1-2-3 Come Do Some More Chinese New Year Activities With Me
Chinese New Year starts the 31st, but you have plenty of time to plug in some cultural social studies, as the festivities run for 15 days, ending on Valentines Day this year.
Why not teach your kiddos how to count to 10 in Chinese? To help you, I designed some Chinese and English number cards, so children can play Memory Match and "I Have; Who Has?" games.
The packet also includes an anchor chart that shows the order of "brush" strokes, as well as helpful links so students can see and hear the numbers.
One of the sites tells you how to ask a person their phone number in Chinese.
I thought that would be a really fun activity for students, so I made a recording sheet. There's also one for students to write their age on.
Introduce these lessons by reading a Chinese counting book. I've included 3 suggestions.
Click on the link to view/download the Let's Count In Chinese,Number Card Packet.
If you're studying money right now, it would be interesting for your students to compare US currency with China's. The renminbi (RMB) (pronounced like the letters) is their official currency.
You may also have heard of the yuan, (pronounced you-en) which is the basic unit of the renminbi, but is also used as a synonym for China's currency, especially in international contexts, sort of like England's Brittish Sterling and the pound.
Since currency rates change daily, click on the link to visit the China Tour site; here students can type in a US dollar amount and have it converted to Chinese yuan.
Currently, the Chinese yuan is worth .15 cents in US money, and 100 US dollars is 664.0 yuan. I've made up a Chinese Currency packet that you'll find helpful.
It includes 2 Venn diagrams, so students can compare and contrast Chinese currency with ours.
I've also included some templates for their paper money. It's a Chinese tradition to give money to children during Chinese New Year.
They place it in red envelopes for good luck. You could print some of this money off and include it inside a red envelope for your students.
Most office supply stores sell red envelopes, and after Christmas they go on sale 50% off. As with the 100 dollar bill for 100-Day, you could substitute your students' photo on the money.
Use them as "behavior bucks" where students earn them throughout the day, as they accomplish various tasks, and then "convert" them for a priviledge or trip to your treasure box. Click on the link to view/download the Chinese Currency Packet.
Also math related, are these 9 Chinese puzzles that will help your students practice counting forwards, backwards and by 10's.
I'm thrilled to add another graphics artist to our activities. Along with Laura Strickland and DJ Inkers, you'll be seeing the adorable work from Scrappin Doodles. Click on the link to view/download the Chinese New Year puzzle packet.
Finally, I designed some incentives or prizes that you can make and give to your students, to add to the excitement of your Chinese New Year celebration.
Purchase a pack of sparkly pencils at The Dollar store, print off these toppers, trim, cut slits and insert the pencil.
Challenge students to collect all three designs as they accomplish tasks, or play games. The Chinese symbols on the 1st one say "Happy New Year." The teapot says: U R T rific! and the dragon says Happy Chinese New Year.
Click on the link to view/download the Chinese New Year Pencil Topper Packet.
Another inexpensive treat that you can give your kiddos, is a lollipop note. There are 5 designs to choose from. Print them off, cut slits and insert a lollipop. My personal favorite is the fan, which says, "I hope your New Year is fantastic."
Because of Valentines Day, The Dollar Store is carrying red heart lollipops, perfect for Chinese New Year too, because red is such an important color in China. Click on the link to view/download the Chinese New Year Lollipop Notes.
Last, but not least, I always enjoyed making treat bags for my Y5's. This can be your snack, an incentive, or prize. There are 5 headers to choose from.
I've photographed the treats that I put in mine. Click on the link to view/download the Chinese New Year Treat Bag Headers.
Thanks for visiting today. I have lots more to share, so I hope you can pop by tomorrow. I'll be finishing up with some adorable crafty Chinese New Year FREEBIES. Feel free to PIN away.
"One joy scatters a hundred griefs." -Chinese Proverb
1-2-3 Come Do Some Chinese New Year Activities and Crafts With Me.
There never seems to be enough time in the teaching day, so things like social studies and science don't get covered all that much anymore, if at all. This is truly a sad state of affairs, because our children are not as well-rounded as they used to be, when life was simpler and no one ever heard of CCSS or standardized testing.
For this reason, I really try hard to design things that cover the standards, while at the same time plugging in a few of the more fun extras. One of my Y5's favorite theme days was our Chinese New Year celebration. It was a great way to have my students learn about, compare and contrast another country. They were fascinated.
Even if you don't have time for an entire unit, many of the following activities can quickly and easily be added to your day. If nothing else, simply read several books about Chinese New Year during your story time, and have children locate Asia and China on a map.
I think you'll find it quite helpful, as it's a comprehensive annotated bibliography, where I explain and comment on each book.
It took me zillions of hours to put it together, and that was after I spent some time sorting through my huge collection, but I thought it was time well-spent, as most people are not that familiar with multi-cultural books.
I've also designed 4 Chinese bookmarks to pass out to your kiddos. Click on the link to check them out.
You can find a few of these stories being read on YouTube as well. A personal favorite, is Tikki Tikki Tembo.
My Y5’s were delighted when I repeated Tikki’s very long full name, and wanted to learn it themselves. Click on the link for an excellent animated version of this popular folktale.
Another wonderful YouTube fairytale video is The Story of Nian. It’s just 3 minutes and explains the meaning behind many of the Chinese New Year beliefs, because of this mythological half lion-half dragon.
This year, Chinese New Year is being celebrated on Friday, January 31st and runs for 15 days, which ends on our Valentine's Day, so there's plenty of time to try and fit something cultural into your lessons.
The Chinese typically don't refer to this celebration as Chinese New Year; instead, the festivities are known as Spring Festival 春節 or Lunar New Year 農曆新年 because their year is determined by the Lunar Calendar.
The Chinese aren't the only ones who observe it either. From late January to mid-February, Korea, Vietnam, Japan and other countries celebrate Lunar New Year too.
A fun way to add a bit of Asian flavor to your day, is with these Chinese dragon alphabet cards. Use them as flashcards, a bulletin board boarder, independent center or for group games.
I've included a 3-page tip list of things you can do with the cards. After laminating, cut up an extra set and make puzzles. Click on the link to view/download the Chinese dragon alphabet cards.
I found an awesome site "Free Chinese Name Translations" where you simply type in your kiddos names and they appear in lovely Chinese characters! The photo shows what my name looks like.
I copy and pasted my family's names in a document, so that I could shrink or enlarge them. I had such a great time diddling around here; my brain was going 90-miles an hour, thinking of fun things I could do with these.
A few names "could not be found" (my sister Kathie, for example) but you could adjust the spelling and see if that helps. Kathy did work. I simply corrected the spelling on my copy. If that doesn't work, you could also try a child's middle name.
These can be made into bookmarks, a certificate of praise, nametag, flag, greeting card, lantern, fan, or shrunk to make the center tag for a necklace, button, or magnet. The photo shows the fan I made.
To make one, enlarge the name card that you made, by cutting and pasting it into a Word or Pages document. I dragged the image to the full size of the length of the paper. Leave at least 2-3 inches of white border on the bottom when you cut it out, or your name won't show up.
When students are done, staple the bottom and gently pull apart. "Fan-folding" is an excellent fine motor skill that my Y5's really enjoyed doing.
Another quick activity your kiddo's could do when they were done with lessons, is to color a Chinese picture. Click on the link for the Chinese ChildBook site.
It has a large variety of Chinese New Year prints including these cute little Chinese children. Any of them could also be folded to make a prety fan.
Another simple way to add a splash of China to your day, is by playing some of their soothing music while your students work. There's something very calming in the melodic music that chinese instruments create.
I'm listening to "Music From The Tea Lands" as I blog. It's especially meaningful because 2 of our sons were born in Korea. If you don't have a CD, click on the link to hear 25 minutes of tranquil sounds from China.
As your students come through the door, wish them a Happy New Year in Chinese, and then teach them how to say: " Gong Hey Fat Choy." (gung-she-fah-tie)
After several hours of research, I made up a page of information that includes several ways to say Happy New Year in Chinese, as well as links for you to hear how it should sound, plus the Chinese characters that make up these greetings.
There are also some great links of Chinese children singing Happy New Year. This informational sheet is in the Chinese Bookmark packet. Click on the link to grab this FREEBIE. Choose which ever bookmark you like the best and tuck one in your students' desks or backpacks.
That’s it for today. I have so much more to share, but I don’t want these blog articles to get too long. Be sure and pop by tomorrow for some more great Chinese New Year Activities. Feel free to PIN away.
“A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.” –Chinese Proverb
1-2-3 Come Add To 100 With Me
I must confess I'm a flitter. I endeavor to try and stay focused 'til I complete a task, but this proves rather difficult when I'm doing research on the Internet.
One thing leads to another, and pretty soon I find it's late afternoon and I haven't accomplished a thing. I've enjoyed learning all sorts of trivia, and have added to my already too full list of things I want to design, but I've gotten off the beaten track. Anyone out there do something similar while planning a lesson?
The result of my craziness, has come up with something I think your students will enjoy, and works well for a 100 Day celebration too.
I stumbled upon several math sites that asked students, "How much is your name worth?"
In order for children to calculate this, each letter is assigned a value according to its position in the alphabet. i.e., The letter A is worth 1, B is worth 2, all the way up to the letter Z, which is worth 26.
I've included a bookmark key you can run off and give each student, that will make things easier, as well as a valuation worksheet you can also use.
So that younger students don't get confused, I made the numbers in red, green, and blue so that they stand out.
After students get the hang of this concept by adding up their name, challenge them to find a word that is worth 100. So that I could find a few words, without having to rack my brain, I Googled words worth 100.
To my surprise, this led to the term "Dollar" words. Quite a few teachers all over the planet seem to be challenging their kiddo's to find the value of words.
Just an FYI, do NOT assign this as a homework assignment. It will defeat the purpose of the lesson. Any child with access to a computer will find all sorts of online help, lists, and even several sites that will calculate the amounts for them.
Instead, do this activity in class. You want your students to practice all sorts of standards, as they think up words and add up numbers.
You also want them to have the joy of discovering their own 100-point word, which can be pretty exciting. Click on the link to view/download the 100 Dollar Word packet.
After your students have worked on this assignment in class, you can share 2 word calculation sites that I found: Balmoral Software and Math Lair. I think it would be fun for them to practice their keyboarding skills, typing in a variety of words, names and numbers to see their values.
I'm not sure who came up with the original idea, as there is a plethora of sites, activities, and information about calculating the value of names, words, etc. The "game" was also listed in several math-activity books like Math For Smarty Pants by Marilyn Burns.
Perhaps the idea came because of a snide remark by Ernest Hemingway. William Faulkner, also a prolific writer at the time, stated that "[Hemingway] had never been known to use a word that might send the reader to the dictionary."
In his defense, Hemingway shot back: "Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? He thinks I don't know the ten-dollar words. I know them all right, but there are older and simpler and better words, and those are the ones I use."
Thus we have evolved from those ten-dollar words, to the dollar words that are popular today. If you want to tie this activity into your 100-Day celebration, simply call them 100 dollar words, making each point worth one dollar.
One of the reasons I think this is such a tremendous activity, is because it is a great mental workout, which involves all sorts of other things besides counting and addition. Students need to come up with a strategy, which involves critical thinking.
So that even young students with limited addition ability, can also do this activity, give students a dictionary and a calculator and set them loose.
So that older students get the much-needed addition practice in, have them figure out their word, and then check it with a calculator. After they have done a specific amount of "ciphering" allow them to use the calculators, so that they are able to practice more problems.
With so many students working on so many words, teachers may find it difficult to give students immediate feedback, which speeds up the learning process. However, allowing students to use calculators, to check their answers that they have come up with by themselves, solves the problem and guarantees correct results.
For many younger students, using a calculator is a first-time experience and makes the entire process less frustrating and more fun. The use of a dictionary helps build vocabulary, reinforces spelling and gives them all sorts of dictionary-skill practice, such as alphabetizing. You could also introduce your students to a thesaurus if you haven't already done so.
Besides problem-solving math, you can also review parts of speech. Which words are nouns, verbs, or adjectives? Did you come up with any compound words?
A root word may not add up to 100, but how does adding a prefix or suffix help? For example, adding ed to a verb increases its value by 9. Adding ing to a verb increases its value by 30 and reduces the target value for the root verb to 70.
The strategy then, is breaking down a large problem into smaller ones that are more easily solved.
Are you stuck at 99? Can you add an S to make the word plural? Adding S to a word increases its value by 19 and reduces the target value for the root word to 81, offering you a teachable moment to review the concept of singular and plural.
Give students a certain amount of time on their own and then break them up into small groups, so they can help each other and work on cooperative learning.
After students have worked on this 100-Day word challenge for the allotted time, give them some help, by suggesting clues for the different "dollar words." For example, "Something you'll find in all bathrooms is this plural dollar word." Answer: toilets
To make this easy for you, I've done a day's worth of work finding dollar words, so that you don't have to. I've come up with a list of 740 dollar words!
There are a variety of lists out there with more, but mine is alphabetized, checked, student-appropriate, spelled correctly, does not contain proper names and lists only real words.
To save you even more time, I've also made up a list of clues for 60 dollar words that your students should be familiar with.
Print off my clues and have each student choose one, or have children work in groups with the same clue, to see who can figure it out first.
I've included an answer key for you, so you don't have to strain your brain.
When a dollar word has been correctly identified, give students another clue.
You can award points and give out the Dollar Word certificates to the winners.
So that younger children don't feel left out, I've also included certificates for participation.
Later, share the list and have students find out how many letters the longest dollar word had.
What was the shortest dollar word? I've included a worksheet for that. There is one that features the dollar bill if you are doing Dollar words, as well as one with a 100-dollar bill at the top, if you're using this for a 100-Day activity.
Honduras, Milwaukee, and Tallahatchie were all 100-point places that I found. Kristin, Henrietta, Paulette and Suzanne, were 100-point names, and Wednesday is the day of the week that is worth 100.
Are there dollar words on the list that your students don't know? Have them choose 10 to look up.
I've included a My Dollar Word or My 100 Dollar Word dictionary for your students to record things in.
This is a wonderful Daily 5- word work activity.
You could also have students use different colored highlighters to show which words are verbs, adjectives, nouns, or compound words.
Click on the link to view/download the 100-Day Word Challenge packet.
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1-2-3 Come Do A Few More 100 Day Activities With Me
This past week has been focused on 100 Day activities, and I think I'm finally done with my "To Do" list. Woo Hoo! I wanted to finish up with a few requests as well as some rather unusual ideas. I hope you and your kiddo's enjoy them.
Andrea will be celebrating 100 Day in February, with her preschool class in Montana, and wanted a 100 Day certificate that they could color.
Jill, over in Oregon, needed some certificates of achievement for her kinders, who can count to 100 + skip count by 5's and 10's.
Shondra, from Memphis, also teaches preschool and asked for an easy 100 Day craft.
One of my Y5's favorites, was their rip and tear 100 rainbow, which provides wonderful fine motor practice.
You could also review patterning and have students choose 2 or 3 colors to make ABAB or ABCABC etc patterns.
The results turn out really pretty and make a great bulletin board. Click on the link to grab a copy. 100 Day Rip & Tear Craftivity.
Susan, in North Dakota, asked if I had any 100 Day games that were simple and quick.
There are quite a few games in the various 100 Day packets, but I wanted to dream up something that teachers could plug in as a "just for fun" activity, if they had a few minutes.
Young or old can play "Dots and Boxes;" it's a game that was designed by Édouard Lucas, way back in 1889 . The game is great for the strategy it reinforces + younger children get practice with the square shape. I made the grid so that it has 100 boxes, perfect for your 100 Day celebration. Click on the link to grab a copy. 100 Day Dots and Boxes game.
Run off the Happy 100 Day bookmark with 100 smilie faces on it, to use as a prize, or give everyone for participating.
A few "thinking games" would also be interesting for your students. Most of them will be pretty familiar with numeric terms such as a million, billion, and trillion, but do any of them know what comes after? I wondered about really large numbers; so I surfed the net to find out.
Interestingly, when I got past 100 decillion, spell checker started to underline these “new” words in red. I also spotted a pattern of repetitive names.
See if your students can guess what a higher number might be called. You could also have them guess how many zeros are in 100 quintillion, or have them research what the largest number is named.
Webmath was an extremely helpful site. You can type in any number, click “pronounce” and it will show you how to say that number.
This would be a great independent computer center for students. Have them type in a number and then share their findings with the class.
You could also use your smart board to show students what happens when you keep adding zeros to a number like 100. Since I wanted teachers to be able to incorporate this lesson with their 100 Day activities, I looked up things by 100s and made an anchor chart for you. Click on the link to view/download What Comes After A Trillion?
Another thing for your students to ponder, I call 100 Hours. Five days before you celebrate your 100th Day of school, ask your students if they have any idea how many hours they do certain things each day?
Most people know how much time they sleep, but are pretty amazed at how much time they really spend on the computer, phone, or watching TV.
Run off the 100 hours journal (that's 4 days and 4 hours) and have students keep track. A graphing extension is also included. After this activity, challenge students to read more, and social network less. Click on the link to view/download the 100 Hours Journal.
Finally, whenever I'm doing research, a few zillion more questions and ideas pop into my brain. I wondered how you say 100 in a different language. Over an hour later, I had a nice list of 20 ways to say the number.
I made a 100 Around The World poster and also put it in bookmark form, as something to share with your students. For a social studies extension, have children choose one and find that country on the map. Click on the link to view/download 100 Around The World.
Since many teachers will be celebrating their 100th day of school close to Valentine's Day, I thought these would be nice additions. Click on the links to grab your copies.
Thanks for visiting today. I hope you found a few things to add to your 100 Day celebrations.
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"We've been working in our classroom, for 100 days. We've been working in our classroom, and deserve some praise. Rising early in the morning, bring our books and pencils too. Every day we come to our school, we learn something new." -To the tune of "I've Been Working On The Railroad"
1-2-3 Come Celebrate 100 Day With Me
Even though 100 Day was like a party for my Y5's, we still covered all of our subject areas and standards. I spent countless hours designing things that would fit the various subjects throughout our day using that particular theme.
With that in mind, I wanted to design some other activities besides all of the math extensions that go on for 100 Day, so I thought up an "It's Time To Celebrate" game, which reinforces time to the hour. (CCSS 1.MD.3)
Students choose a partner or work in groups of 3-4 taking turns rolling one dice. Whatever number they roll, they trace the digital time and then write that number on their analog clock.
After they have filled in numbers 1-6 (times to the hour) they roll 2 dice and add them together to get numbers 7-12. The first one to complete their "It's Time To Celebrate" recording sheet, is the winner and receives a certificate of praise.
Click on the link to view/download the 100-Day Telling Time Game.
For your writing block, or Daily 5 time, use these 4 different 100-Day writing prompts. To help get your students started, I designed them with a graphic organizer format.
Run off copies of each prompt and give students a choice. Mount completed work on a variety of colors of construction paper for an easy 100-Day bulletin board.
Click on the link to view/download the 100-Day writing prompt packet.
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"Woo hoo for me; woo hoo for you! We're 100 Day's smarter it's true!"