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Curriculum, OS/MAISA 

Common Core Initiative

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Overarching Questions and Enduring Understandings

How do I describe things in my classroom?

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Unit Abstract

In this unit children begin to acquire basic vocabulary to talk about things found in the classroom. They describe items by color, size and number. They learn to understand and respond to more classroom directions. Through this unit of study, students compare classrooms in the USA and China. They continue to build their recognition of Chinese characters from the unit vocabulary. They begin to explore Pinyin and writing characters.

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Expectations/Standards
MI: World Languages (2007)
Novice High (N)
Communication
Identifying and Describing
1.1.N.SL.g Ask questions about the attributes of places and things in their immediate environment and answer using a list of traits
Exchanging Information
1.1.N.SL.h Exchange information in the target language on familiar topics such as personal interests, memorable experiences, school activities, and family life
1.2 Interpretive Communication
Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
Interpretive Language -Listening (L) or Signed (SL)
1.2.N.L.a Demonstrate understanding of oral classroom language in the target language including directions, commands, and requests
Interperpreting Written Language-Reading
1.2.N.R.a Demonstrate understanding of written classroom language in the target language including directions, commands, and requests
Cultures
Understanding the artifacts associated with education, employment, and the economy in the target cultures (E)
2.2.N.E.a Identify facilities, supplies, and materials needed for schooling and activities in a community or culture in which the language is spoken
Communities
5.2 Personal Enrichment
Students show evidence of becoming life-long learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.
5.2.N.a Willingly use the target language within the classroom setting
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Unit Level Standards
 
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Essential Questions
Essential/Focus Questions

1. How do I identify and describe objects in my classroom?

2. How do I show that I understand classroom directions?

Content (Key Concepts)

1. Review backpack objects and colors from Kindergarten, Unit 2

 

2. Identify and describe classroom objects by color:

hēi bǎn/ bái bǎn/ shuǐ cǎi bǐ/ bǎn cā/ mén/ chuāng hù/ dì qiú yí/ qí zi/ guó qí/ yǐ zi/ zhuō zi (kè zhuō)/ diàn nǎo/diàn shì/ zhōng/ dēng lā jī tǒng/ wén jiàn jiá/ wén jù hé

黑板/白板/水彩笔/板擦/门/窗户/地球仪/旗子/国旗/椅子/桌子(课桌)/电脑/电视/钟/灯/垃圾筒/文件夹/文具盒

 

3.  Ask and respond to questions:

  • Jiào shì lǐ yǒu shén me?  教室里有什么?
  • Jiào shì lǐ yǒu... 教室里有...
  • Nǐ de...lǐ yǒu shén me? 你的...里有什么?
  • Wǒ de...lǐ yǒu... 我的...里有...
  • Zhè/ zhè xiē shì shén me? 这/这些是什么?
  • Zhè/ zhè xiē shì... 这/这些是...

  

4. Describe classroom objects by number, size:

  • numbers 0-100
  • xiǎo/ bú dà bù xiǎo/ dà 小/不大不小/大
  • jiā, jiǎn (suàn shù) 加,减(算术)

 

5. Follow directions: géi wǒ, mō, dǎ kāi, hé shàng shū, huà huà

         给我,摸,打开,合上书,画画

  • Review directions from Unit 1

6. Compare American and Chinese classrooms. 

 

7. Identify characters: 谢谢,桌子,椅子

 

8. Introduced but not accessed:

Pinyin: o, ou, ong

Writing characters: 这,是,什,么

 

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Unit Assessment Tasks

Sample Performance Assessments:

 

1. Assess students’ current level vocabulary related to this unit of study (oral language).

2. Orally identify classroom objects using items or pictures. (1.1.N.SL.h)

3. Orally describe classroom objects by color, number and size. (1.1.N.SL.h, 1.1.N.SL.g)

4. Follow a series of classroom instructions. (1.2.N.L.a)

5. Compare American and Chinese schools using a T-chart in English (2.2.N.E.a).

6. Given the Chinese characters for thank you, table and chair, students match the characters with the corresponding English script. (1.2.N.R.a)

Skills (Intellectual Processes)

Identifying

Describing

 

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Lesson Plan Sequence
Lesson Plans (Sequence)
 
Resources

Recommended (not required) Instructional Resources:

 

Teachers Resources:

Different colors

 

Pictures of classroom objects

 

Vocabulary flash cards using characters

 

Chinese Treasure Chest, Volume 1, page 74-80, 116-128

 

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