Chinese Moon Festival Lesson Plan
Chinese Moon Festival
2-5 objectives stating expected learner outcomes
students to the Chinese festival
its history and importance to the Chinese culture
Materials and Resources:
Copies Chinese Moon Background Article
Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipes
The Moon Lady by Amy Tan
Exploring Chinatown: A Children's Guide to Chinese Culture
specific statements or activities you will use to focus students on the
lesson for the day
children what holidays they observe. (5
the student's benefit, explain what students will be able to do by the
time they successfully complete the lesson.
are going to be learning about the Chinese Moon Festival and why it is an
important cultural holiday.
information is essential for the student to know before beginning and how
will this skill be communicated to the students
The Moon Festival happens at the first full moon in September.
It is based on the lunar calendar, so it is on a different day every year.
Months in the Calendar were originally based on the moons
cycle, but the problem is there is not integral amount of lunar cycles in
The legend of the Lady Chang Er dates back to around 2170 BC.
Her husband shoots down 9 extra suns that were causing everything to get
to hot on the earth. As his reward, he was given an elixir of long
life. His wife drank it before him and was transported to the moon. A Jade Rabbit then appeared and built a palace and made potions for the
The symbolism of the shape and ingredients in a moon cake: the
egg yolk inside stands for the moon, the round shape stands for family
unity. According to legend, Moon Cakes once were used during the
Mongol occupation of China, as a way for revolutionaries to communicate
and successfully overthrow the Mongols with the messages hidden inside the
moon cake. (10 minutes)
Chinese around the world celebrate the moon festival by eating
moon cakes, enjoying the full moon, and an occasion for family reunions.
It is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese Lunar
Calendar. Many Chinatowns have festivals at this time of year and
moon cakes are sold in Chinese bakeries and supermarkets in the US.
you will be demonstrating the skill or competence, how will this be done?
an example of the Lunar calendar and Moon Cakes for the class to sample-
either during the lecture or afterwards.
strategies to be used to determine if students have learned the objectives
new vocabulary words: Moon Cake, yolk of egg, red bean, emperor, archer,
mortar (used for grinding medicine), pestle, paler, elixir, spilled,
sparing (10 minutes)
activities which will be used to guide student practice and provide a time
frame for completing this practice.
students draw a picture or write a paragraph concerning what was learned
about the Chinese Moon Festival. (15
method of review and evaluation will be used to complete the lesson?
in the drawings or stories and pick up the supplies (5
homework/seatwork assignment to be given to the students to ensure they
have mastered the skill without teacher guidance.
the drawings and stories, and possibly discuss some of the examples next
class (omit the child's name to prevent embarrassment)
*This is a
Madeline Hunter Lesson Plan Template
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