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    Teacher Guide ~ Unit 12


Overview A

Overview B

Review questions for Examination Day   KEY

Examination Day Questions    KEY

Student Weblinks


Silk ties would make great exhibits of the silk fabric and their modern use!

Maybe every student could bring an old silk tie that a male relative or friend will no longer wear.



Time:  2 weeks           Theme:  Diligence


  • A glimpse of ancient China and its influence on the world
  • Bible story of Job
  • Confucianism and Taoism
  • Review for Examination Day (review of Year One)

China Collectibles (Specific Topics, Projects, and Supplies Needed)

Day A1 - Geography of Asia  and Writing in Chinese
      Black tempera paint and round brushes.

Day A2 - The Mulberry Tree and Paper Cutouts
     Use colored paper to make paper cutouts (or make paper from pulp if you are really ambitious)

Day A3 - The Emperor's Clay Army and Sculpting Flowers
     Use either purchased clay or bread dough clay (recipe included)

Day A4 - Tea Party and discussion on Confucius (Reader's Theater).   Write a tale around one of Confucius' proverbs. 
     Arrange the room for a tea party, get out the colored napkins and cups (Styrofoam or ceramic). Serve one or more decaffeinated teas of your choice.  Can add honey or sugar for sweetener.  Students can write their tales in this environment.

Project A - Chinese Lantern Festival and Sweet and Sour treats.   Eat rice with chop sticks.  (Directions for using chop sticks are included.)
     Make paper lanterns with riddles, eat rice with chop sticks,  (have a chop stick eating contest), and finish with Sweet and Sour treats.

Day B1 - Taoism and Scroll Painting (flowers)
     Water color paints or thinned tempera paints and a calligraphy pen or thin black marker.

Day B2 - Ancestor Worship and the Three Perfections (painting, calligraphy, and poetry)
     Use water colors for painting picture and a calligraphy pen or thin black marker.

Day B3 - Comparing Silk and Cotton and the Chinese pagoda (colored pencils)
     Two 4" X 6" swatches of both silk and cotton per student or partners, matches and candle, dish soap and bowls for washing, magnifying glasses.

Day B4 - Chinese New Year:  Wear red, draw dragons, write appreciation notes and send them in red envelopes, if possible.
     Red envelopes (does a store have any leftovers?) or envelopes colored red, stationary for appreciation notes or computer generated notes with dragon graphics.

Project B:  Examination Day - A very important day in China.  Every family wants their student to do very well on the test.  It will bring honor to the family.

WB01512_.gif (115 bytes)   Bulletin Board Ideas:   Chinese Proverbs
  • Do not want others to know what you have done? Better not have done it anyways.
  • A jade stone is useless before it is processed; a man is good-for-nothing until he is educated.
  • An inch of time is an inch of gold, but you can't buy that inch of time with an inch of gold.