What is Step by Step, Level B?
Transport students into a world of vivid color, imagination, and fun as they learn Chinese with Step by Step Level B. Designed for students with one year of elementary Chinese study, this delightful, 30-volume set of graded readers builds off the vocabulary learned in Step by Step, Level A. Join students on an exciting educational journey as they learn Chinese through content-based instruction in science, math, and social studies. Pedagogical alignment with ACTFL’s 5 C’s and the Common Core State Standards places Step by Step in a unique position to satisfy the curriculum goals of every elementary school Chinese program: from intensive immersion to casual exploration. Step by Step, Level B will ignite students’ passion to learn through its variety of artistic styles and subject matter, serving as an indispensable component for any first or second year Chinese course for young learners.
How does Step by Step,Level B work?
The second in this multi-level series, Step by Step, Level B builds off the foundational vocabulary of Level in a consistent format. There are three readers in each Level B theme, with each reader introducing approximately 12–16 new high frequency vocabulary terms while systematically recycling previously learned vocabulary. The themes are non-sequential—after students have read the 33 stories of Level A, they will have the necessary vocabulary to start any of the Level B themes. This non-linear relationship among themes allows you to design your language curriculum to match the curriculum in other subject areas and to introduce as many or as few themes as suits your program. Themes in Level B are Activities, Community, Family, Hygiene, Math, Nutrition, Plants, Water, Geology, and Ecology. Step by Step's content-based instruction continues to provide a context for learning and reinforces subject matter learned in other disciplines. For rigorous programs, the 10 themes introduce approximately 400 new vocabulary terms.
Most American parents do not speak Chinese—this challenges programs and teachers to find new ways to help parents and guardians support their young learners during the study of Chinese. Step by Step, Level B provides a variety of resources to meet this challenge, including full English translations, new word lists with pīnyīn, as well as a robust companion website complete with mp3 audio, flashcards, word lists, and more.