Chinese Inventions and Chinese New Year
Use this unit plan to teach students about Chinese inventions in science, technology, textiles, and the arts, through hands-on exploration.
- Grades: 1–2
Second graders discover several of many Chinese inventions. They learn about contributions the Chinese have made in fields of technology, science, textiles, games and toys, and the arts. Then students prepare for and celebrate Chinese New Year, China’s biggest celebration. This unit ties in with my unit Immigrants: Our Ancestors.
- Discover several Chinese inventions
- Learn about magnets and make a compass
- Listen to story of silk and unravel silk cocoons
- Prepare for and celebrate Chinese New Year
Lesson Plans for this Unit
Lesson 1: All About Chinese Inventions
Lesson 2: The Origins of Silk and How It's Made
Lesson 3: Chinese New Year Celebrations
We end this unit with our celebration of Chinese New Year. Lesson Three provides several ideas for ways to celebrate. Some of my favorites include making door decorations, red envelopes with New Year’s wishes, and a dragon head for the dragon dance. I also cook fried rice with the students and they learn how to use chopsticks.