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Exploring World Cultures & Mythology 2: Ancient China (Grades 3/4/5 - Semester)

Complete fun interactive vocabulary, reading, writing, social studies, and ELA activities in this 6-week course about Grace Lin's Where the Mountain Meets the Moon while developing Language Arts skills and appreciating other cultures.
Alaina Bell Gao
336 total reviews for this teacher
3 reviews for this class
Completed by 9 learners
50 minutes
per class
3x per week
over 6 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Wed Oct 12

Oct 12 - Nov 18 (6 weeks)
We, Th, Fr
8pm - 8:50pm
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Class Experience

This course will build up the students' skills in the grade 3, 4 & 5 American Common Core English standards, including reading literature, reading informational text, foundational reading skills, language (grammar, spelling & conventions), writing, and speaking and listening, as follows:

Grade 3 Literature -
Grade 3 Informational Text -
Grade 3 Foundational Skills -
Grade 3 Writing -
Grade 3 Language -
Grade 3 Speaking & Listening -

Grade 4 Literature -
Grade 4 Informational Text -
Grade 4 Foundational Skills -
Grade 4 Writing -
Grade 4 Language -
Grade 4 Speaking & Listening -

Grade 5 Literature -
Grade 5 Informational Text -
Grade 5 Foundational Skills -
Grade 5 Writing -
Grade 5 Language -
Grade 5 Speaking & Listening -

Please indicate which level of standards (grade 3, 4 or 5) your child is working on when you sign up for the course. Also, note that mastery is not promised by the end of the course, although there will certainly be improvement! This course is intended to be followed up with additional practice, whether that is part 3 of the course or additional practice at home or in school.
Daily homework will be assigned. Most days, the learner is able to choose their homework from a list of options.

There will be a maximum of 30 pages of reading per day (with an average reading time of 30-60 minutes). 
Each learner must have their own copy of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon that can be annotated, whether in the book, via sticky notes, or with electronic notes. This course also involves research, so the learners will be using Google or other research sites for children. They will also access an online dictionary and make use of Google Docs or Slides to work collaboratively on projects and to craft, proofread, and revise their writing with peer and teacher feedback. Additional myths and folktales will be shared orally or via links or PDFs.
Tasks will be accompanied by a rubric and I am happy to provide feedback when requested. I will provide a final report to the parents based on the student's ability to follow the rubrics and adhere to the expectations (including task completion, formatting, grammar, spelling, creativity, etc.). My feedback will include anecdotal comments.
2 hours 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 4+ hours per week outside of class.
Since this course focuses on mythology and traditional tales, the stories will reference gods and goddesses and cultural beliefs. The class tone will remain respectful towards all persons who hold these or other beliefs but will not elevate one belief above another. Our main spine is Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. It is an adventure-fantasy novel involving a child heading out on a quest. It is not scary, but some learners may be sensitive to a scene with a tiger attack.
We will be reading:
-Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
-nonfiction articles to provide a historical/cultural background (list to come)
-multicultural myths & traditional tales, especially those alluded to in our novel or involving monsters, heroes, tricksters, prophesies, or a quest


Alaina Bell Gao
Lives in Canada
Let's explore the world through literature, art, and social studies!
336 total reviews
161 completed classes

About Me

Hi! My name is Alaina Bell Gao, and I am an Ontario-certified (Canadian) English teacher with 15+ years of professional teaching experience.

Teaching Style:
● Share the joy of learning
● Learn with my learners
● Welcoming class culture
● Patient... 
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