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Activity Overview

Students can use this activity to learn more about the Chinese Zodiac and Lunar New Year! They can use the example Zodiac to find the animal that represents their birth year and learn about the animal's traits, lucky colors, and possible professions. Then, students can make an "All About Me" incorporating their animal and their own favorite colors, personality traits, hopes, and dreams for the future. When finished, they can share their "All About Me" with the class in an engaging project that combines art, writing, community and learning about other cultures!

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Learn about the Chinese Zodiac! Find your animal and create an "All About Me"!

Student Instructions:

  1. Locate your birth year on the Chinese Zodiac and learn about your animal!
  2. On the other page, add your animal, a picture of yourself and answer the questions. Add any other items, characters, animals or scenes that represent you!

Lesson Plan Reference

How To Bring History Alive for Students via the Chinese Zodia


Introduce the Signs of the Zodiac

Spend some time introducing the concept of the zodiac to the whole class, explaining the history, time, and animals especially.


Investigate Birth Year

Assist each student in finding their own birth year and animal so they can begin to relate to the concepts of Ancient Chinese beliefs.


Help Students Relate Information to Themselves

Students can create an "All About Me" page to relate themselves to the ideas of traits, professions, and lucky colors that the zodiac signs make use of. Students enjoy seeing what animal they are and are able to further relate to the history.

Frequently Asked Questions about Chinese Zodiac Activity

How can we make history come alive for students?

At first glance, it might seem difficult to help students understand the Chinese Zodiac and Lunar New Year. But looking at the traits of the signs and the animals makes it fun for students to learn about these concepts, and it keeps them engaged.

Can students relate to ancient cultural practices and beliefs of other cultures?

Yes they can! And that is exactly the way to help them understand the concepts, by giving them personal examples to relate to. When they discuss their own traits and favorite colors in terms of something like the Chinese zodiac, they are able to understand both the material and themselves more clearly.

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