Chinese New Year - an Interactive Journal and Thinking Tools
New Year 2016
KWHL – record learning on the KWHL
There are two options – one for your whole grade to do together and one to do individually.
In the first column – record what you know before you start. In the second column – record what you would like to know. The third columns – discuss and record how we will learn this. The last column is to be completed after you have completed all the work and record new learning.
Our Class Word Wall – Copy (you may want to enlarge onto A3) and add words that the students may want to use in their writing. You could brainstorm in pairs and then share as a grade or add words as you learn more about the Chinese New Year celebrations and traditions.
A poster for Chinese Zodiac Animals – there is a page for each animal on the Chinese Zodiac Calendar copy in color and display. They can be used as a start to the research for the Interactive Notebook section
Interactive Journal pages – plus a photo page to show examples
a) 6 to a page – you can order these in sequence according to the Chinese New Year Calendar. There is a color set as well as a black and white set. Copy each set as required; there is also a tag to glue underneath to assist in organising your information.
b) 3 to a page – includes color/colour spelling. This focuses on customs and traditions.
c) 2 to a page – I was born in the year of the… I would have liked to have been born in the year of the ….underneath record facts about each Zodiac animal. I have included pictures in color and black and white for you to use when recording information. Students may want to draw their own animals.
d) 4 to a page – discuss the picture and then record information underneath
Fact sheets – PMI (Plus, Minus, Interesting Facts) On each page record the positives, negatives and interesting facts for each animal on the Chinese Zodiac Calendar. Use the posters to assist in this as well as discussions you may have about them.
Venn Diagram – compare the Chinese New Year celebrations with non-Chinese New Year celebrations. Use pictures as well as words to record how each celebration happens.
Can-are/is-have/has – on each page record what each can – are/is – have/has. The titles are; fire crackers, lanterns, money, dragon, children, presents, letters and horn.
Graphic Organisers – Alphabet Key, record what starts with each letter and build this up as you complete each task. Sunshine Wheel – on each spoke of the sun write a word to describe what you know.