Monday, January 27, 2014

K 20: GUNG HAI FAT CHOY (Happy Chinese New Year!)

KINDERGARTEN LESSON PLAN                                                    Week of January 27
Lunar New Year
THIS WEEK’S TEKS:  1 a, c, f, g        Print Awareness
                                    2 b, c, e, i        Rhymes & Phonological Awareness
                                    3 a                   Phonics
                                    4 a, b               Prediction & Reading Strategies
                                    6 a,                  Story Elements
                                    7                      Poetry
                                    8 a, b               Retell Stories, Story Elements
                                    9                      Author’s Purpose
                                    10 b, c, d         Predict, Evaluate & Retell Stories
                      12 a, b               identify various forms & techniques of media
                                    18 a                 Oral & Written Conventions
                                    19 a                 Generate Questions
                                    20 a                 Whole Group Research
                                    21 a, b             Library Procedures
                        RC(fig19) a,b,d,f,e       Read Assorted Literature, Generate Questions,
Whole Group Research, Predictions/Inference,
Pair Fiction & Non-Fiction, Retell and Summarize Stories
Reading Comprehension
                                    n/a                   Book Selection

Intent: While Americans celebrate New Year on January 1 every year, many people around the world celebrate a new year when the first new moon comes around.  The Chinese, or Lunar New Year is the focus of our story time this week, and we’ll learn about Chinese culture and legends.

a.      Welcome Song:  Welcome to the Library (To “London Bridge is Falling Down.”)
Welcome to the library, library, library.
Welcome to the library, please come inside and read.
We’re glad to have you here today, here today, here today.
We’re glad to have you here today, today’s a special day.

b.       Welcome Fingerplay: Rock, Scissors, Paper (To tune of Frere Jacques)
(sung)       Rock scissors paper, rock scissors paper, one two three, play with me!
(spoken)   Left hand paper, right hand paper, it’s Mickey Mouse
(sung)       Repeat refrain
(spoken)   Left hand rock, right hand paper, play catch with the ball!
(sung)       Repeat refrain
(spoken)   Right hand rock, left hand scissors, it’s an ice cream cone (scissors point up)

c.  Set Library Behavioral Expectations: (reinforce / commend examples )
ii.  Graphic CHAMPS reminder
d.       Mystery Bag Today’s surprise is a STUFFED DRAGON. What words would we use to describe this dragon? (big, scary, fierce, brave, strong, fearsome)  The dragon is the national symbol of China, and the symbol of the Chinese New Year.

e.       Word of the Week:  This week, a little change.  English and Chinese!
i.                    English Hello
ii.                  Chinese: Ni Hao
iii.                To “ The Farmer In The Dell”
Let’s wave and say Ni Hao,
Let’s wave and say Ni Hao
Let’s say HELLO to all our friends
Let’s wave and say Ni Hao.

f.        Intent & Agenda:  (Show globe) today we will learn a little about the Chinese culture and one of China’s biggest holidays, the Lunar New Year.  Most people in our country celebrate New Year on January 1, but in China and many other countries, the new year starts this Friday.  It’s also called the SPRING FESTIVAL and signals the end of winter.  First, we will watch a dragon dance, then will learn about the holiday from a boy your age who is in a dance.  Finally, we will learn how to write in Chinese and make a good-luck new year card.

2.  STORY/RESOURCE #1: (Lion Dancer: Ernie Wan’s Chinese New Year, Scholastic, 1990.)
a.  Pre-reading:   Video shows dragon dancers (approx.. 4 minutes, but it’s OK to turn it off after 1-2 minutes.)  What did you see?  Retell.  Explain to students that these dances are thought to bring good luck to anyone who sees them.  May have to explain that the dragon & lion are modeled from the same concept, a fierce animal: the terms are used interchangeably in some of the texts we see today.

b.  READ:  The photos in this book are excellent for explaining what is a truly foreign culture to many children and connecting to their lives.  Look for similarities (school, clothes, foods they eat) and be prepared to explain things that may not be familiar (NYC Chinatown, Ancestor Altar in the home…)

c.  Reflection:  What do you think it felt like to be part of that parade?  Would you want to be a Lion Dancer?

d.  Extension ActivityDRAGON, DRAGON  (to the tune of:  Twinkle, twinkle little star)
Dragon, dragon, dance around.
Dragon, dragon, touch the ground.
Dragon, dragon, shake your head.
Dragon, dragon, tongue so red.
Dragon, dragon, stamp your feet.
Dragon, dragon, coming down the street!
(match actions to words while singing)

3.  POEM:  Listen for rhyme, rhythm.  Note how events in poem were in Ernie Wan’s Lion Dancer boo, too (fireworks, red clothes., chasing lion.)  This poem is from

"Gung Hay Fat Choy!"
In China, Every Girl And Boy
Celebrates The New Year
In A Very Special Way ----
With Fireworks And Dragons,
Colored Red And Gold ----
They Welcome In The New Year
And Chase Away The Old!

4.  RESOURCE #2:  (PebbleGo Social Studies: Holidays, Chinese New Year.  Accessed January 24, 2014)
a.      Pre-reading Now, we’ll look at an encyclopedia entry for this holiday and check how much we already know & maybe learn something new.
  1. READ & INVESTIGATE Resource

c.       Reflection: KWL or other thinking map to express what we learned. (Link to clipart )

d.      Extension Activity #2:  Chinese Zodiac: This is year of the HORSE, but in China, each year has a different animal as its mascot, or symbol.  This idea began a long time ago when people didn’t have numbers for the years.  They called each year by an animal’s name, and if you were born in a certain year, you were thought to be like that animal.  For example, if you were born in the year of the dragon, you were fierce and brave.  If you were born in the year of the dog, you were loyal and a good friend.  If you were born in 2007, you are probably a PIG.  Chinese people think you are dependable and will one day be rich.  If you were born in 2008, you are probably a RAT- smart and able to run fast!  We are going to do some stretches that show us about the Chinese zodiac animals now. (Find out which animal you are: Short video explaining it:

e.      Stretches/Movement Activity: Chinese Animal Poses  (

a.   Horse Coloring Sheet (two varieties, children pick.)
While they color, play Tumblebooks Red is a Dragon and Round is a Mooncake on Tumblebooks which reinforce Chinese culture theme and elements .
b.    Alternate activity: Make FU (good luck) cards

6.  Check out books (While students color & watch eBook, take small groups to check out and reinforce shelf-marker use, building autonomy: they check out from general collection next week!)

7.  Conclusion

a. Circle:
    i.  review intent: Today we learned a lot about Chinese culture.  We learned that this week marks the Chinese New Year, also called the Spring Festival, where we celebrate the end of winter.  We saw a dragon dance, learned that RED is a lucky color on New Year’s, and learned to say HELLO in Chinese, NI HAO.
    ii. For our last activity today, we are going to listen to a song that combines all those things we learned.  Ready?

b.      Pet the DRAGON
c.       High Five the Word of the Week on the door on the way out. The Word of the week, written or printed on a diecut hand, is taped at kindergarten eye level .  As students leave, they can gently high-five the word to increase sight word familiarity. Horse

Chinese New Year lesson-building sites:

Dragon Dance Videos: (astonishing amount of firecrackers) (montage of Syndey, Australia NY festival)

Lunar New Year streamers:
Materials: popsicle sticks, roll or red and yellow streamers.
Directions: cut strips of red and yellow streamers, each about 5 inches long.
Each child can be given 3 strips of red and 2 strips of yellow streamers, along with a popsicle stick.  The child can use tape to attach the streamers to the popsicle stick.  The two colors symbolize happiness and good luck.

HORSE (2014)

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