Sunday, February 8, 2015

Chinese New Year: Free Resources, Activities, Printables, Books, and Crafts

Chinese New Year will begin on February 19th in 2015. It is the Year of the Goat/Sheep. Chinese New Year lasts for 15 days ending with the Lantern Festival. China's culture goes back thousands of years and is filled with many traditions and symbolism. I have always believed that students should study about other cultures as we are global citizens. I have put together some wonderful resources about Chinese New Year for you to access.

Let's start with good books for you to read or have your students read about Chinese New Year. You will find a summary of these 10 books by the Pragmatic Mom by clicking on the image below.
You will find this wonderful free reading text about the story of the Chinese zodiac by clicking on the image below.
There are lots of  free printables and activities about Chinese New Year that you can access by clicking on the image below.
You can always count on Scholastic to have a wealth of materials. You can check them out by clicking on the image below.
I  was hoping to put together a Chinese New Year packet last year but never did but I finally did. I uploaded it today. It not only has Reading texts about Chinese New Years and Traditions but also about China, The Legend of Nian, The Chinese Zodiac Animals and Personality Traits, and Lucky and Unlucky Chinese Symbols and Superstitions. The Reading Texts are differentiated at the 2nd and 3rd Grade Levels.
I have included the Chinese Years and Animals
And all the Chinese Zodiac Animal Personality Trait Cards so that students can find their Zodiac Animal, Read the Personality Traits, and Compare and Compare and Contrast how they are alike and different from their animal.
There are a variety of writing activities and poetry activities. You can check it out by clicking on the image below, read the description, and download the Preview file to see sample pages of all the materials and activities in this packet.

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