Unit Plan

Learning about Lunar New Year

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Rich in images and information, a teacher's guide to the traditions of Lunar New Year's celebrations in various cultures addresses celebrations of Buddhism and Daoism. It includes background information about the origins of the celebrations and foods that are associated with these colorful holidays.

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Instructional Ideas
  • If you have class members who celebrate these holidays, have them contribute stories about their family traditions
  • Have class members use the date and time of their birth to research their zodiac sign and prepare a poster to display during a class celebration of Lunar New Year
Classroom Considerations
  • While the resource, designed by the New York Department of Education, tends to focus on celebrations held in New York City, the information and activities are appropriate for classroom anywhere
  • If preparing a feast of traditional foods, first research the dietary restrictions of class members
  • The 28-page teacher's guide takes considerable time to load
  • The 28-page guide includes lessons and activities for all grade levels, vocabulary lists, and images of celebrations held around the world
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