Grade Two Explores China

Grade Two Explores ChinaSecond 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.

Grade Two Explores ChinaTo 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.

Grade Two Explores ChinaAs 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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Shekou International School was established in 1988. It is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community. SIS is an international school with an American- based curriculum. The school is governed by International Schools Services (ISS) of Princeton, New Jersey.

We offer a rigorous academic program to meet parents' high expectations. We have state-of-the-art facilities and cater to learners from nursery through high school. A rich mix of academics, athletics, and activities delivered by a world-class faculty ensure maximum learning for students.

The Elementary School and Nursery campuses are located in our Mountainside and Parkside buildings, in the beautiful Jing Shan residential area. Middle and high school classes are housed in our Bayside campus, which is adjacent to the Coastal Rose Garden residential complex.

Our high school offers a rigorous college preparatory program. SIS is an International Baccalaureate World School currently offering the IB diploma program to grade 11 students. The program will begin for grade 12 students in August 2011.

The language of instruction is English for all classes, with the exception of proficiency- leveled Mandarin classes. Additionally, SIS offers the French National Curriculum in grades K-5 in which the language of instruction in academic subjects is French.

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