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Approximate duration: 2 lessons


 Key competencies:

  • Thinking
  • Relating to others

 Effective teaching:

  • Enhancing the relevance of new learning
  • Facilitating shared learning

 Links to social inquiry processes:

  • Finding out information
  • Exploring values and perspectives


 Conceptual understandings/learning intentions: Today we are learning that...

  • (Level 1) Chinese New Zealanders express their culture in their daily lives.
  • (Level 1) There are similarities and differences in the cultural expressions of Chinese New Zealanders and other New Zealand cultural groups.
  • (Level 2) Chinese New Zealanders express their customs, traditions and values through their own cultural practices.

What else can we learn about the lantern festival and Chinese New Year?

The students check to see if they have any more questions about the Chinese lantern festival that they want to research. They may want to widen their inquiry to focus on other customs and traditions associated with the Chinese New Year. The teacher and students make a question chart. The questions may need to be categorized into different themes/topics.

The teacher asks the children if they know any people who might be able to tell us or show us things about the Chinese lantern festival and/or the Chinese New Year. The first port of call will be parents and friends of the school. Make a list.

As a class decide what could be done to get these people along to school. Decide what information needs to be included on an invitation and how they can be contacted - written invitation, phone, fax or e-mail.

Contact your possible visitors first to explain what is happening but give your students the chance to make contact themselves. It will add purpose to their writing.

Students can ask their visitors the questions when they come to school. People from the Chinese community will be your best resource so share your ideas for the rest of the unit with them. They may be able to assist.

NB: Small and remote schools may not have access to Chinese people in their local community. Students may need to contact somebody who lives out of their local community and conduct interviews by e-mail, telephone or fax. The following websites offer community directories to assist schools in contacting somebody suitable to interview:

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