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Gong Hey Fat Choy: Chinese New Year Activities

Did you know that Chinese New Year is the most widely celebrated holiday on earth? In light of that fact, I put together a collection that will educate your elementary students about the holiday and give you some ideas for hands-on projects/crafts. Don’t miss the article on the Skype-A-Thon!
A Collection By Amelia Franz
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Gong Hey Fat Choy: Chinese New Year Activities
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    Around the world in 24 hours with Skype in the Classroom

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    Amelia Franz says:
    Have you ever heard of Skype-a-Thons? A second-grade teacher from North Carolina helped her students make virtual visits and new friends from around the world, all in 24 hours. Along the way, they learned about issues and problems that their peers around the world face. For instance, El Niño is causing alligators to roam uncomfortably close to houses in Venezuela. Just imagine the research projects and "real world" learning possibilities.
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    8 Connected Concepts of Global Learning

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    Amelia Franz says:
    This article discusses why students must learn about other cultures around the world. Sustainable development, human rights, and the responsibilities of global citizenship will require young people who are curious about, and tolerant of, cultures that might be very different from their own. The article gives eight suggestions for ways to encourage a global citizenship mindset in your classroom.
  • Amelia Franz says:
    I've never seen a kid yet who didn't enjoy a performance by lion dancers. This one is particularly impressive, because it jumps, climbs, and balances on pedestals!
  • Chinese Zodiac Bookmarks

    Website
    activityvillage.co.uk
    activityvillage.co.uk
    Amelia Franz says:
    I love this! It's a free, printable set of Chinese zodiac bookmarks with cute images of each animal, along with good and bad characteristics. For example, "Are you a typical monkey?” “Good Characteristics: Monkeys are clever and innovative.” “Bad Characteristics: Monkeys can be boastful." You could laminate these bookmarks, or not. On my printer, they all printed correctly.
  • Amelia Franz says:
    This book would be a great read-aloud for your elementary classroom. Sam is very excited about the Chinese new year money he has received as a gift from his grandparents. He can't wait to go to Chinatown to spend his four dollars on anything he wants. Along the way, he meets a homeless man, and instead of spending his money on toys or candy, buys a pair of socks for the man.
  • Amelia Franz says:
    Grace Lin is an award-winning children's author whose books reflect her Chinese heritage. On this page of her website, she has shared instructions for four different Chinese New Year-themed crafts. I really like the "Make a (Safe) Chinese New Year Firecracker." The list of supplies for this craft is simple and easily obtainable. The Chinese New Year Banner looks fun and simple, as well.
  • Chinese Horoscopes and New Year

    Website
    kids.nationalgeographic.com
    kids.nationalgeographic.com
    Amelia Franz says:
    Your students will have fun looking up their Chinese zodiac animal and reading each animal's characteristics. The large characters for ox, horse, monkey, and the other animals would be simple for your students to copy and practice. The reading level should be fine for third grades and up, and for above grade-level first or second graders, as well.