Chinese New Years Special: A C Dragons Tale

Grades: K-6 | Duration: 60 minutes

This presentation tells the tale of how the Chinese zodiac came to be. Through interactive storytelling, students take on roles of the different zodiac animals. They also uncover the mythological development of the Chinese dragon, learning that the dragon is a peaceful, benevolent creature, much revered in Chinese cultures. In celebration of the New Year, each student receives a hong bao, or red envelope, for good luck.

Common Core State Standards

English Language Arts Standards

  • K.1 – Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others and taking turns speaking about the topics and texts under discussion). Continue a conversation through multiple exchanges.
  • K.6 – Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.
  • 1.4 – Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.
  • 3.4 – Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.
  • 4.1c – Pose and respond to specific questions to clarify or follow up on information, and make comments that contribute to the discussion and link to the remarks of others.
  • 5.1c – Pose and respond to specific questions by making comments that contribute to the discussion and elaborate on the remarks of others.
  • 6.6 – Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. (See grade 6 Language standards 1 and 3 for specific expectations.)


Reading: Literature

  • 2.2 – Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

California State Board of Education

History-Social Science Content Standards for California Public Schools

  • 7.3 – Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the civilizations of China in the Middle Ages.
  • 7.3.3 – Analyze the influences of Confucianism and changes in the Confucian thought during the Sung and Mongol periods.
  • 7.3.4 – Understand the importance of both overland trade and maritime expeditions between China and other civilizations in the Mongol Ascendancy and Ming Dynasty.