Arts of Asia in Reach
Chinese New Year: Paper Lanterns Lesson Plan
1. Lesson Overview

A Lesson for Eastwood Elementary, Students ages 5-7, Grade 1
Designed by Loren Fawcett, Education Assistant, Allen Memorial Art Museum

  • Chinese New Year
  • Chinese Lantern Festival
  • Chinese paper lanterns

  1. Students will recognize that the traditions and values attributed to Chinese New Year and its celebration are unique and valid.
  2. Students will recognize that holidays originate from a variety of different backgrounds, legends, or traditions.
  3. Students will recognize that legends are a way of explaining our perception of the world in which we live.
  4. Students will practice using a ruler and measuring.

Academic Content Standards

  1. Visual Arts
    • NVA 1.4: Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner
    • NVA 2.3: Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas
    • NVA 3.2: Students select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicatemeaning
    • NVA 4.1: Students know that the visual arts have both a history and specific relationships to various cultures

  2. Social Studies
    • NSS-USH.K-4.4 The History of Peoples of Many Cultures Around the World: Understand selected attributes and historical developments of societies in Asia

  3. Languages
    • NL-ENG.K-12.9 Multicultural Understanding: Students develop an understanding of and respect for diversity in language use, patterns, and dialects across cultures, ethnic groups, geographic regions, and social roles.

Ohio State Standards
  1. Visual Arts
    • Benchmark 1A: Recognize and describe visual art forms and artworks from various times and places.
    • Benchmark 1B: Use historical artworks such as paintings, photographs and drawings to answer questions about daily life in the past
    • Benchmark 2B: Establish and communicate a purpose for creating artworks. Identify, select and use art elements and principles to express emotions and produce a variety of visual effects.

  2. Social Studies
    • Social Studies Skills and Methods Obtaining Information Benchmark A1: Obtain information from oral, visual, and print sources.


Chinese Lantern
a collapsible translucent covering for a light

Chinese New Year
the first day of the lunar new year; the biggest holiday celebrated among Chinese people; often referred to as the spring festival as it signifies the beginning of spring.

tube shape

almost transparent; see-through; something that lets most light through, but not all

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