On May 19th, the EAL and Mandarin classes joined together for a trip to Chinatown. Students in grades 6-11 visited the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA). Students participated in a workshop called, “Where do Stereotypes Come From?” prior to exploring the museum. For many of our students, this also connected to Dwight’s American History curriculum, and connections were made to the Chinese Exclusion Act and the First Wave of Chinese Immigration.
Afterwards, students walked through Chinatown for a special, authentic Chinese lunch at Old Sichuan.
Students Share Their Thoughts:
“After the trip, I had a better understanding of Chinese immigration
culture, and different stereotypes of people from all over the world.” – Yunfei, 11th Grade
“The museum was interesting and I liked the presentation. I also loved the restaurant!” – Y-Lan, 6th Grade
“My favorite part was eating!” – MK, 6th Grade
“I enjoyed the field trip very much, as I have learned many things about Chinese people’s experiences in America in the museum, and the food in the Chinese restaurant was very good.” – Nina, 10th Grade
“I loved Chinatown!” – Scott, 10th Grade
“I found the museum a really good experience because I learned things that I didn’t know before and are really interesting.” – Carlota, 7th Grade
“I got to know many interesting stories about US and China’s influences to each other. The highlight of the trip was the delicious Chinese food for me:)” – Maya, 9th Grade
“I loved how we got to know a different culture and specially to try new types of food” – Maria, 8th Grade
“It was fun being with all the EAL and Chinese students!” – Laetitia, 10th Grade
“I loved the museum and I thought it was very interesting because I learned a lot about China through some very fun activities.” -Olga, 9th Grade
“The museum was very nice and I loved all the pieces of art we got to see there!”
Ever wonder what it’s like to have a career in the arts?
For her final project in Ms. Singer’s EAL class, Ziyi had to interview a teacher at Dwight who had chosen a career in the arts. Ziyi chose the talented Ms. Sayers. Check out this video for an interesting perspective on what it’s like to be an artist.
Students in grades 1 -5 received pen pals this week from Sharon Springs Central School in Upstate NY. Why Sharon Springs? Because that is where Ms. Singer went to school from 2nd – 12th grade! Students wrote to Ms. Wimmer’s 1st grade class. Who is Ms. Wimmer? Ms. Singer’s classmate from 2nd -12th grade!
Ms. Standig’s 8th and 9th Grade Intermediate EAL students completed a comprehensive grammar unit in April. This unit included an in-depth study of count and non-count nouns, units of measure, and quantifiers (much, many, a lot of, some, any, few, a few, little, and a little). Students used these grammatical elements in class activities, blogs, and written reflections.
Afterwards, students asked their parents or grandparents for the recipe to one of their favorite traditional family meals. Each recipe had to connect to their own culture and be written at home in their native language. Students then brought these recipes to class and translated them into English. Each recipe (grade and level depending) includes a required amount of these grammar topics. The recipes were then laminated–producing our own Dwight EAL international cookbook for each student. Nice job Maria, Maxim, Junior, Kevin, Christy, Laetitia, and Riccardo!