Chinese New Year

Chinese Zodiac
Celebrate Chinese New Year with these fun, cultural activities...

Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Tangrams - Make your own Tangram pieces and puzzles.


Make your own Zodiac Mat or Wheel

As you find out about each zodiac symbol, glue that icon to a mat or wheel and add information about it underneath. 



Make a Chinese Character Necklace

     Good Luck      Love      Happiness     Wisdom      Health     Fortune

You will need...

A cardboard cereal box, scissor, hole punch, red paint and a paint brush, a black maker, a pony bead, ribbon and the printable Chinese Characters from Activities For Kids

What to do...

Cut cardboard into circles and paint each one red. Once they dry, pop a hole in the top of each one, then write a different Chinese Character in the middle with a marker. Loop a ribbon with a pony bead through the hole on top and tie it off to make a necklace.


Chopstick Frame

Make a frame with chopsticks, draw a Chinese character on a piece of paper the size of your frame, and glue it to the chopsticks. Once dry, glue a ribbon to hang the frame, and add a dragon, panda, tiger or another animals related to China, to one corner of the frame.

Other Suggestions...

Make Bookmarks with Chinese Symbols

Origami Zodiac Symbols
The Origami Resource Center has a variety of zodiac symbols to choose from.

Make a Chinese Yo-Yo
You will need a dowel, wrapping paper - 6'x 5-7", and a glue stick to do this project.
InstructablesPaper Yo-Yo - Instructions.


Coloring and Activity Pages

DLTK: China - Chinese New Year and China Crafts and Children's Activities

Activity Village: Chinese New Year - Chinese Dragon Colouring Page -
Chinese New Year Crafts - More Chinese New Year Crafts

Enchanted Learning: Chinese New Year - Crafts and activities for the Chinese New Year. This site offers information about the holiday and instructions for crafts free of charge. A paid membership may be required for some of the printable pages.

Panda Express: Chinese New Year Resource Page - Site offers a video, printable worksheets, lesson plans, and information about the Chinese Zodiac.

The Do It Yourself Mom - Offers a free 29 page PDF filled with 20+ crafts and activities to help celebrate the Chinese New Year.


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A World To Discover February Volume 1



Knots - Links and videos for learning knot tying.

Sharks - Links to - Basic facts, online puzzles, printables, and informative videos.

Spirals - 
Links and videos about spirals - What they are and where they can be found in nature.


Chinese New YearCelebrate the Chinese New Year with fun cultural activities: Tangrams, Zodiac symbols, crafts, coloring pages and more.

Valentine's DayValentine's Day card suggestions and links to information about Valentine's Day.

World of Card Games - Play a game of Hearts, Spades, Go Fish, 29, Gin, and others on line!

Bicycle Playing Cards: Rules for the Card Game Hearts - Offers written instructions to play with a deck of cards.

ChemEd DL: Welcome Page - Click on any element on the interactive periodic table or check out what a 360 degree models of any chemical looks like.


Physics Games.com: Ramps: Online game


Math Is Fun: Fahrenheit to Celsius Converter - Find out how to convert F temperature to C.


Spring GardenWhen To Plant - 
Resources for when to plant a variety of plants during the year. Videos included.


Seasonal Foods

Cabbage - Cabbage experiment suggestions, recipe for homemade coleslaw, and links to cabbage information.

Chocolate - Learn about the history of chocolate, make an old fashioned chocolate egg cream, printable chocolate puzzles and links to other resources.

Oranges - General and nutritional information, diseases, educational resources, ideas for orange peels and videos.

StrawberriesStrawberry research project includes links to other strawberries posts on Fran's World, and to other informative sites.

Sweet Potatoes - Sweet potato resources, including nutrition facts, educational info and recipes.

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When To Plant

Tomatoes
Anytime of the Year

Urban Farmer: What to Plant Now

Almanac: Gardening 
Click on 'Personalized Planting Calendar', type in your zip code to find out what and when to grow, and when to harvest.

Spring & Summer
Articles & Information

About: Organic Gardening: Vegetable & Herbs To Plant In August


Radish

Fall & Winter
Articles & Information



Mother Nature Network: Fall Vegetable Garden



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Spirals

Wikipedia: Spirals - Spirals and helices, 2D spirals, 3D spirals, In nature, As a symbol, and In art.

Mathematische Basteleien: Spirals - What is a spiral? and types of spiral.

Wolfram MathWorld: Logarithmic Spirals - Equation offered.

Phi: 1.618: The Golden Number: Spirals and the Golden Ration - Article: Fibonacci numbers and Phi are related to spiral growth in nature.

Discover Magazine: Article: Why Is Our Universe Filled With Spirals?

Original Beauty: Spirals In Nature - Site offers a photo gallery of spirals found in nature.

15 Uncanny Examples of the Golden Ration in Nature - Site offers pictures and information about spirals and the Golden Ratio.

Fibonacci in Nature - Site talks about Nature's Numbering system and offers picture examples.

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Knots

Knots by Fran W.
Wikipedia: Offers information about the Knot and a List of Knots.

Focus: How Many Different Types of Knot are there? - Short article.

NetKnots: Rope Knots - Site features easy to follow knot tying illustrations and animated knots for tying over 140 of the best knots.

Outdoor Life: Essential Knots: How to Tie the 20 Knots You Need to Know - Scroll through the selections by clicking on "Next" and "Previous". Instructions are below the main picture.

Wikipedia: Knot (knot tying), Knot (mathematics), Knot TheoryTopology - A branch of mathematics that deals with the mathematics of knots and the properties of space.

Videos


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Sharks

Shark Parts by Chris Huh
Defenders: Sharks: Basic Facts - Basic facts, dietary information, population, behavior, protection status, and more.

WikipediaSharks - Etymology, evolution, anatomy, physiology, senses, history and more.

USA Today: Article: Virtual reality gives stunning 350-degree view of great white sharks - Information about the company that did the project video.


National Geographic: Sharks - Page offers information about sharks, including informative videos, and an online puzzle.

Shark Friends: Swimming - Facts about the way sharks swim, including why they can not swim backward.

Shark Savers - Shark's Teeth - How many teeth does a shark have in a lifetime?

Kidzone: Sharks - Shark activities, facts and pictures.

Enchanted Learning: All About Sharks - Includes: Size, anatomy, varieties, skeleton, teeth, diet and more.

Activity Village: Sharks - Information about sharks and printables: Puzzles, learn to draw, colouring pages, lacing card, and more.





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Ancient Greece

The Parthenon
Ancient Greece: Main Page - Click on any of the following topics: Art & Architecture, history, geography, mythology, people, Olympics, wars, culture & society.

Ancient History Lists: Greek History - Top 10 inventions and discoveries of ancient Greece that are remarkably used today.

Wikipedia: Ancient Greece - Chronology, historiography, history, geography, politics and society, culture, and legacy.

History.com: Ancient Greece - Site offers videos and written information about Ancient Greece.

BBC: Bitesize: Ancient Greece - An interactive website about the Ancient Greeks. Includes: Who were the ancient Greeks?, How did they Olympic Games begin?, What was it like to live in an ancient Greek family?, Who were the Greek Gods and heroes?, The ancient Greeks at war, What do we know about ancient Greek culture?, How did the ancient Greeks change the world?


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A World To Discover January Vol 1


Ben Franklin - Historical information about Ben Franklin. Read or listen to his
autobiography as well.

Nikola Tesla - Information about Tesla's life and accomplishments. Links and videos.

Geometric Designs - Geometric Designs made from simple shapes. Tutorials, videos, and free downloads.

Fractals - Fractals in nature and design. Links and videos.

Ancient Greece - Contributions, Mythology, History and more. Links and videos.


Seasonal Foods

Apples Research ProjectFacts, leading questions, information, videos, recipes, and links to other resources.

OrangesGeneral and nutritional information, diseases, educational resources, ideas for orange peels and videos.



January Related Posts



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Louis Braille

Louis Braille
WikipediaLouis Braille - History of Louis Braille and information about the braille system.

AFB: Braille BugWhat is braille?, information about Louis Braille and Helen Keller. Games Name game, Braille Jumble, riddles and rhymes, and more.

PBS Kids: You've Got Braille! - 
Braille translator. Write your own message and have it translated into braille.

Omniglot: Writing Braille - Braille alphabet and number charts.

Suggested Activities

Put dots of glue, or old nail polish, on index cards to make each letter of the braille alphabet. Once dry, put letters together to form words and read them with your fingers.

Use puff paint to make raised letters, shapes, and numbers.

Close your eyes and try to figure out what letters/words another player gives you.

Make braille cards with numbers on them and come up with a counting or match game.

Make shapes on index cards with hot glue and match braille words with pictures.

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