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					VELS UNIT OVERVIEW                          Asia Education Foundation PROJECT                         OCTOBER 2010


Unit Title: CHINA
VELS Standard: Level 2

Disciplines: English, Mathematics, SOSE, The Arts

Interdisciplinary: Interpersonal Development, ICT

Essential Questions:

1. What are the countries of Asia?

2. What are the connections between the countries of Asia and everyday life in Australia? What impacts do they have
on Australians? What would happen if we did not have these connections between Asia and Australia?


Students understand that peoples in Asia and Australia belong to cultural groups that have particular forms of cultural
expression. They:
    Identify and gather information about the diverse customs and practices of people from Asia in their community
    Understand the rites and rituals associated with belief systems (ethical and moral beliefs) in Asia and compare
     these with their own or class members' practices eg special foods, clothing, gift giving, decorations, singing,
     dancing, ceremony.
    Appreciate that there are varied belief systems in the cultures of Asia and in Australia and that these may
     emphasise particular values (eg influence of older people and leaders on a way of life; the portrayal of male and
     female roles in stories).


Students will use a Bloom’s Taxonomy grid of tasks to investigate many aspect of life in China and they:

   Learn the names of all Asian countries.
   Explore the geography, history and significant festivals and customs of China.
   Compare and relate different aspects of their lives with Chinese children of their own age.
   Understand how the values of respect and discipline play an integral part in Chinese society.


Students explore how in Australia and in countries in Asia there may be different viewpoints, ways of living, languages
and belief systems. They:
   Identify similarities and differences in the cultural expression of groups and communities in China and Australia.
   Explore how the peoples and cultures of China express their identity through clothes, language and cultural
   Identify some symbols used by peoples and cultures of China to represent their shared values and discuss what
    these might reveal about their cultural identity eg flags, money, products, designs, flora, fauna..
   Recognise features of natural and built environments in China, using examples and make simple comparisons.
   Recognise how communities in China care for their environment including exploring concepts about threatened or
    endangered animals and over population.
   Describe the similarities and differences between as aspect of their own life in Australia and the same aspect life in
    a Chinese culture, eg schooling and food.

This unit of work will take between 8 – 10 sessions depending on the length of the session.

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              LEVEL 2: A modified Bloom’s Taxonomy grid on China
  Each student should undertake activities from each row and each column. Place all your work in your Project book.

  Paste the              Find pictures and        Write a report         Look at recent          Create and record a
  ‘Introduction to       recipes of popular       about the Great        photos of China         TV advertisement
  China’ sheet in your   Chinese food in          Wall of China and      using Google            for tourism in
  book. Colour in        magazines. Paste         explain why it was     images then answer      China. Present to
  China then read all    them in your book.       built and why it is    –                       the grade on the
  about China.                                    important even         How is Australia        IWB (Interactive
  ( Appendix 1)                                   now.                   similar to China?       Whiteboard).
  Research and           Name the coins and       What do you think a    Which Chinese           Survey 20 people &
  record the highest     notes that China         Chinese student’s      cities have the most    find out which
  and lowest daily       uses.                    day would have in      people? List 5 cities   Chinese icon they
  temperatures for 5                              it? Write out a        and their               know best. Display
  different cities in                             timeline for them.     populations.            as a graph. Write
  China on one day.      Challenge: What is       Tell us how it is                              why you think some
  Write the              the current              different to yours.                            are more popular
  information in the     conversion rate of                                                      than others.
  grid provided.         Chinese money into
  (Appendix 2)           Australian dollars?
  Locate and show        Draw a traditional       Paint a typical        Design/draw an          China ABC: Create a
  where a recent         costume for a            Chinese scene using    Asian dragon.           PowerPoint slide for
  natural disaster has   person in China.         water colour paints.                           one letter of the
  happened in China.     You may wish to                                                         alphabet for our
  What effect did it     research minority                                                       whole class’
  have on the people     groups and their                                                        slideshow on China.
  of the region?         special costumes for                                                    (Appendix 6)
                         special days.
  Name all the major     Teach the grade a        Read the               Create a short play     Use a map of China
  sports played in       game children play       instructions and       about a Chinese         to indicate the
  China.                 in China.                create a Chinese       fable or legend.        types of natural
                                                  Opera mask.            Perform it to the       landscapes of the
                                                  (Appendix 4)           grade.                  different regions.
  Listen to a number     Make/ play an Asian      Compose your own       In a 3 minute           Be the teacher!!
  of Chinese songs.      instrument and           song to do with        speech to the class,
  Write how they are     demonstrate them         China.                 tell us about           Teach the class
  different to or the    to the grade.            Challenge: Are you     someone you             some Chinese
  same as Australian                              brave enough to        admire from China.      words.
  music.                                          sing it for us??
  Work with someone      Teach the class how      Create a kite using    Interview someone       Make a poster
  to complete a          to write something       colors and animals     about life in an        promoting China.
  diorama of a           using brushes and        associated with the    Asian country. The
  famous Chinese         water colour paints.     Chinese zodiac.        person you
  place.                                                                 interview has to
                                                                         have been there.
  Compare schooling      Explain the life cycle   Read the               Identify and            ASSESSMENT GRID
  in Australia to the    of an Asian animal.      instructions and       describe why some       As our last activity,
  schooling in China.                             create a Spring        animals in China are    fill in the grid with
  (Appendix 3 sheet)                              Blossom scroll.        endangered.             all the things that
                                                  (Appendix 5)                                   you have learned
                                                                                                 about China.
                                                                                                 (Appendix 7)

Some of these activities may be completed during whole grade activity sessions; others may be undertaken with a
partner or in small groups. Independent work will need to be monitored closely and assistance given to students when

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Appendix 1: An Introduction to China.

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Appendix 2:
                           DAILY TEMPERATURES IN CHINA

Using Google search, find out the daily temperatures of these five
main cities in China. Fill in the grid below and present your grid to the
grade during sharing time.

              DATE OF THE TEMPERATURE READINGS ___________

                  CITY                    LOWEST             HIGHEST   DIFFERENCE
                                           TEMP               TEMP

Find these cities on a map of China and give 5 reasons why their
temperatures may be so different.






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Appendix 3: Schooling in China

                                 SCHOOLS IN CHINA

Look carefully at the pictures above. What can you see? Do you think that Chinese
schools are very different from our schools? Write about things that may be the same or
may be different.











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    Appendix 4: Chinese Opera Mask – Instructions and hyperlinks to the templates
                                             Chinese Opera Mask
    Make and design your own paper Chinese opera mask in a few easy steps.

    Materials Needed
     Printable white card stock
     Crayons or paint
     Scissors
     Craft knife
     Hole punch
     Rubber bands


                                       1.   Print-out either the blank mask template or the ready-to-colour mask template
                                            from our Chinese Opera Mask templates.

                                       2.   If you chose the blank mask template, draw designs to create a character for
                                            your mask. Click here for some samples of Chinese opera mask designs.

                                       3.   Color or paint your mask.

                                       4.   Cut out the mask including the eyeholes.

                                       5.   You may cut a slit along the bottom of the nose to allow for some breathing
                                            room when you wear the mask.

                                            Punch holes on opposite sides of the mask. These holes should be at the same
                                            level as your ears.

                                       6.   Attach a rubber band on each hole and wear the

    Reference: Chinese Opera Masks at
    Written by JAN CAPOMOLLA
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Appendix 5: Chinese Spring Blossoms – Instructions and hyperlinks to the templates
                                             Old Chinese Scrolls
Print out these Chinese scroll painting templates, colour them and learn how to make them look authentically ancient.

Materials Needed
Printable paper (A4 or Letter size)
Colored pencils
Paint brushes


                                      1.   Choose either the Chinese temple or Spring Blossoms picture from these Printable
                                           Chinese Scroll templates.

                                           Print out your chosen template onto A4 or Letter size paper.

                                      2.   Colour the picture with coloured pencils the gently crumple your picture into a

                                      3.   Carefully open up your picture. Run your hand over the picture to straighten out
                                           the paper.

                                      4.   Measure out about a teaspoonful of coffee into a bowl or cup then add just enough
                                           tap water to dissolve the coffee. Stir the mixture thoroughly.
                                           Test the colour intensity of your coffee mixture on any piece of white paper. If you
                                           think it's too dark, add a little bit of water until you achieve a light to medium
                                           shade of brown. Once you're satisfied with the colour, brush over the entire
                                           picture with the coffee mixture.

                                      5.   When the picture dries, you'll have an authentic-looking ancient Chinese
                                           scroll painting.

**For added effect, the pictures could be pasted onto bamboo slats – cut the right sized backing from bamboo blinds.

Reference: The template can be found at Chinese Spring Blossoms

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Appendix 6: An example of a PowerPoint slide that each student could create as part of a whole grade presentation on
facts about China.

There are also other ABCs published on the internet with China as their theme. They include: Discovering China ABC

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Appendix 7: Assessment Grid – What I now know about China.

Things I now know about China                                              by ____________
 THE PEOPLE                                              FAMOUS PLACES

 FOOD                                                    THE COUNTRY


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