Did you know that this Sunday is Chinese New Year? What a great time to do a unit study of China in your homeschool! I love taking opportunities like this to introduce new topics!
Last year before we went to Disney World we studied all of the countries represented in World Showcase at Epcot (I’ll be sharing more about this in the future) including China! Here are some resources we used then (and new ones, too!) to help you craft a Chinese New Year/China lesson plan for your homeschool! These resources are primarily geared toward 2nd grade and younger.
Let’s start with books. The Last time we studied China Ms. Frizzle’s adventures : Imperial China was a huge hit. We also used Welcome to China by Patrick Ryan. This year I have also reserved You Wouldn’t Want to Work on the Great Wall of China.
Make a Flag
We made ours out of Construction Paper, but you could use any material you like from foam to cloth to felt! China’s flag does not contain any intricate seals or symbols making it a great learning craft for pretty much all ages.
We used the flag information from the CIA’s World Factbook as a template to create our own Chinese Flag
“red with a large yellow five-pointed star and four smaller yellow five-pointed stars (arranged in a vertical arc toward the middle of the flag) in the upper hoist-side corner; the color red represents revolution, while the stars symbolize the four social classes – the working class, the peasantry, the urban petty bourgeoisie, and the national bourgeoisie (capitalists) – united under the Communist Party of China” (Source: CIA World Factbook)
Experiments and Crafts
Many items we use every day were invented in China. Just a few are paper, the kite and the compass. You can talk about these inventions – and even make some right at home!
I love celebrations and good food. I think that when we eat the cuisine of other cultures we learn about them in a different, more personal way also. You could go as traditional or non-traditional with this as you’d like. This is all about you. I’m just saying – don’t forget about the learning that comes from eating!
Learn the Language
bussu.com is a free language learning website (and mobile apps!) with option to upgrade for more features. I just signed up for it it looks really neat. You have a tree of learning that grows as you learn more! The more I play with it the more I like it! Why not learn a few words and phrases in Chinese? You could also learn to write a few characters too!
My little soapbox: The following links are from sources I find credible. The internet is a great place for information, but not everything on the internet is true! In general I stay away from “online encyclopedias” because the content is created by users and is not always correct.Remember to always use discretion whenever you do research on the internet. Thank you for your time ;).
Awesome Materials and Resources from Scholastic Teachers including Printables!
National Geographic Kids Places – China (Geared toward younger students)
National Geographic Travel Guide – China (Main National Geographic site)
I’ll be pinning anything I find interesting onto my Chinese New Year Pinterest board! Come Follow me!
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