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Welcome back from the May break!

As we are heading towards the end of the school year, our last unit will focus on how a​ ​country’s​ ​national​ ​treasures​ ​help​ ​define​ ​their​ ​identity​ ​in​ ​the​ ​world.   ​We will use the “Panda – 熊猫” (one of China’s national treasures) as a vehicle to exploring this concept better.

Here is a video clip about pandas that we will use in class to help jump start their inquiry into this unit:



Colour Unit: 颜色

For our current unit, we are once again exploring our colours in Mandarin.  This year we are extending our prior knowledge by learning character writing and using them orally in a set sentence structure.

We began our unit with a familiar song on colours and then read an engaging story about a fun loving cat named “Pete the cat:  I love my white shoes” 皮皮猫: 我爱我的白鞋子。

Here is the colour song and the image of the story we read together.  Look out for more Mandarin colour stories next week as we apply our Mandarin learning in short phrases and sentences.


Happy Chinese New Year ! 农历新年!

On February 16th it will be the Lunar New Year!  We have been exploring many songs, stories, traditions and crafts related to the Chinese New Year.

Here are some facts that the Grades 1s know about the Chinese New Year:

  1. Each year is represented with a special zodiac animal.  This year is the year of the dog. 狗
  2. The colour red (红色) is a lucky colour to wear during the new year celebrations.
  3. We celebrate together as a family (团圆)
  4. The Chinese New Year lasts for 15 days, ending with a lantern festival on the final day (灯笼节).
  5. We eat special foods like “long life” noodles (面条)and dumplings (饺子).
  6. We receive red envelopes from elders called 红包.

In each class page there are photos of the little dog 小狗 paper craft they created for the Year of the Dog.

Below is a quick video that talks about Chinese New Year:

**There are updated videos in the resource page with additional videos about the Lunar New Year.

Our school wide celebration of the Lunar New Year will be held on Feb. 23rd from 2:30pm to 6pm.  If you have time, please come out and celebrate the new year with us!

Happy New Year!  新年快乐! xin nian kaui le!

Unit 3: Social Interactions connect generations

Welcome back!  We are continuing our unit of inquiry we began just before the winter break.  Our unit will concentrate on looking at how to use our action word “to play” (玩) in connection with games and toys.  We will also explore some traditional/cultural toys of China.

Here are two traditional toys of China

踢毽子 = Chinese Hacky Sack

抖空竹 = Chinese yo-yo

The new song we are learning together in class is also available on the resource page.  Please feel free to take a look and sing along.

Here are some words we are using in our unit:

  = 玩具 (wan ju – toy)

 = 积木 (ji mu – blocks)

 = 娃娃 (wa wa – doll)


Picture Words – Dictionary

The Grade 1s are currently finishing up their unit on “Signs and Symbols” this coming week.  Each student is creating their own mini “My Chinese Picture Word” dictionary.  When completed, each student will have their own dictionary to take home and show their family or friends what they have learned in Mandarin.

Here are some of the final “Picture Words” we have added to our repertoire:

Fire =

Sky =

Mouth =

Wood/Tree =



Unit 2: Signs and Symbols

This week we have began investigating signs and symbols in our Mandarin Learning.  We are looking more closely at Mandarin characters, specifically “picture words” that we can read and know their meaning just by looking at the character’s formation.

Here are some characters that we are looking at:



We are also looking at how the characters change from how they were first written down a long time ago to how they look now.  Below are some quick video clips that help to demonstrate the changes throughout history:


Mid-Autumn Festival

Recently we celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival here at school.  A whole day celebration was hosted by the Mandarin Department in the Library on October 4th, where all classes were invited to share in the culture and traditions of the festival.  We had students visit the following stations to help them experience the festival:

  1.  Story telling (Change and HouYi 嫦娥和后羿)
  2.  Arts and Crafts 手工 (Lantern making 灯笼, and paper folding)
  3.  Traditional Tea Ceremony 茶艺表演
  4. Traditional Sugar Art presentation 糖人儿表演
  5. Chinese Riddles 猜灯谜
  6. Mooncake Tasting 吃月饼

Below are some video clips on the origins of the festival as well as some photos of the day:

Unit 1: Teamwork and Cooperation

Our very first unit in Grade 1 Mandarin B will focus on two aspects.

  1.  Review of our classroom/manner words
  2. In addition, there are some new phrases that focuses on teamwork and cooperation.

Each class has created their own chart of the Manner/Polite words and phrases.  A copy of their charts will be posted in their own class pages.

The phrases will be consistently used during the year to support our Mandarin learning in class.


Hello all!

This blog is dedicated to the Grade 1 Mandarin B classes.  In the menu above, you will find pages that will give you the following information:

Curriculum Overview – here you can find the link to the pdf version.

Mandarin Resources – here you can find links to websites, videos and images that supports our learning in class.

Class pages – Here in each specific class page, you will see class work, and announcements.

**If there is class work or videos, they will be password protected.  Please see the email regarding the password for each class.

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