Friday, 1 January 2016

Welcome to 2016! The Year of the Monkey

I hope everyone has had a wonderful break during the festive season, however your celebrate! Whatever happened in 2015, happened! Let's look forward to 2016! An exciting year, full of possibilities and promise.

For some fun, I thought I would share some information and resources to celebrate the Chinese New Year! And what a cheeky year it's going to be... 

The Year of the Monkey

The Chinese animal zodiac, or shengxiao (/shnng-sshyaoww/ ‘born resembling’), is a repeating cycle of 12 years, with each year being represented by an animal and its reputed attributes. Traditionally these zodiac animals were used to date the years. In order, the 12 animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig.

Your Chinese Zodiac sign is derived from your birth year, according to the Chinese lunar calendar. See the years of each animal below or use the calculator on the right to determine your own sign. Those born in January and February take care: Chinese (Lunar) New Year moves between 21 January and February 20. If you were born in January or February, check whether your birth date falls before or after Chinese New Year to know what your Chinese zodiac year is. You can find more information here.

To begin exploring the wonderous world of the Chinese Zodiac, use the FREEBIE below to explore the twelve animals represented in the Chinese Zodiac with students.
Chinese Calendar

Chinese New Year Activity Book:

This is a fun activity pack for Pre-K to Year 2 where students design a booklet where they can creatively write, illustrate, and color-in information about the year of the monkey! They also discover their own Chinese zodiac and research fun information about their animal (personality traits, lucky numbers, lucky colors, and best-suited careers).
Chinese New Year 2016 Activity Pack

Monkey Craft Activity:

Here is a cute Monkey Craft activity for you to do with your students. You could search Pinterest for other Paper Plate animal craft activities if you wanted your class to make the animal of the year in which they were born.
Cute Monkey Craft Activity

How to draw a Monkey:

Here is an awesome video giving step-by-step instructions on how to draw a monkey. There is also a printable version on the website. This would make a fun-tastic wall display in your room or hallway.

These activities would be great beginning of the year tasks. What activities do you use at the beginning of the year?

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