On Friday February 16, 2018 the “Year of the Dog” began. 4th grade was blessed to have some Chinese students join our class for a while. They made new friends and learned about our culture as we learned about theirs! In our California History studies we learn about the Gold Rush and that includes the Chinese immigrants that came to our country in hopes of striking it rich! We also learn of the hard work by many Chinese who helped to build our Transcontinental Railroad.
In the chapter book we are currently reading, By the Great Horn Spoon, we learned about the Chinese entrepreneurs who started businesses in large cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco. To celebrate the Chinese culture and to bring in the new year, the 4th graders made artwork depicting the Chinese language symbol for “Year of the Dog” as well as a dragon. The dragon is often used in parades for the dragon dance. Chinese dragons are a symbol of China and are said to bring good luck. Happy new year from 4th grade!
By: Beth Clark, 4th Grade Teacher