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Zodiac and Paper Fortune Tellers
« on: September 30, 2010, 11:01:04 am »
Do you remember paper fortune tellers?  Ask a question.  Pick a number.  Pick a color.  And your future is predicted?  This is the main activity of this lesson.

In the beginning of the year, I did this with all my first grade classes and it was really successful.  The PPT introduces the zodiac concept, has students learn and practice their zodiacs, and then shows how it is related to fortune tellers.  Then they make their own, and do a fortune telling activity with partners.  I've included some notes in the PPT, to give you a rough idea of how I did it, but I suggest you make your own instructional sequence for introducing and teaching about the zodiac.

The important and exciting part is the fortune teller.  The attached .pdf is the fortune teller I designed.  I wasn't able to print and cut perfect squares, so some students' fortune tellers come out wonky unless played with, but in the end, everyone can make a cool fortune teller.

Here is how you play the game with the fortune teller.

1. Student A asks Student B and "Will I...?" question.
2. Ss B asks Ss A their sign and then spells it out with the fortune teller.  One letter per open/close.
3. Ss B ask Ss A to pick a number, and opens/closes the fortune teller that many times.
4. Ss B asks Ss A to pick another number.  Then Ss B reveals Ss A's answer and it is written down.

They must ask 5 or 6 questions each.  Very fun practice!


  • salabbe
  • Adventurer

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    • May 27, 2010, 07:27:05 am
    • Hoengseong, South Korea
Re: Zodiac and Paper Fortune Tellers
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2010, 02:28:32 pm »
Thanks a lot Anthony. The kids really enjoyed making the little fortune tellers. I forgot about those things. 'Star Signs' was actually the last chapter in the book for my grade 1 class. Today I did the second class as a demo class which went over very well. So thanks again for the PPT slides I used in it as well as your intro class. Here is the lesson plan and the materials I adapted and used. Together, these lessons killed at my school. I hope they help someone out.


  • kjoy
  • Waygookin

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    • April 12, 2010, 11:33:03 am
    • Busan
Re: Zodiac and Paper Fortune Tellers
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2010, 02:48:32 pm »
I used this lesson this week and it worked great (minus the kids who couldn't remember their birthdays :)). Thanks so much- what a fun idea!

  • LemonWater
  • Super Waygook

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    • September 09, 2010, 10:45:32 am
    • Gwangju
Re: Zodiac and Paper Fortune Tellers
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2010, 09:46:11 am »
I did something similiar using fortune tellers before. You can find a ton of "how-to" videos on youtube. I would show a video and pause at each step. It's especially helpful for the low-level class.

It also helps to have a couple of blank ones on hand for the students that just don't have the dexterity to make them.

  • ingangwon
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    • March 10, 2010, 09:44:24 pm
    • Gangwon-do
Re: Zodiac and Paper Fortune Tellers
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2011, 02:18:31 pm »
Thanks for the materials. I used the paper fortune teller activity in my afterschool class and it went over pretty well (especially with the girls).

The level of my Middle School students is a bit low so I didn't bother trying to teach them all the zodiac sign names--just their own. I made a conversation activity for them to learn their signs. I matched choose 11 personality traits and matched 3 of them as appropriately as I could to each sign. I then printed cards (1 for each sign) listing the sign name, the birth dates and the 3 traits.

The students then had to walk around the room, telling their classmates their birthdays until they found the person with the right card. Hopefully that makes sense. Here are the worksheets and cards.

  • j_kuan
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    • July 19, 2011, 11:38:57 am
Re: Zodiac and Paper Fortune Tellers
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2013, 08:04:59 am »
It's a great lesson idea! Thanks!

Re: Zodiac and Paper Fortune Tellers
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2013, 12:25:10 pm »
This should be great fun with my girls - thanks for the idea!

  • garden112
  • Waygookin

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    • April 03, 2013, 10:43:56 am
    • Korea, South
Re: Zodiac and Paper Fortune Tellers
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2013, 08:28:21 pm »
we could have los of fun with this~^^