Chinese New Year Dragon
7 Days (55 minute class)

Michigan Merit Curriculum:

C.2 Develop an idea, question, or problem that is guided by the
personal, historical, contemporary, cultural, environmental,
and/or economic contexts of the visual, performing,
or applied arts discipline.

C.3 Understand, recognize, and use the elements,
organizational principles, patterns, relationships,
techniques, skills, and applications of the visual, performing,
or applied arts discipline.

Objectives:
  • Students will read and learn about the tradition of the Chinese New Year.
  • Students will create a unique Chinese New Year Dragon made from paper.

Vocabulary Words:
line, shape, pattern, Chinese New Year

Preparation:
Have pictures of Chinese New Year dragons, copies made of newspaper article about the Chinese New Year.

Materials and Resources:
  • evaluation sheet
  • example of the project
  • crayons
  • 12x18” white paper (2 per student)
  • 9x12” white paper (2 per student)
  • scissors
  • glue
  • black Sharpie markers
  • pictures of Chinese New Year Dragons
  • copies of the newspaper article about the Chinese New Year

Motivation-Instruction:
  • Teacher will show example of the project.
  • The class will read about the Chinese New Year tradition.
  • Show examples of Chinese New Year dragons.
  • Go over evaluation sheet and expectations.

Procedure:
Day 1:
  • Go over evaluation sheet and expectations.
  • Teacher will show example of the project.
  • The class will read about the Chinese New Year tradition.
  • Show examples of Chinese New Year dragons.
  • Students will draw the head of the dragon with the teacher as she draws one example on the board (small white paper).
  • Students will complete the first head and begin coloring it with crayons.
Day 2:
  • Students will finish coloring their first dragon head, then cut it out.
  • Students will use their first dragon head and correctly trace the second dragon head.
Day 3:
  • Students will color the second dragon head.
  • Students make the first tale (draw it, color it and cut it out).
Day 4:
  • Students will use their first tale to correctly trace the second tale (small white paper).
  • Students will design and color the second tale.
Day 5:
  • Students will draw and design the first body of their dragon (large white paper) and begin coloring it.
Day 6:
  • Students will finish coloring the first body, and cut it out.
  • Students will use the first body to correctly trace the second body.
  • Students will design and color the second body.
Day 7:
  • Students will finish coloring and glue all the parts of the dragon together so that the dragon is two sided.
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