Monday, October 13, 2014

"The Weather Today is Not So Good" Song and Game

After our first lesson on weather, I began looking for a catchy way to practice our new weather vocab, plus review/reinforce some other words we've been working on.

The sentence "Jīntiān de tiānqì bú tài hǎo" (The weather today is not so good) got stuck in my head, and after mumbling through it a few times, I realized that it would work well sung to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus." 

After a little caffeine (i love my java) & creative brainstorming, a Mandarin song and game about the weather was born!

First, the song: Sung to "The Wheels on the Bus." It's a super catchy tune, one you've probably sung a million times between storytimes and preschool with your little ones. 

Here are the lyrics (download pdf here):


-->To intro the song, I first read the text out loud, asking the girls to highlight any words they didn't recognize.

-->Then, we read it out loud together, translating the text line by line.

-->Next, we sang it together.

Now, for the game!


What you'll need: 
  •       "Jīntiān de tiānqì bú tài hǎo" song lyrics
  •       weather and food cards (click here to download)

How to Play:
  1. Sing through the song. After singing "wèishénme?," point to a player. 
  2. This player turns over a weather card and answers in Mandarin, "Jīntiān lěng" (or Today is cold
  3. Repeat the process until everyone has had a turn. 
**The girls had recently learned the word "yīnwèi" (because), so they began their answer with "yīnwèi" and then filled in the weather condition.

**To make it more challenging, I threw in other weather conditions (Hěn lěng--very cold, and Bú tài rè--not too hot, Xià dàyǔ--heavy rain)



Now, the silly part: 
  • To switch things up, I introduced the stack of food cards
  • This time through, after we sang through the song, and asked "wèishénme?" whoever was it, turned over one card from each pile.
  • Instead of answering in Mandarin, the kiddo translated the weather card into English and combined it with the item on the food card to create a funny weather condition (i.e. it's snowing pancakes)
**This takes a little imagination, but it really stretched their "translating" muscles and made them giggle. 

What songs have you created to help you learn and/or teach Mandarin? 

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