Chinese New Year Reading Lesson
Date Taught: 7/21/2015
What went well:
Before I began reading, I asked my students questions about what they knew about the Chinese New Year celebration and our New Year’s Eve celebration. They know a lot more about the Chinese New Year than I thought they would. I showed them pictures of Chinese New Year celebrations on my computer before we started reading. I think it really helped my students get excited about the story. My students understood the concept of comparing and contrasting when we compared the Chinese New Year to New Year’s Eve in a Venn diagram. They really enjoyed making the Chinese lanterns after reading the book Lanterns and Fireworks. The students were excited to have something to take home to show their parents.
What did not go as planned:
I wish I had showed the students pictures of our New Year’s Eve celebrations. They did not know as much about our holiday as they did about the Chinese New year once we read the story. Also, when we made the lanterns, I wish I had cut notches in the paper the night before. Although, I think the kids enjoyed getting to do it themselves.
How to change for subsequent lessons:
The next time I teach this lesson, I will also show pictures of our New Year's Eve celebrations to help activate prior knowledge. Mrs. Hensley suggested drawing dots or lines where they are supposed to cut their lanterns. I will definitely do that next time.