Third Graders were beyond excited to choose their topic for the research portion of our Asia Study. We are focusing on China, places and things of cultural importance across time. Students are now researching who, what, when, where, and why about their topic, either independently or in partnerships. The topics include the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, and the Terracotta Army. We also have modern additions, such as the Shanghai Tower and the Olympic Stadiums. Some new additions to this year’s study include Kung Fu and the Chinese Opera. All the topics are so interesting, we can’t wait to discover more about them!
Our very own TCS parent and After School teacher, Miss Cinelle, is from Asia, specifically the Philippines. She came in this week to talk to Third Graders about growing up in Asia and the similarities and differences in cultures. The students were most interested to learn that there are over 7,000 Philippine islands and that there are over 100 languages spoken. Miss Cinelle had coconut water and mango juice to try, staples from the Philippines.
This week, Third Graders read The Year of the Dog. This story, written by Chinese American author Grace Lin, is about a young girl trying to find her place in the world as a Chinese girl in the American culture. Based loosely on her life, Grace Lin relates so beautifully to Third Graders thinking and feelings. Through this story, students worked on identifying character traits through their actions and words in the story.