It can be difficult to find a good Chinese New Year lesson plan for middle school students. I see a lot of crafts and picture books when I search for lessons.
Chinese New Year is an important holiday for many people around the world. In my classroom, I try to ensure that celebrate and/or acknowledge a variety of global holidays and celebrations. It is important that we do not only focus on North American holidays such as Halloween, Christmas, and Easter.
In middle school, we celebrate holidays by learning about the historical significance. In this Chinese New Year Lesson Plan that I created is focused around a non-fiction article. Students learn about the history of Chinese New Year as well as important foods and traditions.
I use non-fiction articles every week in my classroom to help students build background knowledge about the world. I use the Article of the Week format to work with these weekly non-fiction articles.
In this lesson plan students work on their pre and post-reading strategies by using graphic organizers and comprehension questions.
Chinese New Year Lesson Plan
- Have students complete a K-W-L graphic organizer about this holiday.
- Watch a background information video on Chinese New Year. This will help students who struggle with reading comprehension activate their prior knowledge.
- Read the Chinese New Year comprehension article.
- Complete the comprehension questions.
- Complete the multiple-choice standardized test prep format questions (paper or self-grading Google Form options).
- Have students return to their K-W-L graphic organizer and complete the last column.
- In the next class period, have students complete a follow up writing assignment. Depending on the grade level you may ask students to write a paragraph or an essay.
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Chinese New Year Non-Fiction Article: This resource contains 1 non-fiction article and 3 reading activities to assist with reading comprehension, standardized test prep (EQAO) and cross-curricular learning. This resource contains individual PDFs of student pages to assist with online learning i.e. Google Classroom as well as Google Slides formatted lessons for 1:1 schools.
- Teacher lesson plan
- Pre-reading K-W-L chart
- Non-fiction article (with and without photos)
- 3 Post-reading activities: comprehension questions, grammar questions (2 options: paper and self-grading Google Forms), long answer writing response
- Individual PDFs of student pages to assist with online learning i.e. Google Classroom
- Google Slides formatted lessons for 1:1 schools