Students love the final topic for this year! All about food! We talked about our favorite food and translated them in Chinese. These were some vocabulary words we have learned: 牛奶(milk), 红茶( black tea), 热可可( hot cocoa), 果汁(juice), 面包( bread), 薄煎饼(pancake), 果酱( jam), 热狗(hotdog), 火腿(ham), 培根(bacon), 白饭(white rice), 意大利面(spaghetti), 汉堡包(hamburger), 三明治(sandwich), 鸡蛋(egg), 炒鸡蛋( scrambled eggs), 煮鸡蛋(boiled egg), 茶叶蛋( tea egg), 面条( noodles), 牛肉面( beef noodles), 饺子(dumplings), 薯条(french fries), 炒饭( fried rice), 蔬菜( vegetables), 西兰花( brocolli), 白菜(pechay), 茄子( eggplant), 花椰菜( cauliflower), 红萝卜( carrots), 土豆(potato), 南瓜( squash), 水果( fruits), 苹果(apple), 香蕉(banana), 葡萄 (grapes), 草莓( strawberry), 西瓜( watermelon), 哈密瓜 (melon; cantaloupe), 菠萝(pineapple), 西红柿(tomato), 橙子(orange).
“Teacher, what can I do after I have completed the worksheet?”
I often hear students who work fast asking what else they can do, and they are always up for my challenge.
For our revision worksheet, they was a crossword puzzle – and they were game enough to create their own puzzle!
They were so excited that this habit has grown in them – to challenge their friends! Their new narrative is now – “Teacher, can I set questions for student X?” Cheers to such moments of self-directed learning ☺
As we near the Youth Chinese Test (YCT), it is time for revision on the vocabulary words in the stipulated list. Apart from sample test papers, Grade 3 students engaged in a “word search” game.
Each student first got a few flashcards with printed with Chinese phrases, we then discussed which topics they were related to. They then got to place the various cards on different spots.
When a topic is being called out, students moved around the classroom – frantically searching for the relevant phrases.
Meanwhile, ES1 students got busy in a card game challenge where each of them got to keep the cards by forming a sentence with the phrase they got from the deck.
Meaningful learning can never be boring!
How’s weather today?
Students learned how to describe weather through speaking and writing.
Here are some of their work…
As with the end of Quarter 3, we concluded the lesson on My room for Grade 3 Mandarin. Some of the students could remember the vocabulary well, while others needed more time for practice. Nonetheless, the most important element in language learning is to be able to apply it in our daily lives.
Through the activity of drawing out the layout of their bedroom, then labeling them accordingly, students got to put things into perspectives. Here are some of their masterpieces -
Not bad, huh?
Grade 1 students focused on the topic “Stationery” or “文具“ this month. Students enjoyed learning different vocabulary words like: 铅笔(pencil), 剪刀(scissors), 纸(paper), 白板(whiteboard), 橡皮( eraser), 书包(school bag), 订书机(stapler), 卷笔刀(sharpener), 彩色笔(color pencil), 钢笔(fountain pen), 尺子( ruler), 教室( classroom), 椅子(chair), 桌子(table/desk). etc… Students were asked to identify pictures of stationery by reciting, playing games, and doing group work activities. Students were able to practice answering different questions using sentence patterns such as:
a. 教室里有什么? 教室里有剪刀(铅笔, 纸, 文件夹, 黑板, 橡皮, 订书机, 纸夹, 钢笔, 书包).
b. 这是什么? 这是一本书. 这是一个订书机. 这是一张桌子.
This month, Grade 5 students focused on the topic ” Fresh Market.” Students learned the words according to the different categories. Then, the teacher created three scenes happened in fresh market: Scenario one was they would go to fresh market with their parents. Scenario two was they would buy something in the fresh market and also they would communicate with”……多少钱？/可以便宜吗？/……三块五毛一斤. Scenario three was they finished their task in fresh market. Students discussed what they would do in the fresh market in class, composed the script and translated. At last,they had fun acting them out as they have learned the following Chinese words and sentences : 白菜，西红柿，黄瓜，南瓜，虾，鱼，鱼肉，鸡肉，牛排，苹果，梨，菠萝，葡萄，木瓜；The sentences :我家附近有个菜市场/菜市场里有…… /……多少钱？/可以便宜吗？/大白菜两块五毛一斤。
Students were asked to look up the meaning of the opposite words then to match them in pairs. And also students played Bingo Game in the class.
Pre-K Mandarin – Mr. Maverick Arenas
Pre-K students focused on the topic “Daily routine” this month. We learned different words about the topics such as, 洗澡、洗手、洗头、洗头发、洗脸、洗脚、起床、上学、刷牙、回家、睡觉、吃早饭、放学. Every Mandarin class, students were tasked to identify Chinese characters, and read aloud words presented in class. Different sentence patterns are also introduced in class to help them apply and use these words in a variety of situations.
Please find below, the summary of lessons we’ve taken up this month. You are welcome to use this as a reference for reviewing Chinese lessons in preparation for future lessons and for upcoming assessments:
Topic: Daily Routine
• Pronounce the words correctly
• Identify Chinese characters
• Answer the questions correctly
• Recite sentences related to the topic
• 我要洗澡、洗手、洗头、洗头发…… ; 我每天洗澡、洗手、洗头、洗头发……
Review material • Easy steps to Chinese for kids 1a – 1b
MS4 students has been learning learning vocabulary words, problem solving skills related with HSK3 .We learned different words about the HSK such as 讲故事、 搬家、城市、饿坏了、感冒、发烧、清楚and so on. Every Mandarin class, students were tasked to identify most HSK characters, and memorize words with games . Some very important words will be presented in class and read aloud , They were also given opportunity to use these words in class . They also learned problem solving skills of HSK from past exams .
Here are some vocabulary/a guide to HSK
饿坏了 Hungry to death
感冒 Have a cold
发烧 Have a Fever
讲故事 tell story
休息 have a rest
With the Chinese New Year falling on Feb 5th, CISM students learnt more about the Chinese culture in this 2-week long Spring Festival.
Chinese dragons are a symbol of China’s culture, and they are believed to bring good luck to people, therefore the longer the dragon in the dance, the more luck it will bring to the community. While we only got to watch a lion dance in CISM, both Grade 3 and ES1 students got to make their own paper Dragons.
They also got to be creative in making and designing their own angbaos or red envelopes. Traditionally, only married couples gave angbaos as a form of blessings. Therefore, students got to write messages of gratitude to their loved ones. ❤