This weekly lesson plan aims to introduce students to Chinese New Year. Students will learn about the legend of the Chinese Zodiac, recognising that China follows a lunar calendar and therefore does not share its New Year, which falls on a different date to Western cultures.
Students will begin to look at China, comparing its similarities and differences to their own country, which includes tasting traditional Chinese food. Also, students will look at some of the celebrations involved in New Year, including the lion and dragon dance.
They will work collaboratively to make a dragon’s head and use this to develop and perform a dragon dance, developing an appreciation for dragons in Chinese culture.
Finally, students will create a Chinese lantern, understanding that the lantern festival marks the end of the New Year, 15 days after it started.
This download contains the following:
• Teacher’s Guide
• Chinese New Year Slides
• Chinese New Year Fact Sheet
• Chinese New Year Celebrations and Food
• Chinese Zodiac Fact Sheet
• Chinese Zodiac Reference Sheet
• ‘Make a Chinese Lantern’ Activity Sheet
• Lantern Festival slides
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