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Curriculum, OS/MAISA 

Common Core Initiative

Overarching Questions and Enduring Understandings

How do I describe farm animals?

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Unit Abstract

In this unit children learn to talk about and describe farm animals as well as express their personal likes and dislikes about animals in Chinese. Students start to develop an awareness between farm animals and the Chinese Zodiac. They also describe animals in terms of size and color. They continue to build their recognition of Chinese characters from the unit vocabulary. They begin to explore Pinyin and writing characters.

MI: World Languages (2007)
Novice High (N)
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 Opinions
1.1.N.SL.j Share likes and dislikes in the target language with a classmate
Interperpreting Written Language-Reading
1.2.N.R.a Demonstrate understanding of written classroom language in the target language including directions, commands, and requests
1.3 Presentational Communication
Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.
Presentational Language -Speaking (S) or Signed (SL)
1.3.N.S.b Present brief personal descriptions on familiar topics in target language such as self, friends, family, home, and school
Understanding the artifacts associated with family and community life within the target culture(s) (F)
2.2.N.F.b Identify products that were native to a community, region, or country in which the language is spoken
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
Essential Questions
Essential/Focus Questions

1. What are the animals that are found on a farm?

2. How do I describe animals that are found on a farm?

3. What are the characteristics of farm animals?

4. What are the farm animals found in the Chinese Zodiac?


Content (Key Concepts)

1. Identify animals on a farm: 

nóng chǎng/ zhū/ niú/ mǎ/ yáng/ jī /mǔ jī/ gōng jī /yā zi/ é/ tù zi /huǒ jī



2. Ask about and express likes and dislikes about animals:

  •  Nǐ xǐ huān shén me dòng wù? 你喜欢什么动物?
  •  Nǐ bù xǐ huān shén me dòng wù? 你不喜欢什么动物?
  •  Wǒ xǐ huān.... 我喜欢....
  •  Wǒ bù xǐ huān.... 我不喜欢....

3. Describe animals by size and color:

  •  review xiǎo/ bú dà bù xiǎo/ dà  小/不大不小/大
  •  review all the colors

4. Review grammar: Zhè shì.... 这是....


5. Identify Chinese 12 Zodiac animals:

shí èr shǔ xiàng/ shēng xiāo 十二属相/生肖


6. Identify characters:  大, 小,马,牛,羊


7. Introduced but not assessed:

Pinyin: u, ua, uo, ui, un

Writing characters: 大,小,马,牛,羊


Unit Assessment Tasks

Sample Performance Assessments:


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

2. Draw or create a collage of farm animals, and orally describe them. (1.3.N.S.b)

3. Ask a classmate basic questions about farm animals they like or don’t like. (1.1.N.SL.g)

4. Answer a classmate’s questions about farm animal you like or don’t like. (1.1.N.SL.g, 1.1.N.SL.j)

5. Identify the farm animals from 12 Chinese Zodiac animals (2.2.N.F.b )

6. Given the Chinese characters for big, small, horse, ox and goat, students match the characters with the corresponding pictures. (1.2.N.R.a)

Skills (Intellectual Processes)



Lesson Plan Sequence
Lesson Plans (Sequence)

Recommended (not required) Instructional Resources:


Teachers Resources:

Zodiac poster


Pictures of farm animals and beanie babies.


Vocabulary flash cards using both pictures and characters


Better Chinese, My First Chinese Words, Book 19 & 20


Monkey King Chinese, Book 3A, Lesson 6


Chinese Treasure Chest, Volume 2, P 77-80, 91-92, & 239


Chinese Paradise, Book 2B, Lesson 10




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