Focus on China

4th Grade Oral Language Resources

Content Objectives

Students will:

• Learn about China.
• Access prior knowledge and build background about the significance of China.
• Explore and apply the concept of Chinese New Year.

Language Objectives

Students will:

• Demonstrate an understanding of China.
• Orally use words that talk about aspects of China.
• Extend oral vocabulary by comparing China and the United States.
• Use key concept words [China, country, famous, panda, bamboo, jade, currency, Great Wall of China; populated, souvenir].



• Use the slideshow to review the key concept words.
• Explain that students are going to learn about China:
• Where is China.
• What is the capital of China.
• What do the colors of China's flag represent.
• What is Chinese currency.
• What is the significance of China.
• What is China known for.


• After the host introduces the slideshow, point to the photo on screen. Ask students: What do you see in this photo? (a globe showing China). What is the size of China compared to the other countries? (very big).
• Ask students: How long is a plane ride from the United States to China? (12• 20 hours).
• Say: China is a very important country. It is located in the continent of Asia. It's one of the biggest countries in the world. The Himalayas, the highest mountain range in the world, borders China. China has the most people in the world and Chinese is the most spoken language in the world! What is the second most spoken language in the world? (English).

Guided Practice

• Guide students through the next four slides, showing them aspects of China. Always have the students describe what is going on in the photo.


• Play the games that follow. Have them discuss with their partner the different topics that appear during the Talk About It feature.
• After the first game, ask students to talk about what things are souvenirs of America. After the second game, have them discuss what they will wish for this year.


• Ask students: Why is it important to study China? Explain.
• Summarize for students that a lot of our things are made in China, thus we do a lot of business with China. China is also important because it is the third country to put a man in space. Encourage them to think about how living in China is different from living in the United States.