I made these little flip books as a novel way to learn about Chinese New Year. I also wanted students to listen carefully for information to cover some listening standards and use inferring skills. We viewed the History Channel’s videos about Chinese New Year to help us complete these mini flip books. There are two different videos to view, each are 4 minutes in length, but I just used the first one and played it twice. If you choose to view the video, I would recommend discussing the following words: legend, myth, customs, solar calendar, lunar calendar, auspicious, emperor, fortune, tribute to help with students’ comprehension.
In this Chinese New Year Flip Book:
Page 1: Cover page that can be colored. There are 4 choices
Page 2: Students look at the Chinese Zodiac chart and determine which animal marks the year of their birth and the current year.
Page 3: Contains an anticipation guide, where students mark each statement as true or false in the first column. The first column shows their initial thinking. Next they view the video (or whatever reading passages you may have) then they check their answers by filling out the second column “The Answer is Really.”…
Page 4: Students describe the significance of each Chinese New Year decoration pictured. If you use the video to complete this booklet then students will need to use their inferring skills to complete this page. I played the video twice and the majority of my students were able to figure out the importance of the decorations. If I had played it a third time, I am pretty certain all would have had it correct. Alternatively, students could look up this information on the internet or in reference books.
Page 5: The last page has students write a lantern poem (a poem based on the number of syllables on each line, not words). A sample is included.