Lesson Plan

My Chinese Zodiac Animal

Are you similar to your Chinese zodiac animal? In this lesson, your students will learn about their zodiac animal and write about an example from their life that captures a time when they displayed traits similar to their zodiac animal.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to use invented spelling to write about a time when they demonstrated characteristics represented by their Chinese zodiac animal.


(5 minutes)
  • Say to your students, "Happy Chinese New Year!"
  • Explain that Chinese New Year celebrates the beginning of a new year and includes tons of celebrations and traditional activities, such as dancing dragons, exchanging red envelopes, and setting off fireworks.
  • Tell students that each new year is associated with one of twelve animals, called Chinese zodiac animals. The twelve zodiac animals are the dragon, tiger, horse, rat, cow, rabbit, snake, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.
  • Explain to students that in the Chinese tradition, you are said to have the same personality traits as the zodiac animal from the year you were born.