[Lesson Plan] Celebrate the Chinese New Year 2024! Blog Feature

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite on January 17th, 2024

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[Lesson Plan] Celebrate the Chinese New Year 2024!

Lessons/Activities/Templates | Academic Subject: English Language Arts | Featured Topics: Classroom Celebrations/Holidays | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities | Academic Subject: Mathematics

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, has been celebrated for thousands of years. It is one of the most important holidays widely celebrated in many Asian countries and territories including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, Thailand. Usually falling between January 21st and February 20th, this year's start of the 2024 Chinese New Year will occur on Saturday, February 10th, and is the Year of the Dragon. The celebration lasts for about 15 days.

恭喜發財.pngGung Hay Fat Choy is a common Chinese New Year’s greeting in Chinese Cantonese, which means “wishing you great happiness and prosperity.” On Chinese New Year, the themes of happiness, wealth, longevity, luck and good fortune are celebrated. Some of the traditional celebrations include family gatherings, visiting friends and relatives (baai nin), exchanging “lucky money” contained in red envelopes (lai see), decorating homes with paper decorations and scrolls, lion dances, and fireworks. Chinese New Year is a special holiday to celebrate with your class while teaching them others’ cultures and comparing them to American traditions.

We have updated our collection of fun, hands-on and Common Core-aligned lessons and activities, classroom decorations, and craft projects for this year's holiday so you can explore and enjoy with your class, and we want to share them with you!

Chinese New Year 2024

The Chinese zodiac consists of twelve animal signs, and is determined by the Chinese lunar calendar. It is based upon the monthly cycles of the moon’s phases, unlike the Gregorian calendar which is based upon the solar cycle. The zodiac begins with the rat, followed by ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, dog and pig.

Download this lesson plan for Grades 1-5, meeting Common Core objectives for both Reading and Math, surrounding the Chinese Zodiac, and explore the holiday with your students while you decorate your classroom for the 2024 Chinese New Year - the Year of the Dragon. We know your students will love learning about cultural traditions around the world!

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