Finally! A Lunar New Year Book that includes multiple cultures around the world! In addition to China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, and Vietnam also celebrate this holiday. While many traditions overlap, each culture has their own special customs.
Learn why Lunar New Year is a misnomer, plus a mix of calendar science, history, geography, social studies, food culture, and more in this ebook. Full-color photographs bring the fun facts to life. Then, explore a few activities as a hands-on introduction to culture.
Activities include lantern templates, Korean coloring pages, spinning Chinese and Vietnamese zodiac wheels, red envelopes, crossword puzzles, and more!
The ebook concludes with Lunar New Year book recommendations by "own voice" authors.
Number of pages: 30
Language: English with select words in Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese
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My fourth grade students greatly enjoyed reading about the Lunar New Year traditions celebrated in a variety of countries. They especially appreciated the page where they were able to design hanbok dresses, and also enjoyed doing the crossword. As a teacher, I loved that students were asked to practice comprehension skills in multiple ways. First, they were answering straight comprehension questions about the reading, comparing and contrasting the variety of traditions. Then they needed to apply their strategies (re-reading, skim & scan, etc.) to help them find the answers to the crossword puzzle! Finally, everyone in my room was pleased by the two versions of the Zodiac calendar. One of my Vietnamese students had already shared with the class that for him, the Year of the Rabbit was actually the Year of the Cat. It was nice to have materials that supported learning about the variety of Asian cultures represented in my classroom. I would recommend this activity pack.
I teach ELL in a K-2 school. I try and present on my student holidays and festivals to general classrooms. I want my students to feel proud of their heritage culture.
This e-book by Chalk Academy on Lunar New Year in the different East Asian Cultures has been invaluable. It’s colorful, highly informative, highlighting the different customs and cultures that celebrate this lunisolar holiday. It even explains what lunisolar calendars are, helping learners get a holistic, integrated ELA and Social Studies lesson.
As we have only one Vietnamese student in the school and he rarely gets to see his culture represented m, I focused the lesson on Chalk Academy’s pages pertaining to Vietnamese celebrations and only briefly touched on the other countries.
I used her red envelope template to make copies on red construction paper, so students could put them together and insert the photocopied Vietnamese Dong I printed. They also drew their Vietnamese Zodiac birth year animal. Ii also used her match the pictures with the vocabulary as the exit ticket.
The children loved the lesson and had so many great questions. I can only highly recommend this wonderful product.
Thank you so much for sharing your experience and the photo, Stephanie. And thank you so much for your kind feedback. It's so wonderful to hear how you tailored the lesson for your students. They are so lucky to have you as their teacher! :-)
I laminated the information sheets last year and used it with my class again this year! The students enjoyed the extra activities, too!
So thrilled to hear that your class was able to enjoy the activity pack again! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and the picture!
This was a big hit with the children who came to our library program. Many of the parents also learned from the Activity Kit. They were surprised at how different celebrations are in different countries.
Thank you so much for sharing the activity kit with your library, Mary! So excited to hear that it was enjoyed by kids and parents alike!
We downloaded this packet last year and was pleasantly surprised to get an email that the packet has been updated. It gives an excellent overview of history, geography, culture, and now there are even more activities included. This was great for us to do at home as a family. I am also recommending it to my son's school.
I really appreciate your thoughtful feedback, Ellen! So thrilled to hear that you're enjoying the updated version. Thank you for letting your school know about the resources, too! :-)