Chinese New Year

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Gong hei fat choy! Celebrate Chinese New Year with a variety of activities that introduce learners to the Chinese myth of the race that determined which animals earned their place the zodiac.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Include the resource as part of a study of how various cultures celebrate the new year
  • Either share with the class one of the many picture books of the tale (consider Anne Wilson's illustrated version The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac) or show one of the many videos available on the Internet
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires considerable prep time to prepare materials for the various games and activities
  • Zodiac game cards need to be printed in color
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Resource includes a variety of activities, games, and songs
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