Dragonwings Interdisciplinary Project

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Explanation of Project

The learner read, was read to, and reviewed numerous folktales from around the world and from many times. The learner plotted the countries of origin and discussed the similarities and differences from culture to culture, and time to time. The learner then created, wrote, illustrated, and published a student-created folktale in a "bare book" using the standardized writing process and the assistance from art students as peer advisers.

The learner read and discussed the novel, Dragonwings by Lawrence Yep, and the significance of kites, dragons, and family in Chinese culture. The learner then researched kite construction and in groups of four constructed their own kites and flew them.

The learner worked through length, perimeter and area activities.

The learner had the "dragon" passage read aloud to them from Dragonwings by their mathematics teacher and then each learner drew a dragon. These dragons were scanned and placed on the internet. In addition, eight dragons were chosen and just the dragon heads were scanned and printed. Groups of four were each assigned one dragonhead to enlarge using a scale factor of 4. One quarter inch graph paper and one inch graph paper were provided to accurately complete the activity.

Two extra credit assignments with credit available in all academic classes were offered to the students. One was an internet scavenger hunt centered on the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the other used the Chinese astrologic chart.

Related Web Pages

Formal Project Description
World FolkTales Project
History/Social Science
Dragonwings novel
Kite construction
Language Arts
Timeline for Language Arts and Social Studies
Folk Tales List
Folk Tales Links for Student Use
Horoscopes and Astrology
One Inch Tile Activity - Student Page
One Inch Tile Activity - Teacher Page

Buying Tile Activity - Student Page
Buying Tile Activity - Teacher Page

Dragon drawings - 1998-99
Dragon drawings - 1997-98

Can You Draw a Larger Dragon? - Student Page
Can You Draw a Larger Dragon? - Teacher Page

Lift, Thrust, Weight, and Drag
Make common paper airplanes
All Curricular Areas
Project Outline
Dragonwings Related Extra Credit - Chinese Astrology
Dragonwings Internet Scavenger Hunt
Dragonwings student page.

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