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

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why is the cat not in the zodiac

Why is the Cat not in the Zodiac?

project-based learning and world language and culture

what is project based learning
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
what they know
What they know:
  • Lesson 7 Animals in Far East Chinese for Youth I
  • Most animals in the zodiac: 鼠,牛,虎,兔,?蛇,马,羊,猴,鸡,狗,猪
  • Animals not in the zodiac: 鸟,熊猫, 鱼
  • Different verbs: 飞,跑,叫,爬
  • Sentence Structure: 会。。。吗?会不会。。。?
what they learned from research
What they learned from research
  • Chinese culture through folklores
  • The way of keeping time and Chinese astrology
  • Different traits of animals: cultural symbols
what they do
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
r e a l principle and the project
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
r relevant
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
e engaging
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 )

a autonomous
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

l live
L: Live
  • Presentation in School’s Chinese New Year Assembly
  • Keep Chinese live within the community outside the school
  • I-movie uploaded on school website for parents
vocabulary and structures used
Vocabulary and structures used
  • Textbook content comes alive through skit
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