We have a Chinese program (yes. . . we are the bilingual school of our district, mostly Spanish, and we are also teaching Chinese). We have a young woman from China who teaches Chinese to some of our classes. I usually try to fit in a few art projects to celebrate China around this time of year.
This project introduces students to Chinese characters and opens the discussion of Chinese New Year. *Students choose a message for the new year and then write it in Chinese characters.
*Give students handouts with messages like peace, prosperity written in Chinese characters. Students write message in on their paper (horizontally).
*Make paper lanterns by folding these papers in 1/2 and cutting on the fold.
* Finally, with a glue stick, add top and bottom and a handle.
You will need:
Chinese Character Handout
Long Cut Paper *see handles and top and bottom of lanterns
Stapler and/or glue sticks
Here are some step by step pictures you can share with a substitute.
MORE TO COME:
I will post more about our China unit. I'm really interested in Deep Space Sparkles' idea for creating blue and white style Chinese Vases. I already purchased a bowl from ebay that depicts the Blue Willow Pattern. I am really interested in the story behind the pattern and excited to talk about it with my students.