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Bethpage Third Graders Immerse Themselves In Chinese History And Culture

Pictured: Patricia Shih from the “Let’s Go to China” workshop spoke with third grade classes at Kramer Lane Elementary School about the history of China.

Photos courtesy of the Bethpage Union Free School District

Third grade students from Kramer Lane Elementary School engaged in the full-day workshop, “Let’s Go to China,” on Feb. 7. Facilitated by award-winning singer-songwriter Patricia Shih and her partner Wendy Weng, students participated in interactive lessons and activities throughout the school day which focused on China’s history, geography and culture.

The day began in the school’s cafeteria where the third grade classes assembled with their “Let’s Go to China” packets. They used these throughout the day to further their knowledge of China. Weng performed a Chinese dance for the students and Shih taught the students about some of China’s history and its geography. The third graders were then split into two groups and participated in different workshop sessions in the classrooms. Students performed a ribbon dance, explored artifacts, spoke about Chinese inventions and learned the Chinese language.

Bethpage Third Graders Immerse Themselves In Chinese History And Culture

Kramer Lane third graders performed a ribbon dance during one of their workshop sessions.

At the conclusion of the day, the third graders took part in a lively celebration to mark the upcoming Lunar New Year. Students had the opportunity to be musicians and Lion Dancers. It was a great way to end a special day of learning.

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