DEC Scan Journal : Volume 36 Issue 3
2017 Volume 36, Issue 3 21 Contents Editorial Learning & teaching Research Share this Resource reviews away from his home? Define far away with reference to a map of Australia and the world. Do you have grandparents or relatives that live in faraway places? Locate your approximate current school location on a globe. Locate China and birth countries of students and/or their families. Students use wool or string to measure distances to China and familiar countries from their current location. Graph and compare the distances from Australia to other places. Which are the most faraway? (Each piece of string can be pinned or pasted to form the graph.) Working with globes builds understandings of Australia’s location in relation to other parts of the world. Provide time for exploration in addition to the set task. Lucky fortune coin How do people connect to family and friends in faraway places? What activities do Maomao and her father do together during his stay? Jointly construct a diary of the activities, writing in Maomao’s voice, for example, Day 1 – put up banners, made sticky rice balls, snuggled in bed. How do her feelings change? Chinese fortune coins symbolise good luck and good fortune. Why was Maomao’s coin so special? Why does she give it back to her father? What activities do you do with loved ones you see just once or twice a year? Is there a special activity that connects you together? Using a T-chart, students ° text to self – Have you been a part of Chinese New Year celebrations? What cultural events does your family celebrate? If you were with Maomao and her father watching the dragon dance, what else would you see? What noises would you hear? What have you learnt about Chinese culture from Maomao’s story? Cross curriculum links • English • visual literacy – framing, salience, angles, colour and symbols • grammar – descriptive noun groups, proper nouns. • creative arts • music and dance related to Chinese New Year • visual arts – Chinese artworks and calligraphy; decorate red money envelopes. Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia • Chinese culture. Supporting texts and resource links • ‘Fang Fang’s Chinese New Year’ by Sally Rippin • ‘Grandpa’s Mask’ by Jing Jing Guo • ‘We All Went on Safari: A Counting Journey through Tanzania’ by Laurie Krebs and Julia Cairns • ‘Around the World: Geography Teaching Framework’, NSW DoE • ‘People and Places - Chinese Australians’ unit, State Library of NSW. Faraway places What are some places far away from Australia? Why does Maomao’s father build houses in places far and watch a dragon dance from the roof top. After just a few days Maomao has to farewell her father again but she gives him her fortune coin as a connection across time and distance. Geographical concepts and ideas • place, interconnection, scale • natural and human features of places in the world • Chinese daily life, cultural customs and traditions • connections and links people have with people and places. English concepts • culture, cultural identity, narrative voice (first person), symbol. Selected geography syllabus content – local and global connections • Students investigate connections that people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, have to local and global places, for example (ACHGK010, ACHGK011, ACHGK012) • description of reasons people are connected to places in Australia and/or countries across the world, for example, birthplace. Engaging with the text • Building the field • What do you know about Chinese New Year? • Share just the illustrations and ask for predictions. Then read with words. • Making connections • text to text – What colours are used in Chinese New Year celebrations?
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