How to Catch a Dragon Activities for PreK-5

How to Catch a Dragon activities expand upon the themes of problem-solving and persistence while also teaching students about Lunar New Year.
How to Catch a Dragon book cover with thumbnail images of free activity sheets and Novel Effect app on phone

How to Catch a Dragon

When it comes to creative problem-solving and persistence, the How to Catch crew definitely shine! The How to Catch a Dragon activities expand upon these ideas and themes while making sure you have minimal prep. Novel Effect read-aloud with no prep book activities to keep students engaged. Select from over ten activities that support English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Math. Through the book’s illustrations, and the accompanying activities students will also learn about Lunar New Year. As a result of the included activities, students will be able to:

  • trace and decorate a fan.
  • write about and research Lunar New Year.
  • match rhyming pairs.
  • sequence how to catch a dragon. 
  • practice measuring.
  • complete a word search.
  • make a paper lantern.
  • play Lunar New Year Bingo.
  • make a paper fan
  • follow a directed drawing to draw a Lunar New Year lantern.
  • learn about Lunar New Year
  • reflect on and respond to comprehension questions and writing prompts. 

Activities can be used to differentiate instruction for students, to provide them with a choice, or to focus on a particular skill.

Download How to Catch a Dragon Activities

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About the Book and Soundscape

The How to Catch kids are at it again; this time trying to catch a dragon. Determined to catch it, they chase the dragon through a Lunar New Year celebration. Trap, after trap, the dragon escapes. Will the kids ever catch it? 

Read How to Catch a Dragon with your Novel Effect app. The soundscape has a blend of Chinese and orchestral music. With a bit of whimsy that makes the music catchy.

Download the Novel Effect App to bring stories to life with music and sounds that respond to your voice.

Download the Novel Effect app to bring stories to life with music and sound that respond to your voice. 

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