In March and April, CIAU faculty Jessica Liu introduced all the students at West Street Elementary School to “A School Day” of elementary students in China. The students learned many things about the daily life of Chinese elementary students, and compared this with their own school life. The students also learned how to talk about the weather. In order to make study lively and interesting, Jessica used sign language to help teach the weather words in Chinese. The students also made a Chinese weather book to take home to show their families.
In March and April, students at North Street School learned about a variety of social studies topics. Yanjie Yin taught the 4th and 5th graders about transportation vehicles by singing a Chinese version of “The Wheels on the Bus” and comparing American and Chinese transportation. They also learned about Chinese drama, adapted from “Mr. Fool Moved the Mountain”, and about common animals by playing Smartboard games. Liwei Wang had fun teaching the 3rd graders about maps, national flags, animals and body parts. They learned not only the related words of these topics, but also some differences between the cultures of the different countries, as well as two songs with Chinese lyrics which were adapted from the songs, “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” and “If You’re Happy and You Know It”.