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New Year's – Teacher Resources

Introduce your students to the many diverse New Year celebrations throughout the world. Listed below you'll find lessons, activities, printables, and other resources to help you teach your class about American traditions and the customs of countries such as China, Korea, and Vietnam. These activities will encourage your students to find out more about other cultures.


Chinese New Year Dragon Puppet
New Year's Day
Diwali, the Hindu New Year
New Year's Eve
Sol-Nal, the Korean New Year
Tet, the Vietnamese New Year
All About Chinese New Year
Sun Nin, the Chinese New Year
Rearrange "Auld Lang Syne" Lyrics

Lesson Plans

New Year's Resolutions
Calendar Playing Cards


European New Year Celebrations
Asian New Year Celebrations
The Chinese Calendar
North and South American New Year Celebrations
A History of the New Year
New Year's Traditions: Auld Lang Syne and Other New Year's Customs
Saying "Happy New Year!" Around the World

Reading & Language Arts Activities

New Year's Etymology & Writing Activity

Chinese New Year Resources

Popular Social Studies Printables, Grades K-2
Multicultural Music Resources
Chinese New Year – Videos & Activities
Chinese Music
Popular Social Studies Printables, Grades 9-12
Chinese Calligraphy
Tangram Art
More Chinese New Year Resources for Teachers

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December Holidays Resources for Teachers
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Kwanzaa – Teacher Resources

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December Calendar of Events
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Hour of Code
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