Friday, January 20, 2012

Chinese New Year: Dragon Poem and Puppet

Celebrating Chinese New Year is a great way to introduce your child to a variety of cultures. This year, we are celebrating with a poem, a puppet, and some tasty Chinese food!
This week we read the poem, "Dragon, Dragon".( I used this poem when I was teaching. I tried to google it but it is everywhere online. I can't find the original author. If you are the author, let me know. I'll credit you.)

Dragon, Dragon (Tune: Twinkle, twinkle)
Dragon, dragon dance around.
Dragon, dragon touch the ground.
Dragon dragon shake your head.
Dragon, dragon point to red.
Dragon, dragon stomp your feet.
Dragon, dragon run down the street.
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We tried out these great shared reading strategies that I had pinned to pinterest. These are similar to what I used for shared reading when I was teaching. I really like Kindergarten Works organization, though.

After we had studied the poem, we made these dragon puppets to act out the poem. This is my example puppet from when I was teaching.
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This image originally came from the Kansas City, KS public library but I can't find the link anymore. Here's what the original looked like if you need a dragon picture to copy!

We are having Chinese food on Chinese New Year. My boys love americanized Chinese food. Logan loves noodles. Tyson loves rice!
He's a pro at noodle slurping

Do you celebrate the lunar new year? How do you integrate a variety of cultures into your learning?


  1. Oh yes, we will be celebrating. Anna loves Chinese food too and already informed me that we are going to get Chinese for Chinese New Year. I also have a dragon craft planned, we will see if we will get to it. And we just read a great book to go with the Dragon Year (too long for your boys though) - Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.

  2. We will be having Chinese food tomorrow night! I am so looking forward to it.

    I love the dragon!

    Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn. I am pinning this post.