Chinese Lunar New Year Reading Escape Room Activity for Elementary Students

Embark on a thrilling journey into the heart of Chinese culture through a captivating Reading Escape Room activity right in your classroom! This blog post will explore the magic of celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year while engaging students in an immersive, educational escape room adventure.

There are many advantages of using this Chinese Lunar New Year Reading Escape Room in your classroom:

  1. This escape room activity serves as a gateway to the rich traditions and customs of the Chinese Lunar New Year. 
  2. As students unravel clues and solve puzzles related to the Lunar New Year, they hone their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The challenges are designed to spark curiosity and encourage creative solutions.
  3. The escape room requires students to work together, pooling their strengths to decipher clues and overcome obstacles. 
  4. Students engage with informative passages and texts related to the Lunar New Year, making the learning process enjoyable and reinforcing literacy development.

Here are the tasks included:

  1. Fill in the Blank. Students read the passage and use context clues to fill in the missing words.
  2. Q and A. Students answer comprehension questions about the passage.
  3. Word Hunt. Students find and identify four unfamiliar words. They need to search for a word, definition, sentence, and picture.
  4. Pick 6. They choose six words from the choices and use them in a summary of the reading passage.
  5. True or False. They color in the box of the true statements and unscramble the word using the letters of only true statements.

After the escape room adventure, encourage students to reflect on their learning. Facilitate a class discussion to deepen their understanding and provide additional insights into the cultural significance of the Lunar New Year.

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You can ask the following questions:

  • How did the escape room experience enhance your understanding of the Chinese Lunar New Year?
  • Which cultural aspects or traditions stood out most, and why?
  • How did teamwork contribute to the success of your team?
  • Were there any challenges in working collaboratively, and how did your team overcome them?
  • Did the reading materials deepen your understanding of the cultural significance of the Lunar New Year?
  • How might learning about celebrations like the Chinese Lunar New Year promote inclusivity and understanding in a diverse world?

You can pair this up with this Google Slides presentation that includes fun facts about the Chinese New Year. Aside from the reading comprehension questions, there are also cryptogram puzzles and picture puzzles that students can solve!

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So, if you are looking for a no-prep reading escape room this Chinese New Year, grab this resource and let the fun begin! Bring the magic of the Chinese Lunar New Year into your classroom that promises to inspire, educate, and leave a lasting impression on your students! 

What other Chinese New Year activities are you planning to do in the classroom? 

Talk soon.

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