Play It - Sports Gear - Paint & Perform - Mission China
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Activity 1: Sports Gear
1. Students make a ‘5 ﬁnger list’ of sports played in their home country. Share ideas to the class.
2. Elicit ideas of sports played in China. Are sports played in China similar or diﬀerent to sports played in this country?
3. Explain the Mission Director has restored the culture of 6 Empties but he needs the students to give them the correct sports gear as they are out of shape from lack of exercise.
4. Introduce the Mission Director’s instructions and students complete the activity.
5. Check the answers as a class.
Deconstruction: Elicit if in the activity there was one person leading the group. If so, why? Did it help? In sports teams, there is usually a ‘captain’ who is the designated ‘leader’ of the group. Lead a class discussion on why it is important to have a team captain and what traits make good leaders. Students sort the traits into those they think they have personally and those they’d like to develop. Ask students to reﬂect on and discuss in small groups the question, “Do you prefer to lead or follow when working in a group? Why?” Students can share their answers back to the class.
Activity 2: Paint and Perform
1. Show students several images of Chinese arts and crafts, eg. Peking Opera, paper cutting, calligraphy. Have students ever seen people (either in person or on TV) doing these? What were their impressions?
2. Introduce the Mission Director’s instructions and students play the game in pairs.
Note: Students may use or try to use the new Chinese vocabulary for “It’s my turn. It’s your turn. Roll the dice” 该我了！你了！掷骰子！
Deconstruction: Elicit the ‘Chinese Arts’ students both saw in the activity and know already. Lead a class discussion on which of these students would like to learn how to do and if any students have any of these skills already.
Ask students in small groups to reﬂect on and discuss the questions, “Do you think it's your responsibility to know/learn the rules of a diﬀerent culture if you choose to visit or live in it?” “Should a host culture make allowances for people from diﬀerent cultures?” Students share their answers and ideas back to the class.