The capstone project of Scioto Darby Elementary School was the Chinese Traditional Festival Curriculum. There are many traditional festivals during a year. Mid-Autumn Festival, Spring Festival, Lantern Festival, Qingming Festival, and Dragon Boat Festival are the main ones. In the curriculum, there are many interesting activities.
My capstone project is the Chinese New Year Guard Rally. The purpose of this event is to enable students to experience Chinese traditional culture more deeply and be interested in learning Chinese. The event is arranged on the day before the Chinese New Year, which is New Year ’s Eve. We performed three times during the day so that all the teachers and students of the school have the chance to take part in this event. The first is for pre-k to second grade students, the second is for third to fifth grades, and the third is for sixth to ninth grades.
My project is to introduce Chinese Culture in my Chinese Club. During the Chinese Lunar New Year, we learned about the origin and celebration of the Spring Festival. I organized a dinner party with my students and club members. I showed then how to make dumplings, and we made the dumplings together. I also cooked some Chinese dishes for the party. We also watched the Spring Gala on CCTV. My students and I went on a field trip to Jackson College to participate the celebration there.
A grand Chinese New Year celebration was held in Plantation Middle School during Chinese New Year. The students and staff in our school and feeder schools and the officials from our county were invited to spend the wonderful afternoon with my Chinese students who well performed the Chinese-styled programs and showed their projects about Chinese culture. Some students from feeder schools also sang Chinese songs which I taught them during outreach. This capstone raises people's interest in China and Chinese culture and establishes mutual understanding among different peoples.
As Chicago is a city with diversity, our students also come from different cultural backgrounds. One of our traditions is to immerse students into a diverse world. With the coming of Chinese New Year, the students who are majoring in Chinese practice dragon dance themselves, and they will have a big show in our campus!
The theme of our capstone project is Field Trip—Cyrus Tang Hall in China. The aim of the field trip is to let the students of Grade 5 and Grade 6 at LaSalle to take a closer look at objects that tell stories of China’s complex history, diverse cultures, while learning Mandarin.
The whole project will last several months which can be divided into three procedures:
Moos Elementary has a Spring Festival showcase which involves around 100 parents and students from Pre-K to K6. The school is an IB school so lots of students are from different backgrounds. Our Spring Festival showcase helps spread the impact of the program and increase interest in Mandarin. After the showcase, the students will be proud of what they have done in Mandarin class. The students will have gotten to know more culture about Chinese New Year Celebration traditions. All the Chinese learners in Moos will have also gotten a chance to show their improvement in Chinese.
The theme of our capstone project is culture boxes. And it is also our CLP. Both of my home school and host schools are willing to establish a sister-school relationship. Therefore, we plan to ask students and teachers to communicate with each other through a series of activities called culture boxes.
Apply for textbooks for the future students in Chinese 2 and 3. These textbooks will help Chariho Regional High School's Chinese programs become more professional and academic. It helps students to acquire more knowledge, and future teachers can better improve the teaching effect.