Celebrating Chinese New Year in Grade One
Celebrations is one of the grade one social studies units and is a focus throughout the school year. Students learn why we have celebrations, the common elements of celebrations, and how the way we celebrate changes over time and place.
We have studied how New Year is celebrated in several different countries: Rosh Hashanah in Israel, New Year (Jan. 1st) around the world, Korean New Year, and Chinese New Year.
On January 26th the Chinese families in grade one prepared activities to teach the students about Chinese New Year. The parents in 1B decorated the classroom with beautiful red lanterns and signs wishing everyone good luck in the New Year. Then the students were given the opportunity to practice writing Chinese characters and to decorate the windows with traditional paper cutting designs. The parents also helped the students make dumplings, a traditional Chinese dish. They were delicious.
All of the students had a wonderful time learning about Chinese New Year. We would like to thank all of the grade one parents that organized this event and those that volunteered their time to help the students with the activities. It was a special event for everyone.
The grade one students are now ready to compare and contrast the different New Year celebrations they have been learning about.
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