Ring in the new year! The Chinese New Year spans fifteen days. Make the most of this extended holiday with the printables, lessons, quizzes, and references below for kindergarten through twelfth grade. Use the many language arts and literature resources to learn about the history of Lunar New Year celebrations. Familiarize your class with the Chinese calendar, try traditional recipes, and make dragon puppets for class decorations.

Educational Videos
Our short videos with activities are a great way to introduce the Chinese New Year and its traditions to your students while enhancing your teaching strategies.
Printables
Use our printables to extend students’ learning about the Chinese New Year by making musical instruments such as the Erhu and Koto, creating a dragon puppet, making mooncake cookies, and learning a traditional Chinese folk song.
Quizzes
Test your students’ knowledge about the Chinese New Year with these quizzes during Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month.
Lesson Plans
Choose from our Lesson Plans to teach students about the Chinese New Year. Includes lessons on making paper, different forms of Chinese music, and Chinese money.
Art Activities for Chinese New Year
Incorporate art into your lessons for the Chinese New Year to expand students’ knowledge by creating a story cloth to learn about different Chinese cultures and customs.
Chinese Music Resources
Increase students’ knowledge of and interest in the Chinese New Year by introducing them to Chinese music styles, vocal music and instrumental, as well as Chinese traditions.
References
These references for the Chinese New Year will keep your students engaged while learning about the Chinese calendar and information on the Chinese New Year.
Chinese New Year Literature Resources
Teach your students about the Chinese and Asian cultures by using our Chinese New Year Literature Resources and enrichment activities.
Language Arts Activities for Chinese New Year
Interconnect these Language Arts activities with your lessons on the Chinese New Year to enhance students’ learning. Includes vocabulary and spelling printables as well as a word scramble.
Chinese New Year History Resources
Explore our history resources and increase your teaching strategies with reading passages about the history of chopsticks and tea, the art of Feng Shui, and the development of “Chinatowns” in the United States.
Asian-American History Resources
Keep your students engaged with our Asian-American Resources including a slideshow on the Chinese New Year, making musical instruments and paper, and a book about a young Chinese girl’s experience in the United States.

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World War II Japanese Relocation Centers

During World War II, nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans were under lock and key

by Ricco Villanueva Siasoco and Shmuel Ross

On February 19, 1942, soon after the beginning of World War II, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. The evacuation order commenced the round-up of 120,000 Americans of Japanese heritage to one of 10 internment camps—officially called "relocation centers"—in California, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado, and Arkansas.

Favorite Chinese New Year Printables Slideshow, Grades K-8

Learn all about the Chinese New Year, with these printable references, lessons, and activities. Your students will enjoy discovering a new culture and its traditions. There are art activities, quizzes, historical resources, literature guides, and more!

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Please Note: this material was created for use in a classroom, but can be easily modified for homeschooling use.

Asian-American Heritage Through Literature

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Asian-American Heritage Through Literature

Exposure to Asian-American literature should be integrated throughout the school year, but May's Asian-American Heritage Month focus is a good time for more in-depth study.

Creating a Balanced Collection

Our children need books that are culturally sensitive and offer authentic images of Asians and Asian-Americans. They need access to a balanced set of books that show all kinds of backgrounds and experiences. It is important to keep the following issues in mind:

The Art of Feng Shui

The Art of Feng Shui

As Asian culture becomes more popular in the United States, the ancient Chinese method of creating a harmonious environment, feng shui, is also gaining ground. Pronounced "fung shway," feng shui literally means "wind and water." Its roots are 5,000 years old.

Feng shui seeks to promote prosperity, good health, and general well-being by examining how energy, qi (pronounced "chee,") flows through a particular room, house, building, or garden.

Chinatowns and Other Asian-American Enclaves

As immigrants from Asia or the Pacific Islands arrived in the United States, they often joined their compatriots in already-established ethnic communities, where common language and culture made them feel at home. The result has been the creation of enclaves in the pattern of Chinatowns.

Often seen as exotic by others, ethnic communities often became tourist attractions, offering food and products unavailable elsewhere. Tourism generated jobs, while familiarizing other Americans about the immigrant's culture.

History of Chopsticks

In much of Asia, especially the so-called "rice bowl" cultures of China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, food is usually eaten with chopsticks.

Chopsticks are two long, thin, usually tapered, pieces of wood. Bamboo is the most common material, but they are also be made of various types of wood, as well as plastic, porcelain, animal bone, ivory, metal, coral, agate, and jade.

During the Middle Ages, aristocrats often favored silver chopsticks since it was thought that silver would turn color if it came into contact with poison.

Asian-American History

When they first arrived in the United States, Asian (usually Chinese) immigrants were welcomed, or at least tolerated. After the California gold rush brought thousands of Chinese to California, however, Asian immigrants were often faced with restrictive laws and occasional violence.

In the late 1800s Chinese, and eventually other Asians, were excluded from citizenship. These laws were repealed during World War II, followed by further immigration law changes, making it easier for Asians to enter the U.S.