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Learning objects Stampede: sushi stampede [Chinese]


Look at the structure of Chinese characters appearing on a sushi train. Break up each character into two sides and classify its structure. Stamp each character according to its structure. Continue to break up the character until there are only two components remaining. Correct answers will earn some sushi to eat. Note that there are about 400 components (basic characters) in Chinese writing. These components act as building blocks, which can be joined in different ways to form new characters. A combination of characters is called a structure. There are ten main structures as well as some exceptions. Learn the first ten structures. Build your knowledge of character components and structures by checking meanings and spoken examples. Notice there are some exceptions to the general patterns when compounding characters. Increase the challenge by adjusting speed. This learning object is the last in a series of three objects that progressively increases in difficulty.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students identify a Chinese character’s structure from a choice of ten structures.
Educational value
  • Introduces the first ten structures of Chinese characters as well as exceptions, and the concept that these are comprised of components (basic characters) which act as building blocks.
  • Provides opportunities to classify a character according to its structure.
  • Identifies character structure exceptions (characters comprised of three or more components).
  • Displays groups of characters according to their structure.
  • Gives meanings of characters and models their pronunciation.
  • Displays point scores for character structures correctly identified by the student within a time limit.
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/Pinyin
  • Languages other than english/Chinese
  • Languages other than english/Character texts
  • Languages other than english/Characters
  • Languages other than english/Linguistic structures and features
  • Knowledge;
  • Comprehension;
  • Application;
  • Analysis
Student activity
  • Interactives;
  • Games;
  • Analysis;
  • Modelling;
  • Comprehension activity
Learning design
  • Experiential learning;
  • Independent learning;
  • Problem solving;
  • Visual learning

Other details

  • Technical implementer
  • Script writer
  • Publisher
  • Date of contribution: 09 Oct 2013
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia
  • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
  • URL:
Access profile
  • 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
  • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements