Day 4: Fun with *Chinese* at Home

Learning about Family and Zoo Animals in Chinese

Today’s activity plan is about family members. The stories include some common zoo animals. Students will be able to identify some family members in Chinese after completing the activity plan.

Chinese Songs with Family Members

Finger family song (2 min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TA2iKi_kPY

Baby shark (shows different family members, gets going about 20 seconds in) (1:30) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XcYhPHnLDs

Story time in Chinese:

Goodnight Gorilla  is a modern classic and it is available in Chinese!

Goodnight Gorilla (2:24 min)


This story, A Taste of the Moon, byMichael Grejniec is more complex than Goodnight Gorilla. It will help children’s comprehension if they already know the story in English.

A Taste of the Moon



Making a Family Tree in Chinese:

Have your kids make their family tree. Younger children can write the family relationship with pinyin and older kids can write it in with characters. Find stroke order for Chinese characters here: https://dict.naver.com/linedict/zhendict/dict.html#/cnen/home

Template for a variety of different family trees (including multigenerational family trees, adoptive family trees and “circle of care” style family trees): https://www.familytreetemplates.net/category/kids

All of our plans include about 30 minutes of activities, including songs, stories, activities and games. Children do not have to do all the activities in one go. If you have questions about the activity plan, please get in touch.  

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