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Chinese New Year ELA & Math Unit ~ Holidays Around the World – CC aligned 1-3

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1st - 3rd, Homeschool
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This Chinese New Year Math and Literacy Unit is the single best resource for introducing Chinese New Year to students Grades 1st through 3rd.

A wide range of activities that cultivate students' math, reading, listening, writing, and critical thinking skills are seamlessly woven into culturally authentic activities, making this one packet you don't want to miss! Beautiful illustrations based on real world experience and specifically created for our unique unit will keep students engaged and excited about each lesson.

Vocabulary Cards for Pocket Chart ~ Display and introduce the vocabulary from the lesson in your pocket chart, and keep it up throughout the lessons for reference.

Chinese New Year Word Problems ~ Students will solve word problems related to Chinese New Year (addition and subtraction within 20).

Chinese New Year Scramble ~ Students will look for and count different symbols of Chinese New Year and write the quantities in the boxes. They can also color the pictures.

Graphing Chinese New Year Symbols~ Using the Chinese New Year Symbols page, students will graph the quantities in a simple bar graph and answer the math comprehension questions.

Comparing Chinese Lanterns~ Students will compare the numbers in the lanterns, and determine which number is larger. In the box, they will write < > or = (1-999).

Color the Lion Dancer with Math ~ Students will solve addition and subtraction problems within 0-20, and then will color sections of a lion dancer drawing based on the color-coded key.

Connect the Dots ~ Connect the dots in numerical order, starting at 68 and going to 122.

Lantern Maze ~ Students make their way through the Chinese Lantern Maze!

Interactive, Teacher-Led Reading; Pre- and Post-Reading, Listening Comprehension Questions ~ This original story about Chinese New Year is intended to be read aloud to younger students, or can be an individual reading selection for more advanced readers. The teacher leads a large group, class discussion following the comprehension questions provided (there are both pre-reading and post-reading questions). A list of props are provided for added interactive fun!

How Many Syllables? ~ Students will use vocabulary words from the reading passage and count how many syllables they have.

Beginning, Middle, End Activity ~ (following the
reading) First, the teacher reads the above, interactive story aloud to
the students. Next, the class can discuss the sequence of events, and decide what happened first, next, and last. Finally, the students will write and illustrate what happened in the beginning, middle, and end of the story.

Handwriting Practice Chinese New Year Minibook ~ Students first trace, then write several important elements of Chinese New Year. Next, they color the realistic illustrations. Teachers may use these sheets separately, or staple them together to make a culturally authentic minibook. *In this packet, there are 2 sets of handwriting sheets: in printing and the same set in cursive.

Craftivity: Make a Lantern ~ Students will follow the template to make their own Chinese Lantern. I like to print the templates on 11x17inch red construction paper, and leave out gold and black stamps, markers, and glitter for the students to use to decorate them. White paper can also be used.

Craftivity: Make an Envelope ~ Students will follow the template to make their own red envelope. I prefer to use 8x10 red construction paper for this project, and again leave out gold and black stamps, markers, and glitter for the students to use to decorate them. White paper can also be used. Also, it is fun to offer the children a chocolate “gold coin” to put inside to take home!

Coloring Sheets ~ Students can color themed sheets: Lantern, Lion Dancer, Rooster!


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For grades 1st to 3rd, we also have separated the 2 components:

Chinese New Year ELA (1st-3rd grade)

Chinese New Year Math (1st-3rd grade)


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Chinese New Year ELA & Math Packet (PreK-1st)

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Chinese New Year Reading and Literacy Packet (PreK-1st)

Chinese New Year Math Packet (PreK-1st)


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