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Chinese New Year Lesson Plan


45 minutes

Subject Area

 Social Studies

Grade Level


Unit Title


Lesson Title

Chinese New Year


Write 2-5 objectives stating expected learner outcomes

  • Learn about the Chinese New Year
  • Cultural importance
  • Some special events of the holiday

 Materials and Resources:

Happy New Year by Demi

Red envelopes and gold stickers

Chinese New Year Event Calendar, History, and Other Resources

Free coloring printouts: 

White board and markers

Anticipatory Set

List specific statements or activities you will use to focus students on the lesson for the day

Discuss with the students their favorite holidays.  What are some of the special activities they do every year?  (Thanksgiving: have turkey, Christmas: put up a tree, etc.)  Kids will be excited to talk and share.  Give everyone a chance. (10 minutes)


For the student's benefit, explain what students will be able to do by the time they successfully complete the lesson.

 We are going to learn about the most important holiday for people in the Chinese culture. Then, let's practice one of the  favorite events of the Chinese New Year



What information is essential for the student to know before beginning and how will this skill be communicated to the students

Chinese New Year is the biggest holiday for Chinese, and is also called the Spring Festival.  It happens approximately at the end of January, early February.  Chinese New Year is based on the Lunar Calendar, which is different than the regular Calendar.  This means that Chinese New Year falls on a different day each year.  Chinese name their years, and have a cycle of 12 animals they are named after.  A person born in a year is supposed to be like that animal.  Some animals, such as Dragons, are favored over other animals. The animals are: Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep (ram), Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig(boar), Rat(mouse), Ox, Tiger.

*Read Happy New Year by Demi (10 minutes)


* Alternatively:  Have a guest speaker come talk to the class about the Chinese New Year.  Adjust the rest of the plan accordingly.


If you will be demonstrating the skill or competence, how will this be done?

Discuss the tradition of red envelopes and pass them out. Use play money, or have the children make their own, if time allows. (5 minutes)

Check for Understanding

Identify strategies to be used to determine if students have learned the objectives

Go over vocabulary words:  lunar calendar, zodiac, firecrackers, red envelopes, red bean (5 minutes)

Guided Practice

List activities which will be used to guide student practice and provide a time frame for completing this practice.

Make red envelopes to exchange with other students or to take home to friends and family. (12 minutes)


What method of review and evaluation will be used to complete the lesson?

 Give homework assignment:

Independent Practice

List homework/seatwork assignment to be given to the students to ensure they have mastered the skill without teacher guidance.

 Assignment will depend on age group.  For the younger kids who do not write well, pass out coloring pictures on the Chinese New Year.


For the older students:  Write a paragraph about what you have learned about the Chinese New Year, red envelopes. The kids can also look up their zodiac sign based upon the year of birth.


 With so many choices, decide what works and what does not based on the age group taught.  What would you do different or the same?  Do you need to adjust the time for each segment of the lesson?  Would it work better to have the lesson in 2 parts, so more time can be concentrated on certain activities?

*This is a Madeline Hunter Lesson Plan Template

Chinese New Year Resources:

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