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Unit 2, Lesson 2: Coming From Cambodia (pp. 48-53)
The Big Idea
Framework Concepts: Location, Choices, and Change A Cambodian family learns new things when they relocate to Boston, Massachusetts.
- Show children a world map and have a volunteer point out Cambodia. Then have another volunteer point to Boston, Massachusetts. Have them tell what they know about the two locations. Ask children to imagine they are a family living in Cambodia who is moving to Boston. What would be the same in their new life? What things would be different? What might they have to learn? Record their responses on a chart under the headings, Same, Different, and New Things to Learn. Let them revise and add to the chart after they read the chapter.
Check for Understanding
- Ask children to imagine they are Roattanak and they are writing a letter home to a friend in Cambodia after living in Boston for a month. Have them tell their friends what their new life is like and what they have had to learn. They may either write or dictate their letters.
- Ask partners to pantomime one thing that Roattanak and his family had to learn or do differently when they came to Boston.
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