E.L.L. Practice + Prompt | Chinese New Year is my student interactive for The New York Times Learning Network. Students watch a video, read a passage, choose the correct meanings for several words, and then respond to a writing prompt about their own new year traditions.
Many of the links in this “The Best…” list are also included in The Best Sites For Learning About New Year Celebrations.
I just thought it would be helpful to teachers and others to put all of the Chinese New Year ones in its own separate list, too. It makes it a little more simple for my students when we have a lesson on the holiday. You can see a schedule of when the New Year begins in every year here.
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Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Chinese New Year:
The History Channel has an excellent site on the Chinese New Year.
Send a Chinese New Year’s eCard from American Greetings. You can post links to student-created cards on teacher/student webpages.
Chinese New Year Resources From Topmarks has a number of accessible materials available.
Apples 4 The Teacher has a nice interactive that students can use to learn what animal is influencing their life because of the year you were born.
EL Civics has developed a Chinese New Year Lesson specifically for English Language Learners.
ESL Holiday Lessons has an online lesson on the holiday designed for English Language Learners.
Chinese New Year is the simple title of a variety of listening exercises from ELLO.
The Great Race is an accessible talking story from the British Council.
Year Of The Tiger is a slideshow from Reuters.
The Orange County Register has a slideshow of an elementary school celebration of the Year of the Tiger.
Welcoming the Year of the Tiger is from the Boston Globe’s Big Picture.
Here’s a Chinese New Year game for English Language Learners.
Chinese New Year 2011 is from The Big Picture.
The Atlantic has some great pictures.
Lunar New Year 2012 is a Boston Globe slideshow.
Chinese Lunar New Year 2012 is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.
Chinese New Year Songs comes from Top Marks.
The Chinese New Year starts is a series of lesson plans from Read Write Think.
Chinese Lunar New Year 2013: Year of the Snake is an ABC News slideshow.
Chinese Year of Snake celebrations in Asia is an article with videos from The BBC.
Chinese New Year 2013: Spectacular Images of Celebrations of Snake Year from around the World [PHOTOS] is from the International Business Times.
Chinese Lunar New Year 2013 is an Atlantic photo gallery.
Chinatown Revisited is from The New York Times.
How to Teach Chinese New Year is from The Guardian.
The Year of the Horse: Chinese New Year Celebrations Around the World is a slideshow from TIME.
Happy Chinese New Year 2014 is a slideshow from Atlantic.
In pictures: Chinese New Year around the world is from The BBC.
‘Still Turning Heads’ At Lunar New Year, An All-Female Lion Dance Troupe is from NPR.
Chinese New Year Songs is from Top Marks.
Chinese New Year is a lesson for ELLs from the British Council.
Here’s a lesson on Festivals from the British Council.
Chinese New Year is celebrated for the 1st time in Glasgow are some fun photos from Getty Images.
Vietnamese Rice Cakes Mark Lunar New Year, Teach Traditions is from NBC News.
New Lunar New Year Stamp Draws Inspiration from ‘Pioneer in the Hawaii Design Industry’ is from NBC News.
Connecting Generations: At Lunar New Year Festival, Cultural Village Brings Together Young and Old is from NBC News.
At Chinese new year, lion dancers sashay to loud music before devouring a head of romaine lettuce. Why romaine? pic.twitter.com/yp1lv1Fphi
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) February 6, 2016
Getty Images has some nice photos of the Year of the Monkey.
A Colorful Look Behind Chinese New Year Celebrations is from Week.
Lunar New Year 2016: Facts, Dates, And Ancient Traditions is from The Huffington Post.
Chinese New Year traditions: a brief guide is from Vox.
New Year of the Rooster Stamp to Make Its Debut in Seattle Ceremony is from NBC News.
10 Lunar New Year Facts to Help Answer Your Pressing Questions is from NBC News.
— TED-Ed (@TED_ED) January 28, 2017
Eight ways to celebrate Chinese New Year in your school is from The British Council.
Chinese Lunar New Year: Year of the Rooster is a photo gallery from Al Jazeera.
Year of the Pig Education Pack is from The British Council.
Chinese Lunar New Year 2019 is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.
Your pupils can read a traditional story to find out how Pigsy became the companion of the Monkey King, and learn how Chinese children refer to animals and animal sounds by singing Old Macdonald’s Farm in Chinese.https://t.co/CjymPItMGK
— TeachingEnglish (@TeachingEnglish) February 5, 2019
Chinese New Year 2019: a brief guide is from Vox.
Year of the Rat Education Pack is from The British Council.
3 Fun Ways to Celebrate Lunar New Year With Your Students is from Carnegie Learning.
Michelle Li, an Asian American news anchor who turned criticism into a movement last month after a viewer called her “very Asian” for eating dumplings on New Year’s Day, breaks down Lunar New Year traditions. https://t.co/w7ALVwThRE
— NBC Asian America (@NBCAsianAmerica) February 4, 2022
— Interactive Journalism (@InteractiveFeed) July 22, 2023