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Chinese New Year Digital Library Lesson


Grade Levels:
Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade

Yes, all instructional materials are editable.

Teaching Duration:
1-2 weeks

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Need a library lesson for January or February? Elementary students love Chinese New Year! This lesson includes fun facts, trivia, would-you-rathers, this-or-thats, vocabulary, and more.

This product is a combination of Digital Storytime and Digital Bulletin Board. Everything you need to teach elementary students about Chinese New Year (or the Lunar New Year) is included here. You just add the read-aloud(s) of your choice.

Needed to open and editGoogle Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint; ability to open PDF documents

This 73-slide lesson is completely editable in Google Slides and PowerPoint, and includes:

  • 73-slide lesson presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint + Google Slides
    • All text is editable; you choose which slides you want to use.
    • 30 slides are for the lesson and/or class discussion
    • 38 slides are “scrolling presentation” slides that are great for extending lessons or scrolling in the library during checkout and downtimes.
  • All 14 recommended books in the presentation are also listed on a separate “Recommended Reads” list.
    • The list is great to hand out to parents, teachers, and students looking for high-quality, interesting books about China, Chinese folklore, and Chinese New Year.
    • All titles were selected specifically for Grades K-6 and received positive professional reviews.
  • Detailed explanation of how I have used themed library lessons like this one for story time on the “Specials” rotation. (10 pages, PDF)
  • Google Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
  • Instructions on how to set up PowerPoint slide timings for digital bulletin boards (2 pages, PDF)
  • Detailed prep instructions and lesson plan (2 pages)

30 Class Discussion Slides include:

  • Sign language slide and how-to sign link (“China”)
  • A guided discussion of Chinese New Year traditions
  • A guided lesson on how to count to five (5) in Chinese, including a video link and a pronunciation guide.
  • Every slide in the presentation is illustrated with brightly-colored, high-resolution clipart and photos.

Digital Bulletin Board Slides include:

  • 38 slides for Grades K-6
  • Includes facts and definitions about: Great Wall of China, Harbin ice sculptures, giant pandas, Chinese New Year traditions, hóng bāo (red envelopes or packets), Chinese Zodiac, and high-speed trains.
  • 14 visual booktalks; includes picture books, fiction novels, nonfiction/biographies, and graphic novels.
  • Library review slide about the Dewey 900’s section
  • “Did You Know” slides
  • “Would You Rather?” and “This or That” question slides
  • “What Am I?” (clues about an animal’s identity–2 slides)
  • Trivia questions with answers
  • Vocabulary words: dumpling and prosperity
  • This week’s birthdays

IMPORTANT! Due to copyright law, read-aloud videos of the Chinese New Year-themed books are NOT included.  You will have to record yourself reading the book, or do a live stream of the read-aloud for students to access the book.  If your library owns an interactive ebook that has audio read-aloud, you could also share how to read or access it through your online catalog or ebook management platform.

Standards Addressed:

AASL National School Library Standards – See the AASL Standards Framework for Learners to view full text. 

  • Inquire –  C.1. – D.1. – D.2. – D.3.
  • Include – A.3. – D.2.

Common Core English Language Arts Standards – 
© Copyright 2010 National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.10.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.10.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.10.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.10
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.10
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.10
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.10

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
© Copyright 2019 Texas Education Agency. 

  • TEKS SCI.3.10.A.
  • TEKS SCI.3.10.B.
  • TEKS SCI.4.10.A.
  • TEKS SCI.5.10.A.

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