First grade artists learned about the upcoming Chinese New Year. We talked about the history of the Chinese New Year and how the twelve animals of the Zodiac were chosen. We talked about red being a lucky color and we talked about 2012 being the year of the dragon. We drew dragons and chinese characters on colored construction paper and turned our drawings into lanterns. The Lantern Festival or Yuanxiao Jie as a traditional Chinese festival, which is on the 15th of the first month of the Chinese New Year.
We watched two really cool video clips on youtube.