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Chinese New Year

Let’s start with a video. Access the following episode of It’s My Party! about the Chinese New Year.

Discussion

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is a time when people honour the hard year of work that is behind them and celebrate the new year with family. Children receive little red envelopes containing money. In the video, Emily says the red pockets are special because the adults fill them with candy or money before they are given to every child at the party.

Action

Let's celebrate the Chinese New Year

Task 1

An event planner has $200 in ten-dollar bills to pay the lion dancers for the Chinese New Year celebration. If the planner gives each lion dancer $10, how many dancers are there?

Show your thinking using pictures, numbers, or words.

The following are some images of bills to help you with this task.

A 10-dollar Canadian Bill. The bill has a 10 on the front and a picture of Viola Desmond.

Task 2

What bills can someone use to put inside each Chinese New Year red envelope if each envelope is to have $40 inside?

Show your thinking using pictures, numbers, or words.

The following are some images of bills to help you with this task.

A 20-dollar Canadian Bill. The bill has a 20 on the front and a picture of Queen Elizabeth the second.
A 10-dollar Canadian Bill. The bill has a 10 on the front and a picture of Prime Minister John A. Macdonald.
A 5-dollar Canadian Bill. The bill has a 5 on the front and a picture of Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier.

Consolidation

Practice questions

Select two of the three questions to solve. Show your thinking process.

  1. A customer has $200 and wants to buy two pairs of ice skates that are $65 each. How much will two pairs of ice skates cost? Does the customer have enough money to buy two pairs of skates? Will they have any money left over after their purchase?
  2. $50 + $75 = $125. Create your own math word problem with this math sentence using Canadian bills.
  3. $200 − $60 = $140. Create your own math word problem with this math sentence using Canadian bills.

Reflection

How do you feel about what you have learned in this activity?  Which of the next four sentences best matches how you are feeling about your learning? Press the button that is beside this sentence.

I feel...

Now, record your ideas about your feelings using a voice recorder, speech-to-text, or writing tool.