Arts of Asia in Reach
Chinese New Year: Paper Lanterns Lesson Plan
1. Lesson Overview


A Lesson for Eastwood Elementary, Students ages 5-7, Grade 1
Designed by Loren Fawcett, Education Assistant, Allen Memorial Art Museum

Theme/Subject
  • Chinese New Year
  • Chinese Lantern Festival
  • Chinese paper lanterns

Objectives/Concepts
  1. Students will recognize that the traditions and values attributed to Chinese New Year and its celebration are unique and valid.
  2. Students will recognize that holidays originate from a variety of different backgrounds, legends, or traditions.
  3. Students will recognize that legends are a way of explaining our perception of the world in which we live.
  4. Students will practice using a ruler and measuring.

Academic Content Standards

National
  1. Visual Arts
    • NVA 1.4: Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner
    • NVA 2.3: Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas
    • NVA 3.2: Students select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicatemeaning
    • NVA 4.1: Students know that the visual arts have both a history and specific relationships to various cultures

  2. Social Studies
    • NSS-USH.K-4.4 The History of Peoples of Many Cultures Around the World: Understand selected attributes and historical developments of societies in Asia

  3. Languages
    • NL-ENG.K-12.9 Multicultural Understanding: Students develop an understanding of and respect for diversity in language use, patterns, and dialects across cultures, ethnic groups, geographic regions, and social roles.


Ohio State Standards
  1. Visual Arts
    • Benchmark 1A: Recognize and describe visual art forms and artworks from various times and places.
    • Benchmark 1B: Use historical artworks such as paintings, photographs and drawings to answer questions about daily life in the past
    • Benchmark 2B: Establish and communicate a purpose for creating artworks. Identify, select and use art elements and principles to express emotions and produce a variety of visual effects.

  2. Social Studies
    • Social Studies Skills and Methods Obtaining Information Benchmark A1: Obtain information from oral, visual, and print sources.

Vocabulary

Chinese Lantern
a collapsible translucent covering for a light

Chinese New Year
the first day of the lunar new year; the biggest holiday celebrated among Chinese people; often referred to as the spring festival as it signifies the beginning of spring.

Cylinder
tube shape

Translucent
almost transparent; see-through; something that lets most light through, but not all



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