Going to the Chinese New Year parade in New York City had been on my to-do list for years and I finally got the chance to check it off!
Last year, my family and I drove to NYC for the parade and we were not disappointed (well, except for the jacked-up parking costs)!
We watched from Chatham Square (about the halfway point) as dancers, band members, politicians, and activists marched down the street to celebrate this exciting holiday.
It was incredible to see the lion dancing, the dancers under it coordinating their moves seamlessly.
Here’s another up close. The eyes have mechanisms to make them blink.
People hold the dragon up with long sticks, which they move to make the dragon “dance.”
And, it was the year of the pig, so there were also pigs marching!
Chinese New Year in the Classroom
|We loved celebrating Chinese New Year in our classroom also, so let me share a few activities with you, a freebie, and a look inside my Chinese New Year resource!|
In first grade, each class in our school made a dragon and we paraded around the building playing Chinese instruments, while the other grades sat in the hallways and cheered us on! In your freebie, you’ll find more information on how we celebrated (find link below).
Learning About Chinese New Year
We were lucky enough to have a student from China a few years ago that shared with us her traditions and even showed us some pictures from her visit to China.
We also read books and watched video clips to learn more. This is one of our favorite books about Chinese New Year and the students are always fascinated by the long dragon that unfolds at the end of the book. It’s called The Dancing Dragon, by Marcia Vaughan.
|After reading about Chinese New Year, we discuss what we learned and color-code lucky oranges to show true and false statements. |
Then, students practice finding the main idea in these differentiated reading passages, and color-coded to show their evidence!
|It’s interesting to compare Chinese New Year to our American New Year and this differentiated Venn diagram has cut and paste slips to help us do just that (also includes a blank diagram for use with any country.)|
After learning all about Chinese New Year, students make a fact web and write about their learning.
|They love finding the mystery pictures in these color-by-code practice sheets for vowel sounds, addition, and subtraction!|
And, more word work in these unscramble pages reviewing rhymes, cvc words, blends and digraphs.
Chinese New Year Game
One of our favorite games is the Chopsticks game. I usually had class moms come in after the parade and we played this game and had some Chinese food.
Chinese New Year Freebie
Here is your freebie! This word wall and stationery are perfect for a writing center. Download freebie here!