World Languages
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Lower Elementary
  • Chinese Lesson
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  • filmmaking
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    How to play a classroom game? (In Chinese)

    How to play a classroom game? (In Chinese)


    This lesson plan utilizes filmmaking to motivate students speaking Chinese, most importantly, to give a presentation with the key vocabulary/phrases and sentence structures that they have learned. The aim is to apply what they have learned into their daily life.

    (This resource's preview image is from YouTube and is openly licensed.)


    In this lesson, for 2nd Grade Chinese DLI students,  the teacher will guide students in creating films that can show how to play a classroom game in Chinese language. 

    • Time frame: 3-4 weeks
    • Format: This lesson is planned for in-person.

    Possible schedule:

    Week 1 - Be familiar with the characters/phrases/sentence structures of how to play a classroom game.

    Week 2 - Be able to make a presentation of how to play a classroom game as a group.

    Week 3 - As group, collaborate with each other,  write script and create story board. Be ready to film. 

    Week 4 - Make a film, share and celebrate the film within class/other grade.



    "Buddy" By Benjamin Tissot, from Bensound is free to use with attribution.



    Background for Teachers


    • To teach this lesson, you will need to scalfold the phrases and sentences and how to make a presentation, and how to make a film.
    • You will need knowledge about how to use imovie/adobe spark to help with students making the film.
    • The following resources can help you teach this topic:Mandarin Matrix Chinese curriculum


    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

    Step 1 Goals and Outcomes

    Learning Intentions:

    • Students will be able to know how to introduce how to play *** with the sentences structure that has been taught in class.
    • Students will learn how to record a video and how to make a film with the technology tool.

    Success Criteria:

    • Students will write a script, create a storyboard, and ultimately create a film that clearly shows how to play*** in Chinese.
    • As group, each member can show their particiapte and effort.


    Step 2 - Planning Instruction

    Step 2 Planning Instruction

    Student Background Knowledge

    • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of how to say "play***" in Chinese, and know how to say "what we can do/can't do" in Chinese.

    Strategies for Diverse Learners

    In this section, the teacher can use scripts and storyboard to assign different tasks according to students' learning levels. When making the videos of students, higher level students can do the written part, some students do the speaking part, and some students can act. The teacher will give enough support to the students who need more help. Meanwhile, when dividing in groups, teacher will assign different level students in a group, so that they can help each other.

    Step 3 - Instruction

    Step 3 Instruction

    In this section, I will follow the sequence of Teacher do, teacher and students do, student do. To make sure students know how to 

    1) Introduce themselves in a group.

    2) make a group presentation of how to play...

    3) write a script and storyboard

    4) make a film and share

    Learning activities/materials are attached.

    I will show my example video (link is here)and talk about the steps of making the video, how to add the effect to the film. To have students have a detailed step by step video making experience. So that students will know what their films might look like.



    Step 4 - Assessments

    Step 4 Assessments

    The teacher should observe students' participation during the group discussion, engagement during class activities, and filmmaking process to gage student understanding and offer additional support or extension opportunities as needed. 

    When students as a group to discuss/collaborate/write scripts/create storyboards, teacher should go around each group and see how it goes, give feedback or correction as needed.

    When each group is ready to film, it's a good idea for teacher to review it before filming, give immediate feedback or suggestions so that they can produce good quality work. When the final project is done, ask students to share it with their classmates in google drive. In class, teacher can airplay the film, the rest of the students will rate the fim with the rating rubric form. Popcorn is highly recommended when watching the film.

    Here is the rubric (as attached) With this, students' final projects will be evaluated and teacher can see if they meet their lesson objectives or not.