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Learning objects Radical hunt: school hunt [Chinese]


Take photos as you move around a school. Find Chinese characters hidden near the things they represent. Notice they are compound characters that share a common radical. Discover the related meanings of each set of characters. Sort all of the characters according to their common radicals. Identify the general pattern that the meaning of radicals contributes to the meaning of compound characters. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students identify radicals that contribute to the meaning of compound characters.
Educational value
  • Introduces the linguistic structure of compound characters, particularly the role radicals play in determining meaning.
  • Provides opportunities to deduce a common meaning between compound characters in order to group them according to a common radical.
  • Describes the key role radicals play in Chinese characters' dictionary listings.
  • Models pronunciation of radicals and compound characters.
  • Includes an option to print groups of related compound characters and their meanings.
Year level

5; 6; 7; 8

Learning area
  • languages other than english
  • Languages other than english/Oral interaction
  • Languages other than english/Reading and responding
  • Languages other than english/Writing
  • Languages other than english/Visual cues
  • Languages other than english/Vocabulary
  • Languages other than english/Chinese
  • Languages other than english/Character texts
  • Languages other than english/Characters
  • Languages other than english/Linguistic structures and features
  • Analysis;
  • Application;
  • Comprehension;
  • Evaluation;
  • Knowledge
Student activity
  • Interactives;
  • Comprehension Activity;
  • Analysis;
  • Modelling;
  • Multiple Choice Questions
Learning design
  • Experiential learning;
  • Independent learning;
  • Problem solving;
  • Visual learning

Other details

  • Technical implementer
  • Script writer
  • Publisher
  • Date of contribution: 27 May 2014
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia
  • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
  • URL:
Access profile
  • Colour independence
  • Device independence
Learning resource type
  • Interactive Resource
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
  • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
  • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS) 
Operating systems
  • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
  • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
Platform requirements
  • Initial load time may exceed 10 seconds on a dedicated 64kbps connection due to the use of rich media content.
  • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.