Good Luck in a Red Envelope

Good Luck in a Red Envelope lesson plan

Ang-baos are very popular in Malaysia for birthdays. Giving red packets is also a Chinese New Year tradition. Students create stunning red paper envelopes to wish good luck to people they know.

  • 1.

    How do children around the world celebrate their birthdays? In Malaysia, they eat wonderful foods. Friends and relatives may bring presents or an ang-bao. This is a small red (for good luck) packet filled with money. Chinese people give similar envelopes to each other at the new year. Students make red envelopes for the special people they know.

  • 2.

    Fold the envelope. Hold a half sheet of white paper vertically. Fold the bottom up, stopping at least a finger width from the top of the paper. Crease well. Unfold. Cover the inside of both edges of the bottom part with a Crayola® Glue Stick. Refold and seal the sides.

  • 3.

    Decorate the ang-bao. Draw your design or write words with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils. Color the ang-bao bright red with Crayola Washable Markers. Accent it with Crayola Glitter Glue. Air-dry the ang-bao.

  • 4.

    Students write their wishes! Fill the ang-bao with a birthday or new year wishes--a poem, note, or a drawing, perhaps.


  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LA: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
  • LA: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
  • SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.
  • SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.
  • VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.
  • VA: Identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times, and places.


  • Students investigate why the color red signifies good luck or fortune in Asian cultures. Are there any colors in the students' cultures that have significant meaning?
  • In the United States, the custom for celebrations such as birthdays is to send greeting cards. How do the ang-baos envelopes compare to greeting cards?