Chinese New Year

Classroom Resources Brought To You By KET

As you may be celebrating Chinese New Year with your students, please find resources below which may prove helpful when discussing the tradition, the arts, and the culture of the Chinese.


Remember, however, that this is just a small sampling of resources on the topic that are available through KET, and there is much more to discover in KET Encyclomedia.


If you need help accessing these resources or setting up an account in Discovery please contact your KET Education Consultant.


Beauty of Jasmine - eBook

Beauty of Jasmine eBook. The Beauty of Jasmine Teacher's Guide features performances taped at the Beauty of Jasmine Chinese Music and Dance Concert as well as valuable cultural information, teaching tips, discussion questions, and helpful links. This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device, and with iTunes on your computer. Books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Books with interactive features may work best on an iPad.


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Grades: K-12.

Beauty of Jasmine - Resource Collection

Beauty of Jasmine. The performances in this collection were filmed at the Beauty of Jasmine Chinese Music and Dance Concert at the University of Kentucky's Singletary Center for the Arts in March of 2012. The program was presented by the Chinese Music, Dance, and Arts Program (CMDAP), led by director Hong Shao. CMDAP is an educational performing and visual arts program that promotes the understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture.

The videos can be used for teaching and integrating a variety of content at different grade levels. Primary teachers can use the videos to provide cultural context for stories in their reading programs. Chinese language teachers can use them to teach Chinese culture and as a springboard for enlivening language instruction. Arts and humanities teachers can use them to teach the elements of music and dance as well as the humanities and purposes of the art forms.


PBS LearningMedia.

Grades: K-12.


Discovery Education Theme Page

Discovery Education Theme Page: Chinese New Year. Celebrate the start of the lunar year with a look at Chinese history and cultural symbols. Includes links to video, teacher guides, and images.


Discovery Education.

Grades: K-12.

Hung Liu: Visual Art

Hung Liu: Visual Art. Trained as a propaganda painter during the Cultural Revolution in China, Hung Liu now creates large-scale portraits of unsung heroes. Discover her creative process in this video from Spark. Includes Educator's Guide.


PBS LearningMedia.

Grades K-12.

The Little Rabbits - eBook


The Little Rabbits. The Little Rabbits is a children's story based on a well-known Chinese Folk Tale. This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iPad, and with iTunes on your computer. Multi-touch books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iPad. Books with interactive features may work best on an iPad.


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Grades P-5.

The Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year. Cities around the world host parades to honor the Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year parades celebrate regional and traditional Chinese customs. In this program, San Francisco's large Chinese community brings in the new year with traditional Chinese music, dance, and symbols.


Discovery Education.

Grades: K-5.

Children's Song & Dance

Children's Song & Dance. This performance combines Han and minority ethnic Chinese traditions. The first two songs and dances are from the Han tradition, while the others are from minority traditions. The costumes are from the Uyghur people, who live mainly in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northeastern China. A region of mountains, steppes, and a large desert with rich oil and natural gas reserves, the region was once crossed by the northern Silk Road.


PBS LearningMedia.

Grades: K-8.

Golden Snake Wild Dance

Golden Snake Wild Dance. A student percussion ensemble from the Lexington (Kentucky) Chinese Music, Dance, and Arts Program perform a popular Chinese song "Golden Snake Wild Dance." This song is popular throughout China and in Chinese communities in the United States. It is often performed as part of a Chinese New Years parade when enormous dragons made of paper or fabric are carried through the streets on long poles. Golden Snake is another name for golden dragon. In Chinese folklore, the dragon is a symbol of power, strength, and good fortune.


PBS LearningMedia.

Grades: K-8.

The Chinese Dragon

The Chinese Dragon. This short clip explains the importance of dragon symbolism in Chinese culture.


Discovery Education.

Grades 6-12.

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year. This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly shows a Buddhist family in the U.S. observing the rituals of Chinese New Year. The Chinese tradition of celebrating the New Year began more than 4,000 years ago, and has evolved into a holiday that includes a combination of rituals from Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism. Also known as Spring Festival, it is celebrated by Chinese communities throughout the world at the end of winter.


PBS LearningMedia.

Grades: 9-12.