Monday, January 11, 2016

Chinese New Year Lanterns in 3rd and 4th Grade

The beginning of the winter semester is always unpredictable. We miss days and have interruptions with holidays and college week. I decided to start off the semester with winter and Chinese new year themed projects. 
I found this Chinese lesson on Instagram. I share my personal pictures and some some art lessons on my BethCarter77 site. Some teachers have a totally separate classroom site. 
I don't, but I save those posts for my class twitter site. 

Check out this awesome CNY site with worksheets and Videos too!

Back to Instagram, I love Instagram and I love photos and the friends that I have made on IG.
 I found Mr. DeWilde and this great Chinese New Year Lantern lesson in a feed of Art Teachers that post on Instagram.  He was also nice enough to share with me his paper sizes. Check him out!

The red paper on the large lantern is 9 x 12 and the gold/yellow paper is 7 x 9.
Fold it like a Hot dog, and make thick or then cuts to a guide line through folded paper. 
Very similar to paper weaving. 

I am going to have my classes that I missed make a mini version.

I encouraged the kids to draw traditional Asian Cultural images. 
We also checked out this website and many books from our Library. 

I printed up some Chinese word sheets and most of my student's have personal devices to look up words and images. Many of my student's are also Chinese. I learned that the Chinese Lantern Festival is a week after the Chinese New Year starts. This year it starts on February February 15th.  Chinese New Year starts on February 8th. 

On day two we assembled the lanterns during the last half of the class period with 
Glue all and Staples. 

Notice that we removed one slit to allow over lapping when you twirl into the form. 
 Either staple or glue.

Add a handle and you are finished with very happy kiddos. We are going to display them in our library next month! 

The thinner cuts seemed to show their artwork better. 

Notice the little mini for the odd classes that missed a week. So Cute!

Happy New Year!

1 comment:

  1. I just stumbled upon your blog. I really like the projects you have. The lanterns came out beautifully. I still have fond memories of my elementary art classes. I hope they my kids get a good art teacher like you when they begin school in a few years.

    Great job!


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