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Grade 6
Grade 6
Unit 1: Pathways
 
The All-American Slurp
by Lensey Namioka
 

Cross Curricular  
Chinese Art  
Cross Curricular
From the Student Web Page
Art of China Home Page
Connect to this link:
http://pasture.ecn.purdue.edu/~agenhtml/agenmc/china/art.html


  1. Click images for larger images, facts, or additional links about Chinese antiques, crafts, paintings, and calligraphy.
  2. Be sure to examine examples of each type of art or craft.
  3. Remember to click the back arrow to return to the index page.
About the Site

Students can view examples of various kinds of Chinese arts at this simply organized Web page sponsored by Perdue University. The site showcases antiquities, crafts, paintings, and calligraphy from China. Links to information about Chinese music, scenery, and more from this ancient culture are found at the bottom of the Web page.

What to Do

  1. Ask students to name arts they associate with China.

  2. Tell them they will browse an online Chinese art gallery to find out more.

  3. Invite students to print, draw, or find other graphic images of Chinese artwork to share with the class.

From the Student Web Page
Chinese Calligraphy: Language as Art
Connect to this link:
http://zhongwen.com/


  1. Scroll down until you see "Zhong + wen." What does this word mean?
  2. Click on Write Characters, beneath "Learn Chinese." Read about the stroke types and orders.
  3. Click on the symbol beneath "Stroke Types." What does this character mean?
  4. Practice writing the character using what you have learned about calligraphy.
About the Site

This is an informational site aimed to inform about Chinese characters and culture. It can be used as an English-Chinese dictionary as well.

Lesson Objectives

  • Students will use the Internet to learn the meanings of different Chinese characters.

  • Students will learn how to write Chinese characters.

  • Students will practice writing Chinese characters.

Suggested Additional Activities

  • Have students click on Home then Search Dictionary. Have them look up the Chinese translation of different words found in The All-American Slurp.

  • From the "Home" page, have students go to Get a Chinese Name. Have them practice writing the characters they are given.


Find Out More  
China  
Find Out More
From the Student Web Page
The China Experience
Connect to this link:
http://www.chinavista.com/experience/home.html


  1. Read the features and the recipe on the first page.
  2. Then click The China Experience: China Culture Index for a long list of topics that you can explore.
  3. Explore a section that you choose or one that your teacher has assigned.
About the Site

The China Experience provides students with excellent background about China's culture, business, cuisine, and more. This Web site is part of an even more comprehensive site, Discover China, a service by China Vista.

What to Do

  1. After reading the introductory features and the recipe on the main page, you might have students click a feature story if it interests them.

  2. Otherwise, direct students to The China Experience: China Culture Index and examine the list of topics.

  3. You may wish to arrange the class in small groups to research pre-selected areas of this extensive site.

  4. If time permits, students can click Discover China at the bottom of the page for more links.

From the Student Web Page
The Great Wall
Connect to this link:
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/asia/china/


  1. Read the information about China then click The Great Wall of China to learn about this structure.
  2. Click on Map of the Great Wall. What major city does the wall pass?
  3. Click on The First Emperor of China at the bottom of the page and read about Qin Shi Huangdi.
  4. Was Shi Huangdi a good ruler? List three reasons why he was and three reasons why he was not.
About the Site

EnchantedLearning.com offers a wealth of information on numerous topics, and is specifically designed for children.

Lesson Objectives

  • Students will use the Internet to learn about ancient Chinese history.

  • Students will locate the Great Wall of China on a map.

  • Students will answer questions about what they learn.

  • Students will list pros and cons of the rule of China’s first emperor.

Suggested Additional Activities

  • Have students research the famous terra cotta warriors that were uncovered in Shi Huangdi’s tomb.

  • Have students write short paragraphs describing life in ancient China during the Qin Dynasty from a firsthand perspective.

  • Have students research and compare the Great Wall with the Berlin Wall in Germany.


Leveled Books  
Customs  
Leveled Books
From the Student Web Page
Arabian Culture Guide
Connect to this link:
http://traderscity.com/abcg/culture.htm


  1. Click on and read Conservative Behavior on the left.
  2. Explore the other entries.
  3. Make a list of Do’s and Don’ts in Arabian culture. Write five things you should do and five things you should not do in Arabian countries.
About the Site

Mohammad Al-Sabt, a businessman and writer, sponsors this site. It is intended to teach visitors about business and culture in the Middle East.

Lesson Objectives

  • Students will use the Internet to learn about customs in Arabian culture.

  • Students will make a list of what you should and what you should not do in Arabian countries.

Suggested Additional Activities

  • Have students compare the Arabian customs they learned about to those of American culture. Ask the students to think about what customs are similar and what are different.

  • Have students do further online research on Middle Eastern countries.

  • Hold a class discussion on tolerance of other cultures and customs.

From the Student Web Page
Ethnic Wedding Customs
Connect to this link:
http://www.blissweddings.com/library/ethnicweddings.asp


  1. Read the introduction then click and read Tips and Advice on Ethnic Weddings.
  2. Go back and read the introductions to Filipino, Japanese, and Jewish weddings.
  3. Have you ever been to a wedding? If not, have you ever seen one on TV or in a movie? Think of customs of different American weddings. List three American wedding customs.
About the Site

BlissWeddings.com was named one of the top online wedding mega sites. It contains information, articles, and advice on planning weddings.

Lesson Objectives

  • Students will use the Internet to learn about wedding customs in different cultures.

  • Students will think of and list customs of American weddings.

Suggested Additional Activities

  • Have students think about and research customs for other events in different cultures.

  • Have students create Powerpoint presentations on what they discover for the rest of the class.