International Food Festival in Ms. Zhang’s Chinese Class

International Food Festival in Ms. Zhang’s Chinese Class G4 students in my class have focused on the topic of “Food” recently. They’ve learned vocabulary for different tastes. This topic was integrated into other themes we studied such as: “Weather”, “Chinese New Year” & “Plants”. After discussion, we came up with the idea about how they can reinforce their new learning by holding an International Food Festival! Everyone was engaged in this activity and got so excited about it! Here are the steps that they discussed and agreed for their plan.

Step One: Preparation for the International Festival. The students decided the menu for the festival together and agreed to help prepare the food they would bring. They also wrote down a description in Chinese. Here are some descriptions:

Round Pork Cake – Round Pork Cake is round. It is as big as the size of lens of the glasses. We normally eat it for Mid- Autumn Festival and Spring Festival. It is the kind of food we don’t get to taste during normal times. But now we can eat them at any time. In the cake, there are meat, vegetable and eggs, etc. It has good nutrition. Round Pork Cake is a common home food in Korea.  – By 老师

Hotchpotch – Hotchpotch is a kind of Korean food. Ingredients include: meat, onion, pepper, carrot, noodle, mushroom and spinach. Hotchpotch is tasty and a bit sweet. The noodles are long. There are many vegetables in it, so it’s good for people’s health.  – By 工程师

Step Two: Presentation during class time. The students did an oral introduction about their food to the class before sharing it out.

Step Three: Oral Discussions. The students discussed about the food they brought and made comparisons about the food they tasted.

Step Four:  Writing. Write an appreciation letter in Chinese to their parents for their huge support.

Right now the students have just finished Step One and Step Two. It was great to see them fully participate and take their responsibilities seriously. Have a conversation about the food festival with your child in Chinese and find out what they have learned…

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