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Title: Why is the Cat not in the Zodiac?


1
Why is the Cat not in the Zodiac?
  • project-based learning and world language and
    culture

2
What is project-based learning?
  • Students show through projects what they can do
    with what they know
  • Start with open-ended question that require
    critical thinking and research
  • Let students decide what they want to communicate
    in Chinese

3
What they know
  • Lesson 7 Animals in Far East Chinese for Youth I
  • Most animals in the zodiac ?,?,?,?, ? ?,
    ?,?,?,?, ?,?
  • Animals not in the zodiac ?,??, ?
  • Different verbs ?,?, ?, ?
  • Sentence Structure ?????? ???????

4
What they learned from research
  • Chinese culture through folklores
  • The way of keeping time and Chinese astrology
  • Different traits of animals cultural symbols

5
What they do
  • Puppet skit to present to the school community on
    what they know about the Chinese zodiac
  • Show creativity when they want to add Bird to the
    story
  • Connect with other subjects such as art when
    making the props and design costume

6
R.E.A.L principle and the project
  • Main aspects of the project fit the principles
    used in the classroom
  • R Relevant
  • E Engaging
  • A Autonomous
  • L Live

7
R Relevant
  • The project was done during Chinese New Year of
    2010-relevant and appropriate content
  • Students reported that it is much easier to
    understand and remember the order of the zodiac
    after the skit project

8
E Engaging
  • Students love the story and the stuffed animals,
    so they are naturally engaged and motivated.
  • Researches show different parts of the brain
  • Left Side of Brain Right side of Brain
  • -Facts and rules -Emotions
  • (vocabulary, grammar) (expression, fun )

9
A Autonomous
  • -project-based learning does not require a right
    or wrong answer
  • -Give student the autonomy of choosing the most
    enticing story and ownership in writing, acting
    and editing.
  • -Teamwork Class needs to agree on one story
  • -Controlled Autonomy Required contents
    (previously learned vocabulary and structures) to
    use

10
L Live
  • Presentation in Schools Chinese New Year
    Assembly
  • Keep Chinese live within the community outside
    the school
  • I-movie uploaded on school website for parents

11
Vocabulary and structures used
  • Textbook content comes alive through skit
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