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    Animals Storytelling

    Animals Storytelling


    This lesson is for K2 to learn animals vocabulary in Chinese. Students will take photos of animals at home or search photos online and then make a storytelling video by using Adobe spark video. 


    This lesson is about identifying a variety of animals in Chinese and have students create their own digital stories about animals they know. This lesson combines face-to-face and asynchronous components, with students doing some of the work at home. This lesson will require about 40 minutes of instruction before the home assignment, and 10 minutes for the feedback after the home assignment. 

    Author: Liangli Tao

    Title Photo Taken by Liangli Tao

    Background for Teachers

    To teach this lesson you will need an understanding of how to help students identify animals in Chinese and help students choose the right tool to create their own digital stories about animals they live with. You'll also need to know how to work with digital photos, photo sharing, and a program like Adobe Spark to assist students in creating their project, as well as how to give proper credit for images that can be used without infringing copyright laws.

    The resources listed below may be helpful in preparing for this lesson.

    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

    Learning Intentions: Students will be able to understand the Chinese book of Naughty Hamster and can identify a variety of animals in Chinese. 

    Success Criteria: Students will take pictures of animals in their house, and then create an Adobe Spark video to demonstrate their stories with animals they live with. 


    Step 2 - Planning Instruction

    Student Background Knowledge: Before beginning this session, students should have a basic understanding of Adobe Spark Video, as well as how to search for and credit photos that can be used without breaking copyright laws.


    Strategies for Diverse Learners: If some of the students are unable to take pictures of animals at home, they can search for pictures online. (Creative Commons, Free Adobe Spark Images, Google Image Search, etc.)

    Step 3 - Instruction

    1. Students share their opinion about what animals do they like? Why?

    2. Talk about the cover of the Chinese book "Naughty Hamster". What do you see?

    3. Picture walk activities, to understand the meaning of the combination of pictures and text.

    4. Repeat the reading activity, watch the teacher's recording video, the first time, listen to the teacher, the second time, read with the teacher, and the third time, read with the teacher.

    6. Peer reading activity, take turn to read aloud.

    7. Listen to animal songs and learn vocabulary about various animals.

    8. Watch the video of Utah's Hogle Zoo and share what animal you see?

    9. Show an example of the teacher's digital story video made by the teacher, discuss how to use Adobe Spark video to make digital story, show photos of animals at home taken by yourself, or photos searched on the Internet, and read "Naughty  Hamster" aloud and say the animals on the photos name. And also, to teaching students how to give proper credit for images that can be used without infringing copyright laws.

    10. When students complete their projects at home, the teacher will create an Adobe Spark video to showcase all of the students' projects.