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Celebrate Lunar New Year in the Classroom

Celebrate Lunar New Year in the classroom with these great ideas for middle school students.

Are you looking for ways to celebrate Lunar New Year in the classroom? Celebrating global holidays and celebrations is something that all middle-grade classrooms should do. It is important to recognize the rich culture of all Canadians and explore everything their traditions offer. 

Lunar New Year is one such holiday and one that is celebrated not only in Canada but around the world. Using this Lunar New Year Non-Fiction Article is a great way to teach your students about the celebration. 

What is Lunar New Year? 

The Lunar New Year marks the first new moon of the lunar calendar and is celebrated across Asia, as well as in other countries and major cities around the world. The celebration has different names in different countries. The most well-known has been Chinese New Year (in Chinese, it is called Chunjie). 

Others celebrating Lunar New Year include: 

  • Vietnam (Tet)
  • the Korean Peninsula (Seollal)
  • Indonesia (Imlek)
  • Malaysia
  • the Philippines
  • Singapore

What is the Lunar calendar? 

The lunar calendar is based on the monthly cycles of the Moon’s phases, also known as synodic months. Since the days of a lunar calendar are typically 11 to 12 days shorter than the solar calendar, an extra month is sometimes added to the lunar calendar to keep it close to the solar year (365 days). This is why the start date of the Lunar New Year changes each year. 

How can I celebrate Lunar New Year in the classroom? 

It is essential that classrooms celebrate and acknowledge various holidays over the school year; however, you should make sure you focus on global holidays and not just North American ones. 

One fantastic way to celebrate Lunar New Year in the classroom is with a non-fiction article. This Lunar New Year Non-Fiction Article is an excellent introduction for middle schoolers to this global holiday. It talks about when Lunar New Year is celebrated, where it is celebrated, how families prepare for the festivities, and the many traditions various countries recognize and follow. 

Non-fiction articles are the perfect tool to use every week with your class to help your students build background knowledge about the world and various topics. Using a K-W-L chart will help students analyze their pre- and post-reading knowledge of the topic.

Celebrate Lunar New Year in the Classroom With These Middle School Lessons

Help your students learn about various Lunar New Year traditions found around the world and celebrate the Lunar New Year in the classroom with this Lunar New Year Non-Fiction Article. This resource contains 1 non-fiction article and 3 post-reading activities to assist with reading comprehension and cross-curricular learning.

Resource Includes:

  • 1 Non-Fiction Article (regular & modified versions)
  • 2 Audio Files (MP3) – 1 for each article
  • 1 Pre-Reading Activity (K-W-L chart)
  • 3 Post-Reading Activities (comprehension questions, multiple choice questions, and long answer writing)
  • Print & Digital Formats
  • Detailed Lesson Plan
  • Answer Key
  • PDF & Google Slides™ Formats

You can get this Lunar New Year Non-Fiction Article on Teachers Pay Teachers USD or Shopify CAD

Why Do Teachers Love Non-Fiction Articles? 

“Loved this! I switched between paper copies and digital. The articles were interesting and allowed for lots of discussion!” – Sarah N. (Article of the Week Non-Fiction Bundle #1)

“Absolutely perfect! A great way to celebrate and acknowledge the traditions and holidays of all my students.” – Presley S. (Holidays Around the World Non-Fiction Articles)

“I’ve purchased three separate Article of the Week Bundles and there is a reason why. They are AMAZING! The students also enjoy them and like learning new random things! I also have the Article of the Week Differentiated Bundle. Amazing resources that can be used year after year!! Thank you!” – Tayler S. (Article of the Week Non-Fiction Bundle #2)

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Help bring more diversity into your classroom with this holidays around the world non-fiction articles bundle. This resource contains 14 high-interest non-fiction articles and post-reading activities to assist with reading comprehension, standardized test prep, and cross-curricular learning.

Help bring more diversity into your classroom with this Article of the Week: Holidays Around The World Non-Fiction Articles Bundle. This resource contains 14 high-interest non-fiction articles and post-reading activities to assist with reading comprehension, standardized test prep, and cross-curricular learning.

Article topics include Lunar New Year, Groundhog Day, Daylight Savings, April Fools’ Day, Halloween, Diwali, Kwanzaa, and much more! 

Resource Includes:

  • 14 high-interest non-fiction articles 
  • 3 post-reading activities per article
  • 12 Graphic Organizers

Included For Every Article:

  • 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

You can get this Holidays Around the World Non-Fiction Articles bundle on Teachers Pay Teachers USD and Shopify CAD

What Teachers Are Saying: 

“My students love learning about different holidays. This resource makes it so easy to quickly learn about how different holidays came to be and are celebrated around the world. Easy way to bring more diversity into the classroom!” – Adriana W.

“Two Peas and a Dog! This is where it is at for ELA. These articles always engage the students, keep them reading and learning and writing!” – Collin A.

Extend Your Learning

Are you ready to take your middle school students on an exciting journey of cultural discovery? This Global Holiday Celebrations Research Assignment is the perfect resource to expand their horizons and foster a deeper understanding of diverse cultures, celebrations, and faiths.

In addition to learning about the Lunar New Year in the classroom, help students learn about different cultures, celebrations, and faiths with the Global Holiday Celebrations Research Assignment. Students will work in pairs to research 1 of the 16 suggested holiday and/or cultural celebrations. Students could also choose to research a local holiday or cultural celebration.

To support the research process, a graphic organizer is provided with prompting questions and a space to record research. Students will present their research findings in a slideshow format to their classmates. This assignment is an informative and interesting way to cover the research, writing, and oral presentation curriculum expectations.

Resource Includes:

  • Teacher Instructions
  • Student Assignment Sheet with 16 suggested holidays
  • Standards-Based Rubric (Levels 1 – 4)
  • Points-Based Rubric (50 marks)

Get this Global Holiday Celebrations Research Assignment on Teachers Pay Teachers USD or Shopify CAD.

What Teachers Are Saying: 

“This was a fantastic assignment to do before the break. Students really enjoyed learning about other cultures and celebrations. The organizers helped with their research and the product was very easy to follow!” – Emma A. 

“This was a great assignment for December and getting ready for the holiday break! My students were very interested in learning about the different celebrations that happen around the world!” – Ailsha K.

If you already celebrate Lunar New Year in the classroom, don’t stop there. Try to acknowledge all the diverse holidays your students celebrate and help everyone feel included in the classroom.  

Continue Learning

Asian Heritage Month is a month to celebrate the contributions and successes of Asian Canadians. It is also a month to celebrate Asian culture, art, and history. Learn more about this special month in this blog post Asian Heritage Month Resources For Middle School.

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