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    Chinese New Year
    By Rebecca

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    Gung Hay Fat Choy ["blessings for wealth"]

    I celebrated Chinese New Year with my third graders a few years ago. I had a Chinese student at the time.

    Here are some ideas...........

    *Eat Chinese foods--use chopsticks(our local *Chinese restaurant was wonderful to give us chopsticks(or try WalMart) and fortune cookies
    *Dragon Parade--make a huge dragon and parade around the school
    *Chinese Writing--my kids loved this!
    *Lots of stories
    *Make paper lanterns
    For activities.........

    We had a party to celebrate. Chinese believe that the house must be cleaned before New Years and all supplies (brooms, dust pans, etc. should be put away and NOT used on New Years) So I had my students clean the room really good(their desks, pick up stuff from floor, etc.) and made a big deal about this. Red is "the" color for the day. Also children and those that aren't married get little red envelopes with crisp one dollar bills in them for good fortune. You could do a money lesson with this somehow.

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