Grade Two Explores China
Second grade students took a field trip to the flower market to kick off their upcoming social studies unit on the exploration of China. Through collaboration with the Chinese teachers students learned specific vocabulary to negotiate prices when purchasing flowers and plants.
The level of Chinese language demonstrated by the students amazed both teachers and vendors. The bargaining that took place allowed students to partake in introductory conversations, understand pricing, negotiating while using their knowledge of numbers, and asking for correct change. Grade two teachers have closely worked with the Chinese teachers to design a unit that examines China in three major areas: culture, people, and land. Students will discover culture through traditional arts, inventions , cuisine, and the Chinese zodiacs. To experience Northern Chinese cuisine, students dined at the Country Pumpkin following their trip to the flower market. Here they practiced their skills with chopsticks and tried new dishes that highlighted the produce and proteins found in Northern China.
To understand the diverse populations that are found across China grade two teachers have asked for guest experts to take part in teaching students about the people of China. SIS Chinese teachers will use pictures from their home provinces to create a slideshow presentation to explain to students the cultural and geographical features known to each region of China. Students will then use these images when constructing their three dimensional maps of China.
As a culminating activity for this social studies unit students will be asked to take on the role of a travel agent. Each student’s job will be to create a brochure or promotional video that would persuade perspective clients to travel to this beautiful country we live in. With the help of our librarian, students will use Super 3 as a way to research facts to include in their final projects.
Our field trip to the flower market was a great introduction to exploring the country we live in. From stunning flower arrangements, Spring Festival decorations, and delicious food students received just a taste of Chinese culture.
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