Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Lunar New Year, and supports the standard of explaining the significance of holidays and observances. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.


Ask students: What New Year traditions do you have? What traditions have you learned about? 


  • Read aloud the description on the Lunar New Year topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the four Related Reading articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Create an advertisement about upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations and the meaning behind one or more of them.  
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map comparing and contrasting Lunar New Year traditions in different cultures.
  • Creative Coding: Code a flag representing themes of Lunar New Year. 


Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about Lunar New Year.  Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • How are Lunar New Year celebrations similar to other New Year traditions? 
  • How does Lunar New Year address letting go of the past, and having hope for the future? 

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Lunar New Year Quiz

Step 5:  Extend Learning

Continue celebrating traditions and cultures with BrainPOP’s New Year’s and Winter Holidays topics. 

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments