ESL Chinese New Year Lesson Plan

Instructor: Nora Jarvis

Nora has a Master's degree in teaching, and has taught a variety of elementary grades.

Use this lesson to help your ESL students learn about Chinese New Year. They'll do some engaging activities to help them learn about symbols and traditions from the important holiday.

Learning Objectives

After completing this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify what common Chinese New Year items symbolize.
  • Describe Chinese New Year traditions.

Time Length

60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

CCSS Language 8.4

Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words or phrases based on grade 8 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

CCSS Speaking & Listening 8.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.


  • Scroll
  • Feast
  • Symbolize


  • Photos of: Chinese dragons, Chinese lanterns, red envelopes, firecrackers, Chinese scrolls with lucky messages, coins, fish dinner, noodles, dumplings
  • Note cards with words that say 'abundance,' 'long life,' and 'family unity' and pictures of fish, noodles, and dumplings, enough sets for each group of students
  • Computers, one for each group

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