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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

16th February 2018

The date for the Chinese New Year varies each year. The Chinese lunar calendar is associated with the Chinese zodiac, which has 12 animal signs: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, Rooster, dog, and pig. Each animal represents a year in a 12-year cycle, beginning on Chinese New Year's Day. 

2018 is the Year of the Dog.

Where is China?

Use Google Maps to identify the location of China. Use the street view option to explore the culture, landscape and architecture. 

Access Google Maps here.

Chinese New Year

Students can research the Chinese New Year traditions and customs using the following links and student research guide. 

View resources here.

Year of the Dog

Learning path on the Year of the Dog offers colouring templates and craft ideas on the Dog.

View resources here.

Chinese Characters

Help students to learn how to write the Chinese characters using these helpful worksheets and animation guide.

Resources on the Chinese Characters

The Lantern Festival

Lantern festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the first lunar month. Lanterns of various shapes and sizes are hung in the street. Children will take pride in holding their self made lanterns.

Resources to make lanterns.

Chinese Zodiac

For fun, explore the Chinese Zodiac associated with your birth year. Find the postive qualities associated with your animal and reflect on your own traits.

View resources here.

Mandarin Chinese

Modern Mandarin Chinese is a tonal language, meaning that words differ in meaning based on tone as well as pronunciation. Listen and practice to the following resources,

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Introduce your class to the Chinese New Year using worksheet based tasks.

View worksheets here.




Activities, games and craft ideas to explore the culture and traditions associated with the Chinese New Year.

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