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Naming of the Years - by TES iboard

Grade Level Grades K-5
Resource Type Handout
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards


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This link and document tell the story of how each year in the Chinese Zodiac is named after an animal. Especially relevant at Chinese New Year, it is useful at any time of year as an example of a traditional or folk tale. This lively myth can be used as model for students' own writing, using anthropomorphism as a writing technique. Each animal acts in a particular way depending on its traits in the story - the rat is sneaky, the dragon helpful and kind. Use several of the 12 and write a sequel. Aligned with Common Core State Standards: RL.2.2, RL.2.7, RL.2.10, RL.3.2, RL.3.10




February 10, 2020
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Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories and poetry, in the grades 2–3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


1 Review
Great activity that educates the reader on this particular holiday. This resource is to the point and very informative.
April 11, 2013