Mandarin

Kindergarten
Big Ideas: 
In their weekly lesson, students learn basic words, phrases, vocabulary songs and games, and use visual clues to attach meaning to words, count to 20, sing simple songs and learn about Chinese culture. Lessons follow a routine so students feel comfortable using learned expressions. Highlights include Moon Festival; family members; Chinese New Year; Zodiac story; simple characters; body parts; food; dragon boat festival; crafts and songs; and art workshops. 

Grade 1
Big Ideas: 
Introduce basic vocabulary and simple questioning through meaningful communication contexts, including games, songs and stories. Singing songs is an especially useful tool in retaining vocabulary for this age group. Highlights include Moon Festival; about me; name and age; siblings; hobbies; counting to 50; Chinese New Year; Zodiac story; crafts and songs; mini role plays; nature; bingo and dice.  

Grade 2 
Big Ideas: Students use learned vocabulary, count to 100, answer yes/no questions, and construct simple sentences. Through games and other interactive activities, students develop a basic awareness of Mandarin sounds while developing a curiosity and respect for Chinese culture. Highlights include Moon Festival; likes; vocabulary songs and games; Chinese New Year; Zodiac story; crafts and songs; simple adjectives; mini role plays; art workshops; and Chinese characters. 

Grade 3
Big Ideas: Students learn vocabulary, simple characters and basic linguistic structures by engaging in stimulating activities such as stories, festivals, role plays and games, and by working on different themes and mini projects. They also develop an appreciation for Chinese cultures and traditions. Highlights include  Moon Festival; Pinyin; family; pronouns and adjectives; Chinese New Year; food, birthdays, skits; picture books, simple questions; negative forms; likes and dislikes; and animals and nature.
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