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Celebrate and Learn: Chinese New Year

Happy New Year! The Chinese New Year is celebrated in China and around the world. It's a great opportunity to share Chinese culture and traditions and have your students compare those with their own.
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Celebrate and Learn: Chinese New Year
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    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.
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    nea.org

    Merry...? Happy...?

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    Natalie Mroz says:
    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.
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    huffingtonpost.com

    Promoting Respect for Cultural Diversity in the Classroom

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    Natalie Mroz says:
    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.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    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.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    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.
  • Chinese Zodiac

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    travelchinaguide.com
    travelchinaguide.com
    Natalie Mroz says:
    Find out what animal is your zodiac sign, what the animals stand for, and a lot more about the Chinese zodiac system.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    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.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    My students always love making the upside-down goodluck symbol, "Fu." Get out the paint brushes and black paint and have them decorate the room with good luck. Try some of the other crafts as well.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    History.com provides an excellent explanation of the Chinese New Year. Read about the evolution of the holiday before you share with your students.
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BloomBoard Asks:What other celebrations or traditions could we use in our classes to teach about cultural similarities and differences?