Fun Zodiac Wheel

Lesson #3023

Use creative characters to illustrate concepts across curriculum.

Grade Level:

Develop an appreciation of world cultures through creative projects that develop a better understanding of others. Students can explore holidays, traditions, native languages, dress and experiences of people in their local and global communities.

Use Chinese New Year Animals to create a fun zodiac wheel and develop cultural awareness.

A10211-Sizzix Bigz Die - Circle 4" A10927-Ellison AllStar Die - Bow & Arrow A10931-Sizzix Bigz Die - Chinese New Year Animals #1 A10932-Sizzix Bigz Die - Chinese New Year Animals #2 A10933-Sizzix Bigz Die - Chinese New Year Animals #3 A10934-Sizzix Bigz Die - Chinese New Year Animals #4

Supplies Used: Brad, Cardstock or Construction Paper, Craft Sticks, Crayons or Colored Pencils, Glue Gun, 10" Paper Plate, Scissors

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Die-cut Animals from various colors of cardstock or construction paper. Alternatively, die-cut from white paper and decorate with crayons or colored pencils.
  2. Adhere each Animal to a craft stick. Write the name of the animal on the center of the stick, closest to the shape.
  3. Cut an 8" circle to create the wheel. Divide into 12 sections by drawing six, even lines going through the center of the wheel. Write the years, from 2011 through 2022, clockwise on the wheel.
  4. Arrange the popsicle sticks in order of the Chinese zodiac, and adhere behind each corresponding year on the circle.
  5. Die-cut a 4" Circle, place it on the wheel, and punch a hole through the centers.
  6. Put a brad through the Circle and wheel, loosely securing it on the other side.
  7. Die-cut the Arrow and adhere the brad. Gently adhere each end of the arrow to the Circle, allowing both to spin together.
  8. Adhere a 10" paper plate to the opposite side of the wheel to complete (see Main Photo).

English Language Arts: Multicultural Understanding

K-12: Standard 9

  • Students develop an understanding of and respect for diversity in language use, patterns, and dialects across cultures, ethnic groups, geographic regions, and social roles.

Standards for the English Language Arts, by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English, Copyright 1996 by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. Reprinted with permission.

Source: NCTE/IRA Standards for the English Language Arts

Social Studies: Culture

Pre-K-12: Standard 1

  • Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of culture and cultural diversity.

National Council for the Social Studies, Expectations of Excellence: Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (Washington, D.C.: NCSS, 1994). This book may be purchased by calling 800-683-0812. Electronic copies of it are not available. Source: Curriculum Standards for Social Studies

Source:Curriculum Standards for Social Studies

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