a. Start class with a lot of 你好s (hello) and 再见s (goodbye). Remember to encourage students to do the gestures.
b. Do the Class Starter Song with gestures and singing from Lesson 1.
c. Do the funny false name activity with the students from lesson 1, too. Again, make sure students repeat answers of individuals, and answer 对 (right) or 不对 (wrong) with gestures.
2. Chinese Tones
a. Say the Chinese sound ‘ma’ for students. Say this word using different tones.
Use the ‘tone gestures’ from the online Lesson 2 video to emphasize the concept of tones. This is will be helpful for children to visualize this important part of Chinese.
b. After kids get familiar with the Chinese tones, you can play this quick game:
Put the class into groups. Say ‘ma’ using one of the tones, and have the students gesture which tone was said. Groups must choose as a group the tone, which was said. Award points to teams who get answers right.
3. How are you? 你好吗？- 很好(good)/
马马虎虎(so-so)/不好 (bad)/谢谢, 你呢 (Thank you, and you?)
a. Review the gesture videos in the teaching slides. In class, demo 你好吗? (How are you?)
b. Next, ask 你好吗? (How are you?), and answer 我很好(I’m good.). Get all the class to say and do the gestures with you. Then do the same for 马马虎虎 (so-so) and 不好(not good).
c. Continue to drill the question – ‘How are you?’ Use different volumes, and speeds.
Finally, introduce 谢谢 + 你呢 (Thank you, and you?) to the end. Continue on with the gestures.
4. Miming – 你好吗？(How are you?)
a. Get the class to ask the question: 你好吗？(How are you?) Then get kids to act out one of the three answers (I’m good, bad, or so-so). Then say: 谢谢，你呢？(Thank you, and you?) to finish the conversation.
5. Sing – How Are You?
a. Review the song here. Begin with gesturing the lyrics – 你好马? 你很好…我很好…我很快乐.
b. You’ll need to pre-teach 快乐 (happy).
c. Gesture the bridge section: 谢谢你, 你呢？
d. Next, either with your voice alone, or with the audio song, sing the first half of the song. Encourage students to gesture and sing together.
e. Do the second half of the song singing alone or with the music.
f. Finally, finish with singing the whole song together with all the gestures. You can add in other fun movements (ex. jumping etc.) to for extra interest.
Character Writing – 中(China)
a. Get students to draw the connection with 中文 and 中国.
b. Do the writing stroke order before the students in the air. Get students to copy you with air writing…
Activity Sheet – Basic Emotions
a. Have students draw the face to match the emotion indicated by the Pinyin.
b. You can offer an award for students who put forth their best effort etc.