My 4th graders learned about the Chinese New Year and all of the special activities and traditions that go along with celebrating this holiday. The dragon is a very important symbol, showing power, strength, and good luck. During the New Year there are many parades which dragons dance down the streets! The fourth graders created their own Chinese dragons by folding a large piece of paper in half length wise (or hotdog style if you prefer). They created only HALF of the dragons face. They then traced their pencil marks with a black crayon. Folding the paper in half again (so the crayon is in the inside) they traced their design so that the black crayon transferred over onto the other side of their paper, making their dragon head SYMMETRICAL. They then traced the second half with crayon again (because it is very light from tracing) and colored their dragons in with oil pastels!
We also added a firework background for fun.
The older students really loved seeing these and were so complementary of the 4th graders!