February 8th 2016 is the start of the Chinese New Year This year is the year of the Monkey. We’re taking part in Chinatown in Chesham in a few weeks. We’ve got three classes in local schools for early years and KS1.
So last year, I wrote a brilliant lesson using the great songs by Toni Wang at a little mandarin. It’s a lot of fun and children pick up some simple Mandarin words.
This is my lesson plan for the session lasting about 20 minutes. I hope it inspires you to use Mandarin in your classroom.
The lyrics for all the songs are available on http://alittlemandarin.com/lyrics/ I printed them out on A4 card, put a related picture on the other side and laminated it.
The story I used was the really simple one from Twinkl .
To hear, sing and speak a little Mandarin and hear about the cultural traditions for Chinese New Year.
By the end of session the children should be able to say hello “nĭ hăo” and good bye “zài jiàn” and have become familiar with the songs. They are likely to be able to sing the Two tigers song by repeating it. They will also have realised learning another language is a lot of fun.
The lesson outline is as follows.
Lingotastic Chinese New Year class
Blast off to China (with rockets) One two three blast off “yi er san diăn huŏ”
Meet the Dragon and say hello to him “nĭ hăo” If the children are feeling brave you I take the dragon to talk to individual children, a great way to repeat this phrase with them. The dragon is taking us on a New Year adventure with lots of friends to meet along the way.
Tell the Dragon’s story (Chinese zodiac story with lots of animal props) As the children hear their animal mentioned they need to wave it. Twinkl have a brilliant simple version.
After we’ve crossed the river in the story we meet the Jade Emperor. It’s his birthday so we can all sing Happy Birthday to the Jade Emperor in Mandarin shēng rì kuài lè
The dragon asks can we sing it again? please- “qĭng”
It’s time to find the two tigers together. Bring out the two tiger props and teach the song.
Sing two tigers with actions (in Mandarin) liǎng zhī láo hǔ
We need to say thank you to tigers for playing with us“xié xié”
Of we go again. We’ve got a friend to find. Time to find a friend
We can’t find them, they are cleaning the house ready for the new year.
On the songcard, notice the children are wearing red and gold lucky colours for the new year.
Find a friend (musical game) (in Mandarin) Play the song and pause after they sing “nǐ shì wǒ de hǎo péng yǒu” (You are my good friend.) The chidren need to find a friend and shake hands with them. Continue the song stopping at “nǐ shì wǒ de hǎo péng yǒu” and the childen find another friend to shake hands with.
So now we’re all ready for the New Year. It’s time to sing.
Happy new year song (in Mandarin) xīn nián hǎo
The Dragon needs to go now, to look after the water and bring rain.
All say good bye “zài jiàn” to dragon. If you have time the dragon (and you) can go round and say it to each child so repeating it many times.
Blast off back to England with the rockets. Another chance to count together.
We use rockets as we always do at Lingotastic. It is our way of travelling to the different countries. It’s a good way to introduce some numbers.
The songs here are familiar tunes or very simple. I learned these songs by singing along to a little mandarin CD mostly in the car. My children learned them too. In the same order I did. I figured if we could learn them by singing other people could too.
I’m really happy to chat with you about how you could use this in your classroom. Get in touch Sarah@Lingotastic.co.uk