Monday, September 29, 2014

Dressed for the Weather Mandarin Language Game

We're starting a new unit on weather, which could be a really boring topic to a kid...But we're having lots of fun with it, and I can't wait to share what we've been up to.
Last week,  I introduced 4 new weather-related vocab and related hand motions--we use hand motions as a memory tool.

After going over the new vocab and hand motions, we ran outside to practice (listening comprehension) the weather words with a twist on a dress-up relay race, which I call "Dressed for the Weather."  Here's how to play this game at your house.

What you will need:
index cards with weather vocab written on it. Click here to download.

* basket/laundry basket filled with weather-related apparel (umbrellas, sunglasses, flip flops, snow boots, hats, scarves, etc...).

1. Fill a large box/laundry basket with clothing items for each type of weather listed on the index cards (umbrellas, sunglasses, flip flops, snow boots, hats, scarves, etc..). Think creatively--the sillier the choice, the more giggles when the game is played!

2. Place the basket at one end of the room/yard. Players line up opposite the basket (you choose the distance). 

3. Read one of the weather vocab cards in Mandarin. If your kids don't recall the English meaning of the vocab, show them the related hand motion. 

4. Players race to the basket and get "dressed for the weather."  If you have a few players and lots of clothing, you can specify that each child must put on 2-3 items. 

5. Once they are dressed, players race back to the starting point, and announce "Hǎole!" (好了), which means "I'm done!"

6. First one back--dressed appropriately for that weather condition--wins that round. 

  • This game can be played with 2 + people. If you have a group, divide into teams. 
  • Play as many rounds as you like.
  • Offer incentives for the winners of each round such as letting the winner choose the next weather card.
  • Get silly! Combine two different weather conditions. such as cold and rainy (see photo), hot and snowy. This elicited lots of giggles and silly dress-up combinations--which they loved.

What types of activities do you use to reinforce new vocabulary?

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