Ringing In The Chinese New Year

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English Language Learners (ELL) and third-grade students at Meadowbrook Elementary School celebrated the Chinese New Year on February 12, by immersing themselves in traditions associated with the holiday and leading a schoolwide Lunar New Year parade through the hallways. 

To put context to the celebration, students learned some of the history behind the Chinese New Year by reading stories, taking part in musical and dance ensembles, and learning phrases like “gung hay fat choy” (“may you become prosperous”). 

ELL students prepared for the festivities by creating Chinese noisemakers in the traditional colors of red and gold, fashioning dragon puppets to ward off evil spirits, and constructing an origami dog, in honor of this year’s animal on the Chinese zodiac. They also embellished their classrooms with customary decorations and listened to traditional Chinese music to create an authentic atmosphere.   

The festive props were used to lead the entire third-grade class in a parade through the building. The procession was made complete with a dragon that the third-graders had designed using cardboard boxes, streamers, pipe cleaners and paint.