Teacher's Guide for APPLESEEDS BeijingApril 2000
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Beijing is the world's 12th largest city. Ask students to guess the names of at least five of the world's largest cities. Write their guesses on the board, then check the correct answers and have students locate these cities on a world map. (For example: Seoul, Mexico City, Bombay, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, New York City, Shanghai, Jakarta, Istanbul)
When the class has read the article "Welcome to My City" (pages 4 - 9), ask students to focus on pages 8 and 9 and identify similarities and differences between their daily routines and those of Ting Ting and Louis.
Read with the class the article "Manners Matter." Ask students to describe how different / similar these are compared to their own. (Students could practice Chinese manners for a day, and get their families involved.) If you have students from other cultures, ask them to describe to the class some of their unique etiquette rules.
Read with the class the article "Family Life." Ask students to list the three most important points of this article, and to explain their choices. (For example: respect for elders, family time, size of families, impact of new technology)
Math activity - see pages 24 - 25
As an art project, students can do the paper cutting activity described on pages 29 - 31.
Based on the issue, any other print materials and photographs you can find on Beijing, and internet sites such as www.newton.mec.edu/Angier/DimSum/Beijing-%20Reading%20Lesson.html and www.visit-china-97.com/35points/97e_12.htm, students could prepare a travel poster or brochure for a trip to Beijing. The first site also has a short essay on Beijing and a downloadable comprehension test for students!
For more on dialects, visit www.askasia.org/frclasrm/lessplan/l000007.htm for a Chinese Dialect exercise provided by the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE).
www.askasia.org/frclasrm/lessplan/l000019.htm also provides an activity to introduce students to some of the major Chinese inventions (such as paper money, wheelbarrows, decimal math, chess, umbrellas).