Saturday, January 4, 2014

Chinese New Year Dragon/Lion and Song

**UPDATE February 3, 2016.. check out this additional post for more activities to use with Chinese New Year or to learn about Chinese music and customs!

Chinese New Year is celebrated throughout Asia and is coming January 31 this year (2014)! It marks the Spring Festival throughout Asia and this year is the year of the horse! In a previous post last year I published a song here called "Xin Nian Kuai Le" which means "Happy New Year". VERY accessible! We celebrate Chinese New Year at our school but also in our home as our daughter, now 6, was born in China and adopted into our family at 18 months. She loves everything about China and we celebrate Chinese New Year and Autumn Moon Festival! At school we have a BIG assembly that is soooo much fun; complete with relay races, a noodle contest, the teachers participate in a fortune cookie eating contest and students stomp on bubble wrap to mimic the sounds of firecrackers. It is a fun celebration and the kids "get it" and understand the significant points of CNY (Chinese New Year) without worksheets, didactic instruction, or meaningless activities. We end the assembly with a fan dance performed by fourth graders and a dragon/lion dance. I taught this song while presenting at the Orff National Conference back in November and had to figure a way to inexpensively and easily constructed dragon that I could put at least 10-15 adults under. AND- I had to make it in a hotel room! So, here's what I came up with. It worked incredibly well and one lucky participant got to take it home. I wish I had pictures of the participants moving and dancing underneath it; pretty awesome!! The best part.. SIX DOLLARS!!!!!! For the WHOLE dragon/lion!

6 comments:

  1. I would love this lesson plan please. Thank you in advance! God bless. lashanda.walker@fayette.kyschools.us

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    1. Hi LaShanda! Thanks for your comments. I will send you the power points that I have. For this lesson, you can just right click on the image in the blog and save it. I don't have a formal lesson plan to accompany this. The form for the piece is included. Thanks again!

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  2. Hi Aimee,

    I love this lesson! Thank you so much! Would you be willing to share your powerpoint, by any chance? laurabowmanule@gmail.com
    Also wondering how to pronounce the text in your song, please?
    Thanks!
    Laura

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  3. Any chance you might send that powerpoint my way? What fun ideas. robdelgaudio@gmail.com

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  4. Any chance you might send that powerpoint my way? What fun ideas. robdelgaudio@gmail.com

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    1. Hey there, what powerpoint are you referring to? I didn't have one for this post... :)

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