Last week we celebrated Chinese New Year. Since it was the year of the dragon, we made "Dragon Lanterns" to hang in our classroom. The kids colored a dragon pattern, glued it to red construction paper and then wrote their name in chinese... or at least tried. Here is a picture of my example that my daughter made it for me. She is in 3rd grade.
I went to a website that allowed me to type in my students name and then it gave me their name written in chinese. I saved the pictures to a file, printed and cut each one out to give to my students. They LOVED seeing their names in chinese. I had a couple different names in my classroom that could not be found, so I used their middle names instead. They still loved them. Here is a picture of my name in chinese and what the cards look like.
I also made some chinese fortune cookies for my students - NOT real ones, but ones made from cupcake liners. I saw the idea on pinterest and thought they were cute. Here are how mine turned out.
I made up my fortune strips to go inside them. I made these REALLY late at night, so my creativity was not flowing very well. I ended up doubling up on the sayings to make 22. Here is a copy of the strips if you are interested. Click on the image to download.
I also created a few graphic organizers and some writing paper to write facts about Chinese New Year. Here is the freebie if you are interested.
We had a LOT of fun learning about Chinese New Year and what animal zodiac sign we are. Hope you had as much fun! Oh and I updated my post on the Snow Shovels and Scooping Up Nouns. Scroll to the bottom and I have uploaded the patterns if you are interested. Have a great Sunday!