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Ruby’s Chinese New Year Activities and Lesson Plans for 2022

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Ruby’s Chinese New Year will love this post. It includes resource recommendations, free teaching ideas, and information about the book.

With themes of friendship and gratitude, this Ruby’s Chinese New Year picture book by Vickie Lee is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will quickly become one of your favorite Chinese New Year books too!

Engage Your Students with Ruby’s Chinese New Year Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of Ruby’s Chinese New Year.
  2. Check out the teaching ideas for reading comprehension strategies, grammar topics and social emotional learning skills that can be taught using this children’s book.
  3. Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with Ruby’s Chinese New Year reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

RUBY'S CHINESE NEW YEAR SUMMARY

Chinese New Year was a special celebration for Ruby. Her grandmother always came, but this year, she was not well enough to travel. Ruby made her a beautiful card and put it in a red envelope for good luck.

 

As she went to deliver the letter, she passed a variety of animals who all contributed and helped in some way during the journey. Along the way, she swam and ruined the letter. The animals reminded her of all the other goodies they have, and that seeing family was more important regardless. Ruby and her grandmother had a wonderful celebration together in the end!

RUBY’S CHINESE NEW YEAR LESSON PLAN IDEAS

Each of our 400+ Starts With a Story book companions come with a teacher’s guide to make lesson planning quick and easy, printable worksheets and digital resources that cover ALL of the standards-based reading comprehension skills.

When it comes to writing lesson plans and finding activities for Ruby’s Chinese New Year, we’ve already done all of the heavy lifting for you.

We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based Ruby’s Chinese New Year reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • sequence
  • analyzing characters
  • identifying main idea

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:

  • friendship
  • gratitude

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • pronouns
  • quotation marks
  • comma

RUBY’S CHINESE NEW YEAR ACTIVITIES

You’ll receive all of the following resources aligned to the story:

  • comprehension questions
  • 30 writing prompts with themed paper
  • vocabulary activities
  • word study print & go activities
  • ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
  • social emotional learning discussion topics
  • graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies
Ruby's Chinese New Year book companion
six students sitting on the rug listening to a picture book being read aloud by their teacher

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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Ruby’s Chinese New Year?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD540L
  • Guided Reading Level: N
  • DRA Level: 28
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2.9 – 3

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Vickie Lee. It was illustrated by Joey Chou.

What genre is Ruby’s Chinese New Year?

It is a fiction book. You may want to check out our genre activities or read our blog post, How to Teach Genre to Elementary Students.

How many pages are in the book?

The story is 40 pages long.

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