How does weather affect life in China?
In this unit of study, students learn to describe weather in different seasons in Chinese. They listen to a weather report and make decisions about which activities and clothing are appropriate given the forecast. Students identify indigenous seasonal products grown in China and how these products influence the Chinese diet. They are able to compare weather and seasons in major cities of the world.
MI: World Languages (2007)
1.1 Interpersonal Communication
Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
Interpersonal Speaking/Listening or Signed (SL)
1.1.N.SL.b Ask and answer basic questions about the weather, health/physical conditions, self, family and friends
1.1.N.SL.k Share opinions and preferences in the target language with their classmates
Interpersonal Reading/Writing (RW)
1.1.N.RW.b Exchange information by asking and answering basic questions in writing about the weather, health/ physical conditions, self, family, and friends
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.c Understand main idea of a visual media or live presentation (film/DVD, TV shows and commercials, theatre and musical production)
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.c Record materials in the target language, such as a puppet show, fashion show, or weather report
Presentational Language-Writing (W)
1.3.N.W.a Illustrate and present materials in the target language such as an advertisement, poster, or menu
2.2 Products and Perspectives
Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.
Understanding the impact of geography and natural resources on the target cultures (G)
2.2.N.G.d Describe the climate and typical seasonal weather patterns in various parts of a country in which the language is spoken
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
4.1 Comparing Languages
Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studies and their own.
4.1.N.a Identify basic differences and similarities in vocabulary between one’s own language and the target language (cognates and borrowed words)
4.1.N.d Identify basic differences and similarities in phonological features (such as pronunciation, intonation, and tone) between one’s own language and the target language
Exemption for 4.2.N.d only: No Longer Spoken, Signed
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1. How is weather described?
2. How does weather affect lifestyle?
3. How does weather influence eating habits (scarcity and abundance)?
- Comparisons and superlatives- good, better, best
- Describe time in sequence: ordinal numbers
- Particles= Bu + V + particle (le)
- Particle= V + particle (le)
- Don’t use AND (he). Use of connectors to connect sentences
- Phrase: Both… and with adjectives/adverb you…you…
- No only…but also budan…erqie
- Pronunciation of characters determines meanings- he/huo, hao/(3)/hao(4)
- Temperature systems: Celsius, Fahrenheit
- Time expressions: before, after, during
- Verbs : Future tense (hui + verb)
- Auxillary verbs
- Would like to…xiang
- Want to…yao
- Can do/will do…hui
- Vocabulary: you, zai, bi
Sample Performance Assessments
1. Describe weather during different seasons (1.1.N.SL.b).
2. Describe your favorite season (1.1.N.SL.k).
3. Compare weather from town to town in writing (2.2.N.G.d).
4. Describe for a friend what you are going to wear for different activities according to the weather report (1.1.N.SL.b).
5. Concept of rain: How many ways can we describe rain? (4.1.N.a)
6. Listen to Chinese weather report and create a graph of weather (1.2.N.L.c).
7. Using the data from weather forecast, compare the 7-day weather forecast in two major cities. Share information with a classmate (1.1.N.RW.b, 1.2.N.L.c, 1.3.N.S.c).
8. Create a visual to identify/label seasonal products in China (map, T-chart, graphic organizer, poster) (1.3.N.W.a, 2.2.N.F.b).
9. Given characters, give different pronunciation for different meanings (4.1.N.d)
Recommended (not required) Resources
- Integrated Chinese, Level 1 Part 1. Second Edition. Boston, MA: Cheng & Tsui Company, 2005.
- Lesson 10, pp. 235 - 256.
- Chinese Link Elementary Chinese. Prentiss Hall. pp 227 – 292.
- Learn Chinese with Me Book 1. People’s Education Press. pp. 125 – 135.