~Country of the Week~
written and compiled by
Katrina Lybbert
with help from Margaret Spitler

The following outline will guide you through a two week plan of study for this country.  A suggested one week outline is listed below if you wish to cover more countries during the year.

Day 1

Learn and study the map, flag and national symbols of China.  You can start a lapbook to record your learning.


Flag National Symbols

Day 2

Choose some stories, songs or poems about China to read, sing or learn.


Poems Books/Stories
Two of Everything : A Chinese Folktale by Lily Toy Hong
The Pea Blossom by Amy Lowry Poole
The Empty Pot by Demi
The Greatest Power by Demi
The Greatest Treasure by Demi
Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
Ruby's Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges
The Seven Chinese Sisters by Kathy Tucker
The Seven Chinese Brothers by Margaret Mahy
Dim Sum For Everyone! by Grace Lin
Kite-Flying by Grace Lin
Fortune Cookie Fortunes by Grace Lin
Daisy Comes Home by Jan Brett
The Warlord's Books by Virginia Walton Pilegard
The Master Swordsman & The Magic Doorway: two legends from ancient China by Alice Provensen
Monkey King by Ed Young
The Hunter: A Chinese Folktale by Mary Casanova
Beautiful Warrior: The Legend of the Nun's Kung Fu by Emily Arnold McCully
The Lost Horse: A Chinese folktale by Ed Young
The Paper Dragon by Marguerite W. Davol
The Dragon Prince: a Chinese Beauty & the Beast Tale by Laurence Yep

Day 3

Write your own poem, and learn to say hello, good-bye, please and thank you in Chinese.

Write your own simple poem for the country of China... here is an example:
(Look in some of the books you have read about China to find words that start with each letter.)

C is for the color of Chinese dragons,
H is for the Huang He (Yellow River),
I is for the amazing, wonderful inventions,
N is for celebrating Chinese New Year,
A is for Ancient China of long ago.

You can post your poem in your lapbook.


Day 4

Try some Chinese recipes, eat with chopsticks and have some Fortune Cookies!

Day 5

Try some of these Chinese games:

Day 6

Learn about different animals, plants and habitats in China.


Plants Habitat

The natural areas of China are Northeast China, North China, Subtropical East Central China, Tropical South China, Inner Mongolian Grassland, Northwest China, and the Tibetan Plateau.

See the following article for more information or search in an encyclopedia of your own.

Day 7

Learn about the National Anthem of China and read more stories (see the list of books on Day 2).

Day 8

Learn to count to 10 in Chinese and review the words for hello, good-bye, please and thank you.

Day 9

Finish working on your lapbook.  More information on lapbooks will be coming soon, but in the meantime please look at the following websites for ideas:

Day 10

On this day you can focus on crafts, costuming and dances from China.


Costumes Dances ----------------------------------------------------

If you want to spend one week on each lesson here is a condensed plan:

Scheduling for the One Week Plan

Day 1 - Map, Flag, National Symbols, Animals, Plants and Habitat

Day 2 - Stories, Songs & Poems

Day 3 - National Anthem, More Stories, Language (learn to say Hello, Good-bye, Please, Thank you, and count to 10)

Day 4 - Food, Notebook or Lapbook

Day 5 - Games, Crafts, Costumes, Dances


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