/refsymbols.htm
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2/23/2006 2:57:48 PM

kfenimore
kfenimore
Posts: 32
Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
In second grade we introduce an Atlas to our students. We discuss different types of maps and how to read different maps. We focus on the importance of the map key. After we explored our class Atlas, I handed out a map of China to my students. The students designed a map key to show the major cities, rives, and country borders. The students were able to label all of these things independently with different symbols and colors. Then the students were asked to answer questions specifically about the map.
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3/8/2006 11:42:21 PM

bsmith
bsmith
Posts: 31
Subject: Re: Elementary School Ideas
Yesterday my 1st Grade class went on a field trip to a farm. Always thinking of ways to connect Asia into the day-to-day classroom learning activities, I found information and worksheets on farm animals in China. The short printable book has pages for the kids to cut out, read and color. The Chinese characters are given for each animal name so the kids can practice their calligraphy. The little book is called Sheng Chu/Livestock. I think the kids will enjoy this. http://www.enchantedlearning.com
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