"Fu" for You (Good Fortune for You)
Students will be able to write a five sentence paragraph about to whom they would want to grant good fortune.
- Show students your completed Chinese New Year Good Fortune Printable worksheet.
- Explain to students that the Chinese character on this sign says, "Fu" which means good fortune, or luck, in Mandarin.
- Tell students that across the world people are celebrating the Chinese New Year, and one of the traditions that people do at this time of year is hang red and gold banners and signs with messages of good luck and good fortune for the new year.
- Discuss with students how Chinese believe in customs and traditions that will bring luck to them in the new year: decorating with lucky red items such as banners and lanterns, handing out red envelopes known as hong bao, eating lucky foods such as tangerines, oranges, noodles, and sweet rice balls, and decorating their house with lucky plants such as bamboo and cherry blossoms.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(10 minutes)
- Tell students that today they will be making a "Fu" sign to hang in their homes.
- Model for students how to color the strokes of the Chinese character "Fu."
- Instruct students to carefully cut out each stroke of the Chinese character and glue it on the square.
- Tell students that they will also color their squares. Remind students that the color red is considered very lucky in the Chinese culture.
- Explain to students that they will also be doing some writing today about good fortune.
- Ask students to think about who they would like to wish good fortune or luck upon for the new year and why they would choose that person.
- Tell students to think about this writing assignment as they are creating their "Fu" signs.
Guided Practice(15 minutes)
- Give students time to work on their "Fu" signs independently.
- Walk around the classroom as students are working, and check in with them individually to talk about the writing assignment.
- Ask students who they would like to wish good fortune, or luck, upon and talk about why they chose that person.
- Tell students to leave their completed signs at their tables and come together as a class.
- Explain to students that you were also thinking about this writing assignment and have decided who you would grant good fortune upon in the new year.
- Model for students how to complete the writing assignment, and write these ideas on chart paper (labeled "Good Fortune Writing") for students to use as a resource throughout the lesson:
- First, identify the person you chose (e.g. My husband).
- Second, identify three reasons why you chose that person (e.g. He is starting a new business and I want him to have success with finding new clients).
- Third, end your writing with a concluding statement (e.g. I'm excited for his new opportunity and want to wish him lots of luck and good fortune!)
Independent working time(15 minutes)
- Distribute lined paper or writing journals, and have students work independently on their writing assignment.
- Remind students to use the "Good Fortune Writing" poster as a resource.
- Provide students with sentence frames to use during Independent Work Time. These sentence frames could say: I would grant good fortune to ____. I chose him/her because ____. Also, ____. Another reason is because ____. Lastly, ____.
- Ask students to think beyond their immediate community of family and friends, and reflect upon what is happening in the world right now in terms of current events. Are there any world leaders, groups of people, and/or countries that they would want to grant good fortune to?
- Tell students that you are going to read aloud 2-3 writing samples (Tip: Prepare these samples before class).
- As you are reading, ask students to see that you have included all of the elements listed on the "Good Fortune Writing" poster (identify a person, list three reasons why you chose that person, and end with a concluding statement).
- After reading each writing sample, go through the poster and ask students to give you a thumbs up if you included an element and a thumbs down if you failed to include an element. (Tip: Leave elements out of some writing samples to ensure that students are paying close attention).
Review and closing(10 minutes)
- Distribute the Write Good Fortune: Chinese Character Practice worksheet to each student.
- Tell students that they will get to practice writing the Chinese character for "good fortune."
- Explain to students that the stroke order (which is the order in which a character is written) is very important, so they need to carefully move through steps 1-13 as they are practicing their Chinese character writing and follow the example closely.
- Give students time to write "good fortune."
- Tell students to take this home, along with their "Fu" signs, and give it to someone in their family that they would like to grant good fortune to for the Chinese New Year.