Happy Chinese New Year! I don't know why, but the thought of Chinese New Year always leads me to planning lessons involving food! I plan on having us celebrate the new year with a food. I will bring in my wok and make a stir fry for the kids as our late afternoon snack. I love to see the kids try to eat with chopsticks. I usually go to Panda Express and ask for some.
Here are some other books that we will read. I love to look at this holiday as a time to celebrate Asian authors or books which have Asian characters. I may not have time to read each one but the class will have access to all of these books during their independent reading time or buddy reading time. I love how these books can lend themselves well to making connections.
Chinese New Year is about representing good fortune. Here are some simple suggestions:
On Chinese New Year Eve have your students clean the classroom; to get rid of all the old from the previous year.
Encourage your students to wear red for luck and fortune.
Create a banner with red (for happiness) and gold (for fortune) welcoming the new year.
Buy some fresh flowers (for a prosperous year) and oranges (for good health and long life) to display.