Read this story to your students, and they will learn how the animals came to be lined up in the zodiac cycle. There are many different versions of the story that you can find online--including videos.
For any teacher who isn't sure about teaching about holidays and celebrations, this is a must-read article. Although more specific to the "December" holidays, the information in the article can help you decide just how much or how little celebration of the Chinese New Year you want to include in your classroom.
This article will help you understand why it is important to include cultural diversity activities in your classes and explains how lessons that include stories about families and traditions helps your students become more familiar and accepting with other cultures.
In this video you will see celebrations in New York, Sydney, Beijing, and more. Your students can compare the way it is celebrated in different places and use this video as a starting point for further research.
These taboos are great fun to share with students. You can spark a conversation about what a taboo is and what sorts of taboos are in our culture and compare them with the Chinese New Year taboos. Then have students come up with ideas for taboos for some of our traditional holidays, such as July 4th.
I had no idea there were fifteen days of celebrating! Here is a list of what traditions take place on which days. Have your students compare these activities with activities from their own traditions and holidays.