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					   Chinese Culture

By Melinda Pace and Christy
          ED 417
           Social Studies
• Grade Level: Second
• Lesson: Traditions and Culture
  Of China
                  Activity #1
       Introducing Chinese Culture
• The students will gain a basic understanding of
  the traditions and customs of China.
• The students will write about how their traditions
  differ from the children in China.
• C is For China by Sungwan So, Chinese writing
  paper, writing utensil, graphic organizer
                     Activity #1

• Have the children brainstorm facts they know about
  China. Have a short discussion, and record their ideas
  on a graphic organizer.
• Read the book C is for China, which introduces the
  customs and culture of daily life in China.
• The students will go back to their desks and write how
  their daily lives, customs, and traditions, are different
  from a child that lives in China.
• The children will share their ideas with the class.
Chinese Children’s Literature
      There are differences

         and similarities
                 Activity #2
      Chinese Children’s Literature
• The student’s will discover similarities and
  differences between American and Chinese
• Multiple copies of Chinese Children’s Favorite
  Stories by Mingemei Yip, Venn Diagram, paper,
                 Activity #2
• Students will explore Chinese children’s stories
  by reading Chinese Children’s Favorite Stories
  by Mingmei Yip, in groups or pairs and take
  mental or written notes on the differences and
  similarities between American and Chinese
• The students will come together as a class and
  make a class Venn Diagram with teacher
Chinese zodiac signs are important

 to Chinese tradition and culture
                 Activity #3
               Chinese Zodiac
• Students will learn the importance of the
  Chinese Zodiac Animal signs.
• Copy of the zodiac signs and meanings for each
  child, The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac by Ed
  Young, construction paper, glue, pencils,
  markers, glitter, beads, feathers
                    Activity #3
• Read the book The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac by Ed
• Have a short discussion about the meaning and
  importance of the Zodiac animal symbols in the Chinese
• Have the children brainstorm important symbols and
  traditions in their family.
• Give each of the children a piece of paper with all of the
  Zodiac animals on them.
• Help each child identify their Zodiac symbol. Have each
  child create their Zodiac animal however they choose.
   Second Grader’s Zodiac Signs

1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977,   1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976,
1989, 2001                            1988, 2000
   Dragons are referred to as the divine

mythical creature that brings with it ultimate
  abundance, prosperity and good fortune
              Activity #4
          The Chinese Dragon
• Students will understand the importance of the
  dragon in the Chinese culture.
• The Dancing Dragon by Marcia K. Vaughan,
  paper plates, popsicle sticks, markers, glitter,
  feathers, crayons, glue
               Activity #4
• Read The Dancing Dragon by Marcia K.
• Explain that the dragon is a sign of good
  luck in Chinese culture.
• Have the children brainstorm good luck
  symbols in America.
• Create dragon masks with paper plates.
Chinese New Year Celebration
                Activity #5
            Chinese New Year
• The children will get an understanding of what a
  Chinese New Year Celebration is like.
• Red, black, and gold decorations, rice, egg drop
  soup, noodles, almond cookies, Chinese music,
  Lion Dancer: Ernie Wan’s Chinese New Year by
  Kate Waters, and dragon masks
              Activity #5
• Read the book Lion Dancer:Ernie Wan’s
  Chinese New Year by Kate Waters.
• Have a class Chinese New Year
  celebration with food, music, and
• Do the Chinese Dragon Dance with the
  dragon masks.