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China Around the Corner.

Harris, Heather.

Vancouver, Western Education Development Group, University of British Columbia, c 1978, 1986. 29pp, paper. $6.50. Distributed by Western Education Development Group, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia. Vancouver, B.C., V6T IZ5.

Grades 6-8
Reviewed by Joanne Robertson

Volume 14 Number 5
1986 September

The underlying theme of China Round the Corner is teaching social studies through the environment." Chinese culture is taught in terms of the students' environment, rather than as something that happens only in a far-away country.

The book is divided into three main sections. A table of Contents and a "Related Resources" section are included. The premise of China Round the Corner is thai students learn through exposure to concrete objects. What can you learn from a duck egg, eel maw, bamboo leaf, herbalist shop, and a joss stick? The first section gives some interesting information. Heather Harris says, ". . . teach climate, geography and topography through a duck egg and lichee nuts"; but the ideas on how to present this material are sketchy.

The second section briefly discusses two field trip possibilities; Pender Street in Vancouver and Dundas Street in Toronto. There are simple diagrams of each street, with possible stops marked. This section will be of most use to a teacher in either of these cities.

The final section has some interesting suggestions for a written assignment and displays. The author suggests that students show off their knowledge by taking their peers on a tour of the exhibits they have produced. As a teaching unit however, I found China Round the Corner to be of limited practical use.

Joanne Robertson, The Pas, Man.
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