Firecrackers, spring festival gala shows, reunion dinner, shopping and dining are part and parcel of the celebration of Chinese New Year or the Lunar New Year! It is the largest event that is celebrated in many Asian countries and China towns around the world. The focus of this packet is to show how the Chinese family celebrates Chinese New Year beginning with "reunion dinner" on New Year's Eve and the following first two days of the New Year. It is written to show the sequence of events and to convey the significance and effort that revolves around this celebration. Similar to Thanksgiving and Christmas in the west, Chinese New Year is indeed the most important holiday for the Asians.
In this article, the students will read about: the brief history, the customs, preparations, food, and activities that revolve around this holiday. In some Asian countries, employees take a long leave of absence to visit their families whom they may see once a year, especially for those who live in the villages. The students will also get a taste of how realistic this celebration is by reading two newspaper articles with comprehension questions. In these articles, they describe the perspective of how the locals feel toward this season. Besides, reading comprehension, there are some creative activities for the student to write, draw and design. They get to design a Chinese New Year greeting card, a red packet, make paper fans, paper-cut and write some Chinese characters on red paper. I hope this packet will help enhance and create a sense of festivity for the students or classroom during the Lunar New Year celebration. The students will also do some research on how other countries or China towns celebrate this festivity.
In addition, the students will also be learning some Chinese animal idioms and the corresponding English idiom or its equivalent. There are some match and learn activities as well as illustrate the idiom. See the preview.
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Table of Contents
1. Reading Passage: Page 3 to 6
“Chinese/Lunar New Year Celebration”
2. Reading Comprehension: Page 7
Multiple choice and fill in the blanks
3. Reading Comprehension: Page 8
Using skills of observation, interpretation and
4. Summary: Write the main details of what take place Page 9
before and during the Chinese New Year celebration
5. Writing activity: Compare Thanksgiving and Christmas Page 10
With the Lunar New Year
6. Research on how Koreans and China towns celebrate Page 11
the Lunar New Year
7. Vocabulary Page 12
8. Newspaper Articles and Comprehension Page 13-14
9. Chinese and English idiom or equivalent Page 15-16
10. Word Search Page 17
11. Make a February Chinese calendar Page 18
12. Writing Activity: Write a letter Page 19
13. Design a Chinese New Year greeting card
Design a red packet Page 20
14. Art Work: Paper Fan, Paper-Cut,
and paper decoration Page 21
15. Works Cited Page 22
To create an ambience for the classroom, have the children do the artwork first:
a. Design and draw greeting cards (Please see packet)
b. Write some Chinese characters that say "Spring" or "Blessing" ( Please see packet)
c. Put on some Chinese New Year songs or music with Chinese instruments
d. Make some tea and bring some snacks from the Asian store
e. Hang up the cards, paper fans, paper-cuts, and Chinese writing in the classroom
f. Do a Chinese New Year Trivia and give out chocolate gold coins
g. Read the passage and work on the comprehension questions
h. Give out tangerines to the children as a gift
I hope this plan can help create an atmosphere of celebration and making it fun for the children to feel the festivity.
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"Happy New Year!" and many blessings to you!
Feb 15, 2018