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September 18, 2009

The Animals of the Chinese Zodiac – St Aiden’s Homeschool, South Africa | CurrClick

The Animals of the Chinese Zodiac – St Aiden’s Homeschool, South Africa | CurrClick.

The Chinese lunar calendar dates back to the second millennium BC. Unlike our calendar, which numbers the years progressively from a given time, the Chinese calendar is cyclical. Each cycle is made up of 12 years; after the 12th year, the cycle is repeated.

The Chinese associate each year of a 12-year cycle with an animal, and they refer to the years as “the year of the dragon,” “the year of the ox,” etc.

The 12 animals and the years associated with them are often represented on a circular chart, and for this reason they are known as “animals of the zodiac”.

In these lessons, learners will learn about the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. They will see how animals are often used as symbols. In another lesson, they will hear one of several versions of how the 12 animals were chosen. They will then focus upon a few of the animals in the story and see how they can be used as symbols of certain human characteristics.

In yet another lesson, they will be introduced to the other animals of the zodiac. Included in this book are lesson plans, teacher/parent resources, activities and printable worksheets, crossword puzzle, animal adjective cards, reading and writing activities, Zodiac Chart Activity, information, activities and lesson plans for the Chinese New Year.

After completing lessons, learners will:

• know what a symbol is

• understand that the Chinese calendar is divided into cycles of 12-years, in which each year is represented by an animal

• be familiar with the story explaining the choice of the 12 zodiac animals

• understand that each animal of the calendar symbolizes certain character traits

• know that the Chinese associate the traits of each zodiac animal with people born in that year

• know their own signs within the Chinese zodiac

A large focus is on the use of adjectives and personal characteristics, as will be seen form the variety of worksheets.

A special section containing comprehensive information, lesson plans and activities pertaining to the very vital and relevant Chinese New Year is included.

Some of the words, phraseology and terms in this book are rather mature for early learners. Although the text has been simplified as far as possible, by the very nature of the subject some text remains a little more complicated. It is suggested that you read through the text in each section, compile notes and then use a lesson to discuss that section with your students based on the notes you have made. This will open up an avenue of discussion in more age appropriate language

Author(s): Researched and Compiled by Donnette E Davis
Artist(s): Public Domain & Green Label Clipart (Under License)
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