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Reflecting and sharing our knowledge

Approximate Duration: 3 to 4 lessons

 Key competencies:

  • Thinking
  • Managing self
  • Relating to others
  • Participating and contributing

 Effective teaching:

  • Encouraging reflective thought and action
  • Facilitating shared learning
  • Providing sufficient opportunities to learn

 Links to social inquiry processes:

  • Considering responses and decisions
  • Reflecting and evaluating


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.

Part one – How has my learning developed during this unit and why is knowing about the Chinese lantern festival important?

The students revisit the Celebrations Display that they made during Activity 1 and read the celebration words and customs/traditions that are displayed. The students add pictures of the Chinese lantern festival to the display – photographs or students’ artwork – and consider whether any new celebration words and descriptions of customs/traditions need to be added.

Students are asked to consider why it is important for us as New Zealanders to know about the Chinese lantern festival. Make sure that students realise that a large number of Chinese people live in New Zealand and celebrate their new year and the lantern festival here.

Part two – How can I share what I have found out about the Chinese lantern festival with others?

The students brainstorm different ways that they can share their new knowledge about the Chinese lantern festival with others. Ideas could include:

  • make a book to share with the local pre-school
  • make a class Powerpoint show to play at assembly
  • make a class movie
  • share their work with their parents at home.

Students may decide to host their own Chinese Lantern Festival at school and invite parents and friends.

The students make a decision on how to share their new learning considering their skill base, resources and available time. The students then work together to ensure that their new learning is celebrated and shared. They will need to make a list of necessary tasks, construct a timeline and allocate responsibilities and jobs.

If possible, students visit a local Chinese lantern festival with their families.

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