Central Idea: Celebrations and traditions are an important part of our cultural identity.
Visual Arts Line of Inquiry: how the visual arts are used in cultural celebrations
The original idea was to do two projects-- Chinese New Year and something else. Then we'd compare and contrast. Well, the something else never happened since it took my Grade 2's an astonishing 5 weeks to finish these! They were so detail oriented and focused, I couldn't bear rush them along. We watched videos of Chinese dragon dancers on Youtube, and we also figured out what their Chinese zodiac signs were- the kids were really into it. Since this was an integrated unit with their classroom teachers, they had a pretty good grasp of various cultural celebrations and Chinese New Year in particular.