This is the year of the monkey!
1. The Story of Nian This is a short (3 minutes) video that tells the story of the mythical Nian and about some of the traditions of Chinese New Year.
I teach my students a song I wrote (and keep changing) a few years ago. You can find the music and orchestration here. We use Chinese dance fans, some are long and some short. Even 4-5 of these will make a difference in a performance.
which I have collected over the past several years. The kids love them and we use them to create movement for other activities, too, in addition to streamers and scarves! I also have a bunch I bought at Dollar Tree as they often have them and the plastic ones hold up pretty well and the kids love them!
This is an activity for Kindergarten, First, and Second Grades. I also do this with my Junior Kindergarten classes and simplify some of the words in the book. They all love the story!
4. The Runaway Wok
1. First, prep the movement by doing "Mystery Speed" where you have the children sing a known song or hello song and then play on piano a song that has a mystery speed or type of movement (gallop, skip, jump, glide, twirl, etc.).
2. Follow the directions below and have fun!
5. Five Little Monkeys from Jungle Beat by Lynn Kleiner
This works beautifully with the younger children as an extension and I love the jazzy version of this one ! SO many instrument possibilities here, too!