Chinese Culture Knowledge ABC and Crafts

We introduced the history and customs the Ching Ming Festival. We made easy version of bamboo dragonfly and egg baby.
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We learned the story of Da Yu’s Successful Regulating of Flood. The students reviewed the story of Abdication of Emperor Yao they learned at the beginning of the school year. The students made windmills and tested them after class.
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Today is the second day of spring and also the Spring Equinox in Chinese calendar. We learned about the origins and customs of spring equinox. Students did two things:  erected fresh eggs and blown eggs.

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We introduced Chinese opera masks and what kind of person the colors of masks represent. Each student painted their favorite mask on boiled egg shells.

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这堂课接着介绍中国的传统节日 – 元宵节。我们通过讲述两个故事,学习了元宵节挂灯笼习俗的由来。同学们还都自己制作了可爱的动物灯笼。

We continue to introduce China’s traditional festival – The Lantern Festival. Through two folk stories we learned the origin of the custom of hanging lanterns for this festival. Then the students made their own cute animal lanterns.

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Combined with the upcoming traditional Chinese festival – The Lantern Festival, we learned about the custom and meaning of the Lantern Festival. The students made Tangyuan, the food that is traditionally eaten during this festival. They finally ate Tangyuan made by themselves! Yummy!

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We learned China’s national anthem, flag and emblem, understood the meaning of their design. We made a comparison with those of other countries as well. Students started to learn Chinese paper-cuts.

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We learned about Chinese Zodiac and read the story about the Zodiac. Each student made a turntable with the 12 paper zodiac animals glued on it in the right order of the zodiac.
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这次课我们学习了中国古代四大发明中最后一个:火药。学生们了解了火药是怎么样发明的,它可以用来做什么。 鉴于火药制作的危险性,我们只是带着学生制作了以黑火药为主要原料的爆竹模型挂件。

We focused on gunpowder—the fourth of the four great inventions of ancient China. Students learned when and how the invention happened. Given the risk of making gunpowder, we just made a firecracker model pendant.

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这次课的主要内容就是中国古代四大发明中的印刷术。我们先复习了前面两堂课的内容,接着了解了中国古代发明的雕版印刷及后来毕昇发明的活字印刷术。 学生们用胶泥做了自己名字的活字,并且亲历了活字印刷原理做出的节日祝福。

We focused on printing  technology – another one of the four great inventions of ancient China. Students learned about woodblock printing and typography later invented by Bi, Sheng. Students experienced the procedure of typography by making their name with Clay. See, we made it!

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We focused on talking about paper making technology, one of the four great inventions of ancient China. Students learned what materials ancient Chinese wrote on before the invention. When, how and with who the invention happened. At last, every student made a piece of real paper!

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We introduced the four great inventions of ancient China and focused on the origin and role of the compass. We made a water float compass and Mrs. Li also introduced how to produce a hanging compass. It was a class combining culture and science.

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这次课我们学习了中国人的称谓及母亲河黄河和长江。同学们都了解了中国人亲属的各种称谓; 了解了黄河和长江的特征,并在地图上,白板上画出黄河和长江。

Today’s lesson is about the titles when Chinese people call their family members and relatives, Chinese mother river- Yellow River, and Yangtze River. Students learned how to call their relatives in China; understood the characteristics of the Yellow River and the Yangtze River. They also drew the Yellow River and the Yangtze River on the map and then whiteboard as well.

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Today’s lesson is about the descendants of Yandi and Huangdi, legendary forefathers of the Chinese nation. Yandi is also called Shen Nong. We told the story Shen Nong Tasted a Hundred Herbs. In order to let the children experience Shen Nong’s bravery, we prepared and numbered 17 kinds of fruits and vegetables for the students to try. Children are so brave that everyone tasted all of them!

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It is fall season and in the Chinese harvest festival is around the corner. We learned this festival and then each student made their own pumpkins, corns, peas, lettuce, carrots, potatoes and eggplants with play doughs.  Look how hard they were working and how happy they were with their harvests!

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