Purpose of Activity:
The purpose of this activity is to engage your students and to help them learn more about the Chinese zodiac symbols and characteristics that represent the year they were born.
Included in this resource:
- Teacher Tips (1-page)
- Chinese Zodiac Cards* (7-pages; 14 cards)
*Included is a Chinese Zodiac Cover Card & Activities Card
You can use these cards any way that you wish. Below are some suggestions.
- Station Work: Use these cards as a station when learning about China or the zodiac. Printing off the cards in color and cardstock is preferred. A cover card and a suggested activities card is included. Binding the cards together is an option for this as well.
- Free Time: Have these cards available for students to use in their free time.
- Group Work: Break your students up into groups (alike zodiac groups or mixed zodiac groups). Students can then do some of the suggested activities. Note: For a classroom, there may be only two cards that need to be printed off.
- Individual Work: Determine which zodiac cards each student will need and then provide each student with the appropriate card. Have each student complete an activity (either your choice or their choice). Note: For a classroom, there may be only two cards that need to be printed off.
Below are some activities your students can do with these cards. These are the same activities included in the resource.
- Research: Research more to discover some other interesting facts about the zodiac sign that represents the year you were born.
- Synonyms/Antonyms of Words: Some of the characteristics described may be difficult for you to understand the meaning. Look up the meaning and then make a list of synonyms and/or antonyms for the words that are difficult.
- Count by 12: Take a look at the years for the Chinese zodiac that represent when you were born. Count back by 12 and forward by 12 as long as you can.
- Reflect: Read the characteristics on the card that represents your year. Reflect on which characteristics of the card you agree with and which ones you disagree with.
- Numbers and Colors: Take a look at the colors and numbers that represent your birth year. Are any of the numbers your favorite? What about the color(s)?
- Best Matches: Make a list of any friends, relatives, etc. that were born in the years that represent your “best matches”.
- Give Directions: Pick two places and then write down directions from one place to the other. Remember to use the lucky directions and avoid the unlucky one(s).
- Design a Chinese Zodiac: On a sheet of paper, draw and color your own Chinese zodiac.
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