ERIC Number: ED435176
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
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A Thematic Unit on "Moon" in a Third-Grade Chinese Language Class.
A thematic approach used to teach Chinese to third-grade Chinese-American children is described and illustrated with photographs and student art. The unit discussed focused on the moon, and was scheduled to coincide with the Chinese Moon Festival. Language related to the moon was taught by introducing vocabulary and Chinese characters with a moon radical, guessing riddles about the moon and about Chinese characters related to the moon/month, engaging in art activities related to the moon, describing of festivals related to the lunar calendar, and teaching scientific content about the moon through games. It is concluded that the unit provided a holistic, natural approach to teaching language through culture, art, and science, and gave the students comprehensible input in meaningful contexts. (MSE)
Descriptors: Art Activities, Chinese, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Course Content, Course Descriptions, Curriculum Design, FLES, Folk Culture, Games, Grade 3, Heritage Education, Ideography, Primary Education, Science Instruction, Second Language Instruction, Second Languages, Sociocultural Patterns
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Photographs and artwork may not reproduce well.