This free printable Year of the Dragon worksheet is a great way for little learners to practice essential skills including fine motor skills, writing skills, and sight words.
This worksheet features a cute Asian style dragon and the text "Year of the Dragon" in a dotted tracing font and space to free write the words. I hope you enjoy!
This free printable is a fun activity for kindergarten and 1st grade students.
Some second grade students could benefit from it, as well, depending on their needs and abilities.
Special education students and students engaged in occupational therapy will also have a great time with this Year of the Dragon worksheet.
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When is the Chinese New Year?
Depending on how you plan to teach your Spring Festival unit, it could be appropriate to use this as part of a Chinese New Year or a Lunar New Year lesson.
So what's the difference between the Chinese New Year and the Lunar New Year?
The terms Chinese New Year and Lunar New Year are not exactly interchangeable and they've both stirred up controversy in recent years.
The Chinese New Year is typically celebrated on the second new moon after the winter solstice.
Some other countries and cultures celebrate a lunar new year on the Chinese New Year date. Some different cultures celebrate on the first new moon after the Winter Solstice, and some have an entirely different date (such as the Thai New Year on April 13). Each region has its own specific foods and traditions for their Lunar New Year celebration.
In spite of differences, many Asian Lunar New Year celebrations include major elements of the Chinese New Year tradition, such as fireworks and the color red.
According to my friends and family who have lived and worked in China, it is appropriate to call the holiday the "Chinese New Year" when speaking about Chinese-specific traditions and their spring holiday.
Chinese New Year is a specific term. Lunar New Year is a broader term that encompasses other holidays and traditions.
When teaching about traditions specific to other Lunar New Year celebrations, it is best to refer to them by name (for example, Tet or Songkran).
Most, but not all, Asian countries that celebrate a Lunar New Year use the Chinese Zodiac system with the same animals. If you're teaching about Tet, for example, 2024 will also be The Year of the Dragon, just as in the Chinese New Year tradition.
How to use printable worksheets
You can print the page out and hand it over to your little learner, but it's easy to make worksheets reusable. You can laminate the page, or side it into a heavy duty page protector or a dry erase pocket.
- VERSATILITY - This pack of 6 dry erase pocket sleeves or worksheet sleeves are perfect for protecting and reusing student worksheets. Measuring 14...
- COLORS - In this pack you will receive 1 blue, 1 yellow, 1 orange, 1 green, 1 red and 1 pink sleeve
- HIGH QUALITY - Made with high grade plastic and double sewn edges these worksheet sleeves are made to last. Features a convenient marker pen holder...
Reusable worksheets help your child work towards mastery of the task. They're also ideal for literacy centers. Save your copy budget when you only print a few copies of the worksheet instead of an entire stack!
Parents and teachers are sometimes hesitant to make worksheets reusable because they don't want the stink and mess of wet or dry erase markers. I have great news for you - Stabilo 3 in 1 Woody crayons work even better than markers and they don't smell! We even use them with reusable coloring pages.
- This is a multi-talented, colouring pencil, watercolour and a wax crayon all in one
- Due to its small chunky shape and size is ideal for children's hands and allows the right grip
- High denseness and colour intensity, even on dark paper and glass - it is easy to wipe off ceramic type surfaces
Learn more about making reusable coloring pages in this post with free printable dinosaur coloring sheets.
This Year of the Dragon worksheet is officially kindergartner tested and approved:
Free Year of the Dragon worksheet PDF file download area
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You are welcome to print and use them with your own children, students, therapy clients, library activity, etc.
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I hope you enjoy these printable activities to start the season of winter. Make sure to check out the printable pages below for fun printable activities for young minds!