Count Your Way Through China by Jim Haskins
Eyes of the Dragon by Margaret Leaf or Silk Peony, Parade Dragon by Elizabeth Steckman
white poster board
broad-tipped black felt marker
red and blue medium-tipped washable felt markers
Instructions:1. Use the book Count Your Way Through China to make a chart number chart. List the numerals 1 to 10 on the left side of the poster board. List the symbols for 1 to 10 in Chinese on the right side (see illustration on the following page).
2. Learn the pronunciation of the numbers in Chinese in advance.
3. Read Eyes of the Dragon by Margaret Leaf or Silk Peony, Parade Dragon by Elizabeth Steckman to the group.
4. Show the chart, explaining that numbers are written and pronounced differently in many other countries, such as China.
5. Pronounce the names of the numbers in Chinese, pointing to each number. Have the children repeat after you several times.
6. Sing the numbers 1 to 10 in English with the children. Try singing the numbers 1 to 10 in Chinese with the children.
7. Offer to write each child's age on the back of their hand in Chinese with their choice of red or blue washable marker.
Note: For younger children, you may only want to count from one to five.