Chinese New Year begins on Saturday, January 28th, 2017. The yoga brain break can be used independently as a social studies mini-lesson about a holiday celebrated in other countries or in conjunction with a book about Chinese New Year. The sequence reviews the animals from the legend of the Chinese calendar. Included is the recent years associated with each of the twelve animals and a personality characteristic each animal represents. Suggestions for extension activities are included as well.
The Boardmaker pictures, though typically associated with special education, is appropriate for all students. Images can be easily displayed on an interactive white board or document camera and are appropriate and accessible for students of all abilities and across multiple grade levels.