World Languages Mandarin Chinese - World: Guānxì Resource Center

Curriculum Development - Instructional Units Elementary School

The Mandarin lessons offer an example of curriculum based on California world language standards and communicative skills, organized by themes. Use the lessons as described or modify them as needed to adapt for your students and instructional goals.

Lessons are provided for downloading in PDF format in the table below.


UNIT 1 My Daily World Compared to My Chinese World
Lesson 1 Greetings – Formal and Casual
Lesson 2 Introductions – Formal and Casual
Lesson 3 Family Members and Relationships
Lesson 4 My Family Tree in Chinese
Lesson 5 Friends Matter – Ways We Help Each Other
UNIT 2 Animals People Love and Take Care of As Pets, Here and in China
Lesson 1 Types of Pets
Lesson 2 Animals of the Chinese Zodiac
Lesson 3 Pets’ Names
Lesson 4 Sounds Pets Make
UNIT 3 My Home and Neighborhood Compared to Chinese Homes and Neighborhoods
Lesson 1 There are Many Types of Homes, Including My Own
Lesson 2 Rooms in My Home
Lesson 3 Furnishings in My Home
Lesson 4 Places in the Neighborhood
UNIT 4 Special Times Throughout the Year – Here and in China
Lesson 1 Numbers
Lesson 2 Keeping Track of Time on the Calendar
Lesson 3 Holidays and their Significance
Lesson 4 Seasons of the Year and the Weather
UNIT 5 Having Fun at Home and Elsewhere
Lesson 1 Leisure Time Hobbies and Activities
Lesson 2 Songs, Toys, Games, Sports
Lesson 3 Vacation and Travel
Lesson 4 Maps and Geography
Lesson 5 Key Destinations
UNIT 6 School Buildings and the Building Blocks of Learning
Lesson 1 Places in the School
Lesson 2 Classrooms and their Furnishings
Lesson 3 School Schedules and Subjects
Lesson 4 Building Blocks of Learning
UNIT 7 History is Important in Every Country
Lesson 1 Timeline Overview of Major Historical Eras in China
Lesson 2 Vignettes of Key Historical Figures in China
Lesson 3 Focus on Four Major Dynasties
UNIT 8 People Young and Old Have Jobs to Do
Lesson 1 Jobs in the School and Classroom
Lesson 2 Jobs in Our Neighborhood Compared with Jobs in China
Lesson 3 Jobs Held by Our Parents, Family, and Friends
Lesson 4 Jobs We Aspire to Hold and How to Prepare for Them
UNIT 9 Food is Special at Home or in Restaurants
Lesson 1 Special Foods – Chinese Regional Cuisine
Lesson 2 Meals at Home, Showing Gratitude and Appreciation
Lesson 3 Ordering, Eating, Paying at Restaurants
Lesson 4 Nutrition and Healthy Choices
UNIT 10 Shopping for Clothes the Year Round
Lesson 1 Shirts, Shoes, Pants, Skirts, Jackets, Coats, etc.
Lesson 2 Sizes, Colors, Patterns
Lesson 3 Chinese Textile Industry, Silkworms
Lesson 4 Fashion throughout History
UNIT 11 Taking Care of My Body and My Health
Lesson 1 Body Parts and Systems
Lesson 2 Avoiding Illness through Healthy Behavior
Lesson 3 Symptoms of Disease and Their Treatments
Lesson 4 Chinese Medicine versus Western Medicine
UNIT 12 Technology Helps Get Things Done
Lesson 1 Important Technological Advances
Lesson 2 Chinese Contributions to Technological Advances
Lesson 3 Advances of the Twentieth Century
Lesson 4 High Technology: Computers and Telecommunications

Language Acquisition

How students reach competence in a new language to listen, speak, read, and write at high levels of proficiency.

Curriculum Development

Sample units for elementary, middle, and high school Mandarin Chinese classes developed based on the California K-12 world language standards.

Language Instruction and Student Engagement

Video clips and other information to illustrate best practices in language teaching, specifically demonstrating lessons in the WORLD: Guānxì curriculum units.

Administrative Support

Resources and information to assist school and district administrators in planning, implementing, and improving Mandarin Chinese programs.

Chinese Teacher Exchange Program

Interviews, information, and resources from a program in San Diego County with 18 years of experience hosting guest teachers from a sister school in China.
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