Teacher Resources for Introducing the Chinese New Year to Students!

As a teacher in the New Haven Public Schools, you are often tasked with introducing students to new ideas that will expand their compassion, curiosity, and understanding of the world. The Chinese New Year—a time for family reunions, wishes of prosperity, and above all, great fun and food—is a perfect moment to explore China’s culture in all its ancient and modern aspects.

We design Lunarfest as an opportunity for families and children to experience Chinese culture both in the classroom and in our community. We would love to help encourage fun and educational exploration with your students and their families.

Below you will find some ideas and resources that the Yale-China Fellows and staff have compiled to make it easy to integrate the Chinese New Year into your classroom and tie into New Haven’s own Lunarfest!

This year’s festival theme is People-to-People to inspire curiosity, understanding and cross-cultural dialogue between American and Chinese cultures. People-to-People reminds us of the commonality of all people and the aspects of the human experience that connect all of us around the world--humor, food, art, music, literature—and dogs! This year’s festival focuses on what brings us together—people-to-people. We’d love for you and your students to be a part of this experience.

Materials to Download

Introduction to Spring Festival
This PDF, created by Yale-China Fellow Jane Tang at John C. Daniels School in New Haven, introduces the legends, customs, current celebrations of the Spring Festival.

Check back in late January for additional materials and templates for your students.

Complete a decoration to decorate Lunarfest

Lunarfest is in its 7th year and has become a New Haven tradition. The day is jam-packed with activities that students of all ages can enjoy—a parade, arts and crafts, dance, martial arts, painting, calligraphy, food tastings and more! We are happy to provide flyers or posters either digitally or in print form at your request by email to Program Officer .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Promoting this event to your students and your families would go a long way to build cross-cultural understanding.

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