Chinese New Year Reading Comprehension Activities

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Celebrate the Chinese New Year with reading comprehension activities that help students learn about the traditions and customs of Lunar New Year celebrations all around the world!

The Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is one of the most significant holidays celebrated in China and by Chinese communities worldwide. Help students discover the origins, traditions, and customs of Chinese New Year celebrations with reading passages, paired reading prompts, and engaging activities. Students will learn about the Chinese zodiac, the different ways that the Lunar New Year is celebrated around the world, including gift-giving, cultural dances, and traditional food.

What’s Included

In this Chinese New Year reading comprehension packet you’ll get:

  • Ready-to-use printable reading passages on the traditions of Chinese New Year, the Chinese zodiac, global celebrations, hongbao or ang pow (red envelopes), traditional dances, and traditional food for the Chinese New Year.
  • Activities including paired reading questions, multiple choice questions, and social-media inspired activities.
  • Printable worksheets and templates for each activity.

Chinese New Year Activities in This Packet

Introduction: Chinese New Year

Students can learn about the origins and traditions of Chinese New Year and build their close reading skills with this informative reading passage.

The Chinese Zodiac

Students can learn about the Chinese zodiac and explore the Chinese zodiac animals and their unique qualities! Build reading comprehension with paired reading questions, and have students learn about the animal associated with their birth year.

Global Celebration: Lunar New Year

Students will learn about how the Lunar New Year is celebrated in Vietnam, South Korea, and Malaysia with this reading passage, plus paired reading prompts and multiple choice questions to test reading comprehension.

Chinese New Year: Envelopes

Students will learn about hongbao or ang pow (red envelopes) and their significance to Chinese New Year with this reading passage and paired reading questions.

Chinese New Year: Cultural Dance

Student will read about traditional dances and their significance to Chinese New Year before completing activities to build reading comprehension.

Chinese New Year: Cuisine

Students can read about Chinese New Year cuisine and each food’s significance to Chinese New Year before reflecting with reading questions and a social media-inspired activity.

Chinese New Year: Lantern Festival

Students will learn about the Lantern Festival and its significance to Chinese New Year with this reading passage and reflective reading prompt.

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Ashley Valentine


About Ashley

Ashley is a high school English teacher and instructional coach. Ashley has been teaching in New York State as a proud public educator since 2010. She has a Bachelor of… Read more

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