Live It - Activity Folder - Who's Chinese? & Customs
Live It - Activity Folder - Who's Chinese? & Customs

Live It - Activity Folder - Who's Chinese? & Customs

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Activity 1: Who’s Chinese?

1.Students identify in groups what a person from their home country looks  like. Elicit ideas to the class.

2.Students identify in groups what a Chinese person looks like. Elicit ideas  and a list of features that students think might help identify a Chinese  person.

3.Have a look on a world map at the size of China. Compare it to your home

country. Do students think all Chinese people would look the same?

4.Use the map in ‘Live It: Who’s Chinese’ and identify the different regions  in China. Display pictures of what a Tibetan, Han Chinese and Uygur  person look like. What differences can they see in physical appearance?

5.Introduce the Mission Director’s instructions and students complete the  activity in pairs

Students check answers with another partner or pair.


Activity 2: Customs

1.Students identify customs they might have when they do the following  things: Visit someone who is sick, enter someone’s home, eat food with a  group of people, attend a wedding. Share ideas as a class.

2.Introduce the Mission Director’s instructions and students complete the  activity.

3.Students compare in a group. Which were similar and/or different?

4.Ask them to work with a partner and identify which customs they think  they would see in China.

5.In pairs, students make a ‘5 finger list’ of Chinese customs and customs from their home country.

Awesome Agent Skills:

Students role-play in pairs or groups of 3 scenarios when someone is visiting  China and makes errors following local customs. The other Students should  role-play how to deal with it appropriately and how to deal with it  inappropriately.


Elicit some customs for both China and your home country. Record on the  whiteboard in a 2-column table.


1.How many were different? How many were similar?

2.What kinds of things were similar? Eg. What people do when they eat  food or visit someone.

3.Do they think that if they compared Chinese culture and their own culture  with another culture, there would also be both similarities and  differences?

4.How would students feel if someone from China visited and said their  customs were ‘weird’? Would they be correct?

Students think about the words ‘weird’ and ‘different’. Are they positive or  negative words? Are customs from other cultures ‘weird’ or just  ‘different’?