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Please use this forum to share ideas, materials, and methods for teaching about Asia that are appropriate for middle school classes. Please also note the social studies, literature, and other discipline-specific threads in the "Asia in My Classroom" forum.
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2/24/2010 3:43:38 PM

agalloway
agalloway
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Subject: Re: Haiku
I have a similar experience with haiga artwork: (usually for academic vocabulary words) students do a nice visual then add a haiku or small poem defining the term. They are abkle to use a lot of color and their multiple intelligence so it rerally helps them learn.

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AJGalloway
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3/9/2010 10:53:39 PM

kramirez
kramirez
Posts: 30
Subject: Re: Middle School Ideas - Silk Road FIELD TRIP
The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana has an upcoming exhibition that sounds great...

Secrets of the Silk Road March 27 - July 25, 2010
"Strikingly well-preserved mummies tall in stature and fair in complexion have lain in the parched Tarim Basin of western China for 3,800 years. Wearing Western-influenced textiles and possessing surprising technologies and customs, just who these extraordinary people were is a mystery! This historic exhibition of 150 objects drawn from the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum and the Xinjiang Institute of Archaeology in Urumqi, China reveals surprising details about the people who lived along the ancient Silk Road. For the first time ever, three of the more than 100 Caucasian mummies found and preserved in the western China’s inhospitable desert sands are being presented in the United States. An impressive array of objects are included in the exhibition to represent the full extent of the Silk Road, where lavish goods, technologies and ideas between East and West were adopted and exchanged. "

If you go to their website they also have a terrific teacher packet which is a great resource.

http://www.bowers.org/index.php/art/exhibitions_details/35
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3/9/2010 10:55:51 PM

kramirez
kramirez
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Subject: Bowers Museum LInk/Resource #2
Mu students went to this museum a few years ago and saw the traveling exhibit of the Terra Cotta Warriors.. and boy was it worth it. Here is a link to the Teacher resource packet which is amazing.. Great pictures, and such a tremendous volume of teachable info.. Incredible photos, and more!!

http://www.bowers.org/files/TCWTeacherCurriculumGuide.pdf
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3/9/2010 10:57:00 PM

kramirez
kramirez
Posts: 30
Subject: Re: Bowers Museum LInk/Resource #3
Ancient Arts of China: A 5000 Year Legacy January 1 - December 31, 2010
"Curated by authorities of Chinese history and culture from the Shanghai Museum, this incredible collection portrays the evolution of Chinese technology, art and culture utilizing rare examples of bronze vessels, mirrors, polychrome potteries, sculptures, porcelains, paintings, ivory carvings and robes."

an add on to this exhibit, if taking a class there, they have art lessons taught by Docents.. and would make a fun hands on extension to a day at the museum.

Here is an incredibly well done addition to the visit.. TEACHER PACKET full of resources/photos.
http://www.bowers.org/files/WindowIntoChinasHistory.pdf[Edit by="kramirez on Mar 9, 11:02:26 PM"][/Edit]
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3/9/2010 11:05:28 PM

kramirez
kramirez
Posts: 30
Subject: Re: Bowers Museum LInk/Resource #4
"Kidseum Cultural Art Trunks, rented out for a small weekly fee, are designed to create a mini-gallery in the classroom. The trunks include materials related to their theme, such as hands-on art objects, lesson plans, videos, and books."

Individual trunk themes include: Mexican American, Chinese, Ancient Egyptian, African and others. Kidseum Cultural Art Trunks are available for a fee of $40 per week. To reserve a trunk please call 714.567.3670 or email gsouth@bowers.org.

would be great for pre museum visit or after for hands on exploration for all grades!!
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3/10/2010 12:12:46 AM

kramirez
kramirez
Posts: 30
Subject: Re: Bowers Museum LInk/Resource #5
Masters of Adornment: The Miao People of China
November 15 - December 31, 2010

"This important collection of exquisite textiles and silver jewelry on loan to and from the Bowers Museum’s permanent collection highlights the beauty and wealth of the Miao peoples of southwest China.
Symbols of status and culture, the elaborate textiles in this exhibition include finely pleated skirts, complex batik pattered cloth, intricate silk embroidery and shining textiles woven with metal. Over 50 examples of ornately designed and created silver bracelets, necklaces and decorative ornaments compliment and complete the exhibition of late 19th and 20th century Miao regalia. More than an examination of masterful techniques and beautiful style these objects reveal hundreds of years of Miao history and tradition and, the patience and dedication to achieve beauty."
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4/13/2010 9:35:35 AM

eselig
eselig
Posts: 31
Subject: Re: Middle School Ideas
The NOVA video "The Day the Earth Shook" Discusses the earthquake that struck Kobe, Japan in 1995. I show this video when my 6th graders are learning about earthquakes. The video does a great job connecting the earthquake in Japan to ones that happen in California. We can learn a lot from Japan when it comes to earthquake preparedness!

Attachments:
earth.jpeg
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4/25/2010 6:46:15 PM

eselig
eselig
Posts: 31
Subject: Re: Middle School Ideas
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/programs/travelers-asia/

I can't take credit for the lesson plan, but it is great! The lesson covers some of the festivals that Asian cultures celebrate and the lesson does a good job of explaining other cultures and how their festivals are similar and different to the festivals in Asia. Some of the suggested readings and extensions look great too! I hope this is helpful to people. Enjoy!
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5/23/2010 8:18:53 PM

eselig
eselig
Posts: 31
Subject: Re: Middle School Ideas
I love the idea of tying two different texts together. I don't teach English but this is definitely something I am going to pass along to the teachers at my school. I have heard my Asian students complain that they don't ever read Asian literature. Thanks for the suggestion!!
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6/14/2010 8:31:07 PM

eselig
eselig
Posts: 31
Subject: Re: Middle School Ideas
BW (Bellwork)- K-W-L (Know-Want to know-Learned) about earthquakes and volcanoes. This will tap into the students’ prior knowledge on the subject and also have them create questions to motivate learning. Students will share with partners first, then table groups, and finally as a whole class discussion.

CW (Classwork)- Students will learn why earthquakes and volcanoes happen. They will then move on the map out recent earthquakes and volcanoes. This shows the students where the major fault lines are in the world. The students will notice that there are large amounts of earthquakes and volcanoes around the west coast of the United States and the east coast of Asia. Students will also learn how to use the Internet to research. Teacher will provide examples of appropriate websites.

HW (Homework)- Students will research online earthquake preparedness in the United States and in Asia.

Materials for this day:
o Maps
o Projector
o Computers
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6/14/2010 8:33:31 PM

eselig
eselig
Posts: 31
Subject: Re: Middle School Ideas
BW- Students will list differences between the United States and Asia. This will provide them with a broad focus of what the class will be about today.

CW- Students will watch the NOVA video The Day the Earth Shook. This video covers different earthquakes and how the countries involved responded to them.

HW- Students will need to complete a Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting East Asia’s earthquake preparedness and the United State’s preparedness.

Materials for this day:
o NOVA video
o TV
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6/17/2010 1:57:34 PM

eschlum
eschlum
Posts: 31
Subject: Re: Middle School Ideas
I have the kids do research on volcanos and earthquakes. They plot these on the map around the ring of fire. It is a good lesson to do when teaching plate tectonics.
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6/26/2011 7:55:02 AM

gjauregui
gjauregui
Posts: 31
Subject: "Tiger" (The Five Ancestors) by Jeff Stone
Our middle students, grades 6-8, read Tiger in advisory. It was an easy read and very interesting for middle school students. In fact, after the students completed the book, they wanted to read the series because it was engaging. Teachers used the reading to introduce the Oriental culture. At the end of the semester, we had Karate performers to culminate Oriental experience. Students enjoyed the assembly, " It was as if the book was coming alive", some students reported.
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1/5/2012 12:19:36 PM

patlamkie
patlamkie
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Subject: Ties that Bind, Ties that Break
My English team teacher and I are often trying to find ways to thread our classes together -- this book Ties that Bind, Ties that Break sounds like something I'd like to share with her.....a good opportunity to collaborate. Pat Lamkie
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