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