O 3.3 Perform simple communicative tasks using single words, phrases and short sentences.
O 3.4 Listen attentively and understand instructions, everyday classroom language and praise words.
L 3.1 Recognise some familiar words in written form.
KAL Notice the spelling of familiar words.
Create very big pictures of the characters for 爸爸bàba father and 妈妈 māma mother. Place them on the classroom wall and practise recognising the characters
Ask the children what strategies they might use to try and remember which characters are for mother and which for father. Does mother have a smiley face and father a beard?
Extend recognition of characters to other family members. Place A3 or larger versions of the characters on the classroom wall.
•As in previous sessions, use the pronunciation grid to introduce Chinese as a language made up of different sounds, this time asking the children to close their eyes.
•Introduce the 4/5 tones as 4 different sounds modelling with “ma”.
•Ask children to present their family members to the class using photos or drawings.
•Using the Simpsons (or a famous family of your choice) take on the role of one of the characters of the family e.g. 我叫Lisa Simpson. 这是我妈妈这是我爸爸， 这是我妹妹这是我哥哥 wò jiào Lisa Simpson. zhè shì wo māma, zhè shì wǒ bàba , zhè shì wǒ mèi mei, zhè shì wǒ gēge.(I am called Lisa. Here is my mother, here is my father, here is my younger sister, here is my elder brother.) With the pinyin and characters on a white board, as well as a picture of the character you are adopting and the other characters placed by the pinyin, run through the sentences asking the children to say ‘Lisa’, ‘māma’ ‘bàba’ ‘mèi mei’ ‘gēge’ with you.
• Show the pinyin form of the four family words and point out the accents. Specifically show the children 爸爸bàba father and 哥哥gēge elder brother. Ask them if they can write妈妈 māma mother. Have they spotted the repeating pattern?
• Play 摸摸看 mō mō kàn - Touch the Picture. Place flashcards for the family members on the board. Divide the class into two teams. One child from each team comes to the board. Say aloud one of the family members e.g. 我妹妹 wǒ mèimei. The first child to touch the correct picture wins a point for their team. Choose two new children for the next round.
(levels of difficulty 1= easier, 3= more complex)
Prepare a multimedia presentation to
introduce family members. (1)
Create family tree template for ICT follow-up activity (1)
Find animated creations of the Chinese characters for mother 妈妈māma and father 爸爸 bàba on the Internet to illustrate brush stroke (1)