Monday, February 17, 2014


  Gung-Hey-Fat-Choy!  Happy New Year!!

     My class learned all about the Chinese New Year which began this year on January 31st and lasted two weeks. We learned some interesting facts about how the Chinese celebrate the new year.  We did this by reading books, watching videos on You Tube and doing research on the internet.  Here are some of the books we read:
My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz

Chinese New Year by David F. Marx

Lion Dancer by Kate Waters and Madeline Slovenz-Low

Here's one of the You Tube videos we watched:

     The final day of the Chinese New Year celebrations ends with the Lantern Festival. So, we decided to make some lanterns to hang from the ceiling in the hallway.  They turned out great! (Not my original idea) 

Here are the directions for making the lanterns:
12" x 18" red construction paper cut into two strips measuring 6" x 18" each
white index cards (3" x 5")
black construction paper handles 2" x 8"
Chinese symbols/words for students to copy

Make a small fold on one end of the paper.  Fold the rest of the paper into fourths.

Next, have the students write Chinese symbols or words on each of 4 white 3" x 5" index cards.  Glue one in each section.

Fold, stand up and glue along lip.  Glue or staple on the handle.
I would love to hear what you do in your classroom to learn about Chinese New Year.