Everything you need to celebrate the Chinese New Year in your classroom! Packed with lots of fun interactive activities!
Pg. 3-4 Hang up the Lanterns! – put the lanterns in abc order and hang them on the string – the lanterns have Chinese New Year’s words on them
Pg. 5- 15 How Would You Get Rid of a Dragon? – a fun writing and craft activity – Although the Dragon is considered good luck, it’s fun for the students to write about how they would trick one – I like to read the Paper Bag Princess to the students before having them brainstorm ideas – copy off your choice of writing paper that is appropriate for your students (there are 3 writing styles) Copy off the patterns on appropriate colored construction paper – put the dragon together as seen in the example – staple the dragon face and writing papers to a piece of construction paper that has been cut down to an 11 by 8½ size
Pg. 16-17 Good Luck Red Envelopes – copy the pattern onto red construction paper – cut out along the outer square – fold on the dotted lines, tape the envelope together and put two pennies into it – tape shut
Pg. 18-20 Chinese Zodiac – copy pages A and B back to back – fold like a book – find the year you were born and color the animal that represents you
Pg. 21-25 Gung Hay Fat Choy! – a book that tells you all about the customs and traditions of Chinese New Year – copy pages A and B back to back and C and D back to back – fold together and staple – read the book while you illustrate and color it
Pg. 26-28 Chinese Lantern! – make your own Chinese lanterns to hang in your classroom – copy the patterns onto the appropriate colored construction paper – fold the paper hot dog style – cut on all the lines as seen in the picture making sure to stop when you reach the band at the top – unfold, roll, and glue the lantern – attach the handle – see example
Pg. 29-30 Chinese Dragon Mask – cut out and attach to the bottom of a paper bag – cut out the eyes – cut one of the larger sides of the bag completely off – attach colorful streamers to the side – please see the example in the photo – all you need are some rhythm sticks, bells, and drums and you can have your own parade! Have the students wear their dragon masks as they weave through the classroom or halls
Pg. 31 Let’s Make Fried Rice – an easy recipe to throw together with your students – you can precook everything if you do not have a hot plate available – add some fortune cookies and some chopsticks and you are ready for a New Year’s feast!
Pg. 32 Thanks and credits