What Is The Weather? Mandarin Chinese, Novice

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1. Use the Activity as is:

Before you begin:

  • Most activities are 30 minutes in duration, unless otherwise specified.
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3. Adapt for Another Language:

  • See the linked English Version at the top of the activity (English Version may not be available for all activities)

What is the Weather?


In this activity students will play an “around the world” game to express and explain their preferences when it comes to weather and temperature. Each round, students will choose a photo that best represents their opinion and will then explain to other students why they have that opinion.

Proficiency Level:



Chinese, weather, temperature, winter, summer, sports

World-Readiness Standards:

Standard 1.1- Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions in Chinese
Standard 1.2- Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics in Chinese
Standard 3.1- Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the study of Chinese
Standard 4.1- Students demonstrate an understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the Chinese language with their own

Idaho Content Standards for World Languages:

COMM 1.1 - Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions
COMM 2.1 - Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics
COMM 3.1 - Present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media in the target language
CLTR 1.3 - Function appropriately in diverse contexts within the target culture

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

I can express basic preferences in Chinese

I can explain why I prefer one thing over the other

I can use the target language to find common interests with others

Materials Needed:

Weather and Temperature cards

Google Slideshow

Warm Up

As a group, view the warm up question on the slideshow. Each student should give their answer to the rest of the group. 

Main Activity

1. Students will play an "Around the World" game, using the weather and temperature cards, to practice talking about the weather and what they like to do in different seasons

2. Have all students get up and stand around the table

3. Place the cards that say “冬天,秋天,春天, 夏天” at each corner or edge of the table face up.

Say to students:


“Which season is your favorite? Please stand next to the picture of your favorite season.”

4. Students will move to the picture of the season they enjoy most. Once they have moved to the photo, they will turn to the other students or students who is standing at the same photo and tell them why they chose that photo. After all students at each photo has explained why they like that season, one person will speak for the group and explain to the whole group why they all like that season.


“Talk to the other students who chose the same photo why you chose that picture. After, tell the whole group what you all like about the season you chose.”

5. Next, flip the four season cards over to reveal 4 cards with winter sports. Students will repeat the same process with these cards, sharing with the partners which winter sport they prefer.


“Please stand next to the photo of your favorite winter-time activity. Then, talk to the others who chose that activity about why it is your favorite. Finally, tell the whole group about what you all like about the activity you chose.”

6. Next, remove the 4 cards you used in the last two rounds and place the 3 cards that say “晴天,雨天,下雪” face up around the table.

7. Students will do the same as the last two rounds, but this time they will choose which type of weather they prefer


“Please stand next to the photo of your favorite type of weather. Then, discuss with the other classmates who chose that photo why you chose it. Finally, tell the whole group what you all like about the weather you chose.”

8. Next, flip the three cards that are currently face up over so three images of summertime activities are face up

Studetns will repeat the same activity again and talk about which activity they like best


”Please stand next to the photo of your favorite summertime activity Then, discuss with the other classmates who chose that photo why you chose it. Finally, tell the whole group what you all like about the activity you chose.”  

Wrap Up

Wrap Up Questions:


Besides these photos of weather and outdoor activities, what other weather or outdoor activities do you enjoy?

End of lab: Can-Do statement check-in... “Where are we?”

Read can-do statements and have students evaluate their confidence with cards or holding up fingers 1-5

Encourage students to be honest in their self evaluation

Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future labs!

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

I can express basic preferences in Chinese

I can explain why I prefer one thing over the other

I can use the target language to find common interests with others

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