NEW YEAR

Activities

Grades PreK–3: Art
New Year Coloring Pages
Students can color New Year pictures and use them to decorate the classroom.
Dragon Dance
http://www.ActivityVillage.co.uk/dragon_dance.htm
Chinese New Year Lion Dance
http://www.kiddyhouse.com/CNY/cnyclips/liondancewsht.gif
Father Time
http://www.primarygames.com/holidays/new_years/color2.htm
Hour Glass
http://www.primarygames.com/holidays/new_years/color4.htm

Grades K–2: Music
Sing in the New Year
Help children learn the famous New Year song "Auld Lang Syne," with the music and lyrics from this site.
Auld Lang Syne
http://www.chivalry.com/cantaria/lyrics/auldlang.html

Grades K–2: Arts and Crafts
Masks on Parade
Children can make their own masks to wear in a class New Year parade. Give each child a paper plate with eye, nose, and mouth holes cut out. Have children decorate their masks with paints, crayons, paper and cloth scraps, streamers, and glitter. When they are finished, attach pieces of yarn or rubber bands to the backs of the masks. Children can showcase their masks by wearing them in a classroom parade.

Grades K–2: Social Studies
A Year of Celebration
Children can create a timeline to help them remember important holidays in the coming year.
A Celebration Timeline
http://www.eduplace.com/ss/act/celtime.html

Grades K–2
Lions and Dragons
New Year celebrations in Japan would not be complete without the game of fuku warai, which is a bit like pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey. Blindfolded players have an outline of a face with no features on the floor in front of them. The object of the game is to place paper cutouts in the shape of the eyes, nose, and mouth on the face. Children can also play virtual fuku warai.
What Is Fuku Warai?
http://www.jinjapan.org/kidsweb/virtual/fukuwarai/what-is.html
Virtual fuku warai
http://www.jinjapan.org/kidsweb/virtual/fukuwarai/virtual-fukuwarai.html

Grades K–4: Arts and Crafts
Fireworks Display
Students can create their own fireworks picture by using dark construction paper, glue and different colors of glitter. These fireworks pictures are great decorations for Western New Year or Chinese New Year.
Fireworks: KinderCrafts
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/fireworks/

Grades K–4: Arts and Crafts
Egg Carton Dragons
To help celebrate Chinese New Year, have students make their own dragons.
Chinese New Year Dragon
http://www.kidsdomain.com/craft/dragon.html

Grades K–4: Social Studies
Make a Calendar
Have students make their own 2003 calendars. To make a class calendar, have a small group of students work on a different month of the year. Each student should mark a holiday or special event on the day it occurs.
2003 Calendar
http://www.eduplace.com/calendar/index.html

Grades 1–3: Art/Social Studies
Lion Masks
The Lion Dance is performed during the Lantern Festival with performers wearing Lion Masks at the end of Chinese New Year. Lion's are believed to bring good luck and scare away evil spirits. Have your students make lion masks—scary, cute, or funny, to help them celebrate.
Chinese Children Craft Projects
http://www.childbook.com/free/projects/lion.html

Grades 1–5: Art
Chinese New Year's Greetings To Color
Another way to decorate your room is with Chinese New Year greetings. Students can color them for the classroom or bring them home for friends and family.
Happy New Year
http://www.childbook.com/images/coloring/character-newyear.jpg
Truth
http://www.childbook.com/images/coloring/character-truth.jpg
Good Fortune/Prosperity
http://www.childbook.com/images/coloring/character-prosperity.jpg
Peace
http://www.childbook.com/images/coloring/character-peace.jpg

Grades 1–8: Social Studies
New Years Around the World
The New Year is celebrated all over the world and at different times of the year. Have students find out about the holiday by watching a New Year's movie. It's a long wait for the movie to download, but there's a New Year's quiz to take while you wait.
BrainPop: New Year's
http://www.brainpop.com/specials/newyears/

Grades 2–8: Language Arts
New Year Celebrations Word Find
Students can find words related to celebrating the new year.
New Year Celebrations (grades 2-3) (PDF file)
http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/january/pdf/ny_easy_wf.pdf
New Year Celebrations Answer Key (grades 2-3) (PDF file)
http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/january/pdf/ny_easy_wf_key.pdf
New Year Celebrations (grades 4-8) (PDF file)
http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/january/pdf/ny_hard_wf.pdf
New Year Celebrations Answer Key (grades 4-8) (PDF file)
http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/january/pdf/ny_hard_wf_key.pdf

Grades 1–8: Social Studies
New Year Quizzes
Test your students' knowledge about the new year.
The New Year (grades 1-2) (PDF file)
http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/january/pdf/ny_quiz_1-2.pdf
The New Year Answer Key (grades 1-2) (PDF file)
http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/january/pdf/ny_quiz_1-2_key.pdf
New Year Celebrations Around the World (grades 3-5) (PDF file)
http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/january/pdf/ny_quiz_3-5.pdf
New Year Celebrations Answer Key (grades 3-5) (PDF file)
http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/january/pdf/ny_quiz_3-5_key.pdf
New Year Celebrations Around the World (grades 6-8) (PDF file)
http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/january/pdf/quiz6-8_newyr.pdf
New Year Celebrations Around the World Answer Key (grades 6-8) (PDF file)
http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/january/pdf/ny_quiz_6-8_key.pdf

Grades 2–8: Language Arts
Celebrating New Year
Kyoko, a nine-year-old Japanese girl from Denmark, celebrates New Year by going to the beach at sunrise, eating mochi, and much more. How do your students celebrate the New Year? Have them write a personal narrative about their typical New Year's Day.
Japanese New Year
http://www.algonet.se/~bernadot/christmas/22.html

Grades 3–5: Social Studies
New Year Quiz
Have pairs of students take this online challenge and see who earns more points.
New Year's Baby Game
http://www.billybear4kids.com/holidays/newyears/baby/game.htm

Grades 3–5: Language Arts
Red Gift Envelopes
It's traditional in China to give gifts of money in red envelopes at New Year's. Have your students make their own red envelopes. Rather than money, have them write good luck wishes to send.
Make a Chinese Gift Packet
http://www.chinatown-online.co.uk/pages/learn/class_packet.html

Grades 3–5: Art and Crafts
Dragon
Use paper towel cardboard rolls to make dragons to celebrate Chinese New Year.
Make a Dragon
http://www.cstone.net/~bry-back/holidayfun/cnycraft.html

Grades 3–5: Arts and Crafts
Dragon Masks
Have your students make dragon masks for a parade or for decorating your classroom for Chinese New Year.
Parade Dragon Puppet
http://www.kckpl.lib.ks.us/ys/CRAFTS/Dragon.htm

Grades 3–5: Foreign Languages
International New Year
Students can have fun wishing each other a "Happy New Year" in twenty-six different languages.
Merpy's New Year Celebration
http://www.merpy.com/newyear/

Grades 3–6: Arts and Crafts
Firecracker, Firecracker!
In this activity, the students make "firecrackers" out of rolled cardboard tubes to simulate Chinese New Year firecrackers.
China: Dim Sum: Chinese New Year's Firecrackers
http://www.newton.mec.edu/Angier/DimSum/Firecracker%20Lesson.html

Grades 3–8: Language Arts
New Year Poetry
Have students describe their New Year's Day experience in poetic form.
Cinquain
http://www.eduplace.com/activity/cinquain.html

Grades 4–6: Social Studies
Find It
Send students on a New Year Scavenger Hunt to find out about different New Year celebrations.
New Year Scavenger Hunt
http://www.angelfire.com/ks/tonyaskinner/nyhunt.html

Grades 4–8: Language Arts
Happy New Year! Crossword Puzzle
Have students find the hidden words that have to do with celebrating the New Year.
Print out this crossword puzzle for students to complete at home or in school.
Happy New Year! (PDF file)
http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/january/pdf/ny_xword.pdf
Happy New Year! Answer Key (PDF file)
http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/january/pdf/ny_xword_key.pdf

Grades 4–8: Language Arts
Chinese Zodiac Word Finds
Challenge your students to find the hidden words.
Chinese Zodiac (PDF file)
http://dev.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/january/pdf/ny_zodiac_wf.pdf
Chinese Zodiac Answer Key (PDF file)
http://dev.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/january/pdf/ny_zodiac_wf_key.pdf

Grades 5–8: Foreign Language
Learn Chinese
Have students become acquainted with calligraphy and Chinese ideograms or characters.
Chinese Calligraphy
http://www.newton.mec.edu/Angier/DimSum/Chinese%20Caligraphy%20Lesson.html

Grades 6–8: Language Arts
New Year Resolutions
Have your students make their own resolutions for the coming year with help from this online goal-setter.
New Year's Helpful "Goal" Hints
http://www.billybear4kids.com/holidays/newyears/goalgame/random.htm

Grades 6–8: Social Studies
Good Luck Paper Cutting
At Chinese New Year, it's traditional to put paper cut decorations in the window to scare off evil spirits.
Chinese Papercut Patterns
http://www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Island/3268/projects/scissorcut/patterns.html

 

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Internet Resources

Celebrate! Holidays in the U.S.A.: New Year's Day
Read about the history and traditions of this holiday in the United States.
http://www.usis.usemb.se/Holidays/celebrate/newyears.html

Christine O'Keeffe's New Year's Customs
This site gives information about American, Scottish, Cambodian, Chinese, Iranian, Jewish, and Austrian New Year customs.
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/1502/newyrcustom/newyrcus.html#top

Pasadena Tournament of Roses
The 112th Rose Parade, themed Fabric of America, will take place on Monday, January 1, 2001 at 8:00 a.m. (PT) featuring majestic floral floats, high-stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands from throughout the United States. Find out the history of this famous parade and more.
http://rosebowl.com/

Chinese New Year
At this site you can read about traditional preparations and celebrations for the Chinese New Year.
http://www.educ.uvic.ca/faculty/mroth/438/CHINA/chinese_new_year.html

The Chinese Calendar
Why does the Chinese New Year fall on a different day of the Gregorian calendar every year? This Web site explains how the Chinese calendar works.
http://webexhibits.org/calendars/calendar-chinese.html

Japanese Toys
Find out what kinds of toys kids play with during the Japanese New Year.
http://www.indiana.edu/~japan/toys.html

Japanese New Year
Find out about Shogatsu, celebrated each year in January.
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2064.html

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