The Chinese dragon represents wisdom, strength, benevolence, and good fortune. Invite your students to learn more about this symbol by creating a miniature version and by reading stories about dragons.
- Begin by passing out the Dragon Symbolism Reproducible (PDF). Have students decorate their dragons with bright colors and glitter.
- Next help kids to fold a piece of 8" x 11" paper in half vertically and cut along the fold.
- Accordion-fold each piece and join together to create the animal's body.
- Attach the head at one end and the tail at the other.
- Tape chopsticks to the head and tail.
- Use your puppets as props for a read aloud of A Time of Golden Dragons, by Song Nan Zhang
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Wendy K. Cruikshank is a resources teacher at Jerry Potts Elementary School in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This article was originally published in the January/February 2005 issue of Instructor.