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- Kristina C., Special Education Teacher
- Covina, CA
New Year's Day Teacher Resources
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Students practice taking measurements using non-standard units of measure. In this measurement lesson, students use non-traditional objects such as their hand, crayons or paperclips to measure various objects found in the classroom. This is a great hands-on approach to introducing measurement.
Pupils are encouraged to show appreciation of Chinese culture through celebration. They can choose from a portable puppet theater for a presentation, make a dancing dragon or make dragon paper lanterns to display. Students are allowed to select to make one or both of the art products.
Fifth graders brainstorm a list of holidays celebrated by a majority of people in the United States. They each select an American holiday from the list as well as another country that may have a holiday that is similar. Next, they conduct research to locate useful information using a minimum of three sources. Note: The lesson includes an extensive list of holidays.
Students, after reviewing an extensive vocabulary list of terms, explore all the different religious, political and personal holidays and traditions experienced in the United States. After discussing each one, they fill out a calendar with all the events listed on it by dates.
What happens during Chinese New Year? Use this presentation to provide a brief glimpse of the 15 day celebration. It covers basic traditions, but fails to provide deeper reasons why each tradition exists. However, it may be useful for younger children needing simple background information.
Students explore world cultures by creating arts and crafts projects. In this Chinese New Year lesson, students identify the differences in time between the U.S. New Year and a Chinese New Year celebration. Students create culturally significant Chinese party favors such as noise makers.